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Bola From Clever Girl Finance

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Bola Sokunbi from Clever Girl Finance joins the show to discuss her money story and how she drew inspiration from her mother the “Hustle Queen“.
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Bola Sokunbi From Clever Girl Finance


Bola Sokunbi is a certified financial education instructor, money expert, best-selling author, and founder of Clever Girl Finance.

Her main goal is to help women become accountable, ditch debt, save money, and build real wealth.

Growing up, she was the youngest of four children and the only girl.  Her father was the breadwinner and her mother was a stay at home mom.

Her mother who got married at a young age began to notice certain things about herself and within her community of friends that she wasn’t thrilled about.

She realized that she didn’t have much insight into the family finances because her husband managed all the money.  She began to feel like she wanted to be able to make her own financial contributions towards the household and also put money aside for herself.

So she took it upon herself to change things. 

She became the “Hustle Queen” by going back to school to get a degree.  She then worked as an investment banker, owned a hair salon, had a typing school, was the principal of a girls school, had a Coca-Cola franchise, and considered starting a bakery.

Her main goal with all this hustling was financial peace of mind.

A few years later, Bola graduated high school in Nigeria and started thinking about what colleges to apply to in the US.  Her father was unfortunately forced to retire about 15 years earlier than he planned due to a job loss and health concerns.

This was a huge deal for him because he had spent a bulk of his earnings educating my older brothers and he needed more time to put more money aside for his retirement.


Major Sacrifices

This is where the Hustle Queen stepped in.  She decided that Bola would be able to go to college abroad and that she would be paying for it, with her own money that she had worked hard for all those years.  Alongside a partial scholarship, she paid for all 4 years of international college tuition.

This changed Bola’s life!  It laid the foundation for her pursuit to become financially successful, independent of anyone else.  She realized that having her own money would open doors to be able to make her own decisions and live life on her own terms.

It didn’t happen overnight, it took a lot of trial and error to get her to the point where she is now. 


Bola’s First Big Financial Accomplishment

Bola was able to apply the money lessons she learned from her parents, trial and error, reading books, and learning from other people to save her first $100,000 in a little over 3 years with a starting salary of just $54,000 before taxes.

In this episode, we get into how she was able to accomplish this.  Also, what money mistakes she made along the way.

We also get into developing the right mindset to succeed.

Lastly, we talk about the amazing things she is doing with Clever Girl Finance.

Her goal is to help women take charge of their finances, stop living paycheck to paycheck, and build real wealth.

She has a wonderful family with a supportive husband and beautiful twins.  You can learn more about her on this show and on her personal blog at


We Discuss

  • Her Inspiration & Money Story
  • Common Money Mistakes
  • How She Saved $100,000 In Just Over 3 Years
  • Her Mission To Increase Financial Literacy



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