My First Story - From Grass to Grace

Mama soulace
Posted December 30, 2020 from Nigeria

My name is Busola Adeeko. I'm also reffered to as Mama Soulace or Lady Kolojia from Lagos State, Nigeria. I am a Supply Chain Professional, a fabric art designer and model, an heliciculturist by hobby and the Co-founder/COO of Soulace Africa Initiative, an NGO supporting Girls, women and widows of the veterans community in Nigeria.

Taking from my past experiences,  I went through the ordeal of losing my beloved father when I was six years old and had my own taste of childhood trauma and child poverty. I witnessed my mother (widowed at 32 years with 6 children) worked out our survival through difficult and precarious path and had within me count of periods when we either had to squat in church houses at the expiration of our successive rent or had to sleep in our badly roofed food vending shop. My mother became jacks of all trade as at that time to ensure we had food on our table, and roof on our head. 

Getting education for me was like passing through the eye of a needle. During my Secondary school years, there were countless days I skipped school to assist my mother at the shop by hawking food in remote places in Lagos.  These experiences and many more brought out the best in me as I put my brain to work and was determined to get the education I desire and as far as I can. 

I am an honor graduate of Accountancy. An Associate Member of the Institute of  Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. I hold MBA Finance and Investment from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. And currently a PhD student in Development Finance from UNICAF University - Zambia.

My shared experiences and latent passion was the cord  of connection between  myself and my darling husband whose experiences were not any different from mine. This rationale obviously  gave birth to the establishment of Soulace Africa Initiative where we both serve in varying capacity today. 

All my past experiences culminated into my  intensely shared passion on financial inclusion for disadvantaged women most especially widows. And this explains my passion to conduct research and develop a multi million Naira social investment project named Soulace Micro Enterprise Finance Scheme (SMEFS). An hybrid investment I believe will bring succor to the marginalized war left behind widows/ survivors in Nigeria. And recently, I developed a girl child advocacy program named GCEM - HP, an educational and mental health drive for girl child within barracks community in Nigeria.

My desire is to see women of all ages and colours thrive wherever and in whatever situation they find themselves. And I have a burden to help young girls who share similar background like mine and women with stories like my mother's get their lives together, be independent financially and live that life they have always desired.

 

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Tamarack Verrall
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Dear Mama Soulace,
A big welcome to World Pulse. It is so good to have your voice, your story of survival and knowledge of what you are doing now. What a long road it was. You give hope that the seemingly impossible is possible. The difficulty that women, and in particular women who are on their own, and society's distain for and abandonment of widows in particular, is shameful. You are changing this, and are an inspiration to all.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Mama soulace
Dec 31, 2020
Dec 31, 2020

Thank you Tam. It feels good to be in this community. Lots of women to learn from, lean on and connect with. Thanks for the warm welcome

jomarieb.earth
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Dear Mama Soulace,
Welcome to the World Pulse family. You have managed to convert hardships into challenges. You have turned dreams into inspirations. And aspirations into realities. Bravo sister! I applaud you and all that you do. You embody the encouragement that the world needs. Women need the support of women. And tag my dearest...you are "it"! Your story is uplifting and full catapulting motivation.
Thank you so much for sharing the love that you have for life.
Hugs...JoMarie

Mama soulace
Dec 31, 2020
Dec 31, 2020

Dear JoMarie,
Thank you for the beautiful message and warm welcome. I am open to learning more from the beautiful women in this community. The love and energy is so strong and it is what the world needs at this time. Thank you again

valem
Dec 31, 2020
Dec 31, 2020

Hello mama Soulace
Welcome to this loving family and high level of solidarity. I salute you with the challenges you faced you held on to education and reaped positive results. I save this message for community am working with as teaching aids
Hug from valem

Mama soulace
Dec 31, 2020
Dec 31, 2020

Dear Valem,
Thank you for taking time out to read my story and I'm happy for its impact. Thank you for the encouraging words too.
Hugs......Mama Soulace

Marie Abanga
Jan 01
Jan 01

Dear Mama Soulace,

Isn't this an epic tale of your Tests becoming your Testimonies and your pain leading to your purpose? Oh wow wow wow, you have have come a long way and achieved so much. Kudos to all your initiatives and welcome to World Pulse - a sisterhood like none I have ever experienced in my life.
Looking forward to reading more about your initiatives and updates
In warm sisterhood
Marie

