"Purpose Driven Career"

 

Name: Titilope Adenike Fasipe (nee Ishola)


Currently Based: Houston, Texas


#MadeInNigeia: Born in Lagos but hometown is Ogbomoso, Oyo State

I've known Titi pretty much her entire life, though we are not biologically related, we are family. Titi epitomizes grace and humility. She's a genuine person that is passionate about her work and she is super smart! As I say about every woman that I've had the opportunity to showcase on this platform, she's doing some pretty amazing things!


Read more about Titi's education, career path and why she decided to go the route that she did.

 

Titi's Education & Career Path:
-BS Biology -- UTA, Arlington
-MD, PhD -- UTMB, Galveston
-Residency -- Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
-Fellowship -- Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Baylor/Texas Children's Hospital,  Houston


That's a lot of school! :) 

 

 (Pictured with 18th Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin

 

Why did you chose to take this path?

1. Childhood reasons: I love kids, so growing up I wanted to either be a teacher or a doctor. I was also influenced by my fascination with science (go STEM!) and having a nurse as a mother (I was always reading her nursing textbooks).

2. Impact of Nigeria and Sickle Cell: I suspect most people would think I chose my career because I have sickle cell disease. Well I do have sickle cell, but it's actually more complicated than that. You see, between the ages of 11 and 16, I lived in Nigeria and saw a different side of healthcare. One defined by limited resources and where bad outcomes always had more questions than answers. This really hit home when I heard my beautiful cousin passed way at the age of 17. She had sickle cell and she had been a role model to me. I wondered and still wonder: could her death have been prevented?

3. The Others: that is my countless brothers and sisters who also have sickle cell in America, Nigeria, and worldwide... The ones I have met along the way have inspired me with their stories, all different, yet with common threads.

 


What do you hope to accomplish?
Initially, I pursued a dual degree because I wanted to "cure" sickle cell, a genetic disease. As I went through my training, I realized there are many areas to make impact. I admire those researching cures (and obviously grateful for them), but my dreams have been adjusted. I have decided to focus on other troubling crises for sickle cell - the psycho-social burden of this chronic disease (especially with the associated racial/ethnic stigmas and disparities), the complexities of transitioning to adulthood with this disease, and of course the overwhelming global burden of sickle cell.


This means I still do research, but I focus on patient outcomes and also on the utilization of the current/future therapies.


Correspondingly, I've joined forces with others to spread awareness of sickle cell, starting with my institution , my city/county, and also the state .



Titi is passionate about her path and though things may get challenging or discouraging, she will never give up. Her goal is to create/revitalize/ promote sickle cell programs. Accomplishing things step by step and bit by bit... the hope is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by sickle cell!


Advice that she would give to a Little Girl:
1. Be yourself (which is easier said than done)


2. Identify mentors/role models/sponsors at each stage of life. Some of these people will be nearby (your parents, a teacher, etc), some may be not as easy to reach but their stories can inspire you (e.g., Michelle Obama, Katherine Johnson and other ladies of Hidden Figures, and Chimamanda Adichie to name a few)

 

Quotes Titi tries to live by:
1. "...Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God"
-Micah 6:8

2. "The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story."
-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

One of our friends has already claimed a Noble peace Prize for Titi, I join him and look forward to the day she receives it!

Has Titi's story inspired you? Leave a note in the comment box or send her an email at titilope.ishola@gmail.com

 

Additional information:

http://abc13.com/health/new-medicine-offers-hope-to-those-with-sickle-cell/2165044/

http://www.texaschildrensblog.org/2017/06/world-sickle-cell-day-joshuas-story/

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/index.html




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"The Relationships You Nurture, Will Grow"

Name: Adesewa “Sewa” Faleti

Currently Based: Austin, Texas

#MadeInNigeria:   Ogun State via Bronx, NY

Adesewa went to Bowie High school in Arlington, Texas and then went to Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. College is where she made some of her closest friendships. Going to a place, away from her support system, created an opportunity for Sewa to become more independent and rely on her circle of friends. She went through the good, the bad and everything in between with that local support system.   Till this day she and her college friends are still very close because where there was an intentional goal to help each other succeed. “Friendships are important” Sewa says “and the relationships that you nurture will grow.

After college, Sewa moved to Austin, Texas where she currently resides. Though her location changed, her gift to make *and keep* friends didn’t change. Sewa truly enjoys being around people. “I enjoy what people bring to my life,” Sewa says, “I dont agree with the #NoNewFriends concept because people are in my life for a reason and having a variety of friends adds value.”

Connecting with people is a conscious effort. If she thinks about someone, she will text and/or call and if possible, get together.  At her young age, Sewa has already buried several friends so she knows time is precious and doesn’t take her friendships for granted.

