Education is Important

Babajide Aloa studying.

Business owners and students. YUP, we attend school full-time while running a small business. How do we manage it all? Well we don’t, we just take it one day at a time because we know there is only so much we can handle and we leave the rest to GOD.

A lot of people are shocked when we mention we are college students attending school full-time. They even ask why we need school if we are business owners. Funny right.

We are immigrants and children of immigrant parents. We both were brought to the United States from Africa for a chance at a better life and like most immigrants, the American dream. Although we come from different backgrounds, our families share the same goal for us and that goal is to have an education.

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Apart from TheCradlenyc, we are individuals with our own dreams and aspirations in life. With those aspirations comes great responsibilities to ourselves. Babajide Alao, the chef of TheCradlenyc studies Electrical Engineering and Pesy Therese majors in Business Administration.

Life isn’t about rushing to succeed or being number one, it’s about learning, growing, facing challenges, enduring those challenges, and creating change for those yet to come.

We are young entrepreneurs who have so much to learn, each day we face a new challenge is an opportunity for us to learn and grow. Education is an opportunity to learn and transform your inability to abilities that will become opportunities in the future.

“ Life is truly lived when change is created for the better


We definitely did not attend school right away and we certainly did not attend a university right away. We chose a path that was right for us in order to pursue our goals.

We want young children to understand how crucial it is that they pursue their education in every way possible. That they set high standards for themself beyond any means. We want young children to look at us in our true image.

Education is a wealth that can never be taken from you


We live in a world where black communities and black children are being deprived of this opportunity through systematic racism in the education system. Encouraging young children in our black community to pursue their education by all means necessary is extremely important for me and the only way we can best do that is by sharing our experience, knowledge and wisdom.

Infographic depicting high school graduation rates by race, 2017-2018.

In 2017-2018 the adjusted cohort graduation rate (ACGR)  for students across the U.S was 85.3%. Black students graduates had a low rate of 79%. White students were at 89.1% and in all 50 states the graduation rate for White students was higher than Black students.

We need to close this gap in our community. With higher graduation rates comes higher college graduation rates among black students. We need more young faces in positions of authority and power.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

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