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  Ayodeji Megbope, the Founder of NO LEFT-OVERS NIG LTD, has embarked on an extraordinary journey of entrepreneurial success and global influence. Starting with a humble takeoff capital of N1,000 in 2007, she began by selling local bean cakes known as “moi-moi.” Today, her business boasts an annual turnover that runs into millions of naira, proof of her determination and entrepreneurial prowess.
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Childhood Experience

In a YouTube interview with Accelerate TV, Ayodeji Megbope said she was born into a middle-class family. Her father was an engineer who became a priest. While her mum was a stay-at-home mum, who took care of her and her 4 siblings. Ayodeji said that she had a rocky start in school due to abuse by someone she trusted.  She talked about overcoming those challenges and eventually getting a job.

Empowered by Goldman Sachs

Ayodeji’s entrepreneurial journey took a significant turn when she became one of the first women worldwide to benefit from the 10,000 Women Initiative sponsored by Goldman Sachs. This initiative aimed to empower underserved women with formal business skills and education. Ayodeji’s participation not only enhanced her business acumen but also positioned her as an ambassador for the initiative.

Global Influence

Ayodeji’s influence extends far beyond Nigeria’s borders, as she has graced numerous local and international platforms, inspiring many along the way. She has addressed world leaders at prestigious events such as the Clinton Global Initiative in New York and the Annual General Meeting of Goldman Sachs. Her insights and experiences have made her a sought-after speaker on entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment.
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Notable Engagements

Ayodeji’s impact has been felt at various international gatherings, including the Second Global Summit on Entrepreneurship in Turkey and the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Programme. In 2014, she had the honour of speaking at the White House in celebration of International Women’s Day, where she shared her journey as an entrepreneur. Additionally, she spoke at the United States of Women Conference Summit in 2016, alongside esteemed figures like Warren Buffet.

Meeting Michelle Obama

One of the highlights of Ayodeji’s journey was meeting Michelle Obama, an experience she describes as surreal. Their encounter affirmed to her that anything is possible and left her feeling encouraged and inspired. Michelle Obama’s warmth and embrace further fueled Ayodeji’s optimism about life and business.

Advice for Entrepreneurs

Ayodeji’s advice for fellow entrepreneurs is to conduct a thorough review of their businesses and seek help if needed. She encourages them not to give up easily but to explore new opportunities while ensuring they are equipped for the journey ahead.

Latest Developments

Ayodeji’s latest venture, No Left Overs Atlanta, is a partnership that aims to establish a catering business in America. This venture is assured to evolve into a food chain spreading across the US and beyond, further solidifying Ayodeji’s status as a trailblazer in the world of entrepreneurship.
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Final Thoughts

Ayodeji Megbope’s journey exemplifies the power of resilience, determination, and a clear sense of purpose. From her humble beginnings in Lagos to her global impact, she continues to inspire and empower others with her remarkable story of success.
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Sources:| Accelerate TV | Businessday NG
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This article was first published on 20th April 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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