We had the good fortune of connecting with Tobenna Attah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tobenna, how does your business help the community?
When I first started Ekele Media, my goal was to create enriching stories that inspire gratitude and hope for younger audiences and parents/educators through book publishing. After further developing the brand and vision, I’m happy to share that my stories for Ekele Media are also inspired by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (17 SDGs). The 17 SDGs are essentially a set of guiding principles our global leaders came together to create in order to make the world a better place by 2030.
Using Ekele Media, I formed a strategic alliance with the Young Global Leadership Foundation (YGLF), a nonprofit that guides aspiring young adult leaders to achieve their global goals in alignment with the United Nations 17 SDGs: Agenda 2030. In 2018, the United Nations granted the UN ECOSOC Special Consultative Status to YGLF, distinguishing only six organizations across 980 candidates around the world.
My first book Little Lone Leelo Learns the Power of Teamwork explores themes of SDG Goal #17 Partnerships for the Goals. My latest book Chelly and Renee: Journey to the Heart of the Sea explores themes of SDG Goals #6 Clean Water, #11 Sustainable Communities, #12 Responsible Consumption & Production, and #14 Life Below the Water.
With direct guidance and support from YGLF, my journey publishing content with Ekele Media has a bright future making a positive impact in the world.
What should our readers know about your business?
Currently, I am the Director of Business Operations at Macval Associates, an engineering, construction, and management firm based in Dallas, Texas. Macval’s services include construction and management of civil engineering projects with a focus on pavement, drainage, water, and wastewater systems, among others. Some of Macval’s projects are featured in the following two groundbreaking books: (a) Modern Construction: Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices (1st ed.) published in 2010, and (b) Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices in Modern Construction (2nd ed.) published in 2020.
As Director of Business Operations, I am essentially the showrunner for a lot of moving pieces in the general contracting space. Whether it’s planning year-long work schedules for subcontractors, managing day-to-day operations in the field, or budgeting for large multimillion-dollar construction projects, there’s always a new problem to solve to ensure everything runs smoothly from an operations standpoint. This is a great fit for someone like myself who is entrepreneurially motivated and highly communicative, as administrative tasks that go along with this role feel natural. When working with local government officials on high level construction projects, we aim to ensure every project we complete exceeds expectations. Macval has built strong relationships within the industry over the years since its inception in 2007, and I am excited to continue building upon these connections while forming new ones with other owners, subcontractors, engineers, architects etc.
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?
-Reunion Tower Observation Deck -A Dallas Mavericks game
-A Dallas Cowboys game
-Six Flags Over Texas
-Dallas Museum of Art
-Perot Museum of Nature and Science
-Spring Creek Barbecue
-Hutchins BBQ in Frisco TX
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, I would like to thank everyone in my Ekele Media Launch Team. I originally started this group January 1, 2021 and quickly grew the group to have over 200 people right before the release of Chelly and Renee. I truly can’t thank everyone who joined enough, as their help with the initial promotion helped me reach a new milestone in my author journey. In April 2021, Chelly and Renee: Journey to the Heart of the Sea was fortunate enough to become a #1 New Release on Amazon in multiple categories (Children’s Environment & Ecology Books, Children’s Africa Books, Children’s Turtle Books, and Children’s Water Sports Books). It was awesome reconnecting with old friends/family, and I’m happy I was able to share a piece of this Ekele Media experience with them. If you are interested in joining the Ekele Media Launch Team to keep up with future updates and potentially win prizes for participating, kindly visit this link and request to join:
I would also like to thank my older brother Ikechukwu (Ike) Attah. Ike is the kindest person I know, and his passion for children’s programming helped inspire me to begin my journey as an author. Every time I visit Ike, he is watching his usual favorite animated shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Arthur, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Curious George. Most of the shows Ike likes all originally started as comics or children’s books, and it gives me confidence that I can one day create children’s animated shows based on my books. I’ve always had an affinity for animation, and my brother Ike helps keep that spark flaring in my soul. Overtime, watching children’s programming with him helped me develop a better understanding of how to naturally communicate to younger audiences at a level they can appreciate.
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