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S2 Episode 4: Alice Gbelia, founder of Ayok’a, discusses launching an e-commerce platform, cultural activism and leveraging your networks.



Welcome to Season 2!  If you love what we are doing, please sponsor us on Patreon! 

Making Money Moves is  brought to you by Janet’s List, hosted by Janet Oganah and Adonica Simmons. The aim of our podcast is to open up conversations about money, mind-set, and the moves people have made to build successful businesses. If you are a female entrepreneur, a high impact woman or are simply looking for inspiration, this podcast is for you. We interview inspiring guests, mostly women of colour, who are building incredible businesses. Our guests will also share tips and strategies, which you can apply at any stage of your entrepreneurial journey.

We loved our chat with Alice Gbelia, cultural activist and founder of African art e-commerce platform Ayok’a. A trailblazer of digital enterprise, Alice tells us how her curiosity has led her to discover and share her passion for culture, both in the workplace and through former events website Catchavibe. Alice talks us through her journey of planning, launching and refining her creative business, breaks down the importance of knowing your audience and reveals how she has leveraged her networks to bring about media coverage with Glam Africa, Black Ballad and BBC Afrique.

Here’s what you’ll learn this episode:

  • 5.50 – Seeing a gap in the market beyond the clichés – creating what you’re looking for when you can’t find it
  • 9.15 – Selling a concept without a product – gaining client trust and sign-ups
  • 11.28 – Essential marketing online: launching an online product, promoting it seasonally and coping with the ‘January Cemetery’
  • 12.40 – How to build an e-commerce platform on Shopify
  • 13.50 – Knowing your customer, building an in-depth customer profile and advertising where your audience will see you
  • 15.35 – Time management: separating your side hustle from your main hustle
  • 18.00 – Using Instagram as a high-power portfolio research tool
  • 18.55 – the importance of newsletters and showing your audience that your brand is alive
  • 19.20 – retaining the customers who already have an interest in your brand, then utilising SEO to attract new customers through passive traffic
  • 20.30 – utilising your networks for PR opportunities, compiling a media list and letting platforms know why they should cover your story
  • 25.50 – the value of spending on PR and marketing
  • 26.20 – balancing passion and cashflow, being realistic about money management and prioritising what to invest in (not over-investing in branding)
  • 28.10 – Janet’s List spotlight – Beautiful by Shoko Press
  • 28.55 Business book – Seth Godin: The Dip, and The Business Canvas

If you would like to connect with us on social media, you can find us all here:

Alice Gbelia, Ayok’a @ayokadeco Twitter – website

Janet’s List – @JanetsList (Instagram) and @JanetsList (Twitter)

Janet Oganah: @Janet_Oganah (Twitter)

Adonica Simmons: Global Style Services (Instagram)

 The overall mission of Janet’s List is to connect consumers with women of colour in business. We want to close the gap between consumers and women of colour in business and to improve diversity in the business landscape. We also have a curated edit on Janet’s List where you can buy directly from fantastic brands by women of colour.

Podcast listeners! You can get a special discount of 10% off Janet’s List using the code: JANETSLIST10

Stay tuned and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and your favourite podcast apps


S2 Episode 2 (MINISODE): Dr Maggie Semple, OBE talks to us about women on boards and shares practical tips.



Welcome to Season 2!  If you love what we are doing, please sponsor us on Patreon! 

Making Money Moves is  brought to you by Janet’s List, hosted by Janet Oganah and Adonica Simmons. The aim of our podcast is to open up conversations about money, mind-set, and the moves people have made to build successful businesses. If you are a female entrepreneur, a high impact woman or are simply looking for inspiration, this podcast is for you. We interview inspiring guests, mostly women of colour, who are building incredible businesses. Our guests will also share tips and strategies, which you can apply at any stage of your entrepreneurial journey.

In this minisode we spoke with the incredibly inspiring Dr Maggie Semple, OBE. The focus of the episode is her experience of being on boards. We discuss the importance of women being in boards and she shared some practical tips from her experience. 

If you would like to connect with us on social media, you can find us all here:

Maggie Semple – @MaggieSempleLtd (Twitter) @MaggieSempleLtd (Instagram)

Janet’s List – @JanetsList (Instagram) and @JanetsList (Twitter)

Janet Oganah: @Janet_Oganah (Twitter)

Adonica Simmons: Global Style Services (Instagram)

The overall mission of Janet’s List is to connect consumers with women of colour in business. We want to close the gap between consumers and women of colour in business and to improve diversity in the business landscape. We also have a curated edit on Janet’s List where you can buy directly from fantastic brands by women of colour.

Podcast listeners! You can get a special discount of 10% off Janet’s List using the code: JANETSLIST10

Stay tuned and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and your favourite podcast apps


S2 Episode 2: Dr Maggie Semple OBE, of Semple talks to us about starting a fashion label, receiving an OBE and her millennial mindset



Welcome to Season 2!  If you love what we are doing, please sponsor us on Patreon! 

