Don’t Give Up! Failure is Feedback – Skinny Tobi, The Millennial Catalyst, Shares in An Exclusive Interview With SammytheAuthor.

Whatever challenges you’re facing, is never permanent; it’s temporary. Don’t let your Pain decieve You; You’re more than a Conqueror. Stay Focused and Continue Building. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Nigerian Bright Light, shares with us, his life story and career as a Creative and Millennial Catalyst. Checkout the Interview below.

1: Who is Mr. Skinni Tobi?

Skinny Tobi is a bright light, I help young creatives see the positive in their negatives, to help them see that there’s better & believe they were born for a greater cause.

2: Tell us a bit about yourself (Family, Education, Career etc.)

I am the 2nd of 4 children (2 girls & 2 boys😃😃) , precisely, the first male child.

Earlier on in my life, I knew I was different in everything from the rest of my siblings. I wasn’t the most intelligent, in fact, I always changed schools like i changed clothes due to one issue or the other so it wasn’t hard for me to be easily tagged the black sheep. I’m about 5’10, chocolate skinned, introverted and shy! I’m one person that accepts the labels before people even label me, that’s my greatest strength, which has really worked for me. I’m a dreamer and a rare breed of a creative! I’m selfless and I love social media! My love for social media has brought me to where I am today. I don’t just use social media like the average user, but I try to understand user behaviors, understand the platforms, see what works and use it to my advantage! As a result of my exploits on social media, punch Newspaper also featured me in April, 2018 (https://punchng.com/consistency-is-key-to-growing-a-business-odeyale/)

My university life is a huge part of my progress story today. Almost a decade in both Covenant university & Babcock university taught me a whole lot of lessons about life, most especially about failure. Thankfully, I was able to also gain clarity on what it is I should be doing with my life and what career path to take.

Over the years, I’ve created a couple of social media projects like “KaptionThis” and privileged to work with a couple of brands such as Krispy Kreme, UBA, Jumia, Nokia, UduXMusic, Coca-Cola, 5 Alive etc

3: Share with us things we need to consider in building self-confidence?

Self confidence is an inside job. Self confidence is knowing that whether people accept you for who you are or not, you’ll still be your best self. This is something I teach myself every day.

4: Why do you call yourself, the Millennial Catalyst?

Hahaha! Well, I did tag myself because I’m really passionate and fascinated about the affairs of creative, ambitious & purpose driven millennials. Since I am one myself, it’s very easy to spot persons like that, connect with them intelligently & be a part of their journey as much as possible. So I positioned myself as that person that fires up the millennials to become better version of themselves and to believe in their God given dreams & it wasn’t long before people started tagging me as a “Millennial Catalyst💥” as well.

Although it’s a tag name that might evolve as I’m in a stage where I gain more and more clarity each day.

5: As the Millennial Catalyst, what is your Drive, I mean what is your go-to source, when it comes to fulfilling your Purpose?

My go-to-source has to be my intuition. The voices in my head push me to come home to myself each day. Like I said earlier, I’m in a stage where I gain clarity each day and improving on myself and helping others improve on their journey as well! It’s sling game👊

6: What is your definition for Personal Branding? And what are some of the Steps you took in building your brand?

Personal branding is simply
you being branded/packaged/positioned to meet your tribe/ideal target audience/ideal customer, where they are online.

Personality + Branding

For starters, I didn’t even know what personal branding meant till sometime in June last year, prior to then, I was just all over the place and a random guy online (generalist). Then I met my mentor online, Dave Obada, who I learnt most of what I now know about personal branding.

I became more intentional about how I use my platforms, I started to zero in on what I know best to do and being unapologetic about it across platforms. Basically I’ll say, the steps I took to build my personal brand are; firstly, I realized I couldn’t continue being a generalist and I was tired of just playing around on the Internet. Secondly, I connected with a mentor and he taught me certain things. Thirdly, I immersed myself in podcasts, books and other materials that addressed personal branding and self development.

I’ll say those 3 steps changed the game for me.

7: Define Failure in three Words?

This will be hard. I’m very terrible with sticking to limited number of words when asked this type of question. Permit me to break this rule!

I was listening to Seth Godin last night and he said “If failure is not an option, then success is not an option” and if you think about this, it makes sense. because success is failing and failing again until you find the thing that works.

Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, but he also invented 99 other ways not to make a light bulb💡

My Point: Failure is Feedback.

8: What triggered the idea to start Through Millennial Eyes? What do you seek to achieve with it?

This is a mission similar to the “I have a dream” by Martin Lurther King mission!

“I Believe/Know” that one day every young person out there will be doing work they love and love what they do either with a degree or not!

Most persons has a dream when they were younger, but some where along the way, the world got it’s hands on them and they lost their way.

The goal? To drastically eradicate the depression and feeling unworthy or living an average life by most young persons today!

The “Through Millennial Eyes” is one that could be rebranded sometime soon though!

Connect With Him:

Instagram: @skinnytobi

Challenges Are Inevitable, Fail But Don’t Stay Down – CEO of Inspire Women Connect, Naa Ayeley Ankrah, Shares In An Exclusive Interview With SammytheAuthor.

Whatever the challenges might be. Whatever pain you encounter in your quest to make an Impact, is worth it. Don’t lose hope when you fall. Be encouraged. There’s more to Achieve than there is to lose. Keep Your Head up and Work Hard. Your Dreams Are Possible.Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Serial Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, shares with us, her life story and career as an Entrepreneur and CEO of Inspire Women Connect and Naa Ayeley Ankrah Foundation. Checkout the Interview Below.

1. For the benefit of those who might know not you, who is Mrs. Ayeley Ankrah?

Naa Ayeley Ankrah is a young woman living life to impact lives through various initiatives Established. As a philanthropist and Founder of Naa Ayeley Ankrah Foundation ,a non profit organization-working to bring positive change in the lives of individuals. As founder and CEO of inspire women’s connect, working towards building women with value and purpose and founder of wetrend LLC, a digital marketing and advertising agency.

 

2. What’s Your Story? (Family, Education e.t.c)

I studied business in Morgan international school(high school). Completed high school with both O level and wassce certificate. Currently studying project management at Gimpa / year 2. First born of two children of my parents.

 

3. Being the Founder & CEO, what inspired your decision to start Naa Ayele Ankrah Foundation?

My parents have been a great inspiration towards the establishment of Naa Ayeley Ankrah Foundation. They taught me how to give and I have come to understand that impacting the lives of others is the best investment one can make.

 

4. What do you seek to achieve with your Initiative, Inspire Women Connect?

There’s a lot I seek to achieve with the initiative (IWC) . Women empowerment has surfaced and grown over the years but that doesn’t mean the work is done. Mainly I seek to make IWC the platform where women are able to come out of their comfort zones , share their story and develop their potentials. IWC is building women with value and promoting the #sheforshe movement. There’s nothing more beautiful than a woman confident, making waves and helping another woman up.

 

5. What are some of the Challenges You encountered on your Journey? Anything Sharable?

I’d say people have been one of my biggest challenges. Getting people to buy into your vision, working towards that vision to reach success together. Not everyone is capable of seeing what you see yet collaboration is necessary in the life of an entrepreneur. People make things happen therefore we all need to learn how to bring people in and work with.

 

6. In your line of business and from journey so far as an Entrepreneur, how would You define Failure?

Failure is when you Quit. There you have failed. Failure is bound to occur in the life of an entrepreneur and I am very happy I encountered several failures . Failure actually prepares you better only if you see it as an opportunity to come back better and stronger . I see them In the light as an opportunity to learn. As an entrepreneur one must get ready to fail. The road is never smooth. Most importantly picking yourself up, learning and moving forward is what makes you a success.

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Don’t Let Your Failures Stop You – CEO Of Entrepreneurship Hub Africa, Moses B. Arthur Shares In An Interview With SammytheAuthor.


Build Yourself Up through your failures. Don’t allow it deter you from accomplishing your Mission on Earth. Your Dreams are Possible and Achievable. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Serial Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker, shares with us, his life story and career as an Entrepreneur and CEO of Entrepreneurship Hub Africa and City Broadcast Ltd. Checkout the Interview Below.

