Oyinkansola’s Centre to teach Africans emotional stability
Founder, Emotions City, Africa’s Leading Emotional Intelligence Centre, Oyinkansola Alabi, has launched an Emotional Quotient (EQ) House for Africa, which is a hub to help people, especially Africans in Diaspora, to maintain emotional stability.
According to her: “I created the EQ House of African because I believe Africans must save Africans. We are our saviours, if anything has to change. We have to change it ourselves. So the EQ House is a hub where Africans in Diaspora can show up every Sunday to receive directions, feedback, content on how to increase and influence their professions, content on emotional stability.
“It would be a tribe and community for Africans. I created the name because I am creative and I take pleasure in naming things. So, it was easy for me to come up with the name EQ House of Africans for Africans.”
The emotions’ doctor noted that every Sunday, they gather to learn: “We would share and study each others’ cultures. We also brainstorm and network. It is crucial that we do this because Africans need a platform and a voice, especially a voice of emotional stability and emotional intelligence.”
She stressed that everyone has the same emotional struggle, the same level of pain and the same story. We share a lot of things across borders, as Africans and no other person, would understand us but ourselves.
“I have met people who went through therapy but were not understood because of cultural differences and lack of cultural intelligence.
“Cultural intelligence is key, if you want to help a client and to build rapport. You need to understand where the client is coming from, their culture and how their culture influences their beliefs, behaviours, their paradigms and everything.”
EQ House is the emotional hub and centre point for all Africans in Diaspora. We would teach emotional intelligence as well as any other thing pertaining to life and everything else people are interested in learning.
We teach Emotional Intelligence (EI) because it is the oxygen of human relationships. We need it for intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships. It is very crucial and everyone has to take responsibility and learn about it.
She said it is free as it is her form of emotional corporate social responsibility (CSR) to Africans.
“I want us to have a “before and after” experience to learn; to understand ourselves better and have a safe landing during the meetings. It’s a safe space. It is our responsibility to understand the journey we have to embark on to save Africans in Diaspora/Africans residing in places that are not their home country.”