Local2Global with #AdaAfrica: WHY 2022 IS NOT YOUR YEAR – BE PATIENT

Updated: Jan 5

I have been observing many wishes and proclamation of achievements and success to achieve in 2022. “My year of break through” "My year of multiple blessing etc. Those are good, however, I want to speak to startups who are the love of my career.

I have freely mentored some startup entrepreneurs over the years that won millions of naira to either startup or expand their enterprise. In 2021, My team and I through WHAIafrica got over $184,000 funding to 14 young entrepreneurs.

Some of them got funding after 2-3 years of the mentorship (Category A) while few got within one year (Category B). Those in category B, already have some level of structure, capability, professional training and put in much work that went with sleepless nights.

For those in category A, I had to do a lot of work from scratch with them and be sure they have the capability to manage the funds when it finally comes.

I see a lot of those in category A rushing and prophesying that they will hit the money in 2022. Winning grants and opportunities is a process. Tony Gaskins says, “Trust the process. Your time is coming. Just do the work and the results will handle themselves.”

Somto is one of our volunteers at WHAIafrica for about 4 years and he has a startup enterprise. I have been doing a lot with him to build his capacity including getting professional financial and entrepreneurship programs for him.

I have never seen a patient person like Somto. When I know he was ready for funding, we started working on his business plan. I drilled and drained him expecting him to give up, this guy was patiently swallowing all the ‘bads’ I was ruling out from all that he sacrificed his night sleep to put up.

Patience is not the ability to wait or have hope but the ability to keep building and developing oneself while waiting. Somto is that person and in Nov. 2021, he won a million naira to launch his business.

I am highly disciplined when it comes to mentorship. As an official mentor with Hero Kickstart Nigeria , where I formally mentor shortlisted grantees by assessing their business needs, operations, scalability and send approvals for when each tranche should be released, some of the mentees sensed I am too wicked. LOL.

Two among them blocked me immediately they got their last tranche of money thinking they’ve gotten all they need from me. However, Reginald kept on with the mentoring relationship. I was following up with his business, getting him more opportunities and reviewing his applications, all for free.

In 2021 he won over $30,000 and another mentee, $75,000. I celebrate them for their patience. Be patient and consistent, good things take time. If they weren't patient, those millions of funds wouldn't have come to them.

Simon Cowell, UK TV personality and entrepreneur shared this, “My dad said to me – Work hard and be patient. It was the best advice he ever gave me. You have to put the hours in.” WHAIafrica has chosen entrepreneurs to mentor in 2022, I am yet to see any of them put in the work by disturbing his or her mentor to get going.

These words from Napoleon Hill resonate well “Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”

Recognize what God has called you to be, accept the gif He has given you and start building on them!

Trust me, you will go places but it may not be in 2022!


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