1- Hello KALARIA, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Kalaria Ejindu, I am 23 years old, I was born in Aba, Abia State Nigeria! Was partly raised in Lome Togo and then Nigeria. I migrated to the US in 2011 in hopes to go to college as well as join my Dad whose been here for over 20 years now. I am a college graduate with a BA in psychology and minor is sociology. I am a very social person and throughout my interaction with friends and family both here in the US and back home in Nigeria inspire me to be great! I am an entrepreneur, I partnered with my sister to start an online hair store www.pkhairs.com and now I am working on my own organisation known as Africaneurs.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
I am focused on making an impact in the lives of people who cross my path. I enjoy seeing people win and succeed in every aspect of their lives.
3- How do you describe “Africaneurs” in few words?
Africaneurs is derived from the words African entrepreneurs. Africaneurs is an organisation, it is a people with great talents, skills, creativity all over the world who are willing to use their creative skills, talents to make the world a better place. As the CEO of Africaneurs, I will provide several services that will assist and inspire entrepreneurs to go all in with their vision. Services such as boot camp, mentoring programs, funds, seminars, conventions, retreats, books and so much more! I will also serve as a guide as well as have referrals for start-up business owners. Africaneurs is a platform for motivating, inspiring and connecting African Entrepreneurs and All Entrepreneurs whose purpose is to make the world a better place.
4- Where do you think you are making an impact?
I believe I am making an impact on every individual. However, I will be making the most impact on the lives of people from Africa who are not fully equipped with the resources they need in other to dream their dream! There are a lot of creative and talented people who I want to challenge to use their talent and skills. I want people to say because of you, I didn’t give up. Because of you, I am able to use what I have (skills, talent) to make the world a better place.
5- What are some things that most people don’t know about your job?
Africaneurs is a name that throws a lot of people off, I get questions like, you mean to tell me that you are only serving Africans? Lol! But the reality is this everyone is welcome to participate in any and all of our events at the appropriate time.
6- The entrepreneurship world is a very changing, where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I see Africaneurs as a huge business company with office locations in different places, rendering services to entrepreneurs all over the world (legal services, business branding etc) Hosting an annual conference for entrepreneurs and monthly retreats.
7- What were some of the biggest challenges you encountered while working at “Africaneurs”?
Africaneurs is only 6months old! Such a baby! But, when I started, I started off with sharing inspirational quotes on our Instagram page then Facebook page. It was challenging for me to build the social network and to find my audience. I was a senior in college hence it was challenging for me to truly balance college, work etc with Africaneurs. But, I got it now!
8- What are you most excited about at the moment?
I am very excited at how many people who are already inspired by the little I have done! I receive messages and emails from people saying keep up the good work and thanks for that quote really needed it and so much more. I am excited about the total number of people who are already anxious about joining the network of entrepreneurs! I am excited about a lot of things which will unfold in a short period of time! It’s a surprise!!
9- What can you tell to young who want to start a new adventure pursuing their dreams?
I will GO FOR IT! Just go for it because the more you think about it, the more you find several reasons not to do it! But when you decide to pursue your dream, you will be amazed at how everything will fall into place! Yes, you will face some challenges but always remember that Africaneurs will be here for you to guide you and assist you with everything and anything you need to achieve success!
10- The last Word or final thoughts?
Yeah I got two words for you Kalaria Out (in Obama’s voice) lol No! Seriously I would like to end by encouraging everyone with these last words! Never sell yourself short! Put in the work and you will see the result! Good luck!!