6 entrepreneurs are being highlighted in the #FacebookxBellaNaijaSuccessStory Campaign to take us through their journey of becoming and staying an entrepreneur.
The aim of the campaign is for SMEs to use these stories as a stepping stone to grow and nurture their businesses.
One of the entrepreneurs being highlighted is Toyin Onigbanjo, CEO of Augustsecrets.
About Toyin Onigbanjo
Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo is an award-winning child nutrition advocate, kids’ chef, author, and founder, Augustsecrets, a child nutrition company based in Nigeria. She holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Lagos, a bachelor’s degree in English & Literature from Kogi State University, and a diploma in Child Nutrition from Stanford University.
She is the recipient of the Graca Machel Gender Lens Award for her innovative strides in child nutrition and women empowerment in Africa.
Augustsecrets is a recipient of several awards, including the Food Safety Award by Royal DSM International in 2018. It produces innovative African-inspired cereals for children sold in more than 300 stores within Nigeria, Ghana and Canada.
Toyin was listed as one of YNaija’s & LLA Most Inspiring Women 2018, and one of Nigeria’s Most Innovative Women Entrepreneurs by SME100, and also the Her Network Woman of the Year 2018
She is a food artist and a kids’ chef often called the Picky Eater Specialist whose work has been published across various platforms for promoting optimal child nutrition through Augustsecrets. She was the 2nd runner up in the first Samsung Nigeria’s Food Art Competition in 2016. She is a sought after speaker on issues relating to child nutrition in Africa and women empowerment, with her representing Nigerian nutrition business at global events such as Accelerating the SDG Goal 2 of Ending Hunger and Malnutrition.
Her publication, “Curbing Child Malnutrition using traditional recipes and foods” was published in the Kenyan International Journal of Nutrition & Dietetics, Nairobi.
She is the author of the Augustsecrets Meal Plan Book which has arguably been the best-selling recipe book for children in West Africa along with feeding thousands of children with the cereals manufactured at her company: Augustsecrets, a fast-growing African child nutrition company.
Oluwatoyin is married to Olawale and they are blessed with 2 children, Jaden Oluwatofunmi and Joanna Oluwapelumi.
This weekend, MTN Y’ello Star viewers watched as 14 finalists displayed their vocal strength and performance abilities as they laid it all on the stage, to determine who would come out on top and who would b relegated.
At the end of Sunday’s outing, the sixth episode of the show’s debut season, five of the 14 contestants, who are at the bottom of the leaderboard after scoring the lowest cumulative points, are up for exclusion from live performance.
Week 3 kicked off with highlife and folk music performances from the finalists with each performance rated within the range of 10. Jesse Drumz performed first singing “Time Na Money” by Mike Okri.
At the end of his performance, Banky W, one of 3 judges on the show expressed delight at his improvement saying he was “starting to come into his own”. The judges rated his performance a 6.
David Garland rendered Sir. Shina Peters’ hit record “Afro Juju” next, earning himself a high 9.3 rating and accolades from Omawumi. The show didn’t witness another 9-point performance until Dotti and Freeborn rendered Orlando Julius’, Ololufe and Taxi Driver by IK Dairo respectively.
Asides watching the contestants put in some work to keep themselves in the show, performances from episode 5 proved to be a journey down memory lane as contestants performed Nigerian classics from various decades from the 70s to the 2010s.
Rael scored the lowest for the highlife performances as her rendition of Onyeka Onwenu’s “You and I” didn’t impress the judges enough to get her a score better than 4.3.
For Sunday’s episode 6, the contestants performed a mix of pop and RnB hits by Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Seal. The top performance of the day was Freeborn’s powerful delivery of Aretha Franklin’s “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”, which earned her a 19.6 rating, as the judges ranked contestants on a scale of 0 to 20.
Rael once again got the lowest rating, as her performance of Alicia Keys' Empire State of Mind earned her an 11.3 rating. Guest judge, Olisa Adibua criticized her song choice, stating that though she had fun performing it, she could have picked a better-suited song.
Gideon’s performance was a highlight of the night as all the judges rated him an 18, a huge rise from his highlife performance that only got a 6.7 on the 10 scale. Jesse Drumz, the visually impaired finalist also brought some flair to his performance playing the drums for his rendition of Harry Styles’ Watermelon Sugar.
He joined Uzezi and the duo of Oiza and Meyi on the shortlist of contestants who played an instrument during their performance. Banky W used the judges chat session as an opportunity to remind the contestants that talent is never enough in the music industry, it takes more than that to succeed. “If you are talented and entitled and not willing to push yourself and get the other things you need to complete that picture; you will never make it.”
At the end of Sunday’s show, Dave Willz, G-Isaac, Uzezi, Rael and Melody became the first 5 contestants to be put up for exclusion and will need votes to stay in the competition. To vote for G-Isaac, Uzezi, Dave Willz, Melody and Rael Text “VOTE 001”, “VOTE 003”, “VOTE 008”, “VOTE 011” “VOTE 012” to 50061 respectively on MTN and 9MOBILE networks at N30 naira per text. Terms and Conditions Apply.
Voting ends on Wednesday evening after which the excluded contestant would be announced at the next gala, which airs every weekend on stations across the country. The excluded contestants will lose their right to perform at the live shows but will remain in the Y’ello Hub to continue their musical education delivered by acclaimed faculty members.
After two weeks of grandstanding, U.S. President Donald Trump has finally accepted to allow a transition of power to his potential successor, Joe Biden, but hasn’t conceded.
In a Monday evening tweet, Trump said he had recommended that the General Services Administration (GSA) “do what needs to be done” in that regard.
The president’s tweet came amid reports by local media that the GSA has determined Biden to be the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election. GSA Administrator, Emily Murphy, sent Biden a letter earlier on Monday, to inform him that his transition could now begin.
ABC News quoted an unnamed official of the Biden transition team as confirming that the former Vice President had received the letter. With this, the president-elect’s transition team can now access government resources, including funds, for a smooth transition of power.
The GSA is a federal agency responsible for enabling the transition of power from one administration to another, and it controls the funds for the process.
Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.
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