Udunma Nnenna Ikoro: My passion is to help people communicate their ideas
Udunma Nnenna Ikoro is the Lead Creative Director, Communique ResourceHub. Best selling author on Amazon, trainer, and speaker, the graduate of Linguistics and Communication Studies is also a professional communication, Educational, and Book Project Consultant, Lead Editor, and Content Strategist. Udunma has a rich teaching experience of 14 years and runs an online English Academy as an English language teacher. She is an advocate of Education, Youth Empowerment, Innovation in Reading Culture, Women, Cancer Awareness and screening, Volunteering, and a Sustainable Environment. She is the convener of the TIWA SUMMIT, The Intentional Women Africa Conference and Masterpiece Writers Summit, first held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She helps writers, entrepreneurs, professionals and authors birth profitable books and become internationally published authors, especially on Amazon. The author, who has consulted and published books for many professionals in different sectors, shares her inspiring journey with ESTHER IJEWERE in this interview.
My childhood was a discovery and an indirect preparatory ground for what I do today. As a little girl, I became choir mistress for the children’s choir, wrote songs and poems, though never published, then moved to writing stories. I had so many thoughts and insights above my age as a child; my writing skill was discovered early.
In Primary 2, I taught my fellow mates, held after school tutorials for others, which continued in Primary 5 where I oversaw primary 4 class in the absence of their teacher and even made notes and marked class work of the pupils in the public school I attended.
Growing up in the city of Aba, Abia State, was interesting, as I was surrounded by my lieutenants and loved by all as the only daughter. I had the best my parents could provide, though our environment did not have many social facilities; we would spend time together with our parents. My Christian foundation, coupled with great values and exposure to serving God in truth and sound education, made me who I am today
Inspiration Behind Tiwa Summit And Communique Resourcehub
As an intentional woman, I discovered that many women were living other people’s dreams and living in pains, regrets and stuck in life and their careers without fulfillment. It was obvious that many challenges and dissatisfaction were linked to no self-discovery, low self-esteem, fears, undiscovered life’s purpose, stereotypes, self-sabotage and more, which I explained with their solutions intensely in my book, The Intentional Woman.
Hence, The Intentional Women Africa was birthed to help women appreciate their beauty, strength, find their purpose and enhance their potentials then manifest their greatness. I held free three-day training, summits, and conferences to help drive home the message of intentional living as a means of manifesting a woman’s greatness.
Communique ResourceHub on the other hand is my business brand and a communication and publishing consulting company. I was inspired by the fact that I know too much to remain where I was before I stepped forward into social entrepreneurship. My desire to help people communicate their ideas, stories, knowledge, and experience effectively and error free, using digital technology on global and local platforms while making impact, profit and building legacy inspired me to go into editing, book writing and publishing consultation.
The need to help writers and aspiring authors self-publish their books like I did with Amazon without some traditional publisher’s drama, inspired me to start what I do at Communique ResourceHub.
The Journey So Far
It has been awesome, though quite challenging and rough. I did not let the challenges break me, but brush me up to play harder and smarter. To get people to believe in what you do, you should really merit the attention and trust they will deposit in what you do. The hitches opened my eyes to greater opportunities for capacity building, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Honestly, these challenges are peculiar to our environment aside for a few. When I started and till now, people still struggle to believe I can deliver an excellent and standard job, because they feel my brand is young, unknown and being resident in Africa. But my results over the years and consistency in creating content that boosted my credibility and visibility helped to reduce that and I have worked with majorly clients outside Nigeria, especially in Australia, UK, USA, Germany, Belgium, New Zealand to mention but a few.
The issue of poor electricity supply cannot be overemphasized; it affects our productivity rate and skyrocket our products and services costs too. It affects my work in terms of the overhead cost, pricing, and turnaround time for a job. Cost of marketing to generate fresh leads and prospects is another challenge, acquiring new upgraded gadgets and maintaining old ones.
How My Work Has Inspired Women Around Me
Many women who have encountered my intentional living message and lifestyle have been inspired to take their lives in their hands and turn it into a legacy. Many have gone ahead to start thriving businesses, build confidence to show up and be heard, and build others in their world. I preach the message of shining brightly and illuminating others while helping them to shine their lights too because, there is greatness in every person on earth.
