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Dr Weyinmi Erikowa Orighoye

There are some people you admire and wholeheartedly know that when they lay their hands on anything, you trust it will be fantastic. When I got to know that this person had published a journal, I knew I had to go get it. Indeed, it was fantastic! Meet the self-published author of “A Life’s Journey Guide: discovering the beauty of your personal growth and development”. Dr Weyinmi Erikowa-Orighoye. Dr Weyoms as she is fondly called is an educator, pediatrician, researcher, and academic scholar. She works with the local communities in Lagos and Warri in Nigeria to educate them and create sustainable behavioral changes. Recently, she was named among the top 100 women making Africa better. Dr Weyoms is doing a PhD in nutrition and dietetics at Leeds Becket University. Her research focuses on how to build sustainable schools in terms of nutrition and exercise for children. Read about her journey to self-publication, the motivation behind the journal and how she hopes to enhance your life’s journey. She also shared valuable tips for people who want to self-publish.

Tell us about this growth mindset journal

The journal was made to support the growth of young people. For any young person who may be struggling with keeping up with their personal development. Any young person who is looking for a way to keep track of their thoughts, ideas and reflections as they help promote their growth. For any young person that’s struggling to have a positive growth mindset. Let’s just say it’s for anyone who has a growth mindset and is willing to be intentional about it.

Why did you decide to come up with it? What’s your motivation?

I came up with it after a series of engagement with quite a number of young people. The younger people in my life motivated me, I should say. In recent times, I have had questions like, Dr Weyoms, how do you do it? How do you bring everything together, working efficiently here and there? How did you arrive at where you are now? What do you do to achieve so much in the midst of chaos or limited support? These questions come up at least every other day in a week, so I started sharing tips on how I work in time slots, what I do to beat procrastination. The books I read and how I apply them, where I look to for opportunities like grants, scholarships or just to seek knowledge for learning.

As the questions kept coming, I decided to organise a booked 60 minutes session just for any young person to talk about anything. I realised during these sessions writing gave clarity and made them organise their thoughts, ideas and possible actions. Whilst sharing a mentee’s quarterly journal of how she’s making progress in specific areas of her life, someone asked if it’s possible to have a template.

Then, I decided to give it a go. First time ever for me, so I did a poll to know if anyone would be interested, what they’d like in it. I got responses and applied the ones that were feasible, also having a back and forth with the reviewers. I couldn’t please everyone so I had to balance it with my own originality.

I felt this is will be a first step to track progress whether in health, education, career or even spiritual matters for anyone.

Dr Weyoms with her Growth Mindset Journal

What are the benefits of writing things down in a journal as opposed to keeping them in your mind?

There are so many amazing reasons why you should write things down. The list is long. From my experience, when I don’t write down things, they just swim around in my head and become loops that consume space. When I write them down, it saves me mental energy, it helps me connect ideas and thoughts. I am able to make sense of what’s happening in my mind too. So writing helps you put your ideas into words, else it’s just a waste knowing you’d forget them after a while. Writing is therapeutic especially when you are so confused on what steps to take next. Writing promotes better learning, keeps you sharp. It also helps you to process what you are thinking about. I can continue but here’s an article that can be helpful to know what exactly you should write things down: https://medium.com/@renjunge/the-seven-main-benefits-of-writing-things-down-29f0a2977c6c

What has the response been like?

Wow is the word! I think I was underestimating the response to the journal. To test the waters, I made a few copies to sell and in two weeks, they were all sold out. I got responses like, Dr Weyoms, you gave it your all to see that you help people. I am still waiting for more reviews though especially the Nigerian market.

Inside Page of the Growth Mindset Journal

How easy or difficult is it to publish in the UK?

Hmm! I was always going crazy. I was telling a friend that, all these motivational speakers and online people will say, “write that book, publish that book”. They don’t tell the stories of how the process is to get the book published. I tried Amazon Publishing as advised but it wasn’t favourable as I needed to make the journal size to specific measurements that almost sent a novice like me into panic attacks.

I had to register for Canva Pro to achieve the specific measurements that suits a journal and I got that help when I was scouting for a local printing press. With the challenges of Amazon Publishing, I opted for a local printer, got my ISBN registration under the Independent Publishing Network which enables me to self-publish without stress. I got the ISBN number for the journal and off I went printing.

I didn’t stop there after the initial copies were published. I felt it was still expensive to publish, so I met someone in sales and marketing. She gave some ideas on where to look for publishing, not locally but nationally and yes I found a book printing press that offers really amazing prices for more copies.

With the right support, publishing is easy in the UK.

Thank you for speaking to us.

If you are in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa, you can get this wonderful journal from – https://paystack.com/buy/a-growth-mindset-journal-by-dr-weyoms-rsdkbu

If you reside in other parts of the world, please send an email to drweyoms@gmail.com.

Ides Ofune

Ides Ofune is currently a PhD Student at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on civil society and accountability in improving the quality of education. She is the founder of Desert Bloom Initiative and editor of Desert Bloom Advisory. Ides is very passionate about education and creating an inclusive society. She speaks French and English fluently. She can be reached at info@desertbloomadvisory.com