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From a little girl, from a large family, who was told she will be NOBODY.
Yemi's story of that of determination, courage and perseverance.
She was born to Late Pa Isaac Olujimi Solaru and Deaconess Christiana Solaru in Iperu-Remo, Ogun State of Nigeria and she grew up in the Garden city of
Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, where she went to primary and part of her secondary school, before her father retired and returned to Ogun State.
She was raised in a polygamous family. Her father had 7 wives and 27 children. She is number 16. Her mother (Christiana), was the last of the 7 wives. Christiana has 6 biological daughters, 4 step daughters, but no son, a thing that was considered a 'big deal' back then. She raised 10 girls.
Just because Christiana had no boy, her husband's family told her to her face that her 10 girls would never equal 1 boy, that they would amount to nothing, and be nobodies who will all end up on the streets of Lagos as prostitutes. Yemi was only 13 years old when she heard those words.
Those words became the motivation for Yemi's determination to be somebody. After hearing her mother crying late into the night that day, Yemi wiped her mum's tears and made her a promise;
"None of your girls will end up on any street as prostitutes. We will work
hard and be successful, so much so that those uncles and aunties will
wish their sons were girls. We will make you so proud that those sons
of theirs will wish they were your daughters."
Yemi's mother went without, and sold the cloths off her back to send her girls to school so they could be somebodies. Today, the rest is history.
To a grown woman who has become SOMEBODY,
building a network of confident women and youth, globally.
Against all odds, Yemi turned the words of her father's family around, and made a success of her life.
With nothing but a dream to be somebody, a determination to discover her purpose and an openness to embrace possibilities, Yemi built valuable life skills, learnt to recognise, take and use opportunities well and is now paying it forward through her people-building programs that touch lives across the globe.
Whether you watch Yemi on her talk show 'Sharing With Yemi', hear her on a radio interview or see her speak to a large audience on a live stage, you will quickly realize that Yemi's true passion is to BUILD PEOPLE through positive re-orientation, confidence building and personal development. Yemi believes that:
“NOBODY has the right to tell ANYBODY they cannot be SOMEBODY
and ANYBODY who is determined to be SOMEBODY can be”
Through her people-development training programs, Yemi helps people Find themselves, define themselves, build their self confidence and take action on their dream to create results.
To a global leader, breaking barriers, making history.
Against all odds, Yemi turned the words of her father's family around, and made a success of her life.
Today, Yemi has risen through adversities and challenges, breaking barriers, and making history along the way:
To a wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother.
Yemi is very family oriented.
She believes that family is everything and can be a measure of achievement.
In her very busy roles as a leader, business woman, people builder and public representative, Yemi still makes time for family, prioritizing the teaching of family values to her children, raising them with morals and building their self-esteem to be confident in who they are.
Yemi's family values are CRID-L:
Respect for self and others
Do unto others as you'll have them do unto you
Love for God, family and real friends.
Yemi is blessed with an amazingly supportive husband who is her best friend, 2 beautiful daughters who personify true sisterhood, 2 lovely sons who are building a bond of friendship, a hardworking son-in-law who is as enterprising as the word itself and a gorgeous grandson who lights up Yemi's house every time he comes to visit.
More about Yemi
People and Business development strategist.
Originally from Nigeria, Yemi Adenuga, often referred to as "Energy in Motion" is a feisty Irish social entrepreneur; a powerhouse of ideas.
She wears different caps at various times, an alluring quality of this audacious Confidence maven.
SHE BUILDS PEOPLE.
As a people development strategist, Yemi works with people, businesses and companies to help build their people, teams, customer service & brands, transforming people and businesses to new levels of growth.
She is the strategist you and your business need to help maximize your team productivity and business growth through people development.
With practical, high impact courses and ONE-on-ONE leadership strategy packages delivered through the MIB INSTITUTE OF PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT, you will be on your way to confidently getting your business off the ground and growing it.
Through her well designed and result oriented courses and training programs, this positive change agent will work with you and your team motivating you all to personal, team and business success.
Yemi is a history maker in more ways than one.
In Ireland, in May 2019, she ran in the Irish Local government elections and won a seat, making history as Ireland's 1st elected Black-Female Public Representative and County Meath's 1st elected county councillor.
