Mary Olushoga is a committed leader passionate about small business growth and positive development in Africa. She is the founder of www.awpnetwork.com, an enterprise given honorable distinction at the 2012 World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) and listed as a 2012 Apps4Africa Innovation. She is the first-ever GOOD Maker/Oxfam America International Women’s Day Challenge Winner, a Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) Associate, and an Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador. Mary received a bachelor’s degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York and a master’s of science degree from Baruch College. She has served as a Public Policy Fellow at the University at Albany, Center for Women in Government and Civil Society and most recently participated in the Sub-Saharan African Women In Public Service Fall Institute. Mary has featured on BBC World News, BET.com, Black Enterprise.com, the Columbia University Africa Economic Forum, the UN ECOSOC Youth Employment Forum, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and the United States Department of Labor Add Us In Initiative on Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, and Disability. Her articles have featured in The Huffington post, Sahara Reporters, Omojuwa, and Applause Africa magazine.



I am sure that there are many more qualities that one needs. But three(3) Rs come to mind.

  1. Be Relevant – This is very important because if you are not relevant your work will not be recognized. The question is: what problem are you solving? If you are relevant and solving a problem, I strongly believe that you will create impact.


2     Be Relatable – Can people identify with your product or service? Do you have a target audience or market? Are you providing good customer service? These are some of the questions that you need to think about as you try to be relatable to your market segment.


3     Be Realistic – Is your idea plausible? Have you created something of value? Will your idea make money? Can you handle risk? The questions that I pose are important questions to answer as you think about qualities that you need to become an entrepreneur.

Lastly, it is very important to remember that not everyone can become an entrepreneur.


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