Beyond Boundaries: Moyosoreoluwa’s Inspiring Odyssey in Media, Mentorship, and Motivation

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Moyosoreoluwa Eleso is a remarkable individual whose journey from a childhood filled with leadership roles to becoming a trailblazer in the competitive world of media is nothing short of inspiring. As the third child and daughter in a family of four, Moyo was nurtured by well-educated parents, setting the stage for academic excellence and early leadership experiences.

The interview touches on the challenges Moyo faced as a woman in the media industry, where she had to confront stereotypes and convince others of her capabilities. Despite these hurdles, she persevered, learning crucial skills on her own, and now actively mentors others to break the chains she once faced.

She sits with Lekki Post Newspaper for this riveting interview

 

Can you tell us about your background and how you got started in your career/business? My background or early years were pretty simple yet memorable. I am the 3rd child and 3rd girl out of 4 children. My parents are well educated; my dad is a lecturer and my mum is a retired Principal so were directly or indirectly expected to be top flyers academically. Because of our parent’s presence and guidance, I didn’t do badly academically and that sort of positioned me as one of the popular students in all the schools I attended.

I was that child who wanted to partake in every literary activity and I also held leadership positions at different levels; from class captain to prefect and even assistant head of class in university. I kicked off what is now my career a bit early as there were pointers to my communication skills from all the activities I engaged in as a child. As I grew older, I gained clarity on things I wanted to do and pursued them the best way I could. I can say that my upbringing laid the foundation for all I am now.

What do you believe sets you apart from others in your industry?

One of the many things that set me apart in my industry and even gave me an edge is service. So early on I discovered that sometimes to be able to access the seats on tables, you must unlock it through service and dedication and these values set me apart. As one operating in a very competitive media industry, I was able to build my brand from the ground up by learning, serving, and continuous dedication to my craft.

When my counterparts were letting go and finding solace in other things, I kept going knowing that the opportunities I sought could only be accessed if I held on and indeed that was the case. With over a decade of actively showing up, I have built something that counts for a young lady my age.

Can you share any defining moments or turning points in your journey that helped shape your success?

I have had so many defining moments but like I said earlier, a lot of the opportunities I have now, found me in the place of service. Therefore, I always encourage young people to never be in a hurry to arrive at their destination. I have shared severally how I returned to the university after a B.A in History to study Law for another 5 years.

This means I spent about 11 years in a Nigerian university, and you can imagine how tough that would have been because no one wants to experience an undergraduate degree twice. Even the first one with our type of system is draining but I did it.

The interesting part is, while at it, I was building my career in media. I was doing so much that looking back now I don’t know where I got the energy from. This is probably what got a lot of young people attracted to me. The fact that I could pull off all these tough things over the years and still build a personal brand and career in media while at it is a major win for me and it continuously reminds me that I am made for this journey.

Can you share a pivotal moment in your career that significantly contributed to your success?

Because of how unique my journey has been, different pivotal moments culminated in some of the wins I have enjoyed on my journey. But if I were to wrap up these moments it would be watching some important personalities who were ahead of me give me a chance.

You know it is one thing to think you have a gift or talent and you are ready to take on the world, it is another thing to have people who will look at you and say you can be more. I had several moments like this on my journey and looking back now, I am glad I allowed the push because it all makes sense now.

How do you balance work and personal life, and what strategies have helped you maintain that balance?

You know, I became an author recently and some of these things I was opportune to address in my book and this is how I see it. I think the conversation on balance could swing in different directions depending on who is in the picture. However, considering some of the personal experiences I have had over the years, I think what I lean towards is work-life integration.

Because of how unrealistic it is sometimes to have a sleek balance because personally, my schedule can be so exhausting, I try to integrate my work and life rather than treating them as a separate entity. As my husband will say, work should be fun. So, when I am working, I am finding ways to create fun memories with it. Whether I am working alone or leading a team, I do not tight life to

Generally, I love to have fun and I create those fun moments in the simplest ways. That is how I maintain my balance.

What challenges did you face as a woman in your industry, and how did you overcome them?

When I decided I wanted to work in the media industry, I knew it was going to be tough. First, the battle was having to convince the older generation that you were not in it for the fame, and that you have all it takes to deliver. The second challenge was dealing with the stereotypic position that females in the industry were not as good as the male, particularly at the time with radio presentations and event hosting where people didn’t even recon with female MC’s.

I think these were the major challenges I had to face as it was difficult initially accessing mentorship at the time which is one of the reasons, I mention frequently that I learnt most of the things I know now on my own. From presentation to content creation, event hosting, PR, editing, and news reading scripting so many things I do now within the media space, I learned on my own.

To break this chain, however, I am very invested in mentoring younger people because I believe we don’t have to journey the road alone. 

How do you stay motivated and continue to set and achieve goals in your career?

One of the many things that keep me going is the many people who draw strength from me. Apart from being on the journey because I Know this is what I have been assigned to do and I will do it excellently, I am also a firm believer in the fact that so many lives are attached to me carrying out my assignment diligently and successfully.

This knowledge keeps me going always as I do not joke with any goal I set per time. This is not to say that I do not get tired or frustrated but when I do, I go to God who gave me the vision in the first place, and get rejuvenated for what is ahead.

Can you discuss a specific project or initiative that you’re particularly proud of and the impact it had on your career?

One project I am very proud of is the community I kicked off in 2018 for media enthusiasts and professionals to access mentorship, resources, and networks as well. With this community, I convene a yearly conference called the iSpeak Conference and yearly we have renowned media professionals grace the stage as speakers as we discuss important issues that concern growth and strategies in the industry.

It’s been such a fulfilling initiative for me knowing that because of this community, hundreds of people have found clarity for their media careers and are thriving as well. This has greatly positioned me as well as a brand and continues to open even greater opportunities for me as an individual.

What advice would you give to other young women aspiring to succeed in your field?

Two things I tell women and even anyone at all on a journey to building a successful career to focus on are the actions they take and the decisions they make. Paying attention to these important things will always keep them in check and help them understand their why always. To succeed at anything at all, our actions and decisions are major catalysts for the journey, and they need to be properly monitored and groomed.

In your opinion, what are the key skills or qualities successful women must possess?

I think the skills or qualities I believe in are for every human generally and not just successful women alone. To build a sustainable career and lead a life of impact, we must be very intentional about the things we do and how we do them. The key values of dedication, hard work, service, and perseverance can also not be pushed aside. Like they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day, to succeed at anything at all, you must be committed to that thing and prove why you are deserving of it. The universe always finds a way to reward our consistency and dedication.

 

Moyosoreoluwa Eleso was one of the twenty women shortlisted by the Lekki Post for the 20 most inspiring women for 2023.

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