Hey there, I’m Adaora Mbelu. I’m a Bright Light, Dreamterpreter, and Purpose Driver.
I am a Director at Trellis Group (@trellisgroupco), a brand development and experiential marketing company. I am also the author of “This Thing Called Purpose”, a book that helps people understand the true essence of living with and through purpose. Prior to starting Trellis, I worked as content director on the United Nations World Tourism Conference, Nigeria Centenary Awards, and International Conference On Peace & Security. I was also the project manager for Freemantle Licensed TV Shows, Nigerian Idol and Nigeria’s Got Talent, where I was responsible for managing the business, brand, and production of the shows. I was also the Corporate Communications Manager for OSMI during the 2010 World Cup managing all communications on the broadcast rights for Nigeria.
Prior to moving to Nigeria, I worked as a Credit Analyst at Citigroup, where I received awards for outstanding sales, and team spirit. In 2017, I was mentioned in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “11 Africans that are changing the business landscape in Africa.” I was also Nominated in the “Entrepreneur Of The Year” and “Prize For Media Enterprise” Categories of the Future Awards Africa. I have been featured among Nigeria’s Under 40 CEO’s, and Top 30 Under 30, and most recently my Alumni university’s magazine “The Northern”.
In living a purpose driven life, it is important to know your identity and mission clearly, not what the world wants but what God wants.
- Adaaoa “Lumina” Mbelu
Aside from my academic and professional accomplishments, I have a super-passion for community development. I am the founder of Socially Africa (@sociallyafrica), a foundation that gives back to the community through several initiatives.
One of my philosophies is the importance of living a purpose driven life, and using as many of my gifts as possible. As a result, I find several mediums to express my purpose. I run a mentorship group called “The Dreamterpreters Mentorship Group”, and I love to teach and share experiences via my community. I am an Actor, Poet, and Rapper, who expresses herself through a part of me that I call LUMINA. Two things you should do after reading this - Follow me on Instagram @ahdora.lumina, and subscribe to my newsletter, LUMINATION.
THIS THING CALLED PURPOSE
This Thing Called Purpose
This Thing Called Purpose is a book that helps people understand the true essence of living with and through purpose. Everything I address in this book are things that I wish were addressed by the books I have read in my lifetime. Most books motivate you to fly and be successful, but they don’t tell you that in order to do all of that greatness, you have to first strip the layers you’re carrying.
This book is designed to help you unlearn some of the things you have allowed into your heart and mind, strip yourself fully of the junk, and then move confidently in your purpose. I share more about this thing called purpose - what I know about it, how I have learned to trust it, and how it guides everything I do. In some chapters, I make reference to biblical stories, and spirituality. There was an initial concern that non-christians may be unable to relate to some of these references, however, it is my hope that regardless of your religious beliefs, the acknowledgement that there is a higher spirit will suffice in understanding the scriptural references provided.
If you’re reading this, I want you to know that God will never take anything away from you without the intention of replacing it with something better. Better is relative. What is good for you, is different from what is good for another. It doesn’t mean that what you had was bad, it just means that there is better for you. Sometimes, we think that pruning means that what we cut off must be bad. No. Pruning requires cutting off what will not allow you grow. In many cases, it will be things that you are sentimental about, and have grown to love. After all that I have been through, it has become easier for me to trust God. I know that He is always working even when I can’t see it. Faith is not I’ll see it, when I believe it. Faith is I’ll believe it, and then I’ll see it. I believe it’s impossible to talk about purpose, without addressing faith. In my experience, faith has been the runway on which the plane of purpose takes off and lands. When you’re piloting a dream, it is faith that screams “land here, I’ve got you. Just land!”. It is faith that screams “your engine has been checked, and you’re good for take off. I’ve got you. Take off now!”. Faith is everything when it comes to the fulfillment of purpose.
Purpose is not a joy ride, it comes with great responsibility and there are moments that won’t be the best for you. But because of you, it will be the best for someone else. Purpose is not just about your “Why” - Why am I doing this ?”, it is also about your “Who”- Who will benefit from this ? Purpose will push you to exist in situations and places that you ordinarily wouldn’t.
I hope you enjoy reading this book, and that it guides your way to light up the world!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I: Find Your Gift
Chapter 1 - I Am
Chapter 2 - Unlearn
Chapter 3 - Traction: Define your extraordinary
Chapter 4 - Abandon Comparison
Chapter 5 - Who are you not to ?
Chapter 6 - Embrace your uniqueness
Chapter 7 - Stop hustling, start doing
Chapter 8 - Let go of perfectionism
Chapter 9 - Energy is the new currency
Chapter 10 - Execute in the physical, Amplify with digital
Part II: Accept Your Gift
Chapter 1 - Who are you taking ?
Chapter 2 - Time is a great storyteller
Chapter 3 - The trap of the pedestal
Chapter 4 - Show your working
Chapter 5 - Impostor Syndrome
Chapter 6 - Contentment does not come from upward mobility Chapter 7 - Small things Chapter 8 - Do more than you’re paid to do Chapter 9 - It is not your cause
Chapter 10 - Radical downsizing: Detachment
Part III: Use Your Gift
Chapter 1 - Mission field
Chapter 2 - Stop trying to be God, just be yourself for God
Chapter 3 - Stretch I: Do something you never thought you could do Chapter 4 - Stretch II: 10,000 hours is not enough
Chapter 5 - Declare your dream
Chapter 6 - What other people think of you is not your business Chapter 7 - Transactional vs Transformational giving
Chapter 8 - Stop analyzing, just pray
Chapter 9 - You are light
Chapter 10 - So, what is my purpose ?