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sheVestor Africa -MeetnGreetSierraLeone- What Went Down


The sheVestor Africa Meet and Greet Sierra Leone took place on Friday, June 30th 2017, and was held at the Africell American Corner Bathurst Street in Freetown.

If you have read my previous post, then you will know that the two guest speakers were Christine Sesay  – Founder, Africa’s Moneypreneur and Co-founder, Freetown Business School, and Ariana Oluwole – Founder, Narnia Daycare.

When I was approached to help coordinate this event, I wasn’t familiar with what sheVestor Africa is or what they do. Before I accepted, I did my research to learn more as I believe that when working with other people, agencies, organisations and so on, it is of the upmost importance to share similar goals and beliefs.

sheVestor Africa is a community that empowers young African women with financial knowledge to become financial literates and hone their financial skills in order to be financially empowered. Their mission is to Inspire, Connect, Educate and Equip the community and spur them on to actively hone their financial skills and participate in Africa’s growth story.

What’s better than a young, African woman who is not only financially literate but also financially independent?

The MeetnGreetSierraLeone was a brilliant networking event that gave Sierra Leonean women an opportunity to socialise with other like-minded individuals. We all got the chance to talk about our career goals, hear about other people’s journey and yes, even make some new friends in the process.

I met young women who were either studying in University, in full time employment, another fellow blogger, and a few entrepreneurs. Despite those differences, we all had one thing in common – an interest in building knowledge on finances and financial independence. We all spoke about our experiences, and during the event, we also had the opportunity to define who we thought a financially independent woman was.

There are 5 major points that I took with me from the MeetnGreet:

  1. No man is an island.
    Why struggle to do it all yourself, when you can collaborate?
    Christine Sesay spoke about her dream to open a Business School in Sierra Leone. She had the idea, but needed a network to see her dream become a reality. A collaboration with two other individuals, who shared her passion, came together, all bringing different talents and skills to the table. This led to the creation and development of the Freetown Business School.
  2. Mentors.
    It is important to reach out to people who share your passion and relate to your passion, your career, your future career goals.
    Mrs. Ariana Oluwole explained that if for example, you would like to go into event planning, you cannot approach a musician to be your mentor. There is no correlation. Approach a professional in your field, who is 4-5 steps above the level that you are currently in, and you will flourish.
  3. Re-invent your brand.
    You have to continue to bring originality in all that you do. Furthermore, you need to be re-inventing your brand and constantly staying ahead of the competition, without compromising or reducing your value and who you are.
    You may have a friend who is also an entrepreneur, and you may both have specialty in a similar field. In reality, the both of you are likely to appeal to and cater to two very different target audiences. Work together, bounce ideas off each other, and grow together. *Feel free to read point 1 again*
  4. Be consistent.
    Put simply, your dreams won’t work out, if you don’t work for it.
    Stay focused, work hard. Create reasonable time frames, and following them will not be a struggle.
  5. Create GOALS.
    Set goals for yourself – short, medium and long term. You must be specific, but also idealistic.

I will work hard to incorporate the lessons I learnt from the Meet and Greet, and I will flourish.

Watch this space!

All pictures courtesy of Larry Tucker – Ronnie’s Photography. Check out his official page here


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sheVestor Africa – Meet and Greet – Sierra Leone


Young African Women, more specifically those of us in West Africa, seldom have the opportunity to acquire financial literacy skills especially not from women who are thriving in the field of business. These women who are flourishing and surpassing all expectations either by owning their own business, or teaching skills about starting and nurturing a business, learning all the tricks of the trade and so on.

Young Sierra Leonean Women are becoming more empowered and it is thrilling to see women my age, and even older, not only following but actively chasing their dreams and excelling. Young women are drifting away from ‘traditional’ roles and jobs and are becoming entrepreneurs! Wanting to be more independent and being their own boss, some even start a businesses while studying various degrees.

This has to be recognized, and their efforts commended, because they are truly going after what they want.

Education for the female child is of such great importance, and this doesn’t have to stop once you leave University. Financial empowerment is a great form of independence and can be prominently beneficial to those of us who either want to start a business, or have started a business and need some support and guidance, or even if you want to learn and pick up new skills.

Meet and Greets, networking events, and workshops are great opportunities to socialise with, and learn a lot from like-minded individuals and experienced professionals from various fields and backgrounds.

