Each month, CapitalSquare features one of our members in the member spotlight series. It serves to highlight and provide visibility to our members with regards to their career path, contributions and experience with CapitalSquare. It is also a great way to meet with your colleagues and find members with similar interests.
This month's spotlight turns to Fabia Ogunmekan, a lawyer and non-profit consultant for Imara Foundation
NAME: Fabia Ogunmekan
OCCUPATION: Lawyer, Non-Profit Consultant
Working from CapitalSquare since January 2015
ABOUT IMARA FOUNDATION
Imara is a pan-Nigerian organization founded in 2011. It is a registered non-profit whose aim is to impact the lives of women and children in Nigeria. They recognize that enriching every woman involves empowering her holistically that is socially and economically taking into account her cultural context. They also seek to promote family life as we also understand that the family in whatever form it takes is the basic unit of society and the more vibrant families that are cultivated the better enriched our communities and ultimately our country.
The Imara Foundation is also working actively to promote the Millennium Development Goals 2,3 &8, being achievement of Universal primary education, Gender Equality and Empowerment and being a part of a global development partnership.
What do you love about working for yourself?
The freedom to manage the different parts of my life, at least for now.
What's the hardest thing about being an entrepreneur?
Sticking with the conviction to keep going particularly when finds are not free flowing, and the lure of that stable 9-5, that can be tough.
What should you think about before deciding to embark on an entrepreneurial venture?
Take time to really prepare, write out your strategy and business plan, make it watertight so you only have to do minimum redrafts or updating. If you have taken time to prepare then your strategy should guide your steps in your building phase. I have learnt that opportunity meets preparedness.
Why do you do what you do? Where did the idea come from?
I am founding Trustee of Imara Foundation. The idea is God given. Imara promotes maternal health. We currently do maternal health outreaches and plan to establish a resource center focused on maternal health information and education in the future. I am also a lawyer and run Asher Consulting
How different is what you do now from what you wanted to do as a child?
I wanted to do many things as a child, ultimately I wanted to teach and I am sort of a teacher at heart, consulting is also about impacting knowledge.
How long have you been working out of CapitalSquare? What has the experience been like? Would you recommend it?
I joined CapitalSquare in January 2015 and it is great place to work, the environment and ambience is eclectic and there are creative people around all the time. It is also great for networking. I have enjoyed the experience so far. I would definitely recommend it and I have.
If you could share a desk with any two people in the world, who would they be? Why?
I am a great admirer of Oprah Winfrey. She is a true legend.
That's all folks!
If you'd like to donate or volunteer to join their cause, you can get in touch with Fabia and her team here: