Four Years Don Waka – It’s Our Anniversary🎉

The brand GELAX CHATROOM is FOUR!!!

It sure feels like my birthday. My heart is full and overflowing with so much joy it’s threatening to burst! Today, I’ll be sharing a summary of the four years journey of Gelax Chatroom, because I feel extremely proud.

How it began…

“Bolaji, I think you need to disturb the world with all this energy and plenty things you have to say”. (Paraphrased)

That was what Olajumoke blurted out to me one sunny afternoon in the Olurins’ living room in Abeokuta, Ogun State. I had been disturbing her with non-stop chatter, as per usual.

And just like that, a seed was planted. I should really be “disturbing” the world with all these amazement in me, I thought to myself.

Weeks later, I was seated at the dining table recording my very first YouTube video. I remember vividly being so excited and nervous at the same time. I must have recorded about 10 different videos that day. The video was published on the 7th of December, 2016

YOUTUBE 👉 Gelax Chatroom

Olajumoke and I had chosen the name “The Chatroom with Gelax”.

Designed by Leroy Iwu

I would, however, soon realize that searching for “The Chatroom” on YouTube was such a longggggggg thing. Subsequently, after a careful deliberation, Gelax Chatroom was decided upon as the new brand name.

Designed by Samir Daba

For about two years, I was an active YouTuber. YouTubing was something I completely enjoyed doing in spite of the stress of recording videos, endless hours of editing, and the money I spent on data. Gelax Chatroom soon became my baby. I couldn’t stop talking about it. I spent all of my salary, extra time and waking moments nurturing this child of mine.

Well, until I moved to Lagos, Nigeria. Man, Lagos humbled me! It seemed like I hadn’t been adulting until my relocation to the yellow, noisy city.

Yo Stars, times were hard. For the longest time, all I had was just my laptop, no smartphone, no camera, no money. I couldn’t barely afford a proper meal a day, not to speak of affording the data to upload the videos I shot with my friends’ phone.

If you no get money, hide your face

Anyway, I was in an entanglement with a guy who graciously told me I could always come over to his place to use the WiFi. I didn’t mind because it meant free food and Wi-Fi! What more could I ask for? I had met him at a wedding in Abeokuta weeks before I relocated to Lagos. He was a really cool guy, and I was at the stage of knowing him better to see if we could date.

However, I had to stop that arrangement because of the battles I fought every night. Man really liked me and was ready to start dating. I didn’t mind either as I liked him a lot, but he wanted sex and he legit told me we couldn’t be together if we won’t be intimate.

There was no point beating around the bush. I appreciated him for being upfront with me and although I felt bad, I wasn’t ready to be sexually active. So yeah, we kinda parted ways. This sweet man still told me he didn’t mind me coming over to use his Wi-Fi to upload my videos but I did not think it was fair on either of us.

Like, can you imagine how awkward it would be if I were to be in his living room editing video and he was moaning, “Yeah baby… Oh yeah!” with another woman in the bedroom.

Hian! No o, abeg.

Anyway, I decided it was best to peg Gelax Chatroom (YouTube) and focus on building Bolaji Gelax, as a brand. After all, I had left my radio job and relocated to Lagos to pursue my dream of being an actor and a TV presenter.

But after countless fruitless auditions, I accidentally became a professional writer, and somewhere along the line I started blogging sporadically on gelaxchatroom.blogpost.com but that soon stopped because your girl was frustrated.

See, I had exhausted my savings on the quest to build Bolaji Gelax as a brand and writing gigs weren’t coming in as much.

I was so tired and was desperate for something to work. It seemed everyone who told me to stick to my radio job and not pursue the Lagos Dream was right because neither Gelax Chatroom nor Bolaji Gelax was working. Like, my life was practically on a standstill.

Blogging became a thing of the past and I could barely talk myself out of the house to attend auditions. We decided it was time I got a 9-5 job. Shebi na person wey dey alive dey pursue dreams and build brands.

How I started blogging again

Fast forward to November, 2018 when Tosyn Bucknor died. For some reason, I took that loss personally and it’s strange because I didn’t know her personally. Yet, her death stirred something in me.

It must have been the realization that Tosyn, a sickle cell warrior, lived well and impacted many lives in her short but full life that was my awakening call. I realized then that if I had died on that day, no one would remember me for anything remarkable.

I was just Bolaji Gelax living on past glory.

I was Bolaji Gelax who gave up her dreams because the going got tough.

I was Bolaji Gelax who would be forgotten in no time because she made little or no impact.

But that wasn’t me!

That was not the Bolaji Gelax I had spent all my life building. Enough was enough. It was time to get my life back on track.

I don’t walk away
I face it with my full chest!

In June 2019, with the help of my dear friend, Oluwaloseyi Bello, I renewed the domain name, www.gelaxchatroom.com, which this same friend had graciously paid for a year before that. (Side note: I’ll always be grateful for my friends, and I  really hope I’m also a good friend to them and other people). Paying for the domain name and hosting put a big strain on my savings but I didn’t mind. The giant in me was awake and nothing was going to tame it.

