“You cannot fully give of yourself if you do not know your capacity level, how you can make impact, and the level of effort required in effectively making a change“– Ejibola –
It all started in a beautiful house on Adijatu Street, Gbagada Estate.
Ejibola Adetokunbo-Taiwo (Nee Fajimi) is born in Lagos, Nigeria, the daughter of Amos Oladejo Fajimi and Abike Oluremi Fajimi, and the fifth born of nine children.
Growing up was lots of FUN!!!
Imagine having 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Ejibola’s childhood memories are priceless. Her dad ensured the family got the best of education and her Mum enforced the best of morals within the family. Ejibola attended Grace Children School, Gbagada and moved on to finish junior and senior high at Eva Adelaja Girls Secondary Grammer School. She later obtained her Bachelors degree in Banking and Finance from Olabisi Onabanjo University. She later served her country Nigeria under the scheme known as the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in a rural town called Saminaka in Kaduna State for a year. Ejibola led two community initiative project in the town by building the local school where she taught Mathematics a large waste incinerator and she helped document the history of Saminaka town into a Coffee book. Ejibola later worked at the West African Market School and Kakawa Asset Management, Lagos. Ejibola and six of her siblings are now Canadian Citizens, of whom two are Canadian Medical doctors in Calgary and Regina (married to a doctor and pharmacy respectively), one is an Architect in Ottawa, two are Engineers (Ottawa and Toronto), and the last is a Nurse (Manitoba)
A New Country.
16years ago, Ejibola goes on to Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she earns her Masters degree in Development Economics. She later proceed to Sprott School of Business to obtain a certification in Risk Management under the Institute of Risk Management, USA
Ejibola Starts a Family.
Ejibola marries her heartthrob Adetokunbo Taiwo, an Occupational Health and Safety Officer with the Government of Alberta. In the years to come, they have a beautiful daughter IbukunOluwa Taiwo who is now 12years old
Working in Canada
Ejibola’s work experience span from MD Funds Management to CIBC to Scotia Bank to Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network (GPRIN) and Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC). Ejibola introduced the first ever Entrepreneurship and Innovation Challenge at the College, and she started the College’s first ever Business Mastermind program for students. She is currently the Principal Consultant at de Sedulous Women Leaders, and also the CEO at Simply Ejibola Inc.
Ejibola is the Founder of de Sedulous Women Leaders, an empowerment initiative for women which she founded under her company (Simply Ejibola Incorporated) in 2018. de Sedulous Women Leaders operate out of their City Chapters in Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto and Surrey UK. In September 2020 amidst the Covid Pandemic, Ejibola launched the first ever Canadian Female Immigrant Grant called “femImmiGRANTS”, the grant is a venture project aimed to support Start-up women entrepreneurs with Scale-Up capital. She set-up a group of women called “Elevators” to fund the grants (the Elevators are immigrant women who are willing and intentional about elevating the next start-up woman with scale up capital). The launch of the grant was very successful. Ejibola has initiated several other projects such as the iiNTEGRATE NEXT, iLaunchHERproduct, and Co-launched the Rise Up Pitch competition. Currently, de Sedulous Women Leaders is a partner organization with the CASA Foundation International on the Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP).
Awards, Recognition and Public Speaking.
Her services have been recognized severally, most recently she was named a Woman of Inspiration – Rural Leader Award 2020 by the Universal Women Network. She was named a Woman of Influence Trailblazer by the City of Grande Prairie 2019. Same 2019, her social enterprise was awarded the Mentorship award of distinction by the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce. In 2018, she was recognized as one of the RBC Top 75 Canadian Immigrants. Ejibola was also awarded the Mompreneur “Ones to Watch” 2018. Ejibola is also a two time TEDx speaker and has been invited to speak on several entrepreneurship and business financing panel topics.
City of Grande Prairie Committee Appointments
Ejibola was appointed as a public member to the City of Grande Prairie Community Enhancement Advisory Committee in 2017 for a three year term that ended December 2019.
Ejibola recently got appointed in December 2020 as a public member to the City of Grande Prairie Economic Development Strategic Planning and Advisory Committee.
Ejibola also sits on the leadership table at the CBYF (Community Building Youth Futures) where she serves as a leader mentor to the youth of the City of Grande Prairie.
In the Running for a 4year Councillorship at the City of Grande Prairie.
On January 4th 2021, it became Official that Ejibola has put in her intention to run as City Council. This makes Ejibola the first black woman, first African woman, first woman of color, first Nigerian woman to put in a Nomination form to run for such political office in Grande Prairie.