Sewas gift for staying connected with people aligns with what she’s passionate about - seeing people succeed.  She loves when people utilize their gifts and skills to benefit those around them and because Sewa knows everybody….well almost everybody, she’s always connecting people with opportunities.

If a little girls walked up to ask Sewa for advice and she only had a few minutes to give ‘em her best tip, it would be to Live life with a purpose and on purpose, find time for what you love, listen to your heart and cherish every single moment.

Words/quotes that Sewa lives by:

Expect the least expected, from the least expected, when least expect it.

Whew!! I’ve been challenged and I plan to do better. I’ll pick up the phone, send that text and schedule that date. Will you join me?

 
Connect with Sewa

Follow her on IG and Twitter - @AdesewaF

FB  - Adesewa Faleti Entertainment

 

"Garden of Purpose"

Name - Buky aka Ms B

 

Currently Based - Atlanta, GA

 

#MadeInNigeria  - Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria

 

Tell me a little bit about your educational and career path? 

I've always been inquisitive, enjoy finding backdoor solutions and was that kid that would pick logic and math puzzles for my gifts. I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer but my dad took me to meet the school of business dean at Florida A&M, where he graduated from, as an option. My heart wasn't in it but at 16 and getting  a full scholarship for undergrad and grad, I said sure why not. I got a BA and Masters in Business administration and worked as a business analyst until 2 years ago.

 

Any regrets on taking this path?

No regrets taking this route because great friendships came out of it. However, knowing what I know now, I would have put more focus on classes, people, situations, and opportunities that motivated me and truly made me happy.

 

Tell me about your business/hobbies?

I picked up gardening about 3 years ago after my mom passed. I had failed at my previous attempts but something clicked this time around. The first time, it was just something I wanted to do for aesthetics and hadn't gone thru something to make me appreciate it in it's pure essence. This time though, it was something I needed to do to nurture my spirit and in this space of focus, I was able to hear God's voice in a language I now understood.  The garden needs the gardener (God), the plants (Human), and the soil (Spirit) working in harmony to have a flourishing garden. It has since evolved into a living oasis where we've hosted retreats, people use it for their events and photo shoots, helping others redesign their yards, and recently an Instagram page where I share my journey and inspirational lessons I've learned and learning from the garden.

  

Life Lessons from your Garden

1) I had planted tons of flowers in the heat of summer before going to help my mom. They ended up neglected for weeks due to staying for the funeral. When I came back, most of them were just sticks with no leaves but were fuller and bushier the next month. I learned that when a plant is stressed from lack of nutrition/ resources,  it focuses it's energy on digging deeper roots, sheds it's leaves, then regenerates. Likewise, there'll be times in our lives when we feel neglected, stressed and the gardener (God) is no where to be seen. But it's in those situations that we're being pushed to dig deeper,  strengthen our spirit, and shed the superficial things draining our energy; so that we can rebuild, be better equipped to handle different circumstances , and produce more than before.

 

2) A plant doesn't decide what kind of fruit/ flower to produce based on who bought it. So a roma doesn't give me cherry tomatoes just because I like salads or a beefy tomato because I like burgers. It simply produces what it's been programmed to do. Likewise,  I believe we're programmed with specific talents. And instead of trying to tailor them to everyone, just produce what's in you and let those that consume it decide how it will serve them. In essence, I believe our purpose is simply to produce the best of ourselves, not figuring out how we're supposed to be used.

 

3)  Plants often need pruning to remove dead limbs and keep them in the desired shape. Also, pruning triggers a "healing" mechanism, which encourages production of new limbs for a bushier, fuller, more productive plant. Likewise to be healthier, balanced, and more productive, there are people, habits, work, behaviors (etc)that are growing out of control, no longer productive and need to be removed from our lives.

 

     

    If a little girl walked up to asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?  

    Don't let the expectations or opinions of others determine your life. Know what impact you want to make and that'll guide you to who and where you need to be.

     

    What words/quotes do you live by?

    To thine own self be true; get over yourself; it's not just about you.

     

    Follow Buky on Instagram @bdeeplyrooted

     

    “Give ‘em what they want, but also give ‘em what they need”

    Name:  Oluwayeni Ropo-Tusin

    Based:  Mansfield, TX

    Organization: YENCKO

    #madeinNigeria - Ondo State via Southeast London

     

    Change Agent. Speaker.  Author. Mentor. Physical  Therapist. Friend. Daughter. Sister.

    These are a couple of words to describe Yeni, Founder of Yencko which was founded out of Yeni’s passion and purpose: to bring people to the will of God.

     

    Change Agent. Author.

    Growing up as a Pastors Kid aka “PK”, Yeni’s spiritual growth has grown over time because she’s experienced things that have led her to find who she is as an individual. “Being Christian doesn’t mean you have to be stuck up” Yeni says “you can still have a full, fun and enjoyable life.”  This life foundation led to the conception of her devotional book, ‘Expressions of Destiny in Progress’.