I spent the next few weeks setting up my website (something I’d never try again, thank you!) and transferring my old works from Blogger to www.gelaxchatroom.com.

Officially, I launched www.gelaxchatroom.com in June 2019 with the post I Kill My Bestfriend and decided to name this sub-branch of the brand Gelax Chatroom, Miss Flowery’s World. I was determined to spread love, light and good vibes round the world. I wanted to create a safe space for people to be themselves, unapologetically.

Designed by Abestman Nse

While on this mission to impact the world in my own little way, I have been blessed with the opportunity to build Gelax Chatroom and Bolaji Gelax simultaneously. Something I had tried and failed at when my motivation was purely selfish and just about ME. God must have been having a good laugh at me.

Through the journey…

It’s been 17 months since Gelax Chatroom – Miss Flowery’s World became functional and I’m grateful for the lessons learned and the impacts made. I am even more excited about the many more amazements to come.

Designed by Chris Nwoko

Stars, there is so much more God has put in me to offer the world through this two brands and we haven’t even scratched the surface yet. Believe me!

But…

This took me focusing less on myself and my brands and channelling all of my energy and available resources towards making impact in the world to experience significant growth in both my life and brands. I think that’s something YOU can take from the journey of Gelax Chatroom.

Focus more on adding value to the world and watch the universe align in your favour.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.
Matthew 6:33

Matthew 6:33 (King James Bible)
Designed by Chris Nwoko

To decision to start calling members of this community STARS was made in December 2019. I however thought to make it a subtle introduction. I wanted to build a formidable GALAXY but I wanted it to be as organic as possible. Seeing how you, my Stars, warmed up to the concept of being a Galaxy, warmed my heart to the point of tears. For this, I say THANK YOU! ✨✨✨✨

Stars, today makes it FOUR YEARS Gelax Chatroom kickstarted as a brand, but Miss Flowery’s World (www.gelaxchatroom.com) is only 17 MONTHS OLD and here is how far we come.

Like what??? I don’t even know how to behave. Last week was the first time I checked this stats and I wept. It was unbelievable.

More lessons…

I choose to share this story so as to motivate someone that no mountain is too high and no dream is too big. As a matter of fact, if your dream doesn’t scare you, something is probably wrong somewhere.

A little digression…

Hmmm… I used to be so hung up on the fact that my supposed close friends and family members weren’t supporting Gelax Chatroom as much as I thought they should, and that literally stole my joy. It wasn’t until I stopped obsessing over the matter and focused more on my mission and set my eyes solely on the goals did I find peace and might I add, blaze!

As of today, Gelax Chatroom receives visitors from 101 countries. I certainly don’t have close relatives and friends in that many places.

Sneak peek

Some perspire to aspire talk…

Dear creative/entrepreneur, focus more on delivering quality products, adding values and building a competitive brand, ’cause only then will you grow.

I have a community way bigger than I could have ever imagined in just a year and five months because I channelled my energy in the right place.

Finally…

To every single Star in this Galaxy, I’m using this opportunity to say a very big THANK YOU to you for the love, support, views, likes, comments, shares and suggestions. A bigger “thank you” to all those who have helped with technical issues with little or no pay. You all have a special place in my heart. ♥️✨

I really do hope Miss Flowery’s World has made you smile, chuckle, laugh, frown, emotional, think, rethink, learn, unlearn and relearn since you first joined in. But above all, I hope that Gelax Chatroom has made you and continues to make you feel genuinely good with and about yourself and be a safe space for all.

The vision is to build Gelax Chatroom into a brand that educates, entertains, informs, empowers and spreads positivity.

This is a movement!


I LOVE YOU WITH EVERY FIBRE OF MY BEING, STARS. ✨✨✨✨

Cheers to the many more years of ‘disturbing’ y’all. 🥂

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PS: I’ll be announcing the anniversary giveaway soon. Please watch out for that.

For your viewing pleasure 😍

Photos by Osariemen Daniel 
Make up by @glamndglitters
Jewellery by @nik_jewellings
Styling by @bolajigelax
Joy by BABA GOD

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Bolaji Gelax

Hey, Star! Thanks for stopping by my world. I'm a gorgeous, sassy radio junkie who enjoys playing devil's advocate. I love everything that makes me happy, which includes the Stars in my #Galaxy. They call me MISS FLOWERY because I bring good vibes, love and light. Feel free to explore my world ❤✨

49 thoughts on “Four Years Don Waka – It’s Our Anniversary🎉

  1. Dear Bolaji Gelax,
    First, Congratulations!
    Second, You’re doing well.
    Third, I’m glad to be a part of your brand!
    Fourth, I’m super proud of you!
    Fifth, you inspire me in many ways than you know.
    Sixth, you’re an amazing personality.
    Seventh, this is just the beginning.
    Eighth, more is yet to come.
    Ninth, I want to be like you when I grow up.
    Tenth, I love you plenty plenty.
    Just so you know I’ve subscribed to your Brand for 10 years!
    I’ll renew after your 10th anniversary!

