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Yemi's Story

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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.

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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.

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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:

  • Consistency

  • Respect for self and others

  • Integrity

  • 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 in business, Yemi works with businesses and companies to help build their people, teams, customer service & brands, transforming businesses to new levels of growth.

  • She is the strategist your business needs 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 (in business and corporate world), motivating them to personal, team and business success.

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History Maker.

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.

Life and Confidence Coach.

Yemi's passion is to Build people and help them reach their full potential in spite of all odds. She has trained, mentored and impacted  thousands of Women and young people all over the world 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.

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Entrepreneur and High impact global speaker.

Yemi is the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) 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. Its work is delivered through:

MIB INSTITUTE of people development

Nigerian Carnival Ireland

D-Dymensions Productions

Energy-N-Motion Publishing

DY Relationship Clinic

dMoTiVe Television

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.

 

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Social Entrepreneur.

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 IRELND (NCI):

In 2010, Yemi started this Not-for-Profit to celebrate cultural diversity in Ireland. This is achieved to 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.

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Broadcaster.

Advertising

  • 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.

 

Radio

  • 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.

  • In Yemi's broadcast career on Radio, she made history as the first female presenter to present a programme on the first private Radio station in Nigeria, Ray Power 100fm.

 

Television

  • 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).

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Education.

  • Primary School:

      Army Children's School, GRA, PH, Rivers State, Nigeria.

 

  • Secondary Schools:

      Government Secondary School Eneka, PH, Rivers State, Nigeria.                  

      Christ Apostolic Grammar School, Iperu, Ogun State, Nigeria.

 

  • Third Level:

      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)

 

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Qualified Trainings.

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.  

Professional Memberships.

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.

Author, Philanthropist.

  • Yemi is a two-time best selling author of two books:

       - 'The power of THANK YOU... Developing an attitude of

          gratitude' (a motivational book encouraging the building of an

          attitude of gratitude).

       - 'Exploring Options... A guide to making career choices'

          (This book has become a training tool for helping secondary

          school students make career choices early in life.)

         With the Exploring options book, Yemi delivers the Exploring

         options started in 2014, through which she creates valuable

         opportunities for young people, to think early in life, about what

         they could do with their lives. 12,500 copies of the book have

         been given FREE to young people internationally.

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Actor.

Yemi is multi-talented, and one of her many talents is acting.

In another life, Yemi would probably be an actress on screen and on stage, but when she performs, she does so as a way to express herself and for pleasure. She has taken part on several Radio, TV and stage productions as actress, script writer, producer and director including:

A street car named Desire, (Navan Theatre group), Soltice arts centre, Navan - 

Wedlock of the gods, (Cam

ino de Orula), Project cube, Dublin - 2007

The trial of brother Jero, (Arambe Productions), Samuel Beckett Theatre - 2009

No Handouts in Europe, (Parlour play), RTE Radio, 2008

Only Jealousy of Emer Dublin

Only jealousy of Emer Abuja

Only Jealousy of Emer Lagos

No handouts in Europe

A Living Word with Aidan Mathews

Folk songs for DEN Tots dance show

The Worlds Apart with Rodey Rice
Spectrum.

Yemi was invited in 2010 to present excerpts from her RTÉ Radio commissioned and produced play before the then President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, at the launch of the report of The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) on its discussions throughout Ireland amongst different cultures/backgrounds to document their experiences in dealing with integration.

 

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 TV3, Ireland.