Hi there!

 

I am Kelechi Udoagwu, Cofounder of Skrife and PR girl at MEST. I am a mentor, speaker, consultant focused on empowering young adults, women and other underrepresented groups in Africa to get further faster in career and life.

In the past year alone, I have worked with 20+ startups, and over 60 entrepreneurs to launch new businesses and execute communications, PR and branding strategies that convert into revenue to keep their businesses running.

I contribute career advice and guest posts to magazines like True Africa, She Inspires Her, For Creative Girls and Bella Naija.

Below is a short short recap of my professional life and career so far:

I was born and raised in Nigeria. During my years in university, I featured in ads for brands like MTN, Samsung, Fidelity Bank and others; hosted a web show called the Nigerian State of Mind, and had a brief stint as an actress on Dstv’s Tinsel.

After university, I got into the business world as a brand manager months before I became an entrepreneur-in-training (EIT) at Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST). During this time, I worked as a freelance writer contributing to magazines like Bella Naija and True Africa, and working with Pulse Ghana on the web series, Techies.

In 2015, I got into The S Factory, a female-led pre-accelerator in Chile, where I lived for four months and cofounded Skrife. And in 2016, I was back at MEST, managing Communications and PR, and running Skrife.

Which brings me to here, right now…

 

with:

 

African Adulting Academy

African Adulting Academy (AAA) is my life purpose / pet project (still in conceptualization/seed stage – please join me to make this happen).

It is a pan-African, pop-up academy with the sole mission to enlighten, empower and strengthen African graduates and young adults in transitional phases in their lives. Read more about it here.

 

MEST

MEST is a training program, seed fund and startup incubator for African tech entrepreneurs. We offer a fully sponsored program – including 3 meals / day, accommodation, a return trip, transportation to/fro MEST and a monthly stipend. Since 2008, MEST has trained 400+ entrepreneurs (including me) and invested in 25+ startups.

Skrife

Skrife is my baby – a startup on a mission to rid the internet of crappy writing. We help brands, startups, entrepreneurs, thought leaders create original written content that represents their tone and voice, and is relevant for their audience. Read more about Skrife here.

MasterCard Scholars Program

The MasterCard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. As a mentor in the Scholars Program, I volunteer 2-3 hours/week helping students from the lowest socio-economic quartiles find new opportunities and push hard to achieve great things.

Blog

My blog: When I started this, the plan was to make it into a resource centre for ambitious, introspective, intentional young adults. As time’s gone on and I’ve gotten busier, I’ve found myself using it more as a notepad – a compilation of advice, rants, epiphanies, hacks, events, gems I find on the web, posts I write for other blogs, interviews and videos.

Now, it’s your turn!

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