Amarachi Onwukwe is a woman of many titles. She is the Founder and CEO of HealthRecharge CIC, a health education and promotion company.
Hello people, did anyone miss me? Before we start the interview, I have got great news for you all, I started podcasting. Yippee!!!! So you can now finally hear my voice. #winks. https://soundcloud.com/pamsotuphotography/introduction-to-a-chat-with-pam
Hopefully, the reveal sessions will be in audio format for those who struggle to read but until then LET’S ALL DISCIPLINE OURSELVES AND READ.
Anytime, I get to have a conversation with Amarachi, she leaves me with great words of wisdom so its great to finally REVEAL her. From her pictures you can tell she loves to talk.
Pam: Hello Amarachi, it’s so good to finally have you here. I read your profile and I was wowed by it. I noticed you are involved in a lot of health related matters. Can you please briefly explain to our audience what you do?
Amarachi Onwukwe: Whenever I get this question my thoughts runs through a lot of things. I do a lot of things. However, let me make plain my academic background as that might give people an idea of the undertone in the things I do. I have MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics with a background in Public Health. Currently working on innovative technological venture opportunities, health concept gamification (gameful learning) and effective entrepreneurial marketing. This is what we are focusing on at HealthRecharge CIC. On the side, I consult for other businesses especially in the areas of disruptive business strategy, business plan writing and data analysis. I am about all things public health focused and business.
Pam: WOW!!!!!!! From what you said, you seem to be pretty much occupied. How do you manage it all together?
Amarachi Onwukwe: Truth be told, I am still learning to be more efficient. However, the things I have found that works for me are, first, I fundamentally love what I do. This brings fun into my work. I get into work like I am playing a game. Playing games are fun for most, if not all people love games. So I look forward to what I do because it is fun to me.
Secondly, while I did not say this initially in our discussion, I love to learn which explains why I read much and listen to all things inspiring and informative. I see my work as an opportunity to learn and serve better, solve faster and effectively. It feels amazing when I get to learn even from little things.
Thirdly is discipline. At the moment I am going through a book/program called the ‘Neuropsychology of Self-discipline’…like I said am still learning. It’s my thing.
Pam: What motivates you to stay productive?
Amarachi Onwukwe: The desire to love, solve and serve.
You know life is full of service to people. When you put on a shoe, use a toothbrush, or lay on your bed, you are being served. Because those items—the shoe, toothbrush, and bed, were thought of and made by other people. So you are being served all day every day. As long as you are engaged or even inactive, you are being served…even if you choose to stand outside any four walls (naked) and not touch stuff, the very floor you are standing on has been made by someone.
So you see, life is about service. I looked around years back and found that I was a huge consumer, and I asked myself, what can I produce for others to consume? I first wanted to be an inventor of some equipment that can heal and save lives, then it became a desire to make anything useful to people, health related or not, product or service. And trust me, am on that path.
Pam: From your profile you mentioned that during your spare time you either reading or listening to a podcast. Do you ever get to a point where you feel like you know too much?
Amarachi Onwukwe: Oh quite the opposite! Know too much? For where? In fact this has brought back memories. Looking back when I was much younger, and looking at my daddy’s library, just the sight of it told me there was a whole lot I didn’t know but could know if I read all the books. I could not read all the books, so it was a constant reminder that I knew little compared to all that could be known. I yearned for super powers that could aid me read all the books that I desired to read lol.
According to Albert Einstein, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” This quote right here captures my very sentiment on the matter. I believe that whenever anyone begins to think they know too much, they stop learning, and to me, that is the death of aliveness! I do not ever want to have such a thought or feeling.
Pam: You mentioned that your favorite and most important profession is doing great exploits for God. How have you been able to achieve that so far?
Amarachi Onwukwe: By serving in any capacity I find myself, even if it is just doing house chores like washing the dishes. I am always looking for the best way to demonstrate love by serving and solving. To start listing the great exploits one after another will be a list that go on for days hahaha. But seriously, my dad always says anything worth doing is worth doing well. To me great exploits is not just making the international news for something very great (by the way watch out for this name on the news), it is also in the little things we do.
For the scripture says in Matthew 25:40 (God’s Word Translation), “The king will answer them, ‘I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant [they seemed], you did for me.’ I intentionally chose this version because it highlights the seemingly ‘unimportant’ aspect of work or service that I am on about.
So God is concerned with all we do little or big (however we choose to judge big or little) for s/he that is faithful in little is also faithful in much (Luke 16:10).
Pam: What would your advice to teenage girls be?
Amarachi Onwukwe: Have definiteness of purpose, and work toward it with all you have got. Never think you are too young and still have time to gallivant. Start, no matter how small, just make sure it is what you want and desire. And hey! You have got what it takes to start, the things you do not know, you can learn along the way so do not worry.
Pam: I believe that it’s not too late to launch out and I believe you agree with that, how do you intend to encourage older women who feel that it’s too late for them?
Amarachi Onwukwe: Hmmm, well anyone who knows Amarachi knows she is a firm believer that age is just a number. It is to you what you make it. Which is pretty much truth for anything; if one thinks that they are old, they are, and vice versa.
However, I will add as a reminder to ‘older women’ that as long as you are alive and sane, you can be, do, and have anything you set your mind on and believe as true. Do not focus or worry about the times that have passed or the ones that will pass. Time will always pass, and that is what does! Just do! If we know that time will pass anyway, why don’t we use it to do what we desire, to achieve excellently, grow, serve better, solve better, live and love best? My friend Omolade quotes: ‘Excellence knows no gender’; I will add that: ‘Excellence knows no age!’
When I face a big challenge, I…
I pray! I just pray for infinite intelligence to aid me. Just recently, I had work to deliver to a client that was proving tough and it seemed like I was going to disappoint. Ah! I was about to panic when I reminded myself that, that will drain my intellect. Block the flow from the divine, so I prayed and prayed in my heart and yes He came through
The most courageous thing I’ve ever done as an entrepreneur is…
starting a company while in school and in a foreign land!
If I could go back in time to when I started my business(s) I would tell myself…
don’t just write a business plan, use it as your tool in every way!
The best advice I have ever been given is…
believe, learn and do
My favorite business tool/resource/book/podcast is…
Bible. Let me add that am not trying to sound religious or anything. The truth is, every great book I have read keeps quoting the bible (and yes some business books too). So I searched myself and I found in that book are treasures untold. You can ask Strive Masiyiwa.
My favorite quote is…
‘as long as your attitude is right, the facts don’t count’
I don’t know about you but the REVEALS keep getting better. The aim is still to empower, encourage, inspire and motivate young women to launch out. To be the best they are meant to be and live the life God has designed for them.
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