Episode 24, I knew what I wanted- Temie Giwa-Tunbosun, Founder at LifeBank

Temie Giwa-Tunbosun is the founder of LifeBank.

LifeBank is a platform that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria. LifeBank has one goal? to save lives.

In 2016, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg found her work intriguing and rightly said: “If she can actually pull it off, she’ll show a model that will impact not just Lagos, not just Nigeria, but countries all around the world.”

She tells an enthralling story, particular is the “switches” she had and how they shaped who she has become today..

In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • Temie had to leave Nigeria as a 15-year-old to America. How did that influence her?
  • Her parents had to leave to the US to create a better life for their children. Temie decided to come back to Nigeria. Why?
  • She wanted to become a lawyer and was on course to attend law school, but changed her mind at the last minute.  Why did that happen? What was the deciding factor?
  • What did she mean by “I could not be an African and be a lawyer in the US?”
  • Kofi Annan and Nelson Mandela where huge influences in her life. Find out why
  • What changed for her career-wise when she witnessed a breech birth in the northern part of Nigeria?
  • How was LifeBank born? What is the story behind it?
  • And more

Selected Links from the episode



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