September Yummy Mummy
The Yummy mummy section this month features Adeola Babatunde, Wife, Mother, Business Consultant and Entrepreneur.
The Yummy mummy section is about the modern mum who is raising children and also about her life shattering glass ceilings!
Here is our Beautiful Beginnings September 2017 Yummy Mummy – Adeola Babatunde
Q. Please introduce yourself. Who are you? What do you do? What are you about? What drives you?
A. I am a child of God. Yes that is where I get my identity from. Daughter of the Most High God. I am Royalty and you can call me Adeola Babatunde. I am a wife and I have two beautiful children.
I am Business Doctor, I help businesses solve their problems by engaging children in the process. I am about business and Entrepreneurship. I believe businesses are vehicles for change. A business can change one person’s life, a family or even a nation e.g. Jeff Bezos, Amazon.
What drives me is a strong desire to see people live better lives through their business and fulfilment of my purpose.
Q. You are the Founder of Teen Entrepreneur Academy, what exactly is it? And what informed this idea?
A. Teen Entrepreneur Academy ( @teenentreprenuerng ) is a business school for teenagers who have a flair for business.
What informed this idea were my experiences in the story below;
When I was 17 years old, I read some books that opened me up to the possibility of owning my own business and shortly after that, I started my business. I got a contract that was huge to me at that time (the total sum was about N300,000). I was excited as the highest sum I had made prior to that was N48,000 which was also a large sum to me. I started to execute the contract but somewhere along the way, I went back to school, sold my phone and that was the end of my business. Every time I look at myself today I say ‘I can only imagine who I would have become and the empire I could have built had I stayed in business’. There were so many things I did not know and there was no one to teach me or show me. I knew where I wanted to go but I didn’t know how to get there!
In 2014, I decided to make my life count by setting up an academy were teenagers can learn about business and formally learn what they need to know to become successful entrepreneurs.
A few years ago, I was invited to write a test for an International Oil Company, I gave glory to God for working in the oil sector and began to confess my way into this oil company even though we had not written the test! Lol. On the day of the test, I saw so many people. I saw people who had left school years ago, people who graduated at the same time as me, people who recently graduated, the place was filled to the brim, the test had to be written about several times that day! I was very hopeful! Shortly after the results were out and I didn’t pass the test, it turns out the Oil company only needed two people! ‘Oh my God! Just two people and half of all the graduates in Nigeria turned out’ I said. It was obvious, there weren’t enough jobs which led me to the question why not create more jobs? This was the second reason I founded Teen Entrepreneur Academy. To make young Nigerians know that they can create jobs for themselves and for many other families and to give them the necessary support to successfully create jobs.
I decided to focus on teenagers because I believe if we teach young people how to start and run successful businesses from a young age, they have time to make mistakes and learn. They are also most likely still living with their parents and can leverage on some of the free resources (office space, wifi, parent’s phone, electricity etc.) they already have at home to reduce overhead costs. Thirdly, when they graduate from the university, they can move straight into a business they are used to and understand, instead of joining the unending pool of Job seekers.
Q. What has the response been like since inception? Any challenges with the running of the Academy?
A. To be honest, it has been a roller coaster. Sometimes, very impressive and sometimes very discouraging but I keep moving because only those who stay in business have a chance of succeeding in business.
Q.What are your projections for the future of Teen Entrepreneur Academy.
A. I see Teen Entrepreneur Academy thrive and become the ‘Harvard’ Entrepreneur School for Africa where teenagers from all over our continent can come and prepare to become future CEO’s. Africa needs entrepreneurs that will change our continent and TEA will train those entrepreneurs!
Q: How do you make all these work? You work regular hours, you run the Teen Entrepreneur Academy, you have young children, you are a very active member of a Women Ministry and very married.
A. Hahaha, I like the phrase very married. I must confess that I am still learning the act of balancing it all. Some areas receive more attention than others but I know this is not the best and I am actively working on it by setting goals and working on my goals. Well I bowed out of working regular hours to run my own business. So now I run my business Consulting Youth Nigeria, where we leverage on the creativity of children to create interesting solutions that work for organizations and businesses (www.consultingyouth.com/Nigeria). Well there are quite a number of things that help me balance the act, one that stands out is asking God to help me. Secondly, I try to focus on one activity per time so when it is time for business or academy, I focus squarely and when it is time for a bible story, I get off WhatsApp and Instagram and look into the eyes of my precious gifts.
Q. What is the most challenging thing for you as a Mom?
A. Being patient. Motherhood tests your patience. It gives a new definition to the word patience. I thought I was patient until I started having children and then it occurred to me that the patience I thought I had was the one people used to wait for a lift to arrive. Lol!
Q. Do you have a trick or hack that has worked for you on this motherhood journey that you would love to share? Might be a life saver for a woman somewhere?
A. When I pray, God gives me ideas on how to deal. Secondly, what you accept is what you get. If your child is misbehaving you can choose to accept it or deal with it. If your child is exhibiting a behaviour you are not comfortable with, you can choose to just stare at it and hope that they will grow out of it or you can choose to say no and deal with it now! Decide and then throw your weight behind your decision.
Q. We can’t help but notice you are super fit for a Mom of 2. How do you do it?
A. *Now blushing* lol, First I think I am lucky as I was have always looked fit. However, I decided to take it a notch higher by paying attention to healthy eating and exercise.
Q. What do you know now that you wish someone had told you or properly prepared you for before having children?
A. Wow! Where do I start from!Wow! Where do I start from!
- A time is coming when your ‘to buy’ list will have things for everyone but you.
- A time is coming when you will think you are about to lose your mind, but you won’t.
- A time is coming when you would question your ability to raise a child…You can, ask God for help.
- A time is coming when you would really need sleep but you won’t get it because your children are awake…sleep now!
- A time is coming when somebody will keep pouring water on your carpet and couch……hang in there, you are not alone!
Q. If you could say one thing to your teenage self, what would it be?
A. Register for Teen Entrepreneur Academy Online visit www.teanigeria.wordpress.com