Hi! My name is Omowunmi (Mo) and I am a writer and storyteller from Lagos, Nigeria, now residing in Greensboro, North Carolina. I have been writing since I could pick up a pencil and I have been blogging for over sixteen years. I published my first book in 2012 and have not slowed down since. I am a writer by passion, but what I really do is tell a great story. Knowing how to weave a tale together has expanded my world in an amazing way. Stories are the tools I use to connect with those around me. Currently, I help young adults bring their stories to life by offering guidance to those with a story to tell, and partnering with them to pursue a life of purpose.
I came to the United States when I was ten years old and blazed my own trail academically, graduating high school at sixteen, college at twenty, and law school at twenty-three. Since then I have married, launched (and closed) a private practice that was operational for over ten years, and discovered my love for telling compelling stories, helping others do the same, and impacting the next generation through mentoring and guiding the young people all around me.
I am a wife to my incredible husband (Keji), and a mom of two boys, and I love spending time chasing after my sons or hanging out with my husband.
My love for writing dates back to my earliest memories, I started reading at three and wrote my first book at the age of four. Throughout high school and college, I wrote approximately five different books of poetry and prose. Since those humble beginnings, I have successfully published three novels and countless numbers of short stories. I have recently published my first nonfiction book, “Memoirs of a Nigerian in Christ” (a collection of stories and lessons from my life) available now on Amazon.com and Kindle. Life changed in 2012 when I began to tell stories of my own experiences as a Nigerian immigrant in pursuit of the American dream. My novels weave together faith and culture as they tell the tales of Nigerian-Americans making their own way in the land of milk and honey.
THE MENTOR/BIG SIS
I found my love for mentoring youth and young adults in my early twenties, especially those of minority or immigrant descent. It started as a ministry assignment and blossomed into a calling. Having navigated my own slightly treacherous path to adulthood, I have a unique understanding of the challenges that face young people who are constantly navigating between two worlds- the one at home and the one outside their doors. For most immigrant youth, bringing the American culture home is not only difficult, but it is also actually forbidden. For many young immigrants and first-generation American-born children, the United States stops as soon as they enter the front door. Within their families, they are expected to function wholly within the context of their immigrant culture.
THE COMMUNITY BUILDER
One of my core beliefs is that you should leave everyone better than before you met them. I do that by not only mentoring and impacting those younger than me but encouraging and modeling to my peers and older women the importance of being an example and leaving a legacy that outlasts you the individual. Whether that be through working with faith-based organizations or schools or individuals, it is important to tell the truth in a way that moves humanity forward. I strive to do that in all of my work. Being a community builder is not about chasing accolades, money, or notoriety, it is about pursuing my purpose in a way that aligns with my faith and my calling to those around me.
HOW I HELP
My desire is to make an impact on the lives of young people, whether that be through story-telling, speaking,/teaching, or passion-building – my mentorship method which helps people understand their story matters, helps them get comfortable telling their truth, and eventually live in their truth. I do it with passion and in pursuit of a purpose greater than me.
Watching my former mentees become whole, successful, and well-rounded adults has been my greatest joy. I believe that every person, young and old, has a story to tell. Many never discover the power of sharing their journey. So I have made it my mission to help every person that comes my way tell their own story. Our stories bind us together with the commonality that all image-bearers share. The stories we carry are tools to inspire one another to greatness. I am excited to see how we can bring your story to life, together!