Omowunmi Akinnifesi, model and entrepreneur, says she runs four companies despite many naysayers telling her she wasn’t good at business.


In an Instagram post, Akinnifesi listed numerous challenges she has faced in her life and how she overcame them.

In a style that’s almost poetic, she ended each verse with the phrase “yet I won”.

She wrote: “When I decided to start a business and someone very close to me said ‘you know you are just not good at business’. Now they come to me for business advice. And I have 4 companies I run. Yet I won.”


Akinnifesi is currently the face of Nivea and is the creative director of her own brand, Omowunmi Clothing.

She also wrote about how people said it was impossible for her to win beauty pageants, yet she pursued them “and won”.

The socialite wrote: “Someone very very close to me once told me that it was impossible for me to win MBGN. ‘The other girls are way prettier than you. Are u blind?’ Yet I won.


“How can you win Miss Tourism International? ‘Look at Miss Russia’s body?’ Yet I won.

“You can not win Miss Bikini International with your dark skin. Yet I won. In total 3 crowns.

For Omowunmi, listening to people’s advice does her more harm than good.

“I never go the way people tell me to go. When I do I fail. I go the way my spirit directs. If you follow the words of people you will fall and remain stagnant,” she wrote.


“Follow your own heart and fail forward knowing you followed you. At the end of the day, you face your death alone so what the heck. Let’s run this race called life and run it unapologetically.”

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