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About Bola Onada Sokunbi
Hi there, my name is Bola Onada Sokunbi. I am a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), money coach and all round finance junkie.
I help you accomplish your money goals, and get on the path to creating real wealth so you can start living life on your own terms!
Growing up in Nigeria, my father was the breadwinner of our family until he had to retire about 15 years before he originally planned due to a job loss and health concerns. In the grand scheme of things, this was a big deal.
After my father had sent my 3 older brothers to school abroad in England, my mother decided it was her turn to step up financially and help out with my education.
She was very savvy, hard working (and still is) and was always making plans and putting money aside and as a result of her good planning, she was able to pay for all 4 years of my international college tuition including my books and my rent in cash and she gave me the opportunity to go to school in Austria, England and the United States.
I aspired to be just like her. My parents were not rich but they were able to give my brothers and I the great opportunities we had with our education because they planned well over time.
After college, I was able to apply some of the money lessons I learnt from my parents and saved over $100,000 in less than 3.5 years. I did it by contributing to my employer sponsored retirement account, keeping my expenses low, saving half of my salary, and starting my own side gig that earned me $40,000 in the first two years.
Despite the great money lessons I got from my parents, and being able to save over $100,000 in a short amount of time, I still managed to make a few of my own money mistakes, like applying for my first credit card in college without caring or understanding my crazy interest rate of 24.99% (yikes!). And let's not even talk about my epic and very ridiculous designer handbag collection that I barely used and held on to for years before eventually getting rid of.
As I got older, I started to realize my mother was truly one of a kind. Not all of her friends were like her when it came to their personal finances and most relied completely on their husbands. When things didn't work out, it was always a sad story.
Now, I've started to see the cycle of my mother's generation repeat itself in my age group. The biggest recurring theme I see with women is that we shy away from the whole money conversation, or we don't involve ourselves as much as we should when it comes to our finances.
This needs to change. And this is the driving force behind Clever Girl Finance ™.
My career has spanned business consulting and strategy over a 11-year period. The strategist within me is an expert in planning ways to achieve goals that relates not only to business and personal finance, but also all aspects of life. The reason I was able to run my own profitable business while working full time for 8 years was continued focus on my business finances.
As a certified financial educator and money coach, my goal is to help women take charge of their finances, build real wealth and be in control of the life they REALLY want to live.
Outside of finance, I love photography, fashion, reading, traveling, afternoon tea and white chocolate. When I am not working or pursing my other interests, I dedicate my time to my wonderfully supportive husband and our beautiful twins. I am passionate about my family, faith and friendships.
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you'll stay a while and take advantage of all the awesomeness Clever Girl Finance has to offer that will help you begin building the life of your dreams!