In Nigeria, following the deregulation of the broadcast industry, and the subsequent licensing of Ray Power 100FM (Nigeria's first Private owned Radio Station) in 1996, Yemi was the very first female voice to present on the night Ray Power 100FM was issued its broadcast licence, making history as the first Female voice to go on air in the history of private Radio broadcasting in Nigeria.
In Nigeria, when Africa Independent Television (AIT) was licensed to become the first private television station in the country, Yemi again made history as the director/producer of the first programme to be aired on the first private television station in Nigeria.
Mentor, Life and Confidence Coach.
Yemi's passion is to Build people and help them reach their full potential in spite of all odds. Through her mentorship program, (YEMI ADENUGA MENTORSHIP AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAM -YAMAL), She has mentored over 21,000 women and young people all over the world in 25 years, and continues to impact lives positively by using her expertise as a qualified trainer and highly experienced confidence maven to work with and transform lives and businesses global.
This Self-Confidence maven helps people find their self-esteem and build self-confidence, taking charge of their lives, relationships and business. The belief and trust in one's abilities, qualities, and judgement is lacking in many individuals, entrepreneurs, & even business executives, and can be a major hinderance to business and personal growth.
Over and over again, Yemi has demonstrated by her own examples, determination and hard work, that any goal can be achieved. This dynamic storyteller captures her audience with her conversational style of presentation and training, encouraging her audience to take the key to their own success.
Entrepreneur and High impact global speaker.
Yemi is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of D-Dymensions Communications, a multi-functional people and business development organisation. At D-Dymensions Comm., the goal is simple: Know the needs of clients and develop strategic interventions to meet them.
She is also:
Director of programs - MIB INSTITUTE of people development.
Festival Director - Cultural Diversity Hub.
CEO - Energy-N-Motion Publishing.
CEO - Energ' Luxury perfumes & Gifts.
Lead Mentor - YAMAL Program.
Mentor - DY Relationship Clinic.
With vast experience, this highly sought-after Leadership expert and dynamic, high-impact global speaker, travels the world to speak to large audience at conferences, summits and seminars. The witty Motivational speaker captures her audience with her high energy style of story telling, using her life's practical experiences to connect them with reality, reminding them they are possible and inspiring them to be more.
Yemi is a game changer. A talented Afro-Irish social entrepreneur and role Model in making positive impact. She is a woman with a passion and a vision to inspire, empower and impact women & young people with positive orientation and empowerment.
She does these through two signature brands:
1. SHEROES GLOBAL:
This social Enterprise Inspires women and young people to be more, empowers them to support one another to be more, and celebrates them when they dare to be more. It builds entrepreneurship in women and young people to have more than one income stream, and celebrates ordinary women who do extraordinary things. These it does through its projects:
SHEROES BOYS TO MEN PROJECT: The goal of this project is to raise boys to be good men. Men in communities are who stand up to be mentors for boys, are trained, re-oriented to be better men, and they in turn mentor boys in their community.
EXLPORING OPTIONS PROJECT: Yemi started this School project in 2014 with the aim of creating valuable opportunities for young people, to think early in life, about what they could do with their lives. The goals of the project are simple: - Deliver CAREER Talks to secondary school students FREE OF CHARGE. - Distribute copies of the 'Exploring Options' project book FREE to secondary school students. (So far, 12,500 copies of the book have been given FREE to young people internationally).
SHEROES WOMEN'S NETWORK: This is a safe space for women to Network and share all things female: Career / Relationship / Health / Social life and more, and a to acquire entrepreneurial skills, so they can have more than one income and own assets.
SHEROES ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACADEMY: A FREE training Academy for Empowering women & Youth to be their own Boss, have multiple income streams and own assets.
2. NIGERIAN CARNIVAL IRELAND - (Now CULTURAL DIVERSITY HUB):
In 2010, Yemi started this NCI to celebrate cultural diversity in Ireland. This is achieved through the various programs within the NCI:
CULTUREFEST: An annual week long cultural festival to celebrate cultural diversity in Ireland
DIVERSITY WORKSHOPS: Training sessions and workshops delivered to groups and organisations on issues of diversity and inclusion.
YOUTH EXCHNAGE PROGRAMS: An annual European youth exchange program with partnership with program partners from France, Portugal, Holland, Italy and United Kingdom on issues of racism, discrimination, diversity and inclusion.
