We hope you truly had a beautiful one, its a special weekend for us at B&G as we launch our new double sided pocket square!!! Now you can have two pocket squares in one!
In line with our launch we feature a great young man Femi Taiwo
Introduce yourself (Let’s meet you)
Well, I am Femi Taiwo, majority of my friends and acquaintances call me F.T. I like to think that the acronym F.T, which also means Facilitating Transformation, summarises who I am, what I do, and all I hope to do.
Hence, I facilitate the transformation of ideas to reality by working with entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and change makers on strategies to move their ventures and ideas to fruition. I also work to facilitate the transformation of individuals (teens and youths) into leaders and best version of themselves through the design and delivery of learning and development programs, and my speaking and coaching engagements.
I am a trained innovation manager, and presently the Executive Director of H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Excel) – a non-profit working to raise change agents for Africa.
What makes you a proud African?
What makes me a proud African are a special breed of Africans- those who have become their best, give their best, and are becoming their best for the benefit of Africa and Africans. I am extremely excited when I see entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and other individuals in any sector excel in their assignments and in character. Africa needs more good examples.
How would you colour Africa? List the colour(s) and what it/they represent?
Hmm! I will rather colour Africans than colour Africa. Anyway, I will use a lot of orange to depict vibrancy and innovativeness. A lot of green will go a long way to show fruitfulness and growth and light blue definitely to depict trust, calmness, peace and integrity.
What is your best African brand/ business and why?
Tough one! I will go with House of Tara. It is innovative, socially responsible, an industry leader in Africa, excellently managed, and a truly African brand.
Describe your desired Africa in 10 years?
I would love to see an Africa fulfilling its true potential. An African where poverty, disease, and corruption is scarce. But for this to be, we definitely need an Africa where all Africans locally and in diaspora are all working to build Africa every way they can.
Who is your most respected African business leader and why?
Tougher one! I think I will go with a duo- Tayo Aderinokun of blessed memories and Fola Adeola. As co-founders of GTBank, they were exceptional in all regards. They literally built an ethical, extremely innovative, consistent, excellent, and profitable bank from scratch. In 2007, GTB became the first Nigerian bank to issue a Eurobond, and the first Nigerian company and African bank to be listed on the London Stock Exchange. Furthermore, taking the true meaning of leadership into consideration, I admire the duo because of their diverse efforts to raise leaders through Fate Foundation, Day Waterman /college and other endeavours.
What is/are your best B&G product(s) and why?
While I am a lover of pocket squares and particularly the Belle and Grace’s two-sided pocket squares, I think my best B&G product are the neckpieces for ladies. Those neckpieces, when worn with a lovely gown, can make a guy get down on his knees and propose lol!
From the B&G team: Congratulations to Nigeria on the successful transition to a new government and congratulations to Africans on the new African Development Bank President; Akinwunmi Adesina.
God bless Africa!!
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