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Thursday 22 September 2016
2inspire Inspirational Woman: Ganiyat Alli, Founder of Mr and Miss Nigeria UK
Ganiyat Alli is a woman on a mission to unite the Nigerian Diaspora in the UK. The 27 year old entrepreneur has the ambition and drive to make a difference in the Nigerian Diaspora community through the Mr & Miss Nigeria UK pageant. After years of experience within the African events scene she decided to launch the first joint male and female cultural pageant specifically for the Nigerian community as a way to unite the diaspora. In early 2013, after almost losing her mother to a sudden head injury, Ganiyat became disillusioned by the entertainment and events industry and fell into depression. Read her inspirational interview today!
Please tell us what is a typical business day for
In preparation for the event there are a lot of
emails and cold claim that needs to be done, depending on what stage we are at
as a team we are usually contacting companies and venues, try to secure
sponsorship and dates for the show.
What made you start the business and how did you
Event planing started as a hobby while I was in
university, I love the idea of putting something together that makes people
feel good. With Mr & Miss Nigeria UK it was a distraction from the negative
place I found myself in daily. It helped me to refocus on what I really loved
to do. I also wanted to put together something that would help Nigerian’s in
the diaspora celebrate their heritage.
What would you say has been your greatest
accomplishment in the business world to date?
It would have to be making it to our 3rd
year, it has been difficult but possible. I've been able to learn so much and
find new ways to grow the brand.
What has been your biggest challenge in
business so far?
Finding consistent people, dealing with
people who do not understand the vision or understand how much work goes into running
such an event has really shown me that it is not personal. The best thing to do
is to find solutions and not dwell.
What are your future plans for the
The brand will definitely be expanding
into other areas, we want to create more opportunities for young people to gain
practical skills that will allow them to go straight into work over having to
stay in education, especially if education is something they are not strong in.
If you had to do it all over
again, what would you do differently?
I would have developed the idea a bit
more and attempted to find better ways to fund the event. The planning stages
are so key when trying to put together a successful event so I would have loved
more time to get things done.
Why is it so important to inspire young
women in particular to follow their dreams?
Everyone is born with a purpose in life
and it is important to know that you don't need to have it all figured out by
the time you are 18. By continuously working hard and trying new things what
you love to do will soon be what pays your bills and it won't even feel like
work. Everyone needs someone to look up to and be inspired by, so if I could be
that for just one young girl that would be the best thing in the world.
What advice would you give to somebody
who wants to start a business in your industry?
Before going straight in it is best to
do as much volunteering, attach yourself to someone who has been in the
industry for years and don't be afraid to ask questions. I feel like I could
have been a lot further in my career if I had someone to run ideas by and learn
What or who inspires you in business
I have never really been inspired by
anyone before but since getting deeper in my faith, knowing God more has really
kept me going and has really allowed me to have more faith in what I do.
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
‘Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will
find; knock and the door will be opened to you’ Matthew 7:7