Thursday, 19 June 2014

The scars that make us beautiful!

I know about accidents. I have seen accidents. The fatal ones, the tear-guts and all likes; I once had an accident, but none of these accidents have made impact on me like the ones that left horrible scars.  The aftermath, the recuperation, the denial, the resignation, all form the visible and invisible scars that mar our beauty.  I know of scars that never heal, I know of scars that heal faster than the “scarer”, and I also know of scars that heal completely without medication.

Everyone has a scar.
Everyone carries scar.
Everyone deals with their scars differently.

Tell me what I dont know; that the scars left by a pain can be easily forgotten? One thing I know is “it is dangerous to abandon one’s self to the luxury of grief: It deprives one of courage and even of the wish for recovery”.

Eryca Freemantle had no idea of what destiny or the over 200 scars that mar her face will do to her life, after her near death accident. At that time physicians, psychologist, parents, friends, colleagues, all saw a scarred face and body that is not acceptable in the modelling profession. She saw the like at first until she learnt to fight the horrors of the scars that would have tarnished her beauty.  Left with loss of hair, a near amputation of her left leg, undergone five fibroid operations, with a 3 years agonizing and resented solitude, after being told she will never walk again,and worst of all over 200 scars to her face. 

 With sheer deetrmination, she was motivated to learn about corrective make-up techniques and applications to camouflage facial blemishes and scarring. Accepting she could not pursue modelling, she decided to become a make-up artist. Her story is an amazing and inspirational one. Her positive attitude towards life encouraged her determination to proceed and be successful. It was her motivation that gave her the courage to embrace her beauty at a time of such low self-esteem. She had to make and design her own make-up, to disguise her scarred face because of the inavailability of makeup in the UK for black women, much less black women with imperfections. So she got some mud from the garden, mixed it with water and put it on her face. That was her first ever experience with makeup. It didn’t look good, but it made her feel better because it covered the scars for a little while.

To so many people, courage in the face of disaster is a no good, yet this inspiring woman used the powder of hope to smoothen the imperfection of her scars. She understood how to deal with the roots of her scars and ultimately learnt to use her tweezers of elegance to pluck free the inner scars that may be more visible that the outer scars. Her self realization mirrored the knowledge that guided her perfections of her scars, she knew without doubts that once she couldn’t feel it, then she wouldn’t see it and yes, we wouldn’t see it.

Today, Eryca is an acclaimed make-up artist and industry expert. She has researched the make-up artist industry intensely, travelled the globe, looking at trends and predictions. Through her research she was able to identify that she had something unique and very much in demand to offer, slightly more than the average make up artist. She has specialist industry knowledge combined with traumatic experiences, which is why she is known as a “survivor.” She is an award-winning celebrity and international make-up artist, industry intelligence, consultant, educator, author, corrective make-up specialist, trend setter, key note and motivational speaker. Eryca motivates, encourages, unites and emotionally lifts people of all ages and genders. She has a glamorous approach to fashion, photography, beauty and corrective make-up. Eryca Freemantle is a Lifestyle Guru, an award-winning, celebrity whose positive attitude towards life encouraged her determination to proceed and be successful.

 Her life is a lesson for those whose palms still hold lines they can trace; if you hold out on the invitation to create your own beauty techniques in covering your scars, chances are that you will miss the compliments of life and the success story. A little dab of your astringent may not be enough, the discovery of your foundation may seems futile, but you can learn to loose yourself in the beauty of your powder, and let the right application of all corrective measures give you the best chances at covering your scars.

Who knows about your scars, who sees your fears, who hears the near trembling voice everytime you approach the podium, who wants a list of your past failures, who cares about your limitations. No one decides if you get the seat at the high table. Don’t let anyone play dragon with your scars, cover them the best you could and be the best you can.  Our scars are not the ones the world see, they are not the ones we know, but the ones we acknowledge. The visibility is not the problem, but the acceptance is the disease.
This is not to say we must indulge in corrective measures to cover a fool’s dungeon but to solve the inner impediments that are causing the outside breakouts.
It’s hard. It’s near impossible. It’s overwhelming.

