Rebuild | Isimeme Whyte | TEDxAideyanSt

Rebuild | Isimeme Whyte | TEDxAideyanSt

Meo's Background and Education

  • Meo, a curious and energetic child, had an accident while climbing a tree and fell into a concrete gutter, resulting in unconsciousness.
  • Meo joined Interact Club, which exposed her to leadership and impacting people.
  • Meo met Grace of Girls Power Initiative, gaining sexuality education, reproductive health, and life management skills.
  • Meo gained admission to the University of Benin to study microbiology.

Meo's Journey to Success

  • Meo developed a love for reading newspapers and became motivated by the opportunities she saw.
  • Meo founded Cess Magazine and Youngest Foundation Nigeria to empower young people.
  • Meo volunteered for various organizations, gaining valuable knowledge and experience.
  • Meo met her husband, who became her mentor and supported her growth.
  • Meo's commitment led to an aspirational job with an official car.

Meo's Setbacks and Challenges

  • Meo was unjustly removed from her job without explanation, leading to financial difficulties and personal struggles.
  • Meo experienced a major setback when she lost her twin babies and faced health issues.

Meo's Resilience and Comeback

  • Meo received support from her family, husband, and mentors during her difficult time.
  • Meo turned to reading biographies and practicing gratitude to regain her strength.
  • Meo rediscovered her personal mission statement, reminding her of her goals and potential.

Meo's Impact and Achievements

  • Meo became passionate about helping unemployed youths, victims of human trafficking, and women facing challenges.
  • Meo developed a strategy to reduce unemployment in Edo State.
  • Meo shared her vision and financial plan with stakeholders, securing their support and collaboration.
  • Meo launched Junior Sub Today, which started with zero capital and has expanded to five states in Nigeria.
  • Junior Sub Today has successfully reduced unemployment rates and empowered individuals, including victims of trafficking and gender-based violence.
  • Meo's organization has trained over 16,000 beneficiaries, with 70% being youth and return migrants.
  • Many beneficiaries have started businesses, hired employees, or secured jobs.
  • The organization has received recognition and awards for its work, including the UN Women's award for Innovation and Technology for Women and Empowerment.
  • The founder was recognized among the top 50 founders in Africa.

Key Takeaways from Meo's Journey

  • Believe in yourself regardless of criticism.
  • Have an open mind to criticism and a strong self-esteem.
  • See failure as an opportunity for growth and self-improvement.
  • Don't get carried away by success; use it as a moment to work harder and analyze what works and what doesn't.
  • Remember that businesses and careers don't bounce back, but individuals do, so never give up.

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