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TOBORE ORO EDEMA; The Biography of a Fine, Young and CREAM Nigerian Entrepreneur

TOBORE ORO EDEMA; The Biography of a Fine, Young and CREAM Nigerian Entrepreneur

Born: Tobore Oro Edema
Other names: Tbozz
Occupation: Social Entrepreneur
Years active: 2012-present


Tobore Oro Edema was born into a family of seven, on the 4th of July, 1989, in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. Having four older brothers, she is the last child and only daughter of her parents, thus, she holds an endeared position in her home. At the age of 13, Tobore began active involvement in civic engagement; she was among a few selected for a week-long trip to attend seminars primarily on [domestic] violence against women (VAW), gender inequality and harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and widowhood rites.
TOBORE ORO EDEMA; The Biography of a Fine, Young and CREAM Nigerian Entrepreneur She had the opportunity to visit the United Kingdom at the age of 15, where she gained a new level of exposure by meeting other teenagers within her peer group, who were much more exposed and assertive, this brought about a high motivation in her to discover her strengths and fully utilize them. The same year, she became a volunteer at the Delta State branch of a United State based organization called YFC (Youth for Christ). She was a vibrant member of the music, dance and drama teams; she also partook in their regular community outreach programs. At 17, Tobore, alongside two close friends, founded Project – Security, a faith-based initiative focused on promoting self discovery in young women, and patriotism for Nigeria. They made impact through platforms such as picnics, talk shows, a small concert and a luncheon.

Raised in Delta State, Tobore began her elementary education in Santa Maria Primary School, Ibusa, which she completed in Regina Mundi Private School, Asaba. She proceeded to Federal Government Girls’ College, (FGGC) Ibusa, to begin her secondary school education; spending only three years there, she completed the remaining years in Demonstration Secondary School, Asaba.
Tobore was a prominent member of the French club of her school, and she was consistently active on the school team in dance and drama presentations during the annual, state and national French competitions, respectively. She also represented her school in live radio quiz competitions, where she emerged as winner on two occasions. She was a member of a trio singing group called TRC, and they were given opportunities to sing on television, radio and a few other platforms. She was appointed as the social prefect of the school in her graduating year of secondary school.
She studied Microbiology Technology at Delta State University, Abraka Campus, Nigeria, where she occupied various leadership positions until her graduation year.

Tobore had always believed in herself as a little girl and she was able to create random but consistent pictures of a meaningful life in the future, but she was rather demure. As a teenager, she shied away from responsibilities that required her leading or addressing people, not for reasons of incapability, but for self-doubt; she did not believe in her ability to express herself articulately in public. Consequentially, she often had embarrassing, nervous fits which further discouraged her from taking up leadership roles or things that had to do with public presentations.

TOBORE ORO EDEMA; The Biography of a Fine, Young and CREAM Nigerian Entrepreneur However, leadership was something she well embraced over time. This was as a result of her cumulative exposure in civic engagement, unexpected leadership responsibilities - which she found herself naturally thriving in, and the realization that she was as a great source of inspiration to many young women alike, as she had been told.
Over the years, her sense of direction in life became much more vivid, today she has created a working system of skill set transfer, platforms for inspiration and empowerment, through which she challenges other young women to believe in themselves and to reach further to fully discover and utilize their potentials.

Nations are characterized as women in literary contexts, hence she believes that the state of the average woman in a given nation is somewhat a reflection of the state of that nation. 
She also believes that the meaning of her name Tobore - “it is in my hands”, reflects itself in her life. In her own words – “I am of the conviction that it is in my hands to create lasting change in my generation as a young woman in my own unique way.”

Tobore Oro Edema is a social entrepreneur; currently she is the Founder and Director of an initiative called The Gladies. The Gladies is a three armed, non-governmental organization focused on young women and female teenagers. Its primary objective is to promote - economic empowerment through skill acquisition; character building and self-discovery through mentorship; and finally, positive influence driven by media with inspirational and educative content.
TOBORE ORO EDEMA; The Biography of a Fine, Young and CREAM Nigerian Entrepreneur This objective is being achieved through a media outreach – The BMW Series (Business, Ministry and Women), a talk show platform that features young female role models thriving in their spheres; the teenage outreach - YOGLAC (Young Gladies Club) a club for mentorship, self-development and character building of teenage girls; and the economic empowerment outreach - La Chokmah Enterprise, a platform for that creates job opportunities under professional events management, and organizes skill acquisition programs for young women.

Tobore also volunteers her time as a runway model at a fundraiser organized by United Aid for Africa, in the United States; its proceeds are used to support underprivileged children in Africa.

She is currently a member of the youth network of the WBG/IMF (World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund) African Society, through which she participated at a round table discussion series on “Strategic Approaches to Increase the Participation of Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for Africa’s Development and through the Diaspora”, which held at the World Bank headquarters, Washington D.C.

Previously, Tobore worked as an events coordinator at Eventful Limited, Lagos, where she gained invaluable experience on professional events management on small and large scale events.
During her time in the university, Tobore served as a worker and leader in C.F.I (Christian Fellowship International), an established campus fellowship with chapters across Nigeria and beyond. Within a span of four years she served in the capacities of a Cell Leader, a Sisters’ Leader, a Sector Financial Secretary and the Venue and Logistics Director of the 2011 edition of JAM (Jesus And Me) Summit in Delta State University, Abraka Campus.

She has also served as a founding member/Secretary General of Celebrate Heroes, a charitable organization committed to orphans and vulnerable children, where these children are hosted and celebrated every October 1 alongside Nigeria’s Independence Day celebration. The objective of the organization is to build the self esteem and enrich the lives of these orphans and vulnerable children by raising funds and/or providing their basic needs such as food items, school materials and clothing.


TOBORE ORO EDEMA; The Biography of a Fine, Young and CREAM Nigerian Entrepreneur In 2013, Tobore emerged as a finalist in the Future Awards Africa under the category of Advocacy and Activism. She was nominated for her advocacy for young women, and the significant impact reached through the maiden edition of her talk show – The BMW Series, where she hosted her pioneer guest on an interactive episode live on twitter, Tera Carissa Hodges, the founder of Life Now Ministries and Life Now Marketing, both based in Atlanta, U.S. The interview was later posted online and it had over 500 views from 19 countries across different continents, in less than a week.
TOBORE ORO EDEMA; The Biography of a Fine, Young and CREAM Nigerian Entrepreneur  
Recently, she was honoured as a Highly Commended Runner-Up under the 2015 Queen’s Young Leader Awards (QYL), an initiative of Her Majesty the Queen of England. The QYL in partnership with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, was created to recognize young exceptional people across the commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities, and using their skills to transform lives. As a runner-up, Tobore is currently receiving leadership training courses from the University of Cambridge, and will receive a 1-year mentoring for her work.

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