 But you need your own “awesomeness”. Most times we have the solutions in our hands, but we throw away the mantle of our own success because we are scarred, we have been scarred or because of some scars.

Eryca Freemantle says "every woman has the right to simple make-up and fitness regime that enhances her natural beauty. All women are beautiful."

I know that everyone has a scar.
Everyone carries scar.
You need a technique to work out your scars, believe me.

Salute to this wonderful and courageous woman, Eryca Freemantle, as she joins our list of the “SASSY, SMART and SUCCESSFUL”.

It’s indeed an honour to write and share her story with you.

Remember...Believe...Knowledge...Opportunities (Pink Ambition)

(C) Funmi Akerele
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Saturday, 24 May 2014


There will never be a generation of great men until there has been a generation of free women -- of free mothers.
- Robert G. Ingersoll. 


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(C) Funmi Akerele

Friday, 23 May 2014


 The butterfly attractiveness derives not only from colours and symmetry: deeper motives contribute to it. - Primo Levi.

Succeessful people are regular people.  Some had the same amount of opportunities while others had none.
Their similarities are not hidden, yet difficult for some to see. Some see their successes as a carbon copy while others copy their successes to the carbon.

Ideas are different inspirations given on different platforms for differnt reasons to satisfy different purposes. Two ideas may look the same but none is totally like the other except copied and pasted. Thus, inspirations or ideas left unactivated will go away; Perhaps the law of gravity.  

Our ability to receive and work with any idea is expantiated by the tale of the sower; only those who receive the dreams, develop the passsion and worked at it have the similarities seen in succesful people.
I once asked in ignorance, are some born successful? Yes they are born,and re-created themselves for a reason.

I know beyond doubt that being succesful is not a priviledge, it is not a gift, it is not a joke, but it is the rightful application of the difference between the non- succseful and the succesful.
This simlarity or difference as the case maybe is called - MOTIVE.

The motive for working that idea when no one else believed in you, when all circumstances seem to deprived you of sanity.
I work hard day and night to see that girls and women have enough inspirations, knowledge and motivation to be able to change their lives for the best.  It is a service for me. It is a job for others and if done by two people our motives are different and our result will definetely be different.

What drives what you do? What is the underlying reason? A banker with enough customer service aptitiude to draw people to come back again- It is not her bank, but maybe one day it will be the basis of her idea to see that people are made happy wherever they are offered great services. To be succesful is not a day’s job. It is a continious raise of the motives that drove you into wanting to be succesful. If you raise your heels every time with the right motives, it might just be the beginning of success for you.  

Dare to be successful; stand up everyday and do that which you should do, perhaps situations maynot be the best reasons for doing that but your heels should be tinged with enough aptitude, resolutions, humility, assertiveness, sassyness, knowledge, optimism, prudence, creativity, smartness, confidence and tenacity to work with your motives. It’s a brand new day each morning, perhaps your heels knows that, perhaps not.


Remember...Believe...Knowledge...Opportunities (Pink Ambition) 

(C) Funmi Akerele

Monday, 5 May 2014

Bring Back Our Girls.

The most unbearable pain of a mother is the pains of a missing child. The wails of a parent, the disgust of a nation, the cries of a people, the travails of different classes, the pandemonium of a number of voices, the wilderness criers, the town shakers and the silent weepers; the shame of a government without a voice.

I have watched too many American movies and have seen the real performances of its government when a citizen is abducted.  Not once, not twice, was a group of captured soldiers left to their fate without the faith and actions of its government fighting to bring them back.

In most cases there are assumptions; assumptions are not certainties, yet uninhibited assumptions could be a certainty. If I assume that a government left 234 of its army for over 2 weeks to the fate of terrorism, people who plague and look for undesereved attention, and then I can assume that the soldiers in this saga are more than ransome. Innocent people the government easily left unattended to. It would be fatal for the government to overlook the urgency of this saga.

Assumptions are strong; they form the basis for some truths. They can be formed, founded, traced and identified. They may be certainty or uncertainty, yet they are pointers...

