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In this interview series we chat about all things money (sans-shame) with an array of inspiring women from all walks of life. Our goal is to break the money taboo, share mutual experiences and learn from our amazing community.

“I think it should be more coveatable to build enough wealth to raise communities rather than building a wardrobe that you throw away every year. ”

Hi Simi! Please give us a little background about yourself.

I am a British-Nigerian who studied economics, then worked as a headhunter for many years specialising in moving senior talent into Africa.

I completed a number of organisational strategy assignments for FTSE 500 companies in the UK before turning my hand to the arts when I started collecting with my husband. 

I grew up surrounded by art and nurtured a love of all things creative from a very early age, the first gifts I ever recall receiving came in the form of art sets from my parents and I remember creating my first catalogue of fashion designs at the age of seven.

What are your passions?

I have many passions! Ranging from the development of nation states in sub-Saharan Africa, the recording of oral histories in Africa to fashion, collecting creating and promoting art. I also love to travel.

What’s your secret to career success?

Self-motivation. You have to be your own biggest cheerleader and surround yourself with people who will remind you of your dreams even when you yourself forget them.  Also, I have a list of 6 people who I aspire to be like and I measure my impacts against theirs as a way to keep striving for excellence.

What’s your relationship like with money and personal finance? 

In today’s age of social media, I think it’s tempting not to cut your coat according to your size, but I firmly believe that this is key to being able to sacrifice, save and make sound investments. 

Personally, I don’t buy anything on credit, I don’t even own a credit card. Before going food shopping... READ MORE.