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Meet Samora Sobukwe of Unique Seminars in East Atlanta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samora Sobukwe.

Samora, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was home-schooled from K-12 alongside my ten brothers and sisters. We were taught to always take pride in our African heritage and to give back to our community. I was determined to give back to the community by becoming a teacher. I attended Alabama A&M University to pursue a degree in secondary education with a concentration in General Social Science. Upon graduating, I started teaching youth that is labeled At-risk.

As a teacher in these communities for over 15 years, I realized that black youth did not know enough about economics and business. It was through this realization that I started teaching them how to start a business and work together to create these businesses. The results were astounding. We saw different gang affiliations come together to build a business and work together to generate income and share in the profits. The youth I worked with started to create businesses in the areas of lawn care and errand services as opposed to selling drugs. Once I saw the transformation and impact these classes had on the students, I was hooked on teaching business and financial literacy to youth as a strategy to solve financial issues within their own households, create teamwork and teach them how to problem-solve.

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?
My journey has not always been easy. It was filled with a few challenges but my greatest challenge was pursuing my certifications to teach business, economics, and international economics. This was a one year course packed into a three-month timeframe. I was teaching at a middle school while attending these very difficult classes. There were moments in which I did not think I would be able to manage the course load and teach, but my vision to teach black youth business and financial literacy kept me focused enough to complete the program and start my company, Unique Seminars.

Unique Seminars – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Unique Seminars is an extraordinary company that specializes in business plan writing and financial literacy development for youth. We focus on teaching youth “The Top 12 Components of a Business Plan” and “9 Financial Tips For Teens to Live By” which are based on the two activity books I wrote.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
One of the proudest moments in my career is when I saw a few of my students take what they learned in my class and use it to start their own companies and write books.

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