Making Money Moves is  brought to you by Janet’s List, hosted by Janet Oganah and Adonica Simmons. The aim of our podcast is to open up conversations about money, mind-set, and the moves people have made to build successful businesses. If you are a female entrepreneur, a high impact woman or are simply looking for inspiration, this podcast is for you. We interview inspiring guests, mostly women of colour, who are building incredible businesses. Our guests will also share tips and strategies, which you can apply at any stage of your entrepreneurial journey.

In this episode we spoke with the incredibly inspiring Dr Maggie Semple, OBE.  We discussed her early childhood, her initial career in education, her role in writing the dance curriculum, being the Director of Education at the Millenium Dome and eventually launching her businesses.

She talks to us about how she acquired her prestigious business premises, how she funded her businesses, how she balances three different businesses and revenue streams, her Semple consultants (if you are a stylish woman with an incredible network and an entrepreneurial streak look into this), how you get princesses from the Middle East to pay up ‘money talks, wealth whispers…”   

If you would like to connect with us on social media, you can find us all here:

Maggie Semple – @MaggieSempleLtd (Twitter) @MaggieSempleLtd (Instagram)

Janet’s List – @JanetsList (Instagram) and @JanetsList (Twitter)

Janet Oganah: @Janet_Oganah (Twitter)

Adonica Simmons: Global Style Services (Instagram)

The overall mission of Janet’s List is to connect consumers with women of colour in business. We want to close the gap between consumers and women of colour in business and to improve diversity in the business landscape. We also have a curated edit on Janet’s List where you can buy directly from fantastic brands by women of colour.

Podcast listeners! You can get a special discount of 10% off Janet’s List using the code: JANETSLIST10

Stay tuned and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and your favourite podcast apps


S2 Episode 1 (MINISODE): Kelechi Okafor on crowdfunding



Welcome to Season 2 of the podcast!  If you love what we are doing, please sponsor us on Patreon.

Making Money Moves is  brought to you by Janet’s List, hosted by Janet Oganah and Adonica Simmons. The aim of our podcast is to open up conversations about money, mind-set, and the moves people have made to build successful businesses. If you are a female entrepreneur, a high impact woman or are simply looking for inspiration, this podcast is for you. We interview inspiring guests, mostly women of colour, who are building incredible businesses. Our guests will also share tips and strategies, which you can apply at any stage of your entrepreneurial journey.

We had an epic chat with Kelechi Okafor (are you ready for the receipts?): pole dancing instructor, studio owner, actress, public speaker, letter writer extraordinaire and a baby girl. In part one, Kelechi discusses being an actress, her experiences on television and the micro-aggressions faced by black female actresses.  In part two Kelechi lays out her journey from teaching pole dancing classes to establishing her very own studios in North and South London.  This episode is part three, a minisode, where Kelechi discusses her experiences of crowdfunding. 

If you would like to connect with us on social media, you can find us all here:

Here’s what you’ll learn this episode:

If you would like to connect with us on social media, you can find us all here:

Kelechi – @Kelechnekoff (Twitter) & (Instagram)

Janet’s List – @JanetsList (Instagram) and @JanetsList (Twitter)

Janet Oganah: @Janet_Oganah (Twitter)

Adonica Simmons: Global Style Services (Instagram)

The overall mission of Janet’s List is to connect consumers with women of colour in business. We want to close the gap between consumers and women of colour in business and to improve diversity in the business landscape. We also have a curated edit on Janet’s List where you can buy directly from fantastic brands by women of colour.

Podcast listeners! You can get a special discount of 10% off Janet’s List using the code: JANETSLIST10

Stay tuned and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and your favourite podcast apps


S2 Episode 1a – Kelechi Okafor talks to us about acting, podcasting, her dream role, appearing on BBC Special Forces and being a baby girl!



Welcome to Season 2!  If you love what we are doing, please sponsor us on Patreon! 

Making Money Moves is  brought to you by Janet’s List, hosted by Janet Oganah and Adonica Simmons. The aim of our podcast is to open up conversations about money, mind-set, and the moves people have made to build successful businesses. If you are a female entrepreneur, a high impact woman or are simply looking for inspiration, this podcast is for you. We interview inspiring guests, mostly women of colour, who are building incredible businesses. Our guests will also share tips and strategies, which you can apply at any stage of your entrepreneurial journey.

We had an epic chat with Kelechi Okafor (are you ready for the receipts?): pole dancing instructor, studio owner, actress, public speaker, letter writer extraordinaire and a baby girl. In part one Kelechi speaks about her experiences as a black actress in the UK; from highlighting stereotypical casting calls to handling micro aggressions on reality TV, Kelechi unpacks the dynamics at play behind the scenes – leaping every hurdle thrown at her on BBC’s ‘Special Forces’, grabbing an opportunity to work in artist management in Atlanta and revealing her dream role to play lead role in a Serena Williams biopic. Kelechi walks us through the bold moves she’s made in creating her own path, championing the importance of building a strong foundation and framework of support in the people working at her level.