1: For the benefit of those who might know not you, Who is Mr. Moses Arthur?
Moses B. Arthur is a young daring Ghanaian totally out of his comfort zone living his epic vision for Africa. As a serial entrepreneur that he is, he runs a digital marketing and branding firm called City Broadcast Ltd. A For-Profit social enterprise called Entrepreneurship Hub Africa that organizes the annual African Entrepreneurship and Innovation Summit. He believes strongly that Entrepreneurship and Innovation is the future of the continent and it can make the continent great again.
Moses started his entrepreneurial journey in his sophomore year in the university when he started his first business called Parah Deliveries and Coinbase (a company that was to be centered on deliveries and a cryptocurrency called Bitcoin) but the business failed due to lack of tenacity and boldness to run and dominate the sector. Two years after with burning passion for the marketing space, he started a company called City Broadcast which he least knew would rise to become one of the most sort after digital marketing and branding firms in the country. And it has just been a journey of God’s goodness ever since.

 

2: Tell us more about yourself. I mean what’s Your Story? (Family, Education e.t.c)
Moses studied visual arts at Anglican Senior High School In Kumasi and further had his degree at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he studied Bsc. Development Planning. He is the first born of four children to his parents.

 

3: As the Founder & CEO, what inspired your decision to start Entrepreneurship Hub Africa?
Entrepreneurship Hub Africa was birthed out of a passion to help young entrepreneurs and business leaders to develop themselves which would reflect in the growths mentally and then in the end affect their businesses. I sort to see daring entrepreneurs under one roof learning and exchanging ideas on how to make their individual businesses scale and in the end making the African continent great again.

 

4: Give us a brief Overview of your Agency, City broadcast Ltd?
City Broadcast Ltd is a ghanaian based consulting firm and a leading advisor on business strategy. We help Businesses to Dominate their Market Space through digital marketing. It was started in 2017 and as part of the services we render is digital marketing, branding, corporate leadership and training, business consulting and business registrations. Our office is based in Accra, Ghana.

 

5: What are some of the Challenges You encountered on your Journey? Anything Sharable?

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EXCLUSIVE!!! The Gifted Blogger (SammytheAuthor) Interviews The Executive Director Of SpreadAid International. Be Inspired!!!

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How do you view yourself now? What about in the next 5years? What do you want to do in future? Some people tend to under-estimate themselves because they failed to visualize who they want to become in life. You need to understand that, whatever work you set your eyes on, to be in life, requires hard work and determination. Be encouraged, see yourself doing it. You need to form a clear mental image of the person you want to become.
Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Entrepreneur shares with us, his life story and career as an Entrepreneur. Check the Interview below.
So tell us. Who is Dzagbletey Nenebie Faith Adabah Julius.?
Ans: Faith Julius is a 26-year-old young man who graduated from the university of Ghana-Legon with a first degree in Economics and Information Studies. He also has a background in Human Resource Management from the same university. Julius sees himself as a catalyst for individual and organizational growth and development. He finds his fulfillment in helping others, especially the youth, to identify their purposes in life and to go all out for them (their purposes).
Wow.. That’s nice.. I understand you are the founder/CEO of Spread Aid International which is an NGO. Ermm.. Tell us more about it and How did you come up with the idea or concept?
Ans: Thank you very much Sammy for the opportunity. I see it as a great privilege to lead the entire membership of SpreadAid International as the Executive Director.
The journey of SpreadAid International started way back during my first year, second term of SHS level of education.
It actually started with the name “GreenAid“. It was a study group that involved students from about 5 schools. SpreadAid International, today, is a legalized- youth-based NGO, with her main focus on the provision of quality education, youth empowerment and aiding to eradicate poverty through the provision of basic necessities to deprived communities with the vision of “Putting Back Smiles on Faces”.

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Yea..I have noticed some of your great works and even the impacts your making through the events your organization puts up..So let me ask..What was your mission at the outset?
Ans: Our burning desire was and is to help people, especially those in rural communities. Our focus is mainly directed towards the youth because we have the strong belief that if we want this generation and the unborn generation to be better, then there is the need to invest in the youth. These are our mission statements.
1) Promote excellence in education.
2) Advocate for and support the less privileged in society.
3) Unearth and build talents in the youth.
4) Undertake volunteer programs.

