We had the good fortune of connecting with Itoro Daniel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Itoro, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
Whenever I am proposed this question I always get excited to answer. Though I was raised in the Dallas, Texas area I am the daughter of Nigerian immigrant parents. My background stems from Southern Nigerian roots in the beautiful state of Akwa Ibom. I grew up in a very cultural, yet hardworking environment being that I was able to witness my parents come from a foreign nation and make it in the USA. Growing up I was groomed to be very future focused and ambitious in nature because the very people I looked up to I was fortunate to call mom and dad. My Nigerian heritage impacted my values of faith, family, and achievement. I was always told a great saying by my mother, “You can have anything you put your mind to.” This was a saying I later found out drove her to her success as a wife, mother, businesswoman, and leader in her community. These particular words made me forever driven when it came to my God-given purpose and the work I would later establish.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being someone that operates in many arenas, I believe everything I do is driven by my purpose in life. I do everything in hopes of empowering, inspiring, and uplifting those around me. From my many business ventures to my humanitarian work, it is ultimately to push others into their own calling for their lives. I am most proud at what I do when someone tells me how I’ve pushed them to be much more than what they could’ve imagined for themselves. When I see people more confident in their own voice and assured about their role on this Earth, I know I’ve done what I needed to do. Many know me for speaking, some know me for business, some know me for humanitarian work…no matter what it is that I am found doing it is always with the goal of edifying another woman, man, mother, father, son or daughter. Juggling many tasks with this goal in mind has not always been easy. I always tell people it is a selfless work. There’s a lot of sacrifices and emotional giving that you have to be willing to pour out. I’ve learned that the essence to doing this effectively is by having the right people around to pour into you and remind you of why you said “yes” to this line of work. I’ve committed my life to empowering the young and the old that there’s always more they can be and there’s nothing in the past or present that can stop them.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The Dallas girl in me loves this question! I would definitely take them to Deep Ellum first! Deep Ellum has so many good eateries to choose from (my favorite is STIRR), live music spots, and you ever know who you may meet! I love music and I’ve been to a few concerts in Deep Ellum so I know for sure there will be something that my friends would enjoy!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s an African proverb that says “It takes a village to raise a child.” Though I’m not a child anymore, those words highlight the importance of community. I would be no where without my God, my family, my friends that have become family, my number 1 supporter, and those I’ve mentored along the way. Everything I am is because of those that have loved me, supported me, held me, cried with me, and laughed with me during times I didn’t have all the answers, but still believed that every obstacle was just another way to prove the strength in me. I could name names, but they know who they are. My heart will always appreciate their presence in my life.
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