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Conversations with the Inspiring Adaeze J. Ekwem

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adaeze J. Ekwem.

Adaeze, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Health has always been a passion of mine for as long as I could remember. In the midst of losing myself and trying to find myself again, working out became my outlet. I’ve always had it in mind to create a business that will help others and alleviate the prevalence of preventable chronic diseases in our community (especially ethnic communities). During undergrad, I thought about creating a cookbook of healthy meals that will accommodate different cultures in Houston and never saw it through. Then it was a convenient spot for people to purchase meals starting in Nigeria and Houston, again, I didn’t see it through. It wasn’t until October 2017, a name stood out in my head and I prayed on it and God revealed to me His vision. I finally had the courage to introduce what my business is about on social media in April 2018 with the plan to inspire and motivate others to live a healthier lifestyle.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
When you do something you’re passionate about, it doesn’t feel as if you’re working. I will have to say it’s been a smooth road starting my journey because I look forward to learning something new about the business as well as growing with the business. My journey is actually JUST getting started, and the hardest challenge for me would be taking a leap of faith this year to work for myself full-time with no capital, job, or investors. The best advice that I could give women starting their journey is to first seek God in every step, then to research about the industry they’re entering, network, and create a plan that you know you’d be able to follow through with.

What should we know about pHine Wellness? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
pHine Wellness aims to improve not only the physical appearance of others but also their mental and emotional well-being. For now, we continuously create content on social media that we hope will motivate each individual to become more active, spirited, self-confident, and empowered. We also aim to encourage simple lifestyle changes that will promote balance, longevity as well as: help prevent, delay, or alleviate the most common, costly, and preventable chronic diseases.

We are known for our consistency in and outside of the gym and I’m glad that my followers recognize that and hope that it encourages them as well. When I go out and people take the time to talk about my brand and what it has done for them, it makes me proud because I know my work is not in vain. What sets me apart from others is the amount of knowledge I provide when it comes to the foods we eat and how it affects the whole body and offsets certain diseases.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
Both of my parents were born and raised in Nigeria and came to the US for a better life. Growing up, I watched my dad build his own business and bring in multiple forms of income to support the family. He also used money as a means of control which eventually sparked a rebellious, ambitious, independent fire in me. I thank him for that because I know how frustrating it feels to depend on someone. Now, I work my a** off and strive for nothing short of success because I don’t want to ever depend on anyone for anything.

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KanoProductions, Charming Charlton Photography

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