Today, many call me ‘The Intentional Queen’, because my life depicts everything about intentionality, results and manifesting your greatness no matter what the story used to be, because you owe yourself your greatness. The world will only come around when you make it, as they say, ‘success has many friends.’
Highlights Of My Career As An English Language Teacher
I started teaching English Language in 2003; so, it is 19 years now. Being an English language teacher is a privilege and golden opportunity for me as a person. The highlight of my career was being a part of a student’s journey of becoming good in the English language. I also had the privilege to teach students to attain success in their external and international examinations, especially IELTS.
Other Projects And Activities
As a multitalented and intentional woman with aspirations, I am usually keen to give life and manifest other parts of me that are the colors of my personality. Some of my projects include my humanitarian and professional projects at Masterpiece Entrepreneurs and Writers Academy (MEWA). We hold writing competitions, free webinars, and content sharing in our community to help entrepreneurs, assist writers in enhancing their writing skills to build and publish their digital products.
At The Intentional Women Africa, we hold training, summits, conferences, and we focus on these projects; Education, Health, STEM and Skills Acquisitions, especially for underprivileged, unprivileged, living with disabilities, women and girl children. We also hold mentoring sessions for secondary children on self-discovery and intentional living then, girl children on menstrual health.
I also had the opportunity to volunteer for other organisations like Revamp Africa as State Coordinator, supporting teaching and mentoring of children in the public schools, UN, YALI, to mention but a few.
On December 17, 2022, we will be celebrating our 2nd Anniversary and conducting a Cervical and Breast Cancers Screening for two hundred women with free treatment featuring business, health, Tech and life seasoned speakers in Lagos, Nigeria.
Being An Amazon Bestselling Author
Becoming an Amazon bestselling author was not an easy journey, but I did it afraid even as a first-time author in 2017, with my book, Phenomenal Parenting. I got helpful training and knowledge through paid and self-taught courses and research.
I intentionally replicated the same result with my second book, which was an answer to questions from my audience on how I achieved the bestselling book status; it worked even better. Ever since 2018, I have published many authors and their books hit Amazon bestselling books, driving sales. Besides, my twelve books on Amazon are all bestselling books.
What I Enjoy Most About My Job
This is an interesting question and one I love to answer at every interview. There are many things I enjoy about my job, but what I enjoy most is the fulfillment of serving my world with my expertise, experience, skills and knowledge from the comfort of my home. Making impact, profit and building a legacy as a writer, while helping others create the life they enjoy too.
Three Women Who Inspire You And Why
My mum is my top inspiration any day; she is a good example of Proverbs 31 woman. She is the true Intentional Woman, industrious and kind. Amongst all she taught me, I learnt patience from my mum, while the Holy Spirit helped me to become a true patient person.
To Those Trying To Learn Content Monetisation
Writing is an expressive medium of communication. To make your writing craft profitable, your writing must be valuable to your audience; profits go after values. A profitable writing solves problems, answers questions, and transforms the reader.
Only a person of value can give value. Improve daily on your craft, write, and have a likable personality from your sharable content. Your content is relatable when it is experiential content. Be visible. Be intentional. Be consistent.
How To Support Women In The Creative And Writing Sector
Women in the creative and writing sector need support in the areas of promotion of their skills and works. If their work could be pushed to their right audience globally and locally, it is a way of appreciation and encouragement.
There is a need for valuable mentorship, because it is a huge advantage to the woman who is trying to find her feet in the creative and writing sector. Funding, purchases, and referral are invaluable support every woman and human being needs to grow and excel in their work.
Being A Woman Of Rubies
I am a Woman of Rubies, because I am a woman making an impact in the lives of many women all around the world. I have integrity and excellence as my personal and brand’s values. Daily, I do my best to live by them in my relationship with people. I am a gift and unrepentant giver who gives and keeps giving to lift, help and support other people and humanity. I love lavishly and believe in helping others manifest their greatness.