Thats nice. So what are some of the Impacts made ever since your initiative came into the scene?
Ans: In general, SpreadAid International has positively impacted the lives of over 6000 people in her operation for 2 years (officially). This has been done through our annual projects listed below.
Project 5000: Through this project over 2500 lives have been impacted in about 12 schools in 6 out of “previously” 10 regions in Ghana.
The aim of this project is in the direction of the 4th Goal of the global vision (SDGs) which is the provision of Quality education, which is first on our mission statement. SpreadAid International believes that in order to live a permanent impact on individuals, then the first thing to look out for is education (training their minds).
Through this project we distribute stationery to students and also address some basic needs of the schools which are within our reach. The main aim of Project 5000 is to encourage the young ones out there that they can actually become whoever they want to become if they don’t give up on themselves and aren’t tired of pushing themselves forward ( giving the essence of why they should be educated and not only schooled).

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Build the Child Today, Save Tomorrow” Upon a research conducted by some members of the organization, the findings revealed that for most students, before they sit to start writing their final exams (BECE, in this case), they fail before the actual exams begin. Most of these students fail not because they aren’t prepared academically but because they aren’t often prepared psychologically- the fear of failure actually fails them.
This project which stated in 2016 with the aim of preparing BECE candidates for their exams have impacted over 500 students in two communities- Ashaiman and Mallam.

SpreadTalk: This is an annual conference held for young entrepreneurs and potential young entrepreneurs to share ideas on how to either start their journey or how to overcome some challenges they face along the way. Speakers are mostly young entrepreneurs who are doing well in their various fields. Last year, which was the third edition ( sitting over 100 young ones), had among others, Kafui Danku ( film-maker, author and Goodwill Ambassador) as one of the speakers. The feedbacks we get from attendees have always being positive with great testimonies of the aftermath every edition of SpreadTalk.

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We have been to these orphanages more than twice; Hope Children’s Home ( Haatso), Village of Hope ( Cape Coast) and Rising Star ( Dodowa) totally over 700 young ones we shared love with. We have also been to Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital to provide some of their needs and to share some time with them.

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Finally, we have collaborations with other organizations and associations to embark on Projects, the recent one is with the Keta Naspa on their Project dubbed “Stay in School” where we provided stationery to about 200 students.
Awesome. I applaud this initiative for that. So tell me, any challenges so far..? Anything you wanna share?
Ans: It is an opened-secret that one of the major challenges facing youth set-ups like SpreadAid International, who are striving to do good in our country and beyond is limited resources (mainly funding) to undertake projects.
Amazingly, SpreadAid International is made up of about 90% of University students and fresh graduates but alot has been done through the little they have. Just as it is said in our local dialect, ” it’s the Child who starts claiming a tree that deserves a push”, we call on all to come on board to support the good work that is being done through Spread Aid International. Individually, we can’t do much but together we can achieve so much.

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We call on all media partners who would want to join this good work being done to come on board to project to the world what we can all do to make the world a better place. There are evidences of our works on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the name Spread Aid International.
What do you look for in an employee/member in your organization?
This work is really a sacrificial work. If you don’t find fulfillment in it, my advise is that you don’t do it. Most times the only fuel that keeps you going is when you remember the smile you have been able to put on someone’s face. My members should be selfless and very persistent ( the result wouldn’t come in a day- the need to keep on keeping on). Above all an undying believe in the promises of God ( the compass for our operation).
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Why do you want to do what you are doing or about doing? This question is extremely imperative because there are many youth out there who are just doing what they are doing because someone is doing same and either succeeding or otherwise. It always gets to that point where the only motivation to continue is to ask yourself that question. If you don’t have an answer to it, trust me, you would give up.
And also let me take this opportunity to thank all Spreaders who believed in this vision and went all out to see it’s manifestation. Thanks to all individuals who have and continue to support this organization in divers ways to see her (SpreadAid) where she is now. Many thanks to you SammytheAuthor for this opportunity of letting the world know that an amount of good is done in SpreadAid International which they need to hear about. Special thanks to these two individuals who have been with me in the thin and thicks- Raymond Okyere-Forson and Mawuenam Priscialla Aheto. I greatly appreciate you all.
And also your readers can follow us via our Social Media Pages:
Instagram: @Spreadaid_international
Twitter: @Spread_aid
You are humbly welcome. And I wish you well in all your endeavors. Keep shining and reaching out…Stay Blessed.