Stephanie Onwunali, also known as whatnextcoach, runs a boutique coaching and advisory firm with a focus on helping owner managed businesses scale with better structure, strategy and planning.
Talking about how he started, she stays, “I transitioned from being an auditor and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young U.K. I left EY after 5 years to pursue life, career and business coaching for millennial in the U.K. Most of the recognition, work and speaking engagements (eg. 10 Downing St, Google etc) veered towards the Business focus and I soon spotted the opportunity in Nigeria and decided it was time to move back.
She is inspired by African business owners who have started and grown businesses over the years despite odds of their business environment e.g. Frank Nneji of ABC Transport Ltd.
“I’m also inspired by others who defy the status quo to pursue their convictions when it comes to their business and career path.”
A venture that increased her belief in herself was moving back to Nigeria to launch her brand. “Moved back to Nigeria in December 2017, relaunched my brand here in February 2018 and since then via word of mouth, I’ve worked with over 7 businesses and counting with some of those looking to continue working with me on a retainer basis.”
“I know it said one but I have to add this, Tunji Andrews making me a co-anchor and guest coach on the Nigeria Info FM’s SME Clinic show after meeting me once.”
Now, she is open to more relevant exposure in Nigeria, through speaking engagements, collaborations, cash grants, TV interviews and endorsements etc.”
On youth empowerment, she opines, “I think it starts with education, not just literacy. There needs to be more equitable accesses to educational standards that enable them compete globally. We have a long way to go.”
“There also needs to be a mindset shift for youth to understand that life is what you make of it; explore and exploit your strengths.”
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