Community Event


The Women of Rubies Sip and Network event held on February 25th, 2024, at the prestigious Naijajollof Downtown Toronto Event Center, was met with resounding success.  The event brought together a diverse group of remarkable business owners from across Ontario for an evening of inspiration, networking, and empowerment.

The event featured esteemed speakers including Nkechi Ahanor-Wilson, Funmi Ayowole, and Chichi Okichie, who captivated the audience with their insights and expertise. Funmi Ayowole, as the first speaker, delved into the importance of emotional wellness for women, the significance of maintaining a healthy routine, and the practice of mindfulness in daily life. Chichi Okichie shared invaluable insights on the underutilized potential of Facebook for business owners, emphasizing its role in enhancing media visibility and brand recognition.

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Nkechi Ahanor-Wilson, the founder of the successful hair brand Cacosa Hair, shared her journey of transforming pain into passion and profit, highlighting the importance of setting healthy boundaries as business owners to foster growth and prevent exploitation.

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The event also featured an enlightening interview conducted by Esther Ijewere, the founder of Women of Rubies, with Beauty Obasuyi, the founder of Naijajollof and a real estate expert. Beauty shared the inspiration behind her business, which began in 2018 and has since expanded to six locations across Canada. She also revealed the motivations behind her Guinness World Record attempt for the longest cooking hours, which lasted for an impressive 18 days.

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Attendees had the opportunity to engage in networking sessions, facilitating connections and knowledge sharing among participants. Nike  Kay -Okunubi expressed her newfound understanding of the importance of boundaries and intentionality in networking, while Julia Biebem of Grandieu Event felt inspired by Nkechi’s session and aims to apply the lessons learned to enhance her business endeavours. Angela Ikogho of Wraptuckmore stressed the significance of assertiveness and the ability to say no in navigating business challenges. 

The event, expertly compered by Blessing Timidi Digha, a community development advocate and content creator, was attended by notable business owners and entrepreneurs who left feeling empowered and motivated to pursue their goals.

Esther Ijewere, the convener of the event, expressed her delight at the overwhelming success of the inaugural live event in Canada, affirming the Sip and Network movement’s commitment to empowering women to embrace their uniqueness. She looks forward to future events that promise to be impactful and value-driven.

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The highly anticipated event known as “Fun, Food & Prayers with Gusi Tobby” (#FFP) is set to take place in Lagos, Nigeria, this September. This transformative platform has garnered a reputation for inspiring kingdom creatives, entrepreneurs, and professionals by providing practical life principles for navigating sustainable relationships, careers, spiritual growth, and wholesome living.

The Lagos edition of #FFP will be held at the prestigious Lagos Marriott Hotel, promising an engaging lineup of discussions and activities centered around various aspects of life, including marriage, work, singlehood, and spiritual growth. The event will feature prominent voices and role models from professional, social, and Christian spheres.

Some of the distinguished guests confirmed to attend include:

  • Dr. Tochukwu Macfoy, known as Dr. Foy
  • Dr. Linus Okorie
  • Hon. Mabel Justice Segun Bello
  • Beauty Tukura
  • Moromoluwatiketike Abolaji
  • Michelle Tobi-Adesanya
  • Beauty Etsanyi Tukura
  • Seunbabara Babajide
  • Omi, The Richer Woman
  • Temi Olukunle
  • Stephen Fii

“Fun, Food & Prayers” is a kingdom-focused community platform convened by Gusi Tobby Lordwilliams, dedicated to creating a balanced approach to living a fulfilling earthly life while maintaining spiritual relevance and consciousness.

Gusi Tobby, the organizer of the event, expressed her excitement about the upcoming gathering, stating, “We are thrilled to welcome our esteemed guests to this year’s #FFP event in Lagos. It promises to be a transformative experience that will empower attendees with valuable insights into various aspects of their lives.”

Gusi Tobby is a dynamic and visionary leader known for his transformative impact in the fields of spirituality, personal development, and community engagement. With a deep commitment to empowering individuals and fostering spiritual growth, Gusi has dedicated her life to creating positive change in the lives of people from diverse backgrounds.

As the founder of the “Fun, Food & Prayers” platform, Gusi Tobby has created a unique space where individuals can come together to experience inspiration, connection, and personal growth. Her events and gatherings are known for their soul-enriching atmosphere, where participants are encouraged to explore their spiritual journeys while enjoying delicious cuisine and engaging in meaningful conversations.

Gusi Tobby’s work extends beyond events; she is a mentor, speaker, and thought leader who has touched the lives of many. Her passion for building strong communities and helping individuals lead fulfilling lives is evident in all that she does.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this enriching event that combines wisdom, fellowship, and inspiration. For more information and updates, follow @gusitobby on Instagram