#ImpactandCommunitySeries: “I just want women to believe that there’s someone deep inside of themselves that they haven’t discovered but at the time that they have the conviction, at the time that they have a believe in who they are, it gives them a deeper sense of understanding of themselves” -Abayomi Adeola Della, Founder of The Dellasdiary Foundation

Abayomi Adeola Della

Abayomi Adeola Della is an Entrepreneur, Product Manager and Social Workers who is so interested in the progress of Education in Africa and loves to drive people into their highest potentials. 

Adeola Abayomi has over 4 years of experience in Digital Marketing and Business Development. Currently, Adeola Abayomi is a Business Developer at Kolo Nigeria, where she focuses on creating business frameworks based on Marketing and Communications. She builds women in God through word and prayer to be trained for their unique positions in kingdom work, and also studies for a bachelor’s degree in Law in Obafemi Awolowo University. 

She was a fellow of Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and was trained for leadership, critical thinking and problem solving and is currently a fellow of Women Techsters at Tech4Dev where she’s building a career in Product Management.

She has delivered speeches, lectures and opinions at the Skill Craft Advance Learning and Education under Desh Bhaget University, India and Liverpool John Moores University, UK and UCAM in Spain, including The Tribune Newspaper in Nigeria, Greena FM in Ghana to mention a few.

With Della in any room, they are up for high and transformational impact.

Thank you for making out time to chat with us — in your own words — who is Abayomi Adeola Della? 

Abayomi Adeola Della is a Life and Business Coach. She loves to see people grow individually and also collectively in their lives and businesses and she expresses this through authoring, blogging, content creation and Coaching Programs.

She has keen interest in volunteering, children, education and community development and so she runs an NGO— The Dellasdiary Foundation where she trains and nurtures children and youths to create change across the SDGs.

She has impacted the lives of over 30,000 people— old and young and still seeks to impact the world with her knowledge and wisdom.

 Can you share some of your memorable moments and highlights in the course of your work?

For me, it has always been about social impact, it’s always been about seeing children live their best through great mentorship, through good guidance and looking at the fact that children can be very manipulative a lot of times, it is very important that we’re paying attention to their growth process, that we’re paying attention to the things that they digest externally and even internally. 

So, in as much as we understand that parenting is not the only tool that they will need in this time, we’re paying more attention to making sure that the people they meet in their day to day activities from their teachers to their friends, their uncles, their aunties, are better people for them to also be better people. So, to me it has always been so great to train youths to come up with solutions that will guide global problems and also help them be independent as social change makers to be able to even take care of children around them. Because we realise that for every thing that every child needs to get, they need someone to guide them through the process. It happens a lot with us teenagers and youths, how much more children. 

 

They’re really fragile and could just take anything they see in the environment. For us, what really makes our work memorable is that we’re creating a ripple effect from the youths to teenagers down to children. We’re making sure that as much as we can’t change the mind, perspectives and mentalities of their parents, we can do much to surround children with the right resources through the young adults around them. For us, that’s our highlight. 

Our highlight has been creating a ripple effect in the continent of Africa through youths, teenagers and young adults who are able and ready to guide children in the way that they should go. We’ve had a lot of events and programs but this programs, events, trainings and workshops have been successful due to the powerful tools that we have which are people who are ready to take the bull by the horn and get each child in their environment involved and each time that we meet at every of our programs, perform to their highest degree.

With how far you’ve come, and your success, what achievements do you hope for in the next 5 years?

 In the next 5 years, we’re looking at a wide range of children who can have a certain level of sense of responsibility and respect for themselves and who they are becoming. So, we’re helping them see beyond who they currently are. 

That’s why our foundation prefers to call them Orangers than call them children because we believe that calling them children sometimes has a mental effect on them that they keep thinking and acting like children. Of course, they’re children but a lot of times we need them them see beyond who they currently are. We need them to see a futuristic projection of who they really are and this can only come by the things we call them, tell them and the things we make them responsible for – the things we give them and hand over to them. 

 

So, giving them responsibilities that help them think independently, help them solve global problems as children, help them not to just complain but find a solution for the problems around them is really for us one thing that we want to be able to do in the next five years. In the next five years, we want to be able to cater for children and give them the normal traditional education that they deserve, that not only focuses on the traditional way of education you know the basic Maths, English and so on but also letting them recognise that they have potentials and they could go themselves moving forward in progression and trades the world is bringing at the moment in tech and entertainment, in crafts, making them see how they can now critically think to bring up solutions in their environment. For us, it’s just us building a global village of children who are ready to change the world, who are ready to stand as advocates for themselves as individuals and collectively as persons. 

 

Can you briefly share some women you consider mentors?

Yes, here are some of my mentors who have really caused great change for me and have really transformed me to who I’ve become in the past couple of years. There’s Mrs Ibukun Awosika, she has been such a great delight in my life having to see the transformation and what her story is like has been so inspiring and motivating.

There’s also Debola Deji Kurunmi, she is my coach, my mentor and someone I really look up to, who personifies a lot of things that God would have me do in coming times. There’s also my mom who has also been a very great instrument in helping me grow, in helping me become who I am, teaching me basic moral standards and guiding me in the way of truth which is Christ and also helping me believe that there’s nothing I can’t do. My mom has always gone for gold and for me, I see her every time trying hard to become better at what she does and that inspires me a whole lot. 

 Do you have a life philosophy, personal mantra perhaps that keeps you steady when the going gets tough?

Yeah, my life philosophy and personal mantra, that helps me go steady is “he that is in me is greater than he that is in the world”. There’s something really great about me, really peculiar about me that keeps me going. What gives me a strong conviction about myself is that there’s nothing I can not do. It helps me understand that there’s nothing that is impossible for me to do because I carry someone who is greater(God) than what the world sees. That is, the spirit of God on my inside. There’s no limit for me and it keeps me going. Every single time I tell myself that, it gives me a different type of spark. It helps me know that the person behind me is more than the person the world knows as Della and it helps me believe in myself and helps me to see the greater good in me. That’s it for me. 

For everyone out there, I just want them to believe that there’s someone deep inside of themselves that they haven’t discovered but at the time that they have the conviction, at the time that they have a believe in who they are, it gives them a deeper sense of understanding of themselves and also the way they see the world. It changes their heart posture and how they perceive things and approach problems, understanding that they can be indispensable.

 

The LLA Grassroot Series is a monthly interview series that highlights the achievements and journey of an African female who has demonstrated exemplary initiative at the grassroots level.

The vision is to showcase the Leading Ladies who are transforming Africa and the African narrative through impact at the community level.

It is an offshoot of Leading Ladies Africa, a non-profit that promotes leadership, inclusion and diversity for women of African descent.

If you know any kick-ass women of African Descent doing phenomenal things at the grassroots level, email lead@leadingladiesafrica.org, and she could possibly be featured.

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