Tobi Olujinmi, an attorney and international speaker, founded W TALK in 2015. It started as a podcast in 2015 before expanding into an online platform providing faith based entertaining content.
Most recently, the W TALK team released a faith-based entertainment and community app for the modern woman. As an extension of their online platform, the app provides women with engaging faith based content that is in line with their millennial lives.
Afroelle engaged her in a Q & A to understand her a little better.
What is your life philosophy and where did it come from?
“I have been given today, I will make it a great day and use today’s daily bread. I don’t hustle, my purpose flows from my being.” There was a time when I was constantly on the “grind” constantly “hustling”…my motto back then would have been something like, “sleep when you’re dead”…but as I began to take stock of my life, I realized I was missing magical moments.
I was missing the best of each day and I was exhausted. Then when I looked at scripture for which I find a lot of guidance, I realized that Jesus did some pretty dope things and he managed to sleep. So, now I would like to enjoy now and not constantly wait for “Next”. I would like to get myself to a place where my purpose flows from who I am and now what I do.
What is your greatest achievement along this journey?
I wouldn’t say that having a child is an achievement in and of itself, but it is definitely one of the things I am most proud of. I’m proud of being a mummy and of my daily contribution to his character and well-being.
I am a strong believer that we were created for community and family is at the heart of community. On this basis, I take the raising and nurturing of my family super seriously and although, I could list my accomplishments to date; I think raising my son, along with my husband takes trumps.
Has this shaped you into the person you are today?
Very much like what I mentioned earlier, becoming a mother has made me less selfish and more driven. Beyond this, I lost someone very close to me a few years ago and it really reminded me that life is a gift and how you live it should be a gift for others. I don’t want to waste a day, I want to be grateful for each moment and where possible, choose love, choose kindness and create something which is a blessing.
How about the obstacles that you’ve had to overcome?
I would say that my need for validation from others has been a big challenge for me. I would like to say that this has been mastered, but I think it is a daily giant which requires slaying. This may sound like a theoretical answer, but actually the need to be validated by others can be dangerous. It has affected the jobs I have taken, whether I have stayed in the job.
Even with starting W TALK, I wanted everyone in my life to say- wow, that’s a great idea and when I didn’t hear that…I waited another year before starting it. How I slay this giant daily, I try and monitor what I tell people. I tend to build myself awareness and faith before seeking advice and opinions from others and I always question the “why”. Like, why do you need her to say it’s the right time to launch the app? When I question the “why”, it leads me to the motive and whether it is a healthy one or not.
What plans do you have for the future?
I pray to have a healthy marriage, healthy children and belong to a healthy community. This may sound simple but takes a lot of work. I see W TALK Network redefining the Christian faith in the mainstream and being a go-to platform for most women, Christian and non-Christian alike.
The links to the W TALK Network app are:-
W TALK by W TALK Network (IOS)
W TALK by W TALK Network (Android)