Vanessa Detokunbo-Bello is currently not an entrepreneur, although she has plans to start something great in a few years time and I am definitely looking forward to it.
Vanessa is a woman who has well defined philosophies of life which is why I brought her on board.
Pam: I know you didn’t see this coming but…Can you please defined yourself in seven words?
Vanessa Detokunbo-Bello: RESILIENT
Pam: From my personal discussions with you, I can tell you are interested in entrepreneurship, why is that?
Vanessa Detokunbo-Bello: We live in an age now where everyone is ‘doing their own thing’ but not many people are starting something brand new, something that hasn’t being done before. Everyone is following the crowd. I am strong believer of innovative thinking. If you create it, people will want it, need it and most importantly will pay for it. No one knew they needed a smartphone till it was created. Entrepreneurship is a way I believe I can develop as well as monetise my ideas and skills. As creative person, I always have new ideas, something I think fuels entrepreneurs a lot.
Entrepreneurship is a way I believe you can develop as well as monetise your ideas and skills.
Pam: I am very much aware that you don’t only love cooking but you are a good cook. Why haven’t you turned this area of your life into a stream of income?
Vanessa Detokunbo-Bello: I am not someone who likes to rush into things anymore. I have in the past and it literally smacked me right in the face so now I’m going to take my time. A lot of people have countless ideas of what I should do and how I should go about it but aren’t exactly there when the going gets tough so I’m just gonna do me. I have some things related to this planned and by God’s grace, they should come to life soon.
My main priority is what God says. You see, the overlap between doing something you love and making it a source of income is a very dicey one. I really don’t want to reach the point where I end up cooking just for a living rather than cooking because I love enjoy it. This isn’t to say it won’t happen. I’m still praying about it.
My main priority is what God says.
Pam: Other than cooking, what else are you passionate about?
Vanessa: MUSIC! MUSIC! MUSIC! Especially Gospel Jazz. Everyone who knows me knows I walk around with my headphones in all the time, God save my eardrums. The composition, the beat, the musical instruments, everything about it just makes me happy. I finally made the 100% switch to strictly gospel music and I am loving it. When you direct the focus of your musical gifts towards the one who matters: God, you feel so fulfilled you want to do it over and over again. He gives me inspiration and renews my love for it and for Him every day.
Pam: Just a little diversion, I am aware you were born in Nigeria, but lived most of your life in the United Kingdom. Is Nigeria a place you would like to go back to?
Vanessa:I used to say no but now DEFINITELY
Pam: Can you please give reasons for your answer?
Vanessa: Not necessarily to live at first but to start making changes. Too many people are all talk. All they do is complain about the country but are not willing to do anything about it. Nigeria is a great nation regardless of the group of people running it. We have so many resources we can utilise and I do believe there is hope for that country yet. A lot of Nigerians are now western educated and the country is still the same so how can you blame the government for everything? We’ve lived everywhere, literally and seen how other countries function successfully. How about we take this so called ‘western perspective and expertise’ back to our homeland and do something.
Nigeria is a great nation regardless of the group of people running it.
Pam: It’s rare to see your type I must confess. Most Nigerians have lost hope in the country. It’s good to see positive change agents.
Pam: I know you to be a great worshipper, how has your Christian faith influenced your life?
Vanessa: Transformed it completely. People who knew 2013 Vanessa and know me now can tell the difference from now till whenever. When I rededicated my life to Christ, I basically had to discard everything I thought I knew and start again. There were things I used to constantly do which I couldn’t anymore, not just because ‘the Bible says so’.
As a Christian your focus is God and He cannot behold iniquity so to see Him you literally have to stop all the rubbish! It also changed my focus so rather than seeking validation and myself worth from other human, I meditated on God’s word and speak positivity into my life ‘I am the head and not the tail, I am fearfully and wonderfully made, God loved me so much that he gave His son to die for me’. Now if that kind of person loves you that much, you would want to live your life pleasing Him right?
When I rededicated my life to Christ, I basically had to discard everything I thought I knew and start again.
Pam: As a young woman, what would your advice be to a fellow woman who is scared to live her life to full capacity?
Vanessa Detokunbo-Bello: That is the worst thing you can do to yourself. God hasn’t limited you so why limit yourself. Go out and be the best you can be. There is nothing stopping you but you.
When I face a big challenge, I….
Pray for strength from God. Divine strength is something we all need. You have 10 projects and little time, trust God to carry you though all of it. He has never let me down.
The most courageous thing I have ever done is…
Take on a leadership role in my final year. Some people said to my face, ‘you’re nuts’ but God said, so I did!
The best advice I have been given is…
Be yourself, no one does it better than you
My favourite quote is…
Why try so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out – Ian Wallace
Pam: Lastly, what will you like to leave with our audience?
Vanessa Detokunbo-Bello: Dare to be different, be unique. Don’t do something just because everyone else is. Competition can only take you so far so please don’t try to copy your friends, BE YOURSELF. Most importantly put God first and let Him lead you in all that you do – Proverbs 3:5-6.
If there’s anything “A Chat with Pam” has taught me is the importance of consistency in all that I do.
Dare to be different. Competition can’t take you far.
BE EMPOWERED | BE ENCOURAGED | BE INSPIRED | STAY MOTIVATED