The best government in the world does not give up its citizens to the slaughter and wait till the outcry of its people get unbearably high octave before answers are given. There is no romance without a relationship; there is no government without people. The understanding of such facts makes us wonder and assume if indeed our soldiers were not actually meants for the gallows in which they found themselves.

The exremist have given us a slap and the dangers of non-retaliation or no attempt will be a reoccurence of more dangerous sagas. Senseless though we may call their fanaticsm, but it was not without sense for the organisers as this was done with a purpose and according to the plan it was meant for. It is indeed clear that there is a reason. Nothing is really nothing unless you would rather be doing something else.

We face no more serious decisions in Nigeria today than the decisions to go after our abducted girls. Do we need a debate to ask for the whereabout of humans? Possibly a roundtable discussion, strategies and actions, but a debate of no action is a sail for another direction.

There is no confusion in our assumptions, no uncertainty in our feelings, no discrepancies in our belief of injustice meted upon the handling of the matters of the abduction.
Yet ...our girls are there.

It is a possible assumption that our girls would ask themselves what their fate is in a country where their fellows are carted away in the middle of the night? .The girls yet to come and even those who don’t understand what is going on presently and who will assume that it is possible to be kidnapped by some demented association in the mid of the night while studying for examination and carted away to be made sex slaves, wives  of bandits, slaves for lives and earn an undeserved future of terrorism, daily rape, assault, beatings and also be made witnesess to an untowards an unreasonalbe belief for a diluted religious beliefs.

Accordingly to Tony Blair in his speech on the London bombings “the extremist mission is cleverly aimed at their target audience. Their cause is not founded on an injustice. It is founded on a belief, one whose fanatiscm is such that can’t be moderated. It can’t be remedied. It has to be stood up to.
Omar Nelson Bradley rightly posited when he said “unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeal he is unfit to command”.

One man’s tears; one woman’s wail make assumptions powerfull... they form the basis to the truth, for in the senate of grasses two elephants fight in a forest, the carcas of the defeated is just what the grasses await.
Then the assumptions again; to what or whose gain is the terrorism in this country?

Assumptions are strong... stronger than what we are fed with.

But our consolation is that all the people of the world are in partner with our interest and our cries for our daughters to be brought back, and for our part as a people we see clearly that unless justice is done for our girls, the injustice of the terrorist beliefs with politcal and governmental unmedicated actions will ruin our land.

(C) Funmi Akerele

Remember...Believe...Knowledge...Opportunities (Pink Ambition)

Monday, 31 March 2014


Why do girls and women need to be educated and motivated? 
The answers are not lost on us and on the different issues we see happen everyday. For some women and girls, if they knew that the more confident they are, most times the more they are focused and the more they achieve. A total woman started from a girl child who knew and appreciated her strength and understood her weakness to develop herself, her self esteem, her potentials and much more importantly her life to become who she is meant to be.

With a deep and strong focus on developing the girl child into a confident, esteemed and well inspired to take more than a leap into achieving her goals; Pink Ambition believes that education without its proper application, focused inspiration, and self assesment is like creating a produt without its mechanics. 
Inspiration; knowledge based inspiration is every where but oblivious to those who do not seek or searh for it. We strongly believe that the special ingredients amongst others, that will make any woman or girl different lies in our philosophy: “P.I.N.K” (Purpose, Inspiration, Newness and Knowledge).
This four special ingridient is worth aiming for. These ingridients are central to every girl and woman ambition so as to be able to live well, lead, achieve, succeed and become who she is meant to be.                                                                            

Pink Ambition believes that all female, irrespective of their status, age and educational backgrounds are change agents and in our hands is the power and the opportunities the world needs. To achieve this, we help create inspirations to help girls and women succeed; edu- inspirational programmes to help them believe, seek for knowledge and open viable and positive opportunities for themseles.

We understand that women need life, we need strength and we need passion, but exclusively those are not enough. Life gives strength to passion and committed passion births opportunities through knowledge. And thus every well meaning female should seek to find their purpose, create inspiration for themseles, be creative with new ideas to move forward and never forget that knowledge is profitable in all things.

