Funmi Oyatogun is our guest on the 23 QUESTIONS Series today! Send us an email at email@example.com, if you would like to be a guest!
Funmi Oyatogun is the CEO and Lead Experience Designer at TVP Adventures. TVP Adventures brings travel dreams to life through an online platform where young people can book for all-inclusive travel packages without the hassle of planning trips. As a trained geographer and environmentalist with a double B.A from University of Colorado and an M.Sc from University of Edinburgh, she is interested in how people influence their environment, vice versa.
She answers our HOT questions below:
What’s one thing that’s happened to you that has made you a stronger?
I think loss has made me stronger. I have lost people, things, games, businesses and the process of losing makes me stronger. When you lose, whatever doesn’t drown you will make you stronger.
If you can say one thing to your 18 year old self, what will it be?
Funmi, edit. All these people, all these things, all these activities, all these interests…start practicing how to weed out unhelpful things and focus.
If you don’t have to worry about making money, what would you do all day?
I will do what I do now…explore the world, share travel guides and info, build travel packages through TVP Adventures and help people explore the world better.
Would you like to be famous? In what way?
I would like to be successful at my work and I will like my work to speak excellently for itself. If I could live in anonymity, I would, but that’s a fantasy. In this work, people must see your face. So, I pray for grace to handle whatever comes my way. Everything good will come and go, so I’ll live the best I can each moment.
What do you consider the most beautiful thing about your personality?
I think I go all out for those I love. I am fiercely committed to those I love and nothing is too expensive or important for me to give away to someone else who needs it. I hope those who are closest to me can attest to this.
Would you rather explore space or the deep sea? Why?
I will explore the deep sea. What an amazing world; 70% of the world is water and if there’s so much life on land, imagine what’s going on in the sea.
What is the one compliment that people always seem to give you?
People seem to like my eyes. That’s sweet because they are quite big and sometimes, I am conscious about them.
Do you believe in miracles? Have you ever experienced one? Please share.
Yes, I believe in miracles. I believe in God, Jesus Christ, the holy trinity and salvation. Isn’t that the greatest miracle?…that I am saved through the grace of Jesus Christ.
Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
I dream everyday of exploring the world. I would like to visit every country of the world. I haven’t done this because I am taking it one country at a time. Slowly but surely.
What would make you leave someone you love?
I believe that abuse and infidelity defy the purpose of love. Love isn’t unfaithful and love isn’t abusive.
When was the last time you complimented a complete stranger? What did you say?
Aww, I just did. I saw this guy wearing the most impeccably tailored kaftan and I told him that he looked handsome. He blushed and I walked away.
Who is the strongest woman that you personally know? And why?
My mother. She’s an incredible emotional and spiritual forte and she’s brilliant at her craft (education). I haven’t met a stronger human.
What is the most annoying thing you have heard people say about women in Nigeria?
The most annoying things are when we get lumped into one sentence or one cliche…we are not a homogeneous group. Nigerian women are diverse and everyone is so unique, so I do not like it when we get thrown into one big basket.
What is the one important thing about being a woman that you would want your daughter to know?
I will tell my daughter this: “You are like the force of water, baby girl. You can create life and you can destroy what needs destruction. You can morph into whatever the day demands of you. You are calm, soothing and refreshing. You are a force and you determine what you will become.”
If you have the power to fix one thing in Nigeria, what will it be and WHY?
I will fix the corruption. We seem to moving in a hamster’s wheel because of corruption. If there were no corruption, power will be consistent and steady, infrastructure will work, the law will be effective, officials will be held accountable, and we will move forward.
If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year old, which would you choose?
Haha. Well, if I had to choose, I will retain the body of a 30 year old. There’s so much wealth in the mind of a 90-year old, I won’t sacrifice it for anything.
Would you be willing to have horrible nightmares for a year if you would be rewarded with extraordinary wealth for a life time? Why or Why not?
No. What kind of wealth would I want without peace of mind?
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one special quality or ability, what would it be?
I would like to be a dancer. Dancing is such a beautiful gift and unfortunately, I cannot dance. I look like a dying worm when I dance but I dance anyway. It will be swell to look aesthetically pleasing when I dance. What a beautiful gift.
If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know? Why or why not?
No thanks, I’m not keen on crystal balls or the fantasies of them.
If you had the opportunity to learn exactly what every person in your life really thinks about you, would you take it? Why or why not?
No, I won’t. These things take away from the suspense and color of life. I am not a witch; I don’t want to know what everyone thinks about me. That seems like a huge burden.
If you had to give up one of your limbs in exchange for there being a cure for cancer, would you do it?
If someone paid you a million dollars to wear the same exact outfit every day for the rest of your life, would you do it?
No. In theory, it seems fine to take so much money and do so much good with all that money but there’s something weird about being paid to not do something. I’d rather just live and let live. There will always be opportunities to build legitimate wealth without all these restrictions to the flavor of life.
If you could have a conversation with any type of animal in the world, what would you choose? What will you say?
I would love to learn the language of elephants. They have such a brilliant memory and they are fascinating beings. They also live quite long so it will be like sitting at your grandfather’s feet, listening to old war or love stories.