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    1. Dear Onyinye,
      First, I love you
      Second, I love you
      Third, I love you
      Fourth, I love you
      Fifth, I love you
      Sixth, I love you
      Seventh, I love you
      Eighth, I love you
      Ninth, I love you
      Tenth, I love you

      Ah… This your comment made my heart flip. 🥺 Thank you so so very much!

      And yes, I like the decadey subscription 😉🤩

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  2. Go girl!!! Happy Anniversary to our galaxy…more better years of undiluted contents to come. Proud star here, Proud of you.💌🙌

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  3. Yaaaay! Congratulations to you baby girl. I’m so glad to be a part of this community. You’ve inspired me, made me fall out of my chair with laughter, made me shake my head, made me feel all types of way.

    Thanks to you I’ve also been reevaluating what I intend to achieve with my blog. The part where you spoke about taking the focus off you and seeing how you can impact lives really resonated with me and I’m hoping to realize myself this coming year.

    I’d be toasting to this achievement with cold zombies later in the day. Love you and may God keep strengthening you at each step of the way.

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    1. Is this testimony not one of my biggest achievements?! 😭😭😭

      When I first read your comment in the morning, I shed a tear and my makeup artist though it was powder or something that got into my eyes. I just laughed it off.

      Thank you so much for being a part of the Galaxy. YOU ARE A STAR, never forget that!

      I love you too, darling. ♥️✨

      PS: Stop murdering your characters now 😩

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  4. Happy anniversary love & it’s simply amazing to be a part of you now. To more years of growth and sharing nothing but wisdom, peace & love…and some more of crazy.

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  5. Wow!!
    Happy Anniversary!
    Congratulations on this galaxy and empire you have created!
    I’m soooo inspired and my heart is so happy for you.

    See, I’ve only been here for a few months but like I said in your last post, your confidence really shines through the screen. Your energy is so contagious and your joy, I pray to God it never runs out!

    There is still more to come and you still have places to go. Happy 4 years babe. So excited to see where you go from here! It’s only upwards from here.

    They will know your name!
    Love, Wonani Xx

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    1. Wonani!!! You should have warned me to grab a box of tissue because… 🤧😩

      I have no words, my dearest because I’m truly shedding tears right now.

      AMEN!

      Thank you so much, beautiful. I love and appreciate you, always. ♥️✨

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  6. 🤗🤗Our favorite blogger has done it again. The heartfelt nature of your writings is one of the things that keep me coming back here!
    I’m very glad and privileged to be amongst the stars in this Galaxy. Happy anniversary, sis 🙌
    And cheers to greater impact in the next 3-6-5💙

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  7. Super super congratulations couz! You see hen… kings and queens will you stand with indeed! I love you plenty 😍

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    1. I’m in tears. Thank you, Cuz! (Which of my cousins are you and why are you commenting anonymously?🤭)

      I love you too.

      PS: Which of my cousins are you and why are you commenting anonymously?

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    1. Awww Rachel, you’re so sweet!

      I resigned my job in August to fully pursue acting and presenting. I’ll be sharing a bit of how the journey has been so far in my Stock Taking. A post you have insisted I write 😁

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  8. I am late to the party. I must say, thank you, Gelax, for birthing such an incandescent, gorgeous and loving space. Don’t stop emitting love and light, for those are what lead us here and keep us to this galaxy. Happy 4th Anniversary and many more to come.

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    1. Dear Bolaji, or should say Miss Flowery 😂
      (See how I am embarrassing my village elders). I am so late to the party (I’ve been a bad girl) where should I keep my bag😂

      Congratulations to you and the community. You’ve only just begun.
      Keep climbing girl.

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  9. Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    Can you feel the energy??!!
    This post made me feel good! 😊😊

    It’s very easy to feel some type of way cause my friends are not interested in this blogging thing but this post has given me all the ginger I need.

    Tbh, this blogging thing, sharing my life, experiences is what I want to do for life! It is what I love. It’s my calling per se😂

    Bolaji Gelax, you’re a light, to me and to others.
    Thank you so much!

    Mehn, the statistics though! Mind blowing to be honest!!!!!!

    Thank God I replied that comment you posted on Valerie’s blog post. Grateful!!!

    Congratulations on FOUR YEARS babes!!!!!

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    1. Sylvia, my darling!!! 🥰

      E for energyyyyy! 🤩

      Heheheee… It’s a great calling. I’m glad you found some ginger.♥️✨

      Awww… Thank you so much. I’m glad you replied my comment on that post too. I’m grateful for growth and for Stars like you, my darling 🤗.

      PS: Where is our blogmas?!

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  10. Yoooh! This really is a started from the bottom now we’re here story. Really inspiring and I can’t wait to see more of what you have in store for us. Cheers 🎉🎈~ Peshy xx

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