We do not believe in empowernment without education and continuos inspiration to help create the desired result, and that is why we constantly touch the lives of girls and women in many ways through our numerous edu-motivational programmes that leave no lives untouched and leave no touched lives without result oriented followups.
Pink Ambition is an initiative of take hills educational services (, an organization that is passionate about the plights and even passion of every female all over the world.
Remember...Believe...Knowledge...Opportunities (Pink Ambition)

(For all Female)

Remember...Believe...Knowledge...Opportunities (Pink Ambition)

(c) Funmi Akerele

up to something!

Physicists and astronomers see their own implications in the world being round, but to me it means that only one-third of the world is asleep at any given time and the other two-thirds is up to something. - Dean Rusk.

Either you sleep, either its death, either its half awake, either its dead slumber, either it is dead knocked out or sleep walk, either its a nap or a little rest down the river side, all are up to something- SLEEP.

What are you UP to today, now, later, then, tomorrow? We must all be up to something?

Never stop being
up to something!

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(c) Funmi Akerele

What drives you beyond your lip talks?

If a woman is sufficiently ambitious, determined and gifted - there is practically nothing she can't do." - Helen Lawrenson

P- Purpose; a female's passion, and also entails what she wants to do about it. A woman is identified not only by how she is but by who she is. Your quirks; your personality. Your passion. What oils your weakness and strength, and compel your attention because you cannot just stop being involve in it. What drives you? How do you drive it, why are you driving it and where are you heading to? That is PURPOSE.

I- Inspiration; Can be those soft knowledge she hears and sees; that touches her stance and oils her determination to succeed. Sometimes she feels it can’t be done, but with those nuggets she is inspired to move on. Stories from females all over the worlds who had defied the common reasons and excuses and have transported their businesses into a worthy destination or unto a worthy destination. Not just stories but Facts. That is INSPIRATION.

N- Newness; yes they say there is nothing new under the sun, yet ideas keep ruling the world. It could be the ideas of yester-years yet horned to fit into the present. Innovative, out-of the box ideas, that can grow bigger sizes than the originator. You never grow tired of it. When your idea(S) is people connected, you have no reasons to fail. Women are wonderfully made; good managers both at the home-front (even office front. ***winks***) and every other places that matters. They never fail to churn great ideas to save the day. We call it NEWNESS.

K- Knowledge. Wisdom is profitable in all things; in all thy doings, PLEASE get wisdom! It is very important. We all need knowledge, good strategies to succeed in the stifling business environment. It is the knowledge we exhibit, that will set us apart. We cannot use the knowledge of the fifties to succeed in the nineties. Any female wanting to succeed needs to learn the tools of the business and whatever positive actions it will take to succeed. If it means learning everything all over again it is worth the effort. Success is not a rough cut; it is earned. So we bring hard nuts, facts, figures, opinions, advice, and times premonitions we can all share. No one is an island. If it works for some, it can work for us all. Knowledge is important. No one celebrate a princess without a tiara. That is KNOWLEDGE.

What drives you beyond your lip talks?

Remember...Believe...Knowledge...Opportunities (Pink Ambition)

Funmi Akerele (c)

Tuesday, 11 March 2014


I read an article lately about Aliko Dangote (an African billionaire) on a popular site and when I looked at the comment section I was amazed by what some people wrote. One comment stung my gaze and I recoiled in shame for the lady who wrote the comment in ignorance. I couldn’t for the life of me think why in this millennium; some people can still hamper such suicidal thoughts. Either she knew it or not, the article was written as an inspirational evidence, especially for young people to help them think and understand the need to take risk, think big, and think beyond their present circumstances so as to take a leap for the greater future. The article was about how Aliko Dangote started out and built his now great business empire through hardwork.

Her comment read “wow, he is indeed loaded, how I wish I could know him, wouldn’t mind being his mistress.”
I have been told that not everyone dreams. But I beg to differ that in this world and at a time like this with myriad of problems, everyday mishap, misfortune, everyday success, achievement, and great success stories around the world that can inspire even the dullest of all hearts, some people still do not DREAM. (Note my emphasis on dream)

Yes, it’s her wish to be a mistress, but there are some wishes and dreams that can never take someone anywhere. There is gain, opportunities in personal success. You can never know the depth of a rich man’s success more than him and that is why it is needful for everyone to dream positively and make or draw personal plans to achieving it. “Dream” in this context does not mean going to bed snoring and lured away in an unknown land and eventually crowned the princess; but dreams means seeing beyond the present, and having an idea that can generate your heart desires when you conscientiously work at it.

