2020 in Review — A year of trying new things.

Tech meets with Kings

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From left to right: Myself, My grandma (Mama Diaspora), Bro (Maxwell) and the Ooni of ife
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Online Certifications

Speaking Conference

  • Delegate, Africa Early Stage Investor Summit (#AESIS2020): This year the annual ‘for investors, by investors’ event brought together different Africa’s early-stage investor community from around Africa which was fully virtual.
  • Participant, Startup school by TheBulb Africa: One of my Startups, Music Hangout got in into the academy for a comprehensive 8-week virtual training where different founders like me learnt the art and science of problem-solving, design thinking, business development as well as the leadership skills needed to help scale fast.
  • Black Product Manager — The Black Product Managers (BPM) Network is a community of diverse product leaders who are passionate about advancing in their careers and increasing representation. The majority of BPM members reside in San Francisco and New York.
  • Eko Innovation Product School
  • Tons of different online meetings, webinars and conferences where I leant and met different people from around the world

Challenges Faced

  • I hardly had time to eat and sleep well. Most time I get to forget that have not eaten due to long hours of work. My sleep was a bit affected because I was combining work with other activities all day and night.
  • Became broke at some point when I left my job and was spending money on some of my startup idea.
  • I felt like giving up at different point in time when things seems not to be making sense.
  • Had some issues managing and collaborating with some team effectively for a while at some point since most of them are not used to remote working.
  • I sometimes felt lonely and isolated at some point since I had less physical interaction with people because of Covid and social distancing .

Life

  • My Family: Dad, Mum and Siblings (am really grateful for having them) where all in good health in this year.
  • I enjoyed grace, favour protection and provision.
  • I made new friends and partners
  • I had a girlfriend and got my first kiss.
  • Built a couple of projects for some companies
  • I learnt a lot about startups, investors and building of great product

What I Am Grateful For

  • I am grateful for the different teams I got the chance to work with — Team Locksley, Music Hangout, NextGen. Thanks for the amazing works and achievement made. I’m super proud and grateful for everyone.
  • Grateful for protection, abundance, Good health and right connections.
  • Grateful for every personal and collective successes
  • The gift of family and friendships. I spent months with my family. Thanks to Covid and the lockdown.
  • I gained a lot friends this year and I am so grateful for everyone of them.
  • I am grateful to God for my life and all the things he has given to me.

What I am Not Proud Of

  • Got a couple of rejection emails from top companies i’d have love to work with.
  • Didn’t read as much books i’d have love to.
  • Didn’t let go of somethings.
  • Was too hard on myself because of little mistakes.
  • I over worked myself and took less care of myself.

2021: What’s the Plan?

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