We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaja Banks and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jaja, how do you think about risk?
If the desired reward is greater than the potential consequence, I’m taking the risk.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
At the moment I’m currently working on my first large scale design project. For this project I redesigned my apartment into a place that would inspire growth, creativity and collaboration. We built and designed all of the furniture and lighting fixtures, and we are also launching a YouTube Chanel where we will be teaching others how to build their own DIY furniture.

I got to where I am today professionally by just always taking on various personal creative projects, and by never wanting to work for anyone else.

Some lessons I’ve learned along the way:
-Have patience
-Stay persistent
-Dream big
-Make mistakes
-Take risks
-Stay focused
-Take action
-Inspire others
-Give back
-Share knowledge

Weleve is a combination of 3 words:

we (English for “us”)
élève (French for “student”)
élevé (French for “rise”)

Combine those 3 words and you get Weleve
Learn & Grow Together.

We believe that the world is moving towards an age where valuable knowledge is given away for free. With the help of the internet, we now have access to an infinite amount of information.
Through the use of art, design, and various forms of media, we (Weleve) plan on pushing society to a degree where knowledge is shared.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
-Tubing on the Chattahoochee River -Roller Skating at Cascade Skating Rink
-Night Out in Edgewood
-NIght bike ride on the Beltline
-An Atlanta strip club
-Ken’s Wings on Bankhead
-Lenox Mall on the Weekend
-Go-Karting at Andretti’s
-Basketball in Central Park
-Tour of Rick Ross’ Mansion

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Family, My Cities Toronto/Atlanta, My Schools (Beverly Glen, Sir Earnest Macmillan Junior High, Booker T Washington High School, Syracuse University), My Friends, Kanye, Christopher Nolan, NCT, Beyonce, Drake, Mj, Kobe, Napoleon Hill, Bob Proctor, Joe Dispenza, Florence Scovel Shinn, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Nikola Tesla, Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Dubai, Diddy, Es Devlin, Travis Scott, 50 Cent, Les Brown, Abraham Hicks, Robert Collier.

Instagram: thejajabanks

Youtube: Jaja Banks

Other: Tik Tok: thejajabanks

Image Credits
Essence Ransome (Last 2 Photos)

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