Wednesday, 9 March 2016

HN Feature: Joy Ikedinma Jacob


Joy Ikedinma Jacob is a service oriented humanitarian and a young leader with a mission to display the richness and cultural ethnic values within the Nigerian Community in New York. She moved to New York with nothing but a dream and aspiration of how to better her life and those she left behind in Nigeria.


With the goals of pursuing a successful career as a healthcare manager, Entrepreneur and humanitarian, she dug deep and concentrated on her education, completing a baccalaureate degree in Healthcare Service Administration, and currently working on her Master’s degree. As part of her dedication to the services of others, after graduation from college, she led several medical and educational missions to Nigeria and more recently, began working on an NGO whose mission is to find, appreciate and promote women with strong goals and interest in promoting the Nigerian culture and supporting causes related to education and women’s empowerment.
 
Currently, she is the Founder of Empower 4 Change inc a non profit organization whose mission is to help supplement the educational needs of youths in rural Nigeria by implementing a technological and computer based learning center catering to these disadvantaged youths and also the Director of the Miss Nigeria USA pageant, a pageant she started with the aim of raising the profile of the Nigerian woman to expand their opportunities while illuminating their outer beauty and also to empower women by creating a forum and opportunity for competition among the most brilliant and beautiful women of Nigeria.


Joy has created a blueprint that will proclaim her ability to lead, inspire and uplift women for years to come. She has always pushed past her comfort zones to get things done because she stands on the shoulders of giants who have paved the way for her, just like she hopes to pave the way for many young girls still to come.

Describe yourself in 3 words
Service Oriented Humanitarian


Three must-have tools, apps, or products that are essential to your job 

A Smile,  Networking skills and  Confidence
Who/What inspires you? 
My Parents inspires me to be the best version of me. Secondly, Oprah Winfrey inspires me to live the life of my dreams.

What brings you the greatest satisfaction personally and professionally? 
Seeing smiles in the face of Disadvantaged kids.

What quote do you live by?
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time because Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.

What advice would you give your 18 year old self? 
Wow, I would say… follow your passion Joy and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Follow people who affect your life positively and have faith in your abilities.
On "Women Supporting Women"... 
Women supporting, encouraging and mentoring other women could possibly be the height of a woman’s success.  What we women don’t understand is that we are our key to success. Rather than tearing each other apart, we have the opportunity to gain more power, friendship, knowledge and wisdom from each other, which we wouldn’t get if we hate each other so much.  

19 comments:

  1. She is such a strong and driven woman. This article on her really inspired me as a young lady.

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  4. An excellent role model for young women of all backgrounds.

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  5. She is such a strong and driven woman. This article on her really inspired me as a young lady.

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  6. Amazing Article !!

    A lot of us should emulate this kind of mindset. Be supportive to one another , it doesn't take anything from you to help each other grow. Amazing job Joy. Continue to rule the world with greatness

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  7. Joy is a smart,talented and driven young woman.
    She achieves anything she sets her heart to.
    Kudos joy

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  8. Amazing role model, such a force to be reckoned with. Joy will definitely go the distance and leave an amazing story and footprint behind.

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  9. Perfect example of what our communities need more of, young black women entrepreneurs. Keep up the good work Joy, you are destined for success and I hope your work continues to inspire others!

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  10. Joy is the perfect example for every young lady who has a dream and wants to pursue! Never let anyone tell you that you Can't do it!

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  11. Proud of you joy ! Keep up the work you do! It's nice to see a young women of color doing something not only for her country but also for herself!

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  12. Proud of you joy ! Keep up the work you do! It's nice to see a young women of color doing something not only for her country but also for herself!

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  14. So inspiring Joy!! The Miss Nigeria USA pageant was long overdue to the Nigerian American community, so you're definitely affecting real change by producing this pageant. Kudos to you!!

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  15. I love you cousin Joy!!
    Generally, i love it most when "we" women support ourselves. The energy is like fuel it inspires us more and brings us closer.
    Well done cousin Joy!!. Xoxoxo

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  16. I love you cousin Joy!!
    Generally, i love it most when "we" women support ourselves. The energy is like fuel it inspires us more and brings us closer.
    Well done cousin Joy!!. Xoxoxo

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  17. Such an amazing and inspiring article Joy. I'm extremely proud of you and the work you have done and the work you will continue to do through Miss Nigeria USA. Excellence at its BEST QUEEN... Salute!

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  18. Such an amazing and inspiring article Joy. I'm extremely proud of you and the work you have done and the work you will continue to do through Miss Nigeria USA. Excellence at its BEST QUEEN... Salute!

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