Adebola Williams started working at age 15. He was born into a wealthy home but at age 9, his family lost everything
“When life throws lemons at you, you make lemonade, right? Well, I make chocolate cake and let people wonder how I did that. At [the point my family lost everything], I knew I had to survive, because at an early age, I realized that my life is my life and that if it got messed up, it was my life. So I made a conscious effort to make it better
My first ever job was stage acting. That didn’t last long, so I moved on to working with a counsellor and psychologist as his assistant without any qualification or pay. I also worked with NTA for three years. It was after a year they started paying me, but I had gained so much experience and all that experience finally paid off at the right time. I went out of my way to places that I knew would impact my life and the four years I spent working with the counsellor and NTA were my formative years that enabled me build a solid foundation of good will” – Adeola Williams
Adebola Williams, fondly called Debola Lagos is a co-founder of RED, which is the 11-year-old parent company that houses StateCraft Inc and Red Media Africa, a Public Relations company working in West Africa for Facebook, Uber, Union Bank and Heineken. He is also one of the brains behind Future Awards and the man behind the PR campaign for Nigeria’s President Buhari and Ghanaian President,Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the last presidential election Read: The Only Cardio-Nephrologist in the World is Nigerian
“An entrepreneur finds a way to get whatever he needs to start a business – money, people, or whatever else is needed…your gut is very important and you need to trust it. In a difficult situation you need to follow what God says and what your gut tells you. I don’t think there’s a specific rule of business, but there are some things you need: gut, passion, resilience, an entrepreneurial spirit and God. God always comes through
Young people need to listen to success stories. I believe that because most successful people in Nigeria do not tell their story, young people don’t know how they became successful. So they can’t pick the right lessons. If you stay in one place, work hard, be committed and consistent, you would get to the top one day and there is a future for you. Most young people are fixated on looking like they’re winning. They want to look the part without doing the work. You don’t jump from talent to achievement; you have to put in the work. You don’t earn it if you don’t learn it. Stay in your place of growth.”- Adebola Wlliams
“This is the man with the golden touch, anything he touches turns to gold.” Ghanaian President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.