Gee Bee ~ The Adorable Mum Extraordinaire.
We know about the Adorable Mum Group, tell us more about you.
I am from Oyo State, born and bred in Ibadan but currently living in Ireland. I attended D’Alfred Nur & Pry School, Ibadan and for my secondary education, I attended The International School, Univ. of Ibadan. I had my first degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Ibadan, did a programme in Social Justice, University College of Dublin and a Post graduate course in Information Technology from National University of Ireland Maynooth. I have also done a good number of community courses over the years but the most senior of all courses that I have studied so far is the Masters in Residential Studies (MRS) in University of my Husband…..lol! I love writing poems, singing, dancing, reading and I enjoy cooking.
I get inspired by children, intelligent conversations, good music & a beautiful heart and I’m always thrilled by nature & it’s majestic splendour.
Why did you start Adorable mum?
I’ve always been passionate about good parenting and as my kids were growing and the challenges of parenting were increasing, I realised the importance of a good support system and saw the need to create one. I am actually working on a short video titled ‘How It All Started’. It will be out soon!
How has your journey been so far from conceiving the idea till now?
It’s been a great experience, A learning and yearning process. All together it’s been a FANTATSIC journey.
Tell us about your team
The work has been made somewhat easier because of the dedication of some great women to the work of the forum. They have worked with me in the past months, giving their time, resources et al to ensure that the work gets done. These women have been of great help and are worth celebrating and I can’t thank them all enough for their love, dedication and support.
Which other online platforms do you use and why?
The blog, the adorable mum forum actually started as a blog and we also have a website www.adorablemum.com
You also have some offline activities tell us about that too?
Yes, we run different types of offline events & activities. In the past 18 months, we’ve had over 40 events in different locations all over the world such as UK, Spain, Ireland, USA, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa etc. We’ve actually, only just concluded our 2nd anniversary celebrations in over 20 locations all around the world.
Some of our events are called the Meet ‘n’ Groove, and these events are usually for mums to come together, meet one another, have fun and groove together. Other events have included making donations to orphanages and various organisations in different countries such as Cameroon, South Africa, Nigeria, Ireland and plans are ongoing at the moment to reach out to more orphanages in some other African countries.
In October 2012, as part of our Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) campaign, we held a breakfast morning in aid of our 2012 chosen Charity of the Year, The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC), an Irish charity that advocates for children’s rights and we were able to raise some money for them.
This year, we will be giving support to our 2013 Charity of the Year, The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation, Our Lady’s Children Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland and In March, we will be having a Fundraising dinner party and part proceeds from the night, will be donated to this foundation.
In 2012, we had various coffee mornings for parents in some schools in my local area (here in Ireland) and we also had a Praying Mum conference where we got together as mothers to pray for the lives of our children. (The Praying Mum is a sister group of Adorable Mum).
How is it coordinating an organisation made up of thousands of strong women?
Although very enjoyable, It is very tasking and demanding. It requires a lot of time, patience, focus, wisdom, hardwork, commitment and most of all; it requires a lot of dedication, sacrifice and selflessness.
What life experiences do you think has particularly been of help to you in doing this?
Which of your skills and talents have been the most useful?
My leadership, organisational, planning and coordination skills as well as patience and tenacity.
Have you had any nasty comment or criticism thrown at you? How did you deal with it?
Yes a few, but one of my top life philosophies is I never take anything personal because I always believe Nothing others do or say is because of me, instead it’s often a reflection of who they are or the realities in their lives. So such comments and criticism often don’t get to me personally, instead they serve an evaluation purpose for me.
The most challenging thing you have had to deal with on this journey?
*Sigh* My greatest challenge is Time. Getting enough time to do all that needs to be done and all that I will love to do.
Share some of your highest moments in doing this
There actually has been a few of such moments. One of my highest moments, was when I got the call that we had won a prize from the Irish Rail for 50 free travel tickets for our members, for a round trip to any destination in Ireland.
Another time was when we ‘finally’ became a closed group after nearly one year of failed attempts. For a good bit of time, the Facebook settings restricted groups with over 250 members from being able to change their privacy settings and for a good period of time, we were an open group which meant all our activities, discussions etc was open to the general public.
A few of my other highest moments for me, are the few times we’ve been able to reach out to people in need and put a smile on their faces.
Have you ever felt like quitting?
NO! Sometimes the work load does get very overwhelming but the passion keeps me going. At such times, I reflect on the purpose and the motivation behind it all and with God as my back bone quitting is not an option.
So how long are you in this for?
For as long as I remain a mother. This for me, is going to be a lifetime journey and when I hand the baton of motherhood to my princess, I hope to be able to hand this on to her along with it. *smiles*
What is the next step for Adorable Mums, what new thing should we expect soon?
There is a lot in the pipeline, watch this space *wink*
What advice do you have for other women who have an idea and are looking for ways to give it an expression?
There’s never a good or right time to do anything, The best time is always NOW, so very simply, my advice is “GET IT STARTED RIGHT-AWAY!”
Don’t be afraid to express yourself, Surround yourself with like minded people. Make the most of what you have and what is available, Be Focused, Associate with positive people. Be clear about who you are, what you want and where you are going/ heading. Be firm in your decisions, Put your best into it and finally, Believe in yourself, cause if you don’t nobody will!