Abisola Adekoya

Abisola Adekoya (Vital Voices - Women in Management and Business - WIMBIZ): Abisola received her BA in English and International Affairs from Illinois State University in 2007. At the time of her fellowship, she was in her first year at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, studying for a Masters degree in International Development. While at Georgetown, Abisola interned with the Africa Program Department of Search for Common Ground and volunteered as an English-French translator on behalf of asylum seekers through Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Legal Studies. After her fellowship, Abisola wrote: “What a summer this has been! This experience has given me the opportunity to reconnect with my roots (and) greatly exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I have never worked in such a challenging environment, so I’m incredibly proud of myself for completing all of my work plan."

Wimbiz Member Profile: Arinola Adeniyi

30 Jul

A decade ago, Nigeria’s banking sector was at its peak. So it came as a shock when Arinola Adeniyi announced that she was resigning from her position in one of Nigeria’s top banks to open her own spa, especially since such establishments were virtually nonexistent in Lagos, Nigeria at the time. Few knew, however, that Arinola had planned this exit for years. After realizing that other overworked Lagosians must also long for a relaxing massage between trips abroad, she aimed to become an expert in the health and wellness industry, reading up on all the latest trends and attending international trainings courses and seminars on massage, body wraps, nutrition, and so much more.

Venivici Health Club and Urban Spa is the realization of Arinola’s dream for an oasis from the hustle and bustle of Lagos life. As a trusted provider of world class holistic health services, her award winning spa has become a destination for locals and tourists alike. From Arinola’s perspective, the key to overcoming obstacles like the country’s inadequate infrastructure is the ability to see challenges as mere stepping stones to the next opportunity. As she says, “what you focus on becomes your obsession,” so she counsels female entrepreneurs hoping to follow in her footsteps, to concentrate less on their obstacles, and more on the resources needed to overcome them.

For more on Arinola’s story, check out this video!


Posted By Abisola Adekoya

Posted Jul 30th, 2010


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