Vivian “Jokotade” Adeniyi popularly known as “Jokotade”is a renowned Nigerian-American author, speaker, and thought leader on topics relating to women, business and leadership. Through her Jokotade Network which hosts a variety of talk shows, she has a growing audiences in over 100 countries. Her inspiring journey and fashion style has been featured in several leading online magazines. Not only is she an entrepreneur and a success mentor but also a wife and a mother.
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Get to know Jokotade
- Why do you choose to introduce yourself as a next-generation problem-solver?
We are living in very different times than our parents did. I consider Millennials the next generation and the challenges we face are immense compared to our parents. With the fast rise and growth of technology and social media, we are busier than ever before, we are distracted more than ever before and we are out of balance more than ever before. The feelings of overwhelm, stress, comparison has become almost second nature to the next generation particularly women. On my journey, I observed that there are not enough simple, practical and relevant resources that specifically address or support the struggles the next-generation woman faces. I also observed that these resources are not presented in the language she understands and desperately seeks so I decided to raise my hands to help that woman gain clarity, insight and direction for her life.
2. As a teacher what is your main goal?
As a teacher, my main goal is to keep things simple. Using my personal stories and experiences, I do best my best to break down complex issues and literally show another woman step-by-step how to make things happen in her life too.
3. Why is it important for you to finish better than how you started?
I think anyone can start anything and at anytime but you see, the prize for winning never goes to the person who started but rather to the person who actually finishes. I have missed out on certain opportunities and possible successes in life because I started working on a “great idea” but failed to finish. The reality is I never got to know what I could become with those incomplete ideas. I have learned so much since and now hope to help someone become a finisher on their personal success journey.
4. What are the things you admire about your journey?
My journey definitely hasn’t been smooth neither has it been easy. I’m not sure I would use the word admire but I definitely will say “grateful”. I am grateful I was born in Africa. I am even more grateful for the opportunity to grow up in the midst of such an amazing heritage and culture. Everything I learned growing up as an young African child has shaped my values and formed my path in life.
For instance, I learned to do much with so little while attending boarding school in Lagos, Nigeria. I recall getting homework done in the absence of consistent electricity supply. I recall taking a full bath with small bowls of water. I ultimately learned to work hard in spite of very tough situations. I learned to not give up in the face of adversity. I moved to the United States with my parents once I completed my secondary school and simply took these life lessons and disciplines with me.
I am grateful for the opportunity to start small. When I moved to the United States I literarily had to start all over. I arrived with only a suitcase and a dream of living out my dreams. I am grateful to be on track!
5. List 5 things that you are grateful for?
I am grateful for my faith, my family, my gifts, my talents and especially my voice – it’s my unique God-Given mark.
Words of wisdom from Jokotade
Here are a few of my personal quotes and words of wisdom. from my book, “A fresh Start”.
Focus and commitment will lead you
to completion if you don’t give up.
A woman in control of her schedule
is an unstoppable woman.
Commit to growing from your past.
Commit to maximizing your present.
Commit to planting for your future.
It is an opportunity for growth.
Keeping a record of your daily life through lists
and journaling will help you measure your
progress and encourage your success.
Become a student of wisdom.
Wisdom will take you places others dream of.
A fresh start is a journey – a journey
that requires a plan.
Your husband has a dream,
your children have a dream,
you too must not ignore your own dream.
The reality is that none of us got to
choose how we were born or even the
names we were given at birth, but I
have found that each of us
can choose how we end.