Seun Barber Shopeju - business woman, dentist, and mum of three beautiful girls - has always been destined for great things. She is one of those people you meet and you see greatness in them. Seun and our editor, Yvonne Telford met at boarding school in Kano, Nigeria. Seun went on to study Dental Surgery at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos. After graduating from medical school she worked for the Lagos State Government.
When we asked Seun to tell us about what she has done for herself that she is really proud of, she said, “I was overweight most of my life, with the attendant health and emotional issues. But last year I did something about it, began to eat right, live right and got into shape. I’m really passionate about health, wellness and financial freedom, I help people achieve all three through a fantastic opportunity I discovered. I'm a born again Christian who believes totally in the word of God and Christ's saving grace.”
What is your morning ritual? I wake up between 4am and 5am. Check my phone for messages, and then I get out of bed, pray, and prepare for the day.
What time did you wake up this morning? About 4:45am.
Favourite Disney Character? Rafiki, the native doctor in 'Lion King.' I love his accent.
Best gift you have ever received? After graduation, a car from my Dad.
Best gift you have ever given someone? A washing machine.
What was the thing you wished you knew in secondary school? I wish I knew how to protect myself against bullies.
What is the coolest thing about being a mum? Well, my daughters think I'm the 'best thing since sliced bread'... For real - it's being a role model.
What does motherhood mean to you? It means being a lifeline and a role model. It means always being strong for my children, it means sacrifice and more sacrifice, giving of myself. And it means I get loads of love, hugs, kisses and appreciation in return. Nothing beats that!
Favourite website? foreverliving.com - my business.
What are the three things in your handbag you can’t live without? (a) My pen (I love to write), (b ) A little notepad (for when ideas hit me), (c) My phone (love to chat too).
Favourite lyrics? It Wasn't Easy by Cece Winans.
What is your favourite movie of all time? The Sound of Music.
What is your biggest phobia? Hate small enclosures and tight-fitting clothes.
What is your biggest fear? Not making it to heaven.
What is the last book you read? Go Pro by Eric Worre
How do you unwind? I watch a film or read a book.
What do you admire about yourself? I am decisive, bold, and assertive. I go for what I want and don’t really care what others think of me. Also, I always try to put myself in other people's shoes (empathy).
What advice can you pass on to other mothers? Motherhood is a calling, and it changes your life irreversibly. Give it all you've got, love your children, let them know they mean the world to you, teach them to be independent and strong, teach them to respect others, and let them know you believe in them. Be their biggest cheerleader.
What have you learnt from your children? I've learnt that no two people are never quite the same, and there's no fool proof method of dealing with them. What works for one may not work for the other. I've learnt to be creative and adaptable.
What excites you about life? The power God has given us to change the course of our lives, by the daily decisions we take.
What is the best thing about your job? I love it when patients who came into the clinic in obvious pain and discomfort, leave with smiles on their faces. I love making a positive difference in people's lives.
To find out more about Seun, she can be contacted on her Facebook page.