Episode 8

Influencing Government Policy with Dr. Omolade Femi-Ajao

Published on: 28th April, 2021

Dr. Omolade Femi-Ajao is a researcher at the University of Manchester, where she obtained her Doctorate after researching Nigerian women’s experiences of domestic abuse in the UK. In this interview, Dr Femi-Ajao talks about her audacious work in this area, including

  • what her parents taught her about perseverance and reaching beyond the sky
  • how to use facts and evidence to change the system from within
  • how to deal with rejection of your ideas
  • how important it is to be vulnerable, to ask for help and to offer help
  • how to break down large goals and approach them one step at a time

This is Dr Femi-Ajao’s page on the University of Manchester website.

The books mentioned in this episode are The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale and Your Road Map for Success by John C. Maxwell.


Music: Pablito's Way by Paolo Pavan

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A solid grounding on which to practice your audacity.
AudaciousNess showcases individuals who have set themselves bold, audacious goals and have worked to achieve them. Our purpose is to inspire people to act with the courage to create a positive impact in the world.

Through interviewing 'regular people' about their audacious goals, we highlight the fact that role models are everywhere. Each and every one of us can have an impact in some way. Our goal is to enable a courageous community that honours their genius and lives their calling.

The name 'AudaciousNess' has two components: audacious, meaning 'bold', and ness, meaning 'a strip of land projecting into a body of water'. We believe having a solid grounding on which to practice your audacity is crucial, or, in the words of the great philosopher king Marcus Aurelius (Meditations, 4.49):

"Be like the promontory against which the waves continually break, but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it."

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Maribel Ortega

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I help women find their worth and be confident so that they can use their voice, speak up, take new opportunities and ultimately lead fulfilled lives.

Helen Strong

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I run an eco-friendly, vegan B&B in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. This is just one of the many audacious goals I've pursued in my lifetime.