A few days ago, I was reading The SPARK Magazine, where Rita Oluchi Obi expressed my mind in the most precise terms. She said, “International Women’s Day is celebrated in March each year, as a focal point for the championing of women’s rights and gender equality.
If you’ve been paying attention, the demographics are changing, more women are not ONLY pulling up chairs to the proverbial table, but we are building our tables. Women are showing up as equals everywhere. Women make history all year round that the world needs to declare a month to champion women’s rights shows how far away we are from the finish line.”
Given that, I interviewed a dear mother, friend, and sister, and she has a lot to tell us.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY INTERVIEW WITH Mrs. Ayodeji Michael-Oni
Through this interview, several lives have been blessed already, from posting on my WhatsApp status to my Instagram story. And I am confident that as you read this, YOU will be inspired too.
SARMLife: What is your name?
Girl Boss: Ayodeji Michael-Oni (MTish)
SARMLife: Marital Status?
SARMLife: How do you balance work and life responsibilities?
MTish: Balancing has got to do with the mind and strategic planning. I do things in order of importance, being mindful of time and priority placed on my well-being. I must confess it’s not very easy, but it’s workable with the aforementioned.
SARMLife: What’s the most significant factor that has helped you to be successful?
SARMLife: What mistakes have you made along the way? If none, you can say that “none.”
MTish: Mistakes are steps taken a miss and learned from to get better. If I say none, it’s not true, but they made me better, stronger, and more importantly, smarter.
SARMLife: Do you have an example?
MTish: High expectations and dwelling so much on hurt from close people. It keeps you stagnated.
SARMLife: That’s right
SARMLife: As a female leader, what has been the most significant barrier in your career?
SARMLife: How so?
MTish: Religion kept me in a fix… I knew what I wanted but couldn’t because of doctrines. I didn’t want to seen as a rebel… The grip of religion is so strong and imposing.
SARMLife: Hmm, that’s deep.
SARMLife: Who inspires you and why?
MTish: God is my ultimate source of inspiration… In-person is Rev. Funke Felix-Adejumo, and that’s because I see a replica of the kind of future I want in her life. A successful marital and ministerial life.
SARMLife: I like this answer! Almost done, don’t get tired of me yet, haha!
MTish: No dear, enjoying the interview.
SARMLife: What was the hardest decision you ever had to make?
MTish: Deciding to quit a relationship that wasn’t working but had parental support.
SARMLife: Wo!!! That’s a hard one!
MTish: I tell you… They didn’t like Kenny Michael.
SARMLife: Even till now?
MTish: Then o… Now he is closer to my mum than I.
SARMLife: Awwww, that’s sweet! LASTLY
SARMLife: What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders?
MTish:1. Know what you want2. Be firm3. Be focused, lastly4. Be consistent and resilient.
SARMLife: Thank you so much, ma’am. It’s been a moment of learning with you—more grace to do great things 😊.
MTish: Amen, thanks a lot, dear. My pleasure!
I believe you’ve learned one or two things. This isn’t the generation to think women’s place is only in the kitchen. You need to word hard, get a mentor(s), have achievable goals, work towards them, and trust God to sustain you.
You can get a copy of MTISH’s book here 10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE LOVE
KEEP CARVING YOUR DESIRED FUTURE!!!