Have you ever been in pain? Have you ever thought of turning your pain into purpose by writing a book? Would you like to walk in purpose and live a life of fulfillment? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Oluwatosin Arodudu might be someone you need to meet. But before you get excited about all the possibilities ahead, why not meet read about her first and learn how she found her sweet spot in blogging and book publishing company.
Oluwatosin Olajumoke Arodudu (aka OOA) is the founder and CEO of Hadar Creations, an online book publishing brand which serves emerging authors that do not want to go through the excruciating pain of book publishing. She is a lawyer, holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales Institute. She also holds a LL.M from the prestigious Humboldt University in Berlin Germany. In addition to these, she is a child and women advocate, an author, arbitrator, a mental wellness expert, negotiator and mediator.
As an author who has had her own share of the complexities of book publishing, I can truly say having someone like Oluwatosin get in the game is a welcome relief!
On how she found her sweet spot in the book publishing, Oluwatosin had this to say:
“I was going through a dark path and time. Nothing was working and my desired job was not forthcoming. All the jobs I did in Nigeria aside banking were all unfulfilling and filled with all sorts of issues. Some of those jobs were also laced with sexual harassment which left me feeling hopeless to the point of quitting.
After a while, I decided to travel to the United Kingdom for my MBA in 2011 and then got married to my darling husband whom I was courting before I traveled out of Nigeria for my MBA program. Armed with an MBA, I thought it was going to be an easy breeze when it comes to searching for a job and after applying to several companies with no success, I found myself back in the Nigerian job market.
As my job hunt was ongoing, God cooked up a surprise and my husband was offered a job in Germany which led to me having to join him there.
We were excited at our new lives, but still, I found it hard to land a job. I applied to my choice places repeatedly and all I kept getting was “nothing.” Soon enough, I began to feel I was jinxed and my hope and faith began to fade away before my very eyes.
At some point and while pregnant, I decided to learn the Deutsch language so I could at least add value to myself while still remaining somewhat hopeful.
Few months passed and God blessed me with a beautiful baby. I was thankful but I still wanted a job badly.
One day I applied for a position and passed the online test which was said to be a breakthrough by the Human Resources (HR) personnel of that organization after six years of joblessness. I felt “victory at last!” and started planning childcare and all sorts when I received an email from the HR that I was not the right fit for the job.
My whole world collapsed right in front of me and I wept uncontrollably! My tears were as though a flowing river that just rebounded after winter.
I cried to the point that when my husband saw my state, he got scared. It took his encouragement and wise counsel for me to stop crying.
The following day, while my baby was asleep, I was in deep thought amid tears wondering what I could do with my life. I was not ready to watch my life slip away just because I couldn’t land a job and in the split of a second, I heard a soft whisper that said, “START BLOGGING.” “Blogging?” I asked repeatedly with no one to answer.
Blogging was not my problem because I loved writing. My problem, however, was not having an understanding of how I can be successful as a blogger.
I decided to follow through with what I heard in the whisper because I knew it was a divine instruction. I researched, bought a domain name, created a WordPress account and that represented the beginning of a fulfilling blogging journey for me.
As a blogger, I was inspired to write about social issues I previously did not like to write or talk about. I also began a Facebook campaign with some women titled “Today’s Woman.” It was a campaign to enlighten the society about who a Today’s Woman is. Her passion, fears, challenges, perspective etc., and I also guest blogged for Bella Naija, a popular Nigerian website and blog. From being a blogger I became an author of three powerful books in 2017.
These books were an outlet for me to actually attain my purpose. In them, I shared my hidden pains which helped me heal faster so I could walk in destiny. It was from publishing my own books that I got the vision of becoming a publisher to help other authors bring their books to life without having to go through much stress.
I birthed Hadar Creations not just for fun, but as a motivational and inspiring publisher who coaches authors and inspire them to unlock their treasures in order to walk in purpose.”
On what difference Oluwatosin brings to the table as a publisher, she had this to say:
“What makes me different from other publishers is that I help writers turn their pain and hidden thoughts as a result of the culture of silence into gain. I help them tap into their well of creativity in order to birth their books.”
In addition to these, Oluwatosin started an exclusive Facebook Group for writers which have a tagline “Building a tribe of writers and thought leaders that will change their part of the world.”
On what she hopes to have achieved in five years, she had this to say:
“In the next five years, I would love to have raised prolific writers and authors whose work would be a force to reckon with. I would love to have given lots of people, most especially women a voice so they can change their community and also inspire others. Overall I would love to have published more than 200 books, mine inclusive before or by then.”
Oluwatosin is indeed a force to be reckoned with even as she’s about to release her fourth book titled IDENTITY, working to get her book, “The Deep Blue Sea” into Nigerian secondary schools and universities and also currently working on four manuscripts of soon-to-be authors.
Though her hands are quite full, she still has the capacity to serve more people all over the world. Check out her website, buy her books and if you believe you have a book in you, join her Facebook Group and engage her to explore ways in which she might be of service in helping you turn your “author” dreams into reality!
Thank you for reading. We hope you were inspired by reading Oluwatosin’s story. What struck you the most as you read her story? Care to share? Leave a comment below.