Mama soulace
Jan 05
Jan 05

Dear Marie,
Thank you for the warm welcome and message.
It feels good to be here among women giving back to the community. So much urge and energy to do more.
Hugs....
Mama Soulace

keza
Jan 01
Jan 01

Dear mama soulace
Nothing impossible for those who is possible. the past can hurt but the more you hurt,the more you become mature in mind
Thank you for sharing your story and welcome in our big family of worldpulse

Mama soulace
Jan 05
Jan 05

Dear Keza,
Thank you for the warm welcome and encouragement.
It feels good to be here among women giving back to the community. So much urge and energy to do more.
Hugs....
Mama Soulace

buky_2
Jan 01
Jan 01

Thanks for your Story. It has helped out smile on my face. We all go through different types of challenges. Thank God we are giving back in one way or the other.
Jeep up the good work

Mama soulace
Jan 05
Jan 05

Dear buky_2,
Thanks for the warm message.
It feels good to be here among women giving back to the community. So much urge and energy to do more.
Hugs....
Mama Soulace

anita shrestha
Jan 02
Jan 02

Dear Mama
Nice

Mama soulace
Jan 05
Jan 05

Dear Anita,
Thank you!
Hugs..
Mama Soulace

Regina Afanwi Young
Jan 02
Jan 02

Dear Mama Solace, Welcome to World Pulse. what a powerful testimony of determination and persistence. Thank you for using your past experience to change lives. I look forward to read more from you.
In sisterhood.
Regina

Mama soulace
Jan 05
Jan 05

Dear Regina,
Thanks for the warm welcome and message.
It feels good to be here among women giving back to the community. So much urge and energy to do more.
In sisterhood.
Mama Soulace

Rojin
Jan 03
Jan 03

Thank you for inspiring us by sharing your life story. I admire you on how you handle the challenges that comes into your life.

Hugs,
Rojeanne

Mama soulace
Jan 05
Jan 05

Dear Rojeanne,
Thank you for your warm message.
It feels good to be here among women affecting the world positively.
Hugs.....
Mama Soulace

rebecca.tang
Jan 04
Jan 04

Thank you for sharing. Your story is very touching and meaning. Education is important everyone. Knowledge can change our lives. Appreciate your great and meaningful work! Please try to help more youngsters on education.
May Almighty God bless your all!

Mama soulace
Jan 05
Jan 05

Dear rebecca.tang,
Thank you for your warm message. God will help us to give back to the society in affecting the next generation positively.
In sisterhood,
Mama Soulace

Adanna
Jan 11
Jan 11

Welcome to World Pulse Mama Soulace!

World Pulse is an amazing community and I am happy you have joined.

Your story is inspiring and thank you for sharing.

Thank you for developing a girl child advocacy program with consideration for mental health.

Love,
Adanna

Mama soulace
Apr 21
Apr 21

Dear Adanna,
Thank you for your warm message.
It feels good to be here among women affecting the world positively.
Hugs.....
Mama Soulace

Namibiad
Jan 11
Jan 11

I am happy to read your first post, and am inspired to write my first post to include my story as well. I wonder how long my origins will continue to be relevant when I introduce myself (immigrant from Panama to the US), but I see that it influences us so much. Like yours has throughout your life and work. Thanks for sharing.

Mama soulace
Apr 21
Apr 21

Dear Namibiad,
Thank you for your warm message.
It feels good to be here among women affecting the world positively.
Our stories does not stop with us but it extends to and impact those around us in unimaginable ways. We all need to take the steps and see things unfold.
Hugs.....
Mama Soulace

Shirley Asiedu-Addo
Jan 20
Jan 20

Mama Busola what a testimony. God bless your intent and make it happen greatly...

Mama soulace
Apr 21
Apr 21

Dear Shirley,
Thank you for your warm message and prayers....God bless you

Aparna Sanjay
Jan 26
Jan 26

Welcome to World Pulse, Mama Soulace! Thanks for sharing your story and I am inspired by how you have not allowed yourself to be beaten down but gotten a fantastic education and are a multi-talented and accomplished woman (I have to look up what a heliciculturist is!!) Good luck on your social enterprise project.

Mama soulace
Apr 21
Apr 21

Dear Aparna,
Thank you for your warm message.
It feels good to be here among women affecting the world positively.
Hugs.....
Mama Soulace