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Community Highlights: Meet Ejiro Egi of Events by EJ

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ejiro Egi.

Hi Ejiro, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am originally from Nigeria in West Africa but have lived in Minnesota for the past 20 years. I have always loved decorating and transforming spaces, however, I chose a different career path when I immigrated to the United States. Although I enjoy working as a nurse leader in the long term care industry, decorating weddings and other events brings me joy and a different level of fulfillment. I officially started decorating large events some years ago when I hosted a birthday party for my mother. The experience, though exhausting, left me feeling very accomplished.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
My journey so far has been saddened with so many experiences; some good and some not so great. Once I got over the initial culture shock associated with moving from Nigeria to Minnesota, I was ecstatic to focus on the real reason I left everything I knew to start a new life so far away from home. Unfortunately, despite all effort, there were just too many challenges that came with sustaining that goal. This would turn out to be my biggest failure so far in my life journey, probably because it was something so dear to my heart and a dream I have nurtured since I was a little girl. Failing in this aspect of life left me devastated but not completely broken. Well, as I processed the hurt and disappointment from that experience, I reminded myself that I was made for so much more than just one goal in life. I began to focus on building a career in healthcare and soon found solace in decorating weddings and events.

As you know, we’re big fans of Events by EJ. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Events by EJ is a full service event planning and decor company located in St Paul, serving the Twin Cities and Environ. We specialize in planning and designing various events large and small while catering to the unique needs of our clients. What sets Events by EJ apart from other event companies is the fact that we are driven by passion for designing and proud to say we are not necessarily profit-driven. We are instead, driven by what makes the client happy, knowing that we are all unique in our own ways and every event is different…….You will not get cookie cutter designs from us.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
The event industry is constantly evolving with different trends and innovation, so at Events, by EJ, our goal is to not only stay with current trends but remain innovative in order to provide the best and ultimate experience to our clients with each encounter.

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