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Episode 22: Ekene Onu Teaches Us How to Refresh Our Lives

Episode 22: Ekene Onu Teaches Us How to Refresh Our Lives

In the latest episode of Beyond the Business Suit I had the honor of interviewing Ekene Onu. I met Ekene at the Be Blogalicious Weekend in 2014. We were both speaking at the event and I was drawn to her energy, brilliance and centeredness. I knew I had to have her on the show.  Here's a little bit of background on Ekene: she is THE  person to help women go from stuck to fabulous, and one of the reasons why is because of her own story. She considers herself a case study in reinvention, as she took herself from spending over 15 years as a pharmacist to now a reinvention consultant and strategist and founder of Refresh: A place for holistic feminine leadership. Ekene's story is one about faith, determination,  following your intuition and also of one of her guiding principles which is “radical self care.” She is a great story teller and I know you will learn a lot from this episode.

Some of the things you will learn in this episode:

Ekene's Bio

Ekene Onu, Speaker, Coach and Change consultant.
Ekene is a case study of reinvention. She started her career in healthcare and practiced as a pharmacist for over 15 years. Four years ago she went through her own personal revolution, reclaiming her health and choosing to create a life based on passion and purpose and she created her business Refresh with Ekene LLC and studied as a professional coach & certified change leadership consultant at Georgetown University. She also is certified in emotional intelligence and trained in appreciative inquiry and leadership development.

She leads workshops and retreats including her own signature Refresh experiences. Has spoken at various conferences and organizations in the US and in West Africa and South Africa. She was recently names one of the 100 most influential women in Nigeria and has been featured in Nigerian media often as a recurring guest on radio and other media outlets.

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” Nelson Mandela

Visit www.refreshwithekene.com today and get resources and tools to refresh your life and become your best self.

The Final Five:

1. Ekene's “secret weapons of success”: Prayer, exercise, not being afraid to fail.

2. If we were to ask 10 people who know her to describe her, here's what they would say about her: She's fearless, vibrant, refreshing, unexpected, and a great conversationalist.

3. Ekene's morning routine: Prayer, scripture reading, social media and exercise. Her night time routine: prayer, reading and visualizing.

Ekene mentioned these books:

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

4. How Ekene manages her life, family, relationships and career: she forgives herself as a mother and a spouse, because it's going to be imperfect and that's okay. She also lets go of expectations of what it should be and embraces what it is. Her family focuses on quality over quantity. Positive shared experiences create incredible bonding.

5. Three of Ekene's favorite things: Golden pecan bread from the Dekalb Farmers Market near Atlanta, travel and bath products.

How you can connect with Ekene:

Facebook: Refresh with Ekene and Refresh Leadership Circle

Instagram: @refreshwithekene

Twitter: @ekeneonline

Website: www.refreshwithekene.com

Retreat website: www.refreshlifelead.com 
Listen to the interview with Ekene below:


  • Ekene / 21 April 2015 8:01

    Thanks so much Kailei!
    It’s so funny that I mentioned “The Coldest Winter Ever” by Sister Souljah, I just happened to be looking at it. But it was as pivotal for me as any of the other ones I mentioned, I guess. I still remember the day and night I spent reading it…I couldn’t put it down, it was such a juicy story. Which I guess woke up the novelist in me. I wrote “The Mrs Club” a Nigerian Chick lit book in 2008 and by God’s grace and if I stop missing my deadlines, I will have another Nigerian chick lit “Aristocrat Wives” coming out soon.

    Thank you for a lovely interview! You are such a graceful and sweet lady!

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