What are you doing on Friday June 30th? Why not start with sheVestor Africa!


sheVestor Africa is a community that empowers young African women with financial knowledge to become financial literates and hone their financial skills in order to be financially empowered. Their  mission is to Inspire, Connect, Educate and Equip the community and spur them on to actively hone their financial skills and participate in Africa’s growth story.


sheVestor Africa presents #MeetnGreetSierraLeone, a one day  introduction, learning and networking event for young African women who are keen on becoming financially independent and building  a stable financial life.


The event will introduce the #sheVestorAfrica  community to Sierra Leonens and create awareness on the importance of financial education in building financially stable young African women.  This must-attend event is free  and will have an expert-led session, a session with entrepreneurs who will share their financial journey among interesting fun activities.


Speakers for #MeetnGreetSierraLeone are :


  •  Christine Sesay  – Founder, Africa’s Moneypreneur and Co-founder, Freetown Business school.


  • Ariana Oluwole – Founder, Narnia Daycare.


Date :   30th Jun, 2017


Venue :  Africell American Corner, Bathurst street, Freetown.


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Education · Personal · University

My University Experience

July 2017 will make it 2 years since I graduated.

I went to university at 18. Typical age for most people but looking back, I was such a child!

Inexperienced in the ways of the world but I had to adjust, and fast.

I had to open a bank account, set up direct debits. Register with a dentist and a GP. Which meant that I would have to go to doctor’s appointments alone. Which meant that when they asked “what brings you here today?” I can’t look at mum to answer for me.

Life was coming at me… fast.

I knew how to cook, and clean but now I had to do it every day, for myself. If I didn’t cook I didn’t eat.

Then I discovered take away… better yet “Just Eat”. For those unfamiliar, Just Eat is a website that offers a wide variety of food from various restaurants- Chinese to Italian and everything in between. You sign up, select your preference of food for the day, make your order to the restaurant online via Just Eat and either pay online or upon delivery, and wait (im)patiently for your precious order to be delivered to your doorstep.

Needless to say, when it came to spending, 90% of my money was used on food. Which could be worse right? If you ask me there are worse ways to spend your money.

University is such an experience. Everyone from your teachers to your friends tell you how different it is from High School and whether you pass or fail is entirely up to you. You have to make an effort in class as at least 80% of the work is done by you. You have to seek your own interest.  If you decide  not to do your required reading, or go to class then you cannot complain when you fall behind, or when a lecturer is unwilling to help because it’s likely they’ve noticed your lack of effort. It was always a sight to see when students would start turning up to classes and practicals close to exam season. Like were ya’ll in hibernation before or?

Time management is such a valuable skill and I wish I had picked up on this earlier on in my first year. In third year, I decided I was going to treat my education like it was a 9-5 job.  As you may or may not know, your timetable becomes significantly less full of classes as the years go by. Which means that you may have had classes everyday 9am-4pm in first year, to having 3 classes per week in your last year.

This was my reality.

Opting not to get too comfortable with all my free time, I would be in the library from 9-5 doing required reading for upcoming lectures, working on assignments and my dissertation as well as going to my classes in between.

Another reality…being an international student.
First of all, the amount of money that we pay is about triple that of Home/EU students. In addition, all international students had to “check in” at the beginning of every term with the international student team, where they check your passport, student visa, attendance and so on.

The international student community at my Uni wasn’t bad at all. There were a mix of African students from Uganda, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Ghana, and Nigeria just to name a few. And yes…there were heated debates about whose Jollof is better.

The Asian student population was one of the biggest and I had a memorable encounter with some Pakistani boys in my first year. My Spanish roommate knew them and they invited us all out for drinks.  During a random conversation, one boy asks me where I’m from… if you’ve read my previous post you’ll know that this isn’t a particularly straight forward answer. So to keep things short, I said Sierra Leone. This boy went on to ask me why I spoke English so well since it wasn’t my first language????? I was triggered because it was not the first time that, that had happened.

Knowledge about other cultures, especially African cultures and colonisation is lacking. But I’m happy to say that, that will be the last time that boy asks anyone such a useless question.

All in all my university experience was full of ups and downs. I have made some great friends who I still stay in touch with now despite the distance (we thank God for Skype and Whatsapp).

There were many times when I wanted to give up but I am so glad I didn’t.  I’m grateful for the support from my parents, friends and some of the most amazing teachers including my supervisor.

Your Uni experience is what you make it. It will not always be easy, but be sure to surround yourself with genuine friends, look out for each other, stay focused on your goals and why you’re there. You’ll be just fine.

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