”We tried not to be embarrassed. It was tough. Many times we were very close to tears. But we kept pushing.Omoni Oboli
4 Learnings From Omoni Oboli’s Journey
- Listen to your heart and find your voice
Omoni did not give up her dream of becoming a film maker even after trying for four years. She ended up starting her first project although she did not have the money to complete it. It was a huge risk but sometimes, you just have to start with what you have and tackle fate. She got better film after film and found her voice. Humor is her vehicle to tell strong truths and bring change.
- Assume the effort of raising awareness and keep pushing
Launching a project that needs a mindset change to work has 99% of chances to fail. So, being aware of the risk and taking the plunge implies that you are ready to face failure. Omoni chose to use the sense of Nigerian nationalism to educate consumers. She rose awareness about economics and the fact that all Nollywood revenues stay in Nigeria unlike foreign films for which only a fraction of revenue profits to local economy.
- Be resilient
Even after winning her battle to change the dynamics and perception of Nollywood films, Omoni kept on doing meet and greets in cinemas.
- Grow a community
That helped her grow a community that she nurtures through social media. Staying connected to a fan base regularly, not just when you have products to sell, is key.
What Is Your Recipe For Pushing A Project In A Tough Context?
Do you have similar stories where you had to keep pushing despite an unfavorable context and ended up meeting success? … Or maybe you didn’t achieve your goals. Either way, what do you think the recipe for success in this context is. Share your experience in the comments section, I would love to read your thoughts about this situation a lot of African entrepreneurs need to deal with.
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Kenza is an entrepreneur, communication expert and social activist. She started her career as a Private Equity analyst and took the plunge of entrepreneurship back in 2011 when she founded an innovative beauty e-commerce and a beauty brand. She is the founder of eEducation.Africa, an NGO that gives talented individuals access to emancipating online education in line with their culture and market needs.