It pays to carve your own trumpet and blow the amount of air your lungs can gather to achieve the great sounds you want to hear or dance to. The fact that one fails while trying to work out a dream is enough success story, because it will be said of you that you tried at building your castle though lost a stone in the process. And you can find the stone, or make another stone. It is possible.
It is my belief that opportunities only open to those who knock at its doors. And opportunity can be defined as a viable means to attain success through a chore that is performed deliberately overtime (my definition). You hold your own success. Your dreams can either transport you or leave you broken.

This piece is not to judge anybody but to correct a mentality that you can tap or wriggle into a success you never worked for. Let’s not be prodigal daughters and learn the right way to success. You have your gifts to translate it into whatever you want to see; your big Idea + persistent hard work + passion + knowledge = opportunities= success.

Seek opportunity not security; it is the opportunity that will bring security and not the other way. Undue and undeserved security has 3 choices: WASTE IT, SPEND IT, AND INVEST IT.

Note that the pivotal rule of success for any dream is the passion to make that dream succeed. Research has shown that 7 out of every wealth undeserved or not worked for is either wasted or spent away. Make an effort to dream (positively) about what you want and where you want to be in the FUTURE or some years to come and conscientiously work towards attaining your goals. It doesn’t hurt to be a mistress of your own great DREAMS; it is rather a misfortune to CRAVE SLAVERY of another man’s dream.


Remember...Believe...Knowledge...Opportunities (Pink Ambition)

(c) Funmi Akerele

Saturday, 8 March 2014

“No man is an island, yet solution is in part a function of our individual discovery”   - PINK AMBITION

We all need a daily check of ourselves to see if in part we are individually doing what it takes to help solve the myriads of problems that have plaque us for so long.
 To create this distinction is a need to fully understand what is happening in and around us and what “I” and “WE” can do about it.

It is an “obvious reality” that the more we discover about ourselves the more we can help the teams who have discovered before us to solve the problems.

All hands must be on deck, but individuality is the beginning of the process to correct the absurdity that has become normal to us all. The abnormality; the deficit in our morals, the decadence of our identitiy as women, the restrictions of our rights, the unproductive menance of the generation we have helped to nurture, the violence against our sex, against our rights, against our selves, the injustice of violations of our bodies, our image,  the economic disease that has eaten into our purses due to corruption,  the self inflicted limitations we have placed on ourselves and  transfered to our daughters and the daughters of our daughters and indeed the future generation who has continued to live and is living in the limitations of the individuality we never expressed.

A collection of books starts from one. A battallion of soldier will be counted from the first figure; we can discover our voices as individuals, but we can team up collectively to solve all of what we see as abnormality.

Individuality starts the process, but collectively we solve our problems.  Change can be discussed, can be campaigned but misunderstood if its true meaning is lost on us as individuals. It can be diffiult to discover ourselves, because in this discovery we also identify what we passionately care for.  Our individuality is the part solutions to all these problems; it is therefore comforting to know that in discovering this there is also profits.  You cannot clap with one hand but you need to understand and rightly discover that there is first a problem and there is a need for solution and a team to solve it.

 I join women acros the world in this celebration of our individual discovery that we have individual rights no matter how limited; a right to end domestic violence, rape and other issues and also to celebrate that collectively we will break the chain and win.

 In the words of inspirational women quotes “God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers“, and that is who we are; You and I.

Remember...Believe...Knowledge...Opportunities (Pink Ambition)

(c) Funmi Akerele

International Women's Day

The "WOMAN" that fought for us all, is YOU and I - Pink Ambition

Happy International Women's Day to us all !!!

Remember...Believe...Knowledge...Opportunities (Pink Ambition)

(c) Funmi Akerele