    Not everyone grew up in the church, so this devotional offers a starting point for those that want to connect or reconnect with God.  An “Unconventional Guide” is how she describes the devotional. If you have the desire to know more about God, this book is for you.

     

    Speaker.

    Yeni also hosts global pop up Bible Study events.  She’s held events in the USA, England and Nigeria! This was birthed from Yenis love for food. The purpose of the pop up events is to have real and candid conversations about God, life and things that people are experiencing. They are typically hosted in restaurants because, everyone may not come to church, but everyone has to eat!  A collision of spiritual and social elements; her motto for the events comes from Oprah Winfrey “Give people what they want while also giving them what they need. Find a list of her upcoming pop up events HERE

    Mentor.

    Yep, she’s a mentor to. Yeni hosts mentorship programs for high school and college girls throughout the year. Not only is she helping them, but they also help her. She’s learned to always be open minded, you never know when or from whom the next inspiration will come from.

     

    When asked what advice she would you give a girl, she said ”Dont doubt what drives you. Peer pressure may make you doubt yourself and will cause you to want to fit in. Step away from the noise and don’t doubt the voice inside you.” She also recommends that we, no matter how old or young,  surround ourselves with people that are striving for greatness – in school, in career, in business , in faith – whatever stage you’re in, surround yourself with people that will push you to be better – and you be that person as well.

     

    Daugher. Sister. Friend. Physical Therapist.

    In the mist of her busy schedule, she also makes time for her family and friends. Her village, as she references them, encourages her to keep pushing and striving for more. They also let her know when it’s time to take a step back and relax, have fun and take time out for herself. “You make room for what’s important to you and over time, I’ve learned the power of saying No”

     

    Words and Quotes that Yeni lives by:

     

    “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” - Eleanor Roosevelt

     

    “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." – Joshua 1:9

     

    “Who knows if perhaps you were made..for just such a time as this?" Esther 4:14

     

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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/msyencko

    Website: https://www.msyencko.com

    Email: msyencko@msyencko.org

     

    "What's your story?"

    Dr. Teju Adesida is the woman behind Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble (FATE) , Girl Strong.Africa Proud. (GSAP) and she also holds a leadership position at The Funmi Adewole Foundation. Both FATE and GSAP are organizations that strive to promote the African culture to those of us in the United States.


    Keeping the African culture alive through positive and educational initiatives is important for us and our future generations. Below is an interview with Teju that talks more about FATE.


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    Name: Olateju Adesida

     
     
    Currently based in: Chicago, IL, USA
     
    Where are you from in Nigeria?
    Nee Omolodun from Awe in Oyo State. My husband's hometown is Owo in Ondo State. #madeinNigerna
     
    What’s the name of your organization?

    Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble

     

     

    Tell me a little bit about your organization?

    Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble is the premiere theatre company in Chicago that was founded by African immigrants . We aim to stage works that illuminate the African experience from homeland to Diaspora. We also provide a platform for emerging artists to write, direct,perform, and produce works that share current, relevant, and global stories of the African experience in the 21st century.  

     

    Whats the passion/purpose behind your business?

    Stories are powerful. They represent people, cultures, beliefs, values. They are a way of knowing, feeling, and connecting human beings to our shared humanity. However, as powerful as stories are, it is even more important who tells them and how they are told. Unfortunately, we as Africans are often not the ones telling our own stories. That's where FATE comes in; to make sure that we are the one's telling our own stories. 

     

    If a little girl walked up to asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?

    You are more capable than you think, more beautiful, smarter, and more talented than you have imagined.  The grace is already in you to be that much more. Have courage. Don't be afraid.    

    What words/quotes do you live by?

    It comes from Zenzele, A Letter for my Daughter, a novel by J. Nozipo Maraire, that I adapted into a one woman play:

    To be an African woman is to be strong. It is to be at peace within. You must always listen to that inner voice and not permit others to drown it out. It is to measure your words, to balance your works with your gifts carefully. It is in some way to be selfless, to serve others, yet to know and defend your rights to the bitter end.  

     


    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 

     


    The best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time. - Toni Morrison

       

      Anything else that you would like to add?

      I don't do this work alone. I have a great team that includes some phenomenal women who share the vision and I couldn't do it without them. I am also so encouraged and inspired by many African women I see living out their passion and purpose... like Ankara Luv. I hope we all continue to bear each other up.  

       

      For more information on FATE, contact:


      Website: www.fehintytheatre.org


      Email: info@fehintytheatre.org,


      FB: FATE


      Twitter: @FehintyTheatre


      What's your story? and if someone were to tell it, what would it look like? Live life with little or no regrets and try to make a positive impact wherever you go. 

       

       

       

      "BONUS EDITION: Happy Mother's Day!"

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      #madeinNigeria – Awe, Oyo State, Nigeria

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