No Approval Podcast

No Approval Podcast

By Pilar Nalwimba

Expect Candid Conversations, Interviews, Deep Dives and Insights from people who need No Approval in their pursuits and how they navigate the complexities of societal expectations. Each episode is a celebration of saying "no" to seeking approval and "yes" to living life on our own terms. Follow the podcast on Instagram: Follow the podcast on Tik Tok:


Not another In and Out list for 2024

I've been loving everyones in-and-out lists for 2024 so I wanted to do my own but make it a podcast with help from our guests over the past year including: Dr Julia Ravey - Tiwalola - Daisy - Dr Jessica - Let me know what's on your in-and-out lists over on instagram @noapprovalpodcast or @pilarofsociety
23/01/2438m 40s

Shop Smart, Not Hard: January Sales Deep Dive!

In this episode, we delve into the world of shopping psychology during the January sales! From irresistible discounts to clever scarcity tactics, we unravel the strategies employed by your favourite shops and brands to tap into your emotions and get you reaching for your wallet.
10/01/2416m 23s

Community Is Your Currency FT. Daisy Morris

Join us on this week's No Approval Podcast for an insightful conversation with Daisy Morris, author, social media strategist, and founder of The Selfhood. In this episode, we explore the changing face of Social Media, Daisy's journey to self-employment, the magic of cultivating community in both URL and IRL spaces, overcoming anxiety, following passions, and the key to building confidence. Tune in for a dose of inspiration and discover why your community is indeed your currency. Connect with Daisy: Read Daisy's Book: Follow the Pod:
12/12/2347m 45s

Lights, Camera, Advocacy FT. Grace Rumsey

Welcome back to the "No Approval Podcast" as we sit down with actress Grace Rumsey. In this episode, we explore the making of the groundbreaking Netflix film "Can You See Us" and delve into Grace's personal journey of acceptance, autism advocacy, resilience and Zambian culture. Follow No Approval Podcast: Follow Grace Rumsey:
28/11/2343m 58s

Breaking Mold: Issa Rae as President Barbie

Lights, camera, empowerment! In this episode, we take a closer look at the exciting announcement of Issa Rae's portrayal of President Barbie on the silver screen. Join us as we dissect the significance of this role, both in terms of cultural representation and gender diversity. Beyond the big screen, we also trace the steps of Issa Rae's career from her breakthrough moments to her current status as a trailblazing icon, highlighting the insights and lessons she brings to aspiring creators.
17/08/2314m 30s

Deep Dive Behind the Camera of Barbie Director Greta Gerwig

This week we delve into the remarkable journey of Greta Gerwig, the multifaceted talent who transformed from a celebrated actress to a visionary director, taking the reins of the iconic Barbie movie. We navigate the captivating chapters