Beautiful Minds| Sonia Ogbonna

My next incredible guest is beauty and brains personified. It’s my pleasure to introduce to you Sonia Ogbonna, the face and mind behind Nigeria’s number one motivational blog.

Sonia’s transparency, intelligence and sincerity is one that has won the hearts of many. As a big advocate of women’s rights, Sonia has helped empowered thousands of women by sharing practical advice on how they should take control of their own destiny and live the life they’ve always dreamt of without having to depend on any man.

A lot of her messages on her various social media platforms promotes self love, kindness and fairness. Many times described as a goal getter, Sonia likes to the take the reigns and is one to never settle for less or give excuses. I hope you guys enjoy meeting this great mind and get to learn a few things from her as I did.

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Sonia

As always, I advice you grab a cup of coffee or a snack and enjoy the read below 🙂

What’s a typical day like in Sonia’s life?

Every single day of my life is different and on it’s own. That’s what makes it interesting. 

What are three things you can’t live without?

My phone, laptop and probably wifi connection. 

You run and manage Nigeria’s number one motivational blog, what would you say are the foundations of that success?

Definitely passion and dedication. I do what I was created for.

It’s amazing how full of life and positive you are. Can you share some of the things (or experiences) that have helped shaped your positive outlook of life?

The power of the human mind is something I have dedicated all my life to. Since I was young I knew that we are much more then we think we are. There is nothing in this world more powerful than your own mind. I’m thankful for all the unpleasant circumstances, struggles and challenges because that is exactly when I was “pushed” to discover how to use my own mindset to find my way out. 

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 How do you stay motivated when you suffer a setback in one of your goals?

I always remember why I started. It’s all about focus.

I remember telling my mum once that although you are a Columbian woman, Nigerian blood runs through your veins. As a matter of fact, you speak pidgin English and make edikaikong soup better than most Nigerians. How did you find Nigeria the first time you visited and how were you able to quickly adapt to the very new and different environment?

It’s a whole different world over here, but I think my approach from the very beginning was what made it all seem like a beautiful adventure. Nigeria is beautiful and it loves me right back. It’s my country now.

As a big advocate of self-love, what advice or tips would you give to young men and women that struggle with their self-confidence?

Just like any other relationship, the one with yourself is not built overnight. It takes patience, effort, lots of forgiveness and kindness from you to you. Somehow, most of us were never taught the importance of having a quality relationship with the person we see in the mirror. Treat yourself the way you want your ideal partner to treat you. 

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Is it true you can speak 5 languages fluently (if so what are the languages)?

I even lost count. I can speak English, Spanish, French, Serbian, Russian, Croatian and do we count pidgin? Lol.

You are a life coach, blogger, relationship expert, public relations executive at Motherland Beckons, wife and a mother, how do you manage to balance all these and live a fulfilling life?

When there is will there must be a way. When there is no will, we look for excuses. I am that one person who believes you can have it all. 

As a relationship expert, what would you say is the most important thing to share in a relationship?

Love, starting with self love. Because if I am not good with myself, you will never be good enough for me, no matter how good and perfect you are; I will always keep seeking for what’s missing. Secondly, we can’t get what we can’t give. When you are in a healthy and loving relationship with yourself, you won’t settle for being in a bad relationship with someone else. 

Fatoumata Diawara is one of my favourite Malian artist and she sang a song called ‘boloko’, which basically addressed the issue of female genital mutilation. It’s baffling to know that several African communities still engage in the barbaric act of circumcising their female children when they attain a certain age. Apparently, it is done to prevent the girl from being promiscuous in the future. I raised this issue because you wrote under one of your Instagram posts, that one of your dream is to break some false beliefs mothers teach their daughters through generations and to help show girls that they were brought into this world to enjoy, be happy, appreciated and loved. What do you think can or should be done to help put a stop to this traumatising experience thousands of women are being forced to face in certain communities? 

Fatoumata Diawara performing boloko

To break ignorance we need to speak up without being afraid of being judged or for going against “the norm”. Women deal with so many things because pain is normalised in the name of tradition and sometimes religion. It’s time we address issues, not with anger or hatred, but with love and passion for what is fair and right. 

What are 3 things that can never fail to make you smile?

My family, food and the idea of traveling to wherever I want.

Is there something Nigerians and Columbians have in common?

The love for plantain for sure! 

What dessert best describes your personality and why?

It must be chocolate. It’s irresistible!

If you had a ticket to travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

At this moment, China definitely.

Can you tell us something not many people know about you?

I love watching yoruba movies. 

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If the whole world had your attention right now, what would you tell them?

Life is not that serious. Focus on what matters, on what makes you happy, don’t allow petite problems steal your attention and joy. Everything always gets solved eventually.

Last but not least, do you have any good book, movie, documentary or place you’d recommend to your readers?

“Get Rich Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill  and “Power of subconscious mind” by Joseph Murphy.  

To stay updated with Sonia’s projects be sure to follow her on any of her social media platforms below:

Instagram: @Sonialareina

Snapchat: @SoniaOgbonna

Blog: www.ogbonnasonia.blogspot.com.ng

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Thank you for stopping by today but before you go, do show Sonia some love by dropping a comment or any question you may have for her below, and be sure to watch out for my next incredible guest!!

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