Here’s what you’ll learn this episode:

  • Speaking your truth and finding your voice [3:20]
  • Dealing with typecasting [5:40]
  • Plan b: subsidising an acting career [7:18] 
  • Artist management in Atlanta (in search of Ciara) [13:15] 
  • Appearing on BBC show Special Forces in South Africa, conquering fears and prioritising self care in the absence of group support [14.47] 
  • Kelechi’s dream role – Serena Williams [22:40] 
  • Moving with the people at your level – the people that make you strong are the people around you [25:07] 
  • Writing letters, carve our spaces and exist in them without apology [26:55] 
  • Fan Girl moment – special shout-out to Njoki [35:08]
  • Live podcasting – the fun of thinking on your feet [26:41] 

If you would like to connect with us on social media, you can find us all here:

Kelechi – @Kelechnekoff Twitter

Janet’s List – @JanetsList (Instagram) and @JanetsList (Twitter)

Janet Oganah: @Janet_Oganah (Twitter)

Adonica Simmons: Global Style Services (Instagram)

The overall mission of Janet’s List is to connect consumers with women of colour in business. We want to close the gap between consumers and women of colour in business and to improve diversity in the business landscape. We also have a curated edit on Janet’s List where you can buy directly from fantastic brands by women of colour.

Podcast listeners! You can get a special discount of 10% off Janet’s List using the code: JANETSLIST10

Stay tuned and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and your favourite podcast apps


Episode 10: Jeanette Young, founder of Jeanette Young London, talks to us about her role as stylist of the Kingdom Choir at the Royal Wedding



Making Money Moves is a brand new podcast brought to you by Janet’s List, hosted by Janet Oganah and Adonica Simmons. The aim of our podcast is to open up conversations about money, mind-set, and the moves people have made to build successful businesses. If you are a female entrepreneur, a high impact woman or are simply looking for inspiration, this podcast is for you. We interview inspiring guests, mostly women of colour, who are building incredible businesses. Our guests will also share tips and strategies, which you can apply at any stage of your entrepreneurial journey.

We loved talking to Jeanette Young, expert personal stylist; garment technologist and creator of fashion label Jeanette Young London. Starting out crafting a bespoke wardrobe for her Barbie dolls as a little girl, Jeanette breezed through her fashion degree with flying colours and has carved out a niche for herself boasting bold designs that mix simple lines with a dramatic twist. Jeanette talks to us about how working for the best of the high street retailers helped her to build a list of go-to contacts, how being in the right place at the right time has paid off, and the importance of combining fashion design with commercial practises to make the most of every pound. Jeanette speaks to us about her input in Beyonce’s Ivy Park collection, how Paloma Faith fell in love with one of her signature dresses, and walks us through the exhilarating story of styling the Kingdom Choir for the Royal Wedding.

Here’s what you’ll learn this episode:

  • 3.10 – designing clothes that don’t wear the person – the dress Paloma Faith saw and loved
  • 4.48 – learning about the whole fashion business to provide scope for multiple career paths 
  • 5.50 – garment technology 101 – learning the production process in a nutshell 
  • 6.33 – an input into Beyonce’s Ivy Park collection 
  • 7.22 – the advantage of working for retailers in building your production contact book 
  • 9.07 – making the move to freelance fashion consultancy and dictating your pay
  • 9.51 – networking for launching a new business, and declaring a minimal budget 
  • 12.02 – The Janet’s List Jeanette Yong London Hotlist 
  • 12.49 – cost effective design – commercial design and fashion design combined 
  • 13.45 – the importance of getting it right the first time to minimize costs
  • 14.36 – maximizing the return on surprise bestselling items
  • 15.38 – being your own customer profile  
  • 16.10 – Jeanette’s celebrity styling wish list
  • 16.42 – styling the Kingdom Choir for the Royal Wedding
  • 24.11 – designing a dress fit for purpose and catering to a dress-size outside the mainstream
  • 26.50 – millionaire revenue streams 
  • 28.46 – saving for a new business  
  • 29.28 – managing cashflow, getting an accountant and new freelance rules around tax
  • 30.38 – the best place to invest a fashion seed-fund 
  • 31.31 – Jeanette’s Janet’s list pick – Sheer Chemistry
  • 21.31 – Who Jeanette would like to hear next on the show – Marcia Dixon and Moiso London

Jeanette Young London – @JY_London Twitter 

Janet’s List – @JanetsList (Instagram) and @JanetsList (Twitter)

Janet Oganah: @Janet_Oganah (Twitter)

Adonica Simmons: Global Style Services (Instagram)

The overall mission of Janet’s List is to connect consumers with women of colour in business. We want to close the gap between consumers and women of colour in business and to improve diversity in the business landscape. We also have a curated edit on Janet’s List where you can buy directly from fantastic brands by women of colour.

Podcast listeners! You can get a special discount of 10% off Janet’s List using the code: JANETSLIST10

Stay tuned and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and your favourite podcast apps