Yemi started her career as an account & administrative manager with WASCO advertising, Kaduna, Nigeria in 1989 exiting the company as an advertising manager in 1990.
Her broadcast career took off in 1990 when she passed an audition to become a pioneer staff of the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation's new FM Radio station, OGBC2 where she worked with ace broadcasters like Olusesan Ekisola, the Late Peter Okodua and Felix Femi Fashina.
Yemi worked there as a Newscaster, scriptwriter, presenter and Radio producer and in 1991, became known on radio as 'The fox that Rocks the box'.
She presented and produced several programmes including; On a personal note, FM mail bag, weekend special and Early bird.
In 1994, she joined DAAR Communications PLC, Nigeria, to become a Pioneer member of Nigeria's first private radio station, Ray Power 100Fm and subsequently became Manager of Programmes. There she presented and produced programmes which included; Straight from the heart, bone of my bones, thank God its Friday, Sunny side up, The Ultimate morning show and Ray power express. She also produced several radio documentaries on developmental issues most of which were done in collaboration with UNICEF.
Yemi made her move into Television in 1996 to work for Africa Independent Television (AIT), Nigeria's first private Television station.
She hosted and produced Multi-Award winning TV talk show, 'Sharing with Yemi' which was Nigeria's leading talk show from 1996 – 2003.
Aside from anchoring, producing and directing numerous TV programmes which included Good morning Africa, Today's Woman, and Sound Afrique, Yemi researched, produced and directed several documentaries among which were;
- Africa, what hope for tomorrow (very first programme broadcast on AIT,
Nigeria' first private TV station).
- Life after these (on girls in difficult situations in Nigeria).
- The Italian connection (on situations of Nigerian girls prostituting in Italy).
- If only i was a boy (on sexual & reproductive health of adolescent girls in Nigeria).
- We can speak for ourselves (for 1996 day of the African child on the state of the
African child), the Legend lives on (on King Sunny Ade at 50).
- Healing with a smile (on the power of helping others).
- Love for sale (on young undergraduates prostituting in higher institutions).
- She had no choice (on girls with Vesicovaginal fistula-VVF, resulting from early marriage).
Yemi has written, presented and produced several programmes for RTÉ Radio and TV including A Living Word with Aidan Mathews, No handouts in Euorpe - for the Parlour Play series on RTÉ Radio Drama, Folk songs for DEN Tots dance show, The Worlds Apart with Rodey Rice and Spectrum. She also served as a judge on RTÉ's annual PJ O'Connor Radio Drama Awards.
Yemi and her family (THE ADENUGAS) feature in the Hit reality TV series GOGGLEBOX IRELAND on Virgin Media, Ireland, there are one of the pioneer families on the show and the first migrant family.
Army Children's School, GRA, PH, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Government Secondary School Eneka, PH, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Christ Apostolic Grammar School, Iperu, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Ogun State Polytechnic, (now Moshood Abiola Poly) Ogun State, Nigeria
- Accountancy and Mass Communication
Inchicore College of Further Education, Ireland.
- Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business Studies (Business Law stream)
- Diploma in Accounting
University College Dublin, (UCD) Ireland.
- Diploma in Business Studies (Human Resource Management Stream).
- Bachelors of Business Studies (BBS Honours, Entrepreneurship Stream).
University of Dublin (UCD) Innovation Academy.
- Post-graduate certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise.
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom.
- Master of Business Administration (MBA) - (Project Management stream)
Yemi has completed several training courses relevant to her many involvements and practices:
Certificates in Computerised Accounts & Computerised Payroll.
Certificate in Train the Trainer (Training and Development) from (CMD Institute-Ireland).
Advanced diploma in First Line Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management, Ireland.
Certificates in Counselling & Psychology (International Career Institute-Australia) and Relationship & Couples Counselling (Oxford College-UK).
Certificate in PLA Research from Kimmage Development Centre, Dublin.
Certificate in Radio Presentation from Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).
Diploma in Television Directing from the CEFAP institute of Television production and Directing, Paris, France.
Yemi is a member of several professional bodies including:
The Institute of leadership and Management, Ireland.
The MBA Association of Ireland.
Project Management Association, Ireland.
Associate of the Irish Institute of training and development.
Yemi is a two-time best selling author of two books: