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As I was born and raised in Asmara during the Eritrean armed struggle for independence, my upbringing was a mix of immense luxury and joy on the one hand and insecurity and fear on the other. Right after I finished high school, I migrated to Canada via Athens. And 10 years later, I moved to the UK. I could say that in my background, a direct path was something I never had. To live and thrive in three continents, I had to be extremely adaptable.

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The pandemic has re-ignited the debate about whether women make better leaders. Interestingly, the countries led by females have been more successful in facing the pandemic. The female leaders of Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Norway and New Zealand all outperformed their counterparts in their methods of managing and restricting the spread of Covid-19 in 2020. Female-led nations, on average have been found to have a better reputation and a higher net positive influence.

We cannot look at power without looking at patriarchy. Patriarchy is the domination of men over women and has been around for thousands of years. When it…


1. Tell us a bit about your background/story

I grew up in between London, and Nigeria and Uganda. I studied physics at University. I then worked in the technology industry for about 10 years for large companies like PWC, Goldman Sachs, the London Stock Exchange, and then became an entrepreneur. So, I started setting up companies; I would set them up, build them up, sell them or sell my stake, and then set up another company, I’ve probably set up six or seven companies over my career. Now. My latest company is called Crossword. It’s a cybersecurity company listed on…


A philanthropist is a person who gives money or time or expertise (or a combination) to help create a better world. Anyone can be a philanthropist, regardless of their status or net worth. It is easy to think of philanthropy as something done only by the very wealthy or big foundations or successful companies, yet every donation, whether money, used clothing & furniture, or time, makes a difference to the person or organisation receiving it. The non-profit community needs the support of donors at all giving levels. It’s not about how much you give; it’s about why and how you…


Tell us a bit about your background.

I was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1991. I went to primary and secondary school in Nigeria and then moved to England when I was 14, completing secondary school and university. I started writing from a young age; I wrote my first novel at the age of 10. I took it very seriously; it was going to be a masterpiece! Growing up in Nigeria, the media was western facing, with a huge fascination with America and England. So, while living in Nigeria, my writing reflected the media I was exposed to. My stories…


With the effects of climate change and pollution becoming more apparent, the impact they have on our environment is hard to ignore. From rising temperatures to desertification and melting ice caps, it is evident that our environment should be a priority, and it increasingly is. Beyond creating awareness about one of our century’s biggest challenges, the conversation about climate change has led to varying innovative solutions to combat its effect and hopefully change the way we live. The result is the opportunity to invest in companies that aim to achieve market-rate financial returns while pursuing environmental and/or social impact, commonly…


The pink tax is a phenomenon often attributed as a form of gender-based price discrimination, with the name stemming from the observation that many of the affected products are ‘pink’ or produced for female consumers. There is a broad tendency for products marketed for women to be more expensive than those sold for men, despite either gender’s choice to purchase either product.

In 2016, an investigation carried out by The Times found that women and girls were being charged on average 37 percent more for toys, cosmetics, and clothes (including school uniforms) than their male counterparts¹. In the same year…


Spotlight: Meet Andy Ayim MBE

Tell us a little bit about your background?

I graduated from Brunel University in 2010 with a Business & Management (accounting) degree. I was enthusiastic about entrepreneurship, but I could not financially afford to become an entrepreneur or work in a start-up because I had a family to support. I went into a career in management consulting working at Ernst & Young with a deferred entry, which meant that I had a year out before starting work. While I was waiting to start work, I temporarily worked in a private equity firm’s accounting functions and a property firm. Once I…


The start of a new year usually brings an opportunity to start afresh and set new goals. Whether your goals are to build your emergency fund, pay off debt, invest, or put more money towards your pension, here are a few tips that could help you reach them.

Take stock of the year before.

A great starting point for setting financial goals for the year is performing a review of your finances from the year before. A review allows you to identify what worked and what did not. These findings will inform you of what changes you might need to…


Banner image of Timi Merriman Johnson speaking to Wealth8 about personal wealth
Banner image of Timi Merriman Johnson speaking to Wealth8 about personal wealth

Tell us a bit about your background.

I studied Law at University of Warwick as any good Nigerian child would. Following graduation, I worked for a financial PR company and a lot of my clients were banks and investment houses. I worked as a researcher and I became familiarised with how banks and the monetary system works. I was also learning the value of research, data and developed my communication skills through the writing of press releases & articles. Since then, I have worked both in marketing and more recently as a Finance Manager in the charity sector. …

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