I watched the Oscars with apt attention and admiration for the few celebrities that were recognized for excellence in cinematic achievements in the film industry. As a female entrepreneur, there were some lessons that struck me.  I find these totally relevant for Nigerian females especially entrepreneurs and career women

  1. Dress the part, Dress for success!. Some celebrities stole the night with their amazing outfits. My definition of amazing is unique, pretty, befitting and more importantly- AGE APPROPRIATE. I have quite a number of outstanding ones but I’ll mention just a few female favorites as the list is almost endless. They are Lupita Nyong’o, Zoe Saldana, and Scarlett Johansson.

BEST DRESSED  2. The Meryl Streep moment. Be a consistent excellent performer! At the age 65, Meryl Streep continues to wax stronger in the industry with her high standards of excellence. It is almost weird to have an Oscars show without her nomination.She has earned 19 acting nominations in the last 37 years, ahead of all other actors or actresses in the history of the show. As an entrepreneur, stand for excellence.  See her in 1979, and in 2014 below- constant growth I must say! Evolve but remain relevant.

MERYL 3. 100% passion. I was moved to tears when David Oyelowo cried after the powerful performance of Glory, from the film, Selma by John Legend and Common.  For me, it showed how much passion and belief he had for the character of Martin Luther which he played in the movie Selma. For him, it wasn’t just another movie! As an entrepreneur, you need to be 100% passionate about your cause and business. No one can love the idea more than you!

DAVID OYELOWO4. Be Speech ready. As an entrepreneur, you must be able to speak eloquently about your business, what you stand for and evoke positive emotions at the same time. Be speech ready. There were some amazing speeches this year. Patricia Arquette won best supporting actress for acting an independent-minded mother in “Boyhood.” She ‘REPPED’ her character — and all women — in her acceptance speech.patricia

“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights, it’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America,” she said. Culled the independent.co.uk

5. Lastly, be positively disruptive. As an entrepreneur, you need to stand out, your business idea should meet needs in a different manner. Don’t join the band wagon! Be YOU. See David Oyelowo in a red Dolce & Gabbana Tux. Brave I must say!



Picture credits to oscar.go.com

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