“If i wasn’t humble, i don’t think David Wej will be in existence today”. Excellerate 2013….Pictures and Details.

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IMG_20131005_105342Wisdom download COMPLETED! That’s perhaps the message a computer system would have popped-up if it attended Excellerate 2013. How else can one describe it. Four great Christian speakers baring their minds about how they managed to transform their businesses from local start-ups to international brands. If you missed my post prior to the event, then please visit it here http://t.co/tDA8wdf1kA.

The date was October 5, 2013 and as early as 8am, young and brilliant business oriented minds began to troop to the venue to register for what was bound to be a wisdom impartation session. It was DCC’s Business Summit tagged “Excellerate”IMG_20131005_092155

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I’m always tripped when I see believers make a conscious effort to acquire knowledge. These people could have decided to go clubbing somewhere or attend a Whizkid concert elsewhere which will add no material value to their lives but they rather opted to come for knowledge ….and believe me, very soon they’ll be the ones other people will come to listen to. Hey, Success takes steps!

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Participants arriving for the summit

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The first speaker for the day was multi-talented fashion impresario David Eweje , the image consultant and founder, David Wej Clothing International. Now I must say that his session was one of the sessions I looked forward to ‘cos having heard so much about him, I was really looking forward to meeting him in person. Being a fashion guru that he is, I expected David Wej to show up in one “bad” and expensive suit. He wouldn’t need to buy it after all, he’ll just pick it off the thousands he probably has in his wardrobe…………………….but I was soooooooooooo wrong. The fashion mogul rather chose to dress in a simple blue native dress. My mouth was open…..

David Wej making an entry
David Wej making an entry

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Just look at that humble look. Did I mention he arrived in a Range Rover too. My brother, you can be rich, prosperous and still be a Christian jooooor. Don’t let anyone deceive you.

His session was very insightful for me and believe me, I cant do justice to all he said in this post but I did note a couple of things he said which really struck me. Here are a few of them…..

1. As a businessman, always maintain your integrity. Integrity is cash in any business.DSC_0796

He explained that as a business person, when you say you’ll deliver a product by a particular time, make sure you do it. That’s integrity

2. As an individual, you should never be bigger than your business.

3. Always follow your business instinct,

4. Always be humble. ” If I wasn’t humble, I don’t think David Wej would be in existence today.”

5.  Get involved in the nitty gritty of your business.DSC_0789

6. Don’t treat customers differently

7.  Make your product available to all. Anyone serving a selected few will never be rich

Hey, I could go on and on. Believe me, it was an eye-opener. This is the kinda stuff we believers ought to choke our minds and spirits with. That’s the only way we can set the pace and make a difference.DSC_0783DSC_0786

The next speaker was Funke Bucknor Obruthe. This was another speaker I eagerly wanted to hear speak. Not for her eloquence but I just wanted to find out how she managed to pioneer events management in Nigeria and take it to the level where it is today and still serve God. Again just like the David Wej, my mind convinced me that she would dress to kill, as per events manager naaaa. So I was already prepared to see all the flashy dress and breath-taking make-up and all but again that was not to be. Funke walked into the venue spotting a simple flowery dress………………

Funke Bucknor Obruthe
Funke Bucknor Obruthe

Her session was fun for the most part cos she spoke about how she started event planning and said she wasn’t even passionate about it because she didn’t know that what she was doing was actually events planning. One thing that sruck me about her was her simplicity. For someone who has planned and handled events for several big names like Florence Ita- Giwa, John Momoh, Titi Atiku, Late President Yaradua’s daughter and even interviewed by CNN, she still honoured the event with her presence despite the fact that she had an event to handle that day and had to travel that same night….That’s commitment

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She spoke about how she has always been a restless person and it was the same restlessness that God used to show her that she can refine into a passion for planning and organizing events. Sometimes, your characteristic is a pointer to your career. Look at what you have, refine it and get it out of its crude form, polish it and make a living out of it.

Funke adopted the Q&A approach to her session as it helped her and the audience learn more. Speaking about commitment and excellence, she spoke about how she often slept at the venue of the event she was planning and how she sometimes goes the extra mile to do more than she was paid for just to get reputation and referrals. “i’m always constatntly thinking. I hardly sleep” she said.

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In closing she shared one major business secret “you need to constantly evolve and consistently expand”

Up next was The Media Mogul himself, Jason Njoku. By the time he arrived the venue, I was finally convinced that the dress code of successful people is “simply dress simple”

Media magnate Jason Njoku arriving the venue for his session
Media magnate Jason Njoku arriving the venue for his session

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If Funke adopted a Q&A method, then Jason preferred the classroom approach. He started by enumerating some major ingredients every major business ought to have. DSC_0842As expected, Jason spoke about how he rose out of being broke and in debt to get to a point where he had as much as $30m invested into his business and one of the things he said which struck me is “as long as you have something to offer, people will come” His story proved that there’s nothing wrong in borrowing money to start your business as long as you are accountable and make good use of it.DSC_0846

The Iroko Tv founder, who has started over eight other businesses, left everyone convinced that you can get to the top through diligence and hardwork no matter how disadvantaged you are.

The last speaker for the day was Michael Owolabi Afolaranmi , MD of 12 Baskets Foods Ltd and his first secret to business success was that one must involve God in setting up the business in the first place.DSC_0856

Micheal spoke extensively about how God led him to choose the name of his business “Twelve Baskets” from the story in the bible where Jesus fed the multitudes and twelve baskets were left. I mean, how much more involved can God get in your business when He gave you your business name! Michael, who was robbed of his car and possessions just a few days to this summit, advised the participants to look for an area of concentration which is their passion and focus on it.ex

Speaking on the need for business owners to have a defined vision, the culinary authority said “if you don’t see far, you wont go far”.  This emphasizes the need to always have a picture of ones destination ahead. In ending, Michael spoke about the need to dwell and flourish where God has planted you. “When God plants you, don’t uproot yourself” he remarked.

The session was rounded up by the host and president of Edge Business school, Pastor Kingsley Okonkwo who he spoke on the need for believers to excel as business owners. In all, it was a revealing session. Minds were expanded and business opportunities and breakthroughs were birthed.

Here are more pictures from the summit

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Picture Credits : Aventura Photography. http://www.aventuraimagery.com

By the way, watch out for my special post on Aventura Photography and get to meet the brain behind the top-notch photography outfit

That’s all for now guys. Thanks for stopping by and until next time, remember, “Every man will have his day”

Johnson Madichie is an inspirational / social blogger based in Lagos, Nigeria and affects the world from there.

Contact: E-mail – johnsonmadichie@yahoo.co.uk | Twiiter – @johnsonmadichie |Facebook – Johnson Ifeanyi Madichie |Mobile – +2348055940573

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9 thoughts on ““If i wasn’t humble, i don’t think David Wej will be in existence today”. Excellerate 2013….Pictures and Details.

    onyeka udemezue said:
    October 12, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Hey Johnson. Thanks for sharing “a piece of the Iceberg”. HUMILITY- every body needs that reminder.Obviously,I missed. I’m so humbled.

    E' said:
    October 12, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Reblogged this on The F.A.B. sister's Blog and commented:
    You know I mentioned our Business Summit tagged EXCELLERATE here http://eziaha.com/2013/10/04/my-super-fabulous-weekend-and-sturvz/ featuring amazing business men as Speakers like David Eweje of David Wej creations, a popular clothing store, Funke Obruthe of Zapphaire events, one of the biggest in Nigeria, Jason Njoku of Iroko TV and Michael Afolaranmi of 12baskets, a top notch catering outfit. Trust me, the speakers KILLED. It really was the humility in almost all of them that got to me. Humble, rich and very wise in business, and of cos GODLY. Johnson has TRIED with this post. It really is impossible to capture all that went down there in words. My fave speaker had to be David Eweje. His simplicity humbled me. He dropped business nuggets like it was smoking… Eish!!! Wisdom dripped from every word he spoke about every business step he took from the very beginning. Gosh!!! God-ordained and endorsed steps that seem like rubbish to men. His ways are truly NOT ours.
    As David spoke about the need for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs to be humble, I believed him. His humility was just OUT there but it didn’t stop us from seeing and hearing his success as he spoke cos Success has an undeniable voice and presence. Please David Eweje was my speaker of the day!!! Oh and he also talked about the importance of a brand name in business. He specifically chose ‘David’ because of David’s complete and total victory in the bible so when things start looking awry, he goes back to God to remind Him of his Davidic covenant. ‘Wej’ came from his surname ‘Eweje’. Doesn’t the name ‘David Wej’ sound super cool? He said his dream is to get every Nigerian to have at least one of his dresses in their wardrobe and his business mentors are those Igbo traders who control BILLIONS yet uneducated but very business savvy. I mean, all David said just got me.
    Micheal of 12 baskets scored tops for me too. I loved the story of how God gave him the name of the catering outfit (12 baskets). My dear, if God so dramatically gives you a name, then how won’t your business prosper? Mike had his car and sturvs snatched a coupla days before yet he still honored the event. Wow!!! For Him, business is totally spiritual. And he wasn’t shy about letting us know just how important God is to Him. The importance of planting yourself ONLY where God has planted you, and if you have planted otherwise, please retrace your steps. He also spoke about friends NOT believing in you. I mean, tz OK. Just get others, the outsiders to believe in you and then when your success starts, the friends will soon become believers. Michael just got me with his spirituality in business being important.
    Funke of Zapphaire Events was as sanguine and ‘out there’ as they come. The fastest way to ‘kill’ Funke would be to lock her in a room for 20hours looool. Funke is hyper active so being an Events person sits well on her. For me, the best thing Funke said was when she spoke on Staff and all their wahala. Loooool. She now said something profound. I hear people bash education a lot. The Nigerian edu system especially. But Funke said, all these graduates need do APPLY all that they learn in school. Just think a bit. If you have been equipped with education, then don’t wait for the lecturer to now come and apply the knowledge for you. Think!!! Funke said so many other stuff too that I can’t do justice to.
    Jason Njoku of Iroko Partners took us back to school with a white board and stuff outlining how he moved from being broke and in debt to creating Iroko partners. So being broke shouldn’t be an excuse. Then all this jumping around young persons do with lofty ideas looking for investors aint the way forward. Focus on building with what you have no matter how little. Patience is also key. Sooner than later, the bankers will start looking for you to invest in your business.
    EXCELLERATE was amazing ooo. 5000 stars yo!!! But if I was to chose a Speaker to take home for the day or maybe take a picture with, it would have to be Hands down, no-contest, David Eweje.
    Thanks Johnson for giving me a re-blog opportunity.
    Lovely weekend y’all
    E’… Powered by God.

      Johnson Ifeanyi Madichie responded:
      October 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Eziaha darling. Great job

        E' said:
        October 14, 2013 at 7:34 am

        Great job you oooo

        E' said:
        October 14, 2013 at 8:29 am

        Great job you toooo

    Joy said:
    October 12, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Thanks Jay, na u biko

    oladipo said:
    October 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Hehe..its amazing..the mystery of success

    kasia ufuoma said:
    March 10, 2014 at 11:07 am

    awesome and insightful

    Akinmukomi said:
    October 27, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Wonderful job…more grace is release 4 u to do your work.

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