Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), finance expert, author & Founder, Clever Girl Finance®
Bola is a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), finance expert, author and founder of Clever Girl Finance (https://clevergirlfinance.com). Voted one of the top personal finance websites for women, Clever Girl Finance®, is a financial education platform aimed at providing women with financial guidance that will inspire them to pursue and achieve their dreams of financial independence. Bola and Clever Girl Finance have been featured by several media outlets including Time.com, Money Magazine, Essence, Black Enterprise, Cheddar TV, ABC News and The Chicago Tribune. Prior to founding Clever Girl Finance and becoming a financial educator, Bola worked in technology consulting and in telecommunications and cable.
I’d describe myself as motivated, curious and committed. I love taking on a challenge and solving difficult problems. Once I start working on a problem, I have to figure it out – either on my own or by getting the right people or resources involved.
I’m passionate about wellness in all aspects of life. I like to look on the bright side of things and focus on the positive outcomes. Doing this helps me stay focused and keeps my mindset in check.
My goal in life is to be a good person (wife, mother, friend, sister etc) and to leverage my opportunities and platform to help others.
I’m very detailed oriented but the same time, I like to get things done quickly. I’m meticulous in my approach and have no issue reworking something until I get it right.
I also bake the best banana bread – ever!
Perseverance and not giving up.
Business: To build an incredibly successful business that positively impacts the lives of women across the world by helping them improve their financial wellbeing.
Personal: To raise my children with values and to teach them compassion.
My biggest success are my twins. I’m so proud of them.
Choose to be happy.
Life is unpredictable but you are in control of the perspective you take. I choose happiness.
Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Sara Blakely
Such incredible women – their life and business stories inspire me.
New York City
I have so many incredible memories in each of these places.
Right now, it’s my essential oil diffuser.
Spending time with my family.
The show Call the midwife on Netflix
To be the best human being I can possibly be.
How can I do things better?
Do your best and leave the rest for tomorrow.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
I live in a New Jersey suburb and what I love most about where I live is the calm and quiet. A stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of New York City where I spend a lot of my working time taking business meetings and networking.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
A banana and a toasted English muffin with peanut butter.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Catching up on emails and then making school lunches for my kids
10:00 AM – Typically in meetings
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
A salad or warm sandwich
7:00 PM – Finishing up dinner and getting my twins ready for bed
11:00 PM – I try my best to be off my phone and in bed by this time. Otherwise I’m winding down with a cup of herbal tea.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
A cup of coffee in the morning and some tea at the end of the day.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
My most used app is my podcast app.
What should everyone try at least once?
I’ve heard skydiving – I’m get to try.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
I enjoy getting lost in a good book. Right now I’m reading Pillars of the earth by Ken Follet. It’s such an excellent read – I highly recommend it.
What Else to Know?
An article I wrote on female founder mental health: https://www.bolasokunbi.com/blog/laughter-is-the-best-medicine
My first book Clever Girl Finance: Ditch debt, save money and build wealth comes out on June 25th, 2019. https://clevergirlfinance.com/book