Racheal Inegbedion, a resident of Lagos, Nigeria, has a flair for bringing solutions to social and human problems. She bagged a second class upper grade in foreign languages from Ambrose Alli University and decided to go into Tech as an avenue to pursue her original passion for bringing solutions. She co-founded ARPG to create solutions in websites, video blog documentary, digital marketing, e-commerce and other online services. Through ARPG, she has trained female teenagers on computer skills and web development at very affordable rates so that they can become self-reliant and financially independent for themselves even before getting admitted into higher institution.
This is Racheal’s #StrongEnough story:
- Tell us about (describe) yourself.
I am very passionate and enthusiastic about helping other people solve life-given problems. Through my creativity and zest, I have been able to impact positively on females in businesses through our online service provider known as ARPG Tech and through my social responsibility with people living with disabilities .
- What are your hobbies (things you enjoy doing)?
I enjoy exercising, vicarious learning, networking, volunteer projects related to disabilities women and children, swimming, singing. Cooking and Public speaking.
- What activities are you involved with in your community?
During the course of our community development project under the supervision of Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), I and my colleagues from the fellowship decided to innovate a social initiative known as INITIATIVE FOR NATIONAL GROWTH” A. K. A (ING)- “TRAIN THE CAREGIVERS” – A NON PROFIT SUSTAINABLE GOAL FOR THE DISABLED IN THE NIGERIA SOCIETY . Here, we develop and implement capacity-based trainings and strategies for caregivers and health providers of children living with disabilities in our various communities within Nigeria to provide economic opportunities, skill and talent development to promote a sustainable framework for quality growth and development of the caregivers and the children with disabilities.
Together, we work with medical, psychological, public health professionals, skill and Talent developers to provide regular training on speech therapy, emotional therapy, emotional intelligence, malaria/HIV and Blood Pressure Diagnosis, Art of Smart learning communication, Music Therapy, Occupational therapy,Hygiene management and Skills and Talent Utilization in order to develop their self esteem and total well being so they can become highly relevant, engaging and empowered to invest in themselves and their future.
Another aspect of Initiative For National Growth Is the THE ING SPOTLIGHT – A Video Blog Documentary Creating Solutions To Exceptional Business Owners and Brands Selling Themselves To Their Potential Clients, Investors and Partners In Africa. Through this, we provide a platform for business owners inclusive of exceptional entrepreneurs with disabilities to promote their brands to potential clients, investors and partners.
- Who or what inspires you?
Firstly, my Christian Faith in God. For HE brings out the best of me.
- Is there something you are passionate about? If yes, what is it?
Yes, I am highly passionate about ideas, my principles & beliefs and the insatiable desire to be of a solution to the next person around me so that together we can succeed.
- What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced? How did you get through it?
“Fear and Anxiety” were two of my dream killers at a certain time of my life. I was rendered totally powerless by an age old lie that “I could not achieve certain professional and personal goals.” However, having recognized that problem, I had to consciously start doing what I loved and I was totally blown away by how much more opportunities came by and the ability to totally crush my fears and become a source of support for people in that difficulty.
7. What is the biggest challenge0 that you see facing girls/young women in your community?
Low space for computer literacy and employability skills related to ICT. Not enough strong positioning for females in the society through ICT training thereby reducing social costs to their parents. Lastly, limited access to female entrepreneurs to break even for themselves and their families.
- What advice would you like to share with girls/young women in your community?
Dear Girls and Women,
Take Heed! The journey to professional and personal success will most likely be indented with challenges and factors even way beyond your “control” – some of which may seem insurmountable but when you make that bold consciousness, have discipline and determination to start doing what you love the most, you will be amazed at the ease at which you will start seeing and seizing opportunities among your challenges and fears. And, so what will you spend your precious time doing from now on?
Please start “Doing What You Love! It Comes Out Natural And With That You Will Succeed!
- Who is your favorite female leader/role model, and why?
Michelle Obama , for I still remember vividly her quote “Everyone has the power and obligation to be a champion for girls around the world”. For me, those words has been able to guide me in my responsibility towards my community.
- What do the words “Strong Enough” mean to you?
That I can stand tall in the midst of odds – means I am “strong enough”
- Do you have a favorite quote/verse/song lyric?
Beyonce – “I was here”
I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time
Know there was something that, something that
I left behind
When I leave this world, I’ll leave no regrets
Leave something to remember
So they won’t forget
I was here…
Thank you for sharing your story with us Racheal. We admire your passion for technology and how you use your skills to inspire and empower teenage girls with computer and web development skills, thereby encouraging them to take on careers in STEM fields. We celebrate you as our #SEGoftheMonth. Continue being fearless as you chase your dreams.
You can follow Racheal’s work via any of her social media platforms:
Instagram : @richyrachy Facebook : Racheal Inegbedion. Twitter:richrach4u
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