Envying wealth is unwise if you do not know its source — Bolanle Babalola
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Envying wealth is unwise if you do not know its source — Bolanle Babalola

Bolanle Oluchi Babalola is a Nigerian through and through. Fluent in all three major languages, the 40-year-old Theatre Arts graduate from the University of Abuja has made a name for herself in the communications and media industry as a communications specialist, actress, voice-over artist and multimedia content producer. Known for her appearance on Multichoice Africa’s reality TV show, Ultimate Love, Bola, who runs a cleaning company, Bio Scrubs Entrepreneurs, speaks to YEJIDE GBENGA-OGUNDARE on multitasking, perception of wealth and erosion of values, among other topics.

You are interested in many areas. How do you manage to do this in addition to your regular media work?

I manage my schedule by being flexible and multitasking. In Nigeria, where flexibility is key to survival, I ensure that I am knowledgeable, smart and intelligent in managing multiple responsibilities. Running my cleaning business, Bio Scrubs Enterprises, is as important to me as my passion for acting and media communication. I remind people not to limit themselves to a 9-5 job because it is essential to pursue their talents and gifts (as the Bible says in 1 Peter 4:10). ..God has given us different “talents”, not talent.

How would you rate the BOB brand now?

“Bolanle the Brand” was born out of a desire to change the negative image portrayed by a high percentage of women on social media. Recently, modesty, discipline, decorum and decency seem to be lacking among young women who are striving to grow their following and become online influencers. The BOB brand reflects my belief in promoting decency, culture and discussing issues of relationships and marriage, and promoting the good image of Africa through my show – Unscripted with Bolanle.

Many women believe that flaunting your wealth is the very definition of success. What do you think?

Success speaks for itself and is not defined by the display of wealth. Wealth does not equal happiness, peace or love. Faking it until you make it is not enough; you have to work hard, dedicate yourself and pray to succeed. Some things that shine are not real, so it is essential to live your life, be grateful, honor God and dedicate yourself to your goals. The desire for wealth is foolish if you do not know its source.

The way people behave on social media shows an erosion of values, and it is normal to be rude. What do you think is responsible for this situation?

Indiscipline, peer pressure and lack of parental responsibility are responsible for people’s behavior on social media. Bad foundations lead to bad habits, so it is essential to ensure that children and youth learn good values, culture, proper respect, contentment and act responsibly at home and in society. Indiscipline of parents and guardians, absence of a guardian or responsible parents also contribute to this phenomenon. In addition, westernization and excessive access to social media and negative content; train your wards to be responsible, hold them accountable, and the absence of mentors/guardians sometimes misleads young people.

There seems to be an idea that a single woman cannot be considered a successful woman. What do you think about this?

I would like to know the percentage of successful married women and successful single women. Remember, the key is gratitude, peace and love. Above all, there is no written blueprint for happiness or fulfillment on earth. How many married women are truly happy these days? To each her own; decide what your life will be, what you want and pray to God about it. He will give you true happiness. Society’s perception is not God’s perception. After all, God’s thoughts are good and not bad to bring you to an expected end.

Do you agree with the statement that religion and culture promote the violation of women’s rights?

Many traditional African societies have patriarchal structures in which men hold most of the power while women are subordinated and marginalized. In these societies, women are often subjected to various forms of discrimination, such as limited access to education, property, and health care. In addition, harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, early marriage, and widow inheritance persist, resulting in a violation of women’s rights.

Religion is also implicated in the violation of women’s rights in Africa. Some religious practices and beliefs promote gender inequality, which can lead to discrimination and even violence against women. For example, the role of women in some religious institutions is limited and they cannot hold leadership positions. In addition, some religious leaders have justified or condoned harmful practices such as domestic violence and the exclusion of women from certain activities. Women are marginalized and abused when they denounce the mistreatment they receive from men or their bosses.

It is important to note, however, that not all religious or cultural practices in Africa perpetuate gender inequality. Many African societies have also made significant progress in combating gender discrimination. Progressive laws and policies have been adopted to protect women’s rights, and awareness campaigns have been launched in some communities and by NGOs to sensitize the public to the importance of gender equality.

Would you say Nigerian society is fair to women?

Gender inequality is a persistent problem in Nigerian society. Women face discrimination in education, employment and political participation. Girls’ enrolment in primary and secondary schools is lower than that of boys and they often drop out early. Women’s representation in leadership positions is low and violence against women is a major concern, including domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Laws aimed at protecting women are poorly implemented, exposing them to discrimination, harassment and violence. Continued efforts are needed to ensure that the rights and interests of women are protected in Nigeria.

Many people have negative views about women who aspire to positions considered reserved for men. Are these negative views justified?

Negative beliefs should not stop women from reaching their full potential. After all, the campaign for gender equality is part of a global movement for gender equality. Women are capable of handling the demands of their careers and family responsibilities if they set goals for success. There is no set definition of male domains, and if a woman wants to pursue a goal, she should not be held back by negative beliefs. So why not dream it and do it? Achieve all your goals.

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