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Meet Chioma Agbahiwe of The Amadia Group in South Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chioma Agbahiwe.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was raised in the home of my great-aunt, the late Mrs. Lillian Mobley and her husband, James Mobley, along with my mother and other family members. I attended Westchester Aerospace Magnet High School (The magnet program has since changed.) I went on to attend Cal State University at Northridge. I had my oldest daughter two years into my college education. I took a year off because I had a difficult pregnancy which resulted in me giving birth at six months. My daughter was only 1lb 12oz. (She’s now a healthy college student.) I went back to school and received my Bachelor of Arts Degree. There were a lot of people who doubted whether I would finish, but I was determined to finish what I had started.

My great-aunt was always very influential in my life. I spent a lot of time attending meetings and community events with her and her friends when I growing up. My 1st job was at one of the nonprofits she founded, South Central Multipurpose Senior Citizen’s Center (now the Lillian Mobley Multipurpose Center). As a summer youth worker, myself and the other youth workers were responsible for passing out food as the organization had a food bank and would distribute bags of food to the residents in need. I learned a great deal from being a part of that.

I became the Executive Director of the Lillian Mobley Center after my great-aunt passed away in 2011. I’ve always known and understood the importance of advocating for our community because I’ve witnessed first hand what we can accomplish when we fight for better policies and institutions.

Lillian Mobley also founded the Watts Towers Community Action Council. This is a nonprofit organization that supports and advocates for the Watts Towers Arts Center Campus. I am intricately involved with this organization as I am the vice president and co-chair a monthly task force on the campus. It is vitally important that we maintain and grow arts education in the south Los Angeles and Watts areas of Los Angeles.

My personal mission is to be the best person I can be for my family while positively transforming my community and the lives and businesses of my clients.

I was recently appointed to the position of treasurer of the PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) at my youngest daughter’s school. I hesitated accepting the volunteer role because my plate is full. I truly believe if we want better for our kids, schools and communities, then we must do the heavy lifting and step into these leadership positions.

In 2017, I founded The Amadia Group as a way to improve the lives of community residents economically. Many of us have knowledge, skills and talents that we can profitably monetize. Unfortunately, lack of business development knowledge and fear keep people from pursuing great ideas. This company helps people go from idea to implementation. We also help current service-based business owners become more profitable.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I proceed on my journey of life with much gratitude, but my road has never been smooth. My mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was very young, therefore I had to become pretty independent at a young age. I think I’ve always been her caretaker in some capacity since I was young. I became her full-time caregiver and moved her in with me when she lost her ability to walk in 2003. So, I’m a single mother who takes care of mother while raising my two daughters. It’s a lot of work. I have to carefully carve out time for my endeavors and my self-care, but things get done. My challenges are a lot to someone and nothing to others. We all have to figure out solutions for our own lives so we can enjoy our time in this world.

Leading organizations and starting businesses come with many challenges, including being overwhelmed and lacking capital. The key is to use what you currently have to do what’s most important first. I had to take the time to learn a lot of things on my own and then reach out to people who I knew where knowledgeable in particular areas.

Please tell us about The Amadia Group.
The Amadia Group is a personal, professional and business development training company for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The services provided include consulting and trainings in the areas of strategy, sales and marketing. We teach business owners the tools, strategies and processes needed to get clients in the door, provide impact and produce profit. I’m proud of my company because we help people see that they are able to positively impact people or other businesses while providing for their own families. We automate systems, not our clients.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My mother’s side of my family is from Georgia and I have wonderful, vivid memories of traveling down south many summers during my childhood and spending time with my grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and many cousins. The mosquitos, heat and humidity were always irritating, but I wouldn’t trade those trips for anything. I learned the value of family and community while down south. Here in Los Angeles, I remember attending many Black Women’s Forum (co-founded by Congresswoman Maxine Waters) luncheons with my great-aunt, Lillian Mobley. The site of so many beautiful, successful Black women discussing important issues surely left a lasting impression on a young girl in South Central Los Angeles.

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