Q & A: Adanna Agbaso – The one thing that truly inspires me is God.

Adanna Agbaso was born on the 31st of December 1987 to Martin and Robin Agbaso. She spent the first few years of her childhood in her maternal hometown of New York before moving to Nigeria with her two brothers. Her primary and secondary school education took place in Port Harcourt. In 2005 she went on to pursue her undergraduate degree in Dublin, Ireland. Upon completion she attained a Diploma in Criminology.

Adanna moved to England in 2010 to study for her postgraduate degree in International Commercial Law. In 2011 she attended the Nigerian Law School and was called to the Nigerian Bar Association in 2012. She later attended Harvard University to study a course in International Law. In 2013, Adanna opened one of the fastest growing chain of Chinese Restaurants called Chow Mein. In little or no time Chow Mein became a household name and the go to restaurant for Chinese Fast Food. In 2015, she started a fabric line called Alice Fabrics which she named after her grand mother.

Adanna has shown indeed she has a passion for Gospel Music. She is currently recording with some of the best music producers in the industry.

Who is Adanna Agbaso?

Adanna is a Barrister and a versatile entrepreneur. 

Describe a typical day in the life of Adanna.
A typical day would be… i wake up early, read my bible, say my prayers and worship then i have a quick conference call with my staff to make preparations for the day.

I also attend to customers at the restaurant and those that come to buy fabrics or dresses from my fabric store.

When you are not working, what do you do?

When i’m not working, i read a lot! I love to read especially self help books. I also write gospel music or recording music in the studio.

What inspires you?

The one thing that truly inspires me is God. Sometimes, we as human beings can lose focus, become distracted and start questioning ourselves when we try to figure out what our purpose is. When i keep my eyes pinned on him, that is what truly inspires me to go to the next level to take the next step whether it is in my professional or personal life because only when God is involved will we experience true success. It’s important that we do not draw inspiration from the wrong source.

Do you think every woman can be an entrepreneur and why?
Yes i believe every woman can be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship can be anything you want it to be. Entrepreneurship gives you a platform to turn your skills and passion into money regardless of your background. 

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned as an entrepreneur?
The most important lesson i have learnt being an entrepreneur would be to believe in your brand and skill. As long as you trust and believe in your business, that’s what will continue to drive you especially in difficult times.

What is your favourite Quote?
Every saint has past and every sinner has a future. I think this speaks for itself.

What is your take on “women supporting women”?
In Nigeria we are not where we are supposed to be with regards to women supporting women. I would personally support any woman who has a good cause going on.. either by word of mouth or give a lending hand. This is an approach i have taken as i didn’t get to where i am without the support of other females so i do not see why i won’t help the next female.

Although we still deal with envy, jealousy, criticism and the likes within women, there are women who support women. However, i think it can be a lot better!

What would you like to be remembered for?
To make a positive impact in the lives of people… even if it is one person. But eternally, i’d love to help someone find their way to God…. If i could get at least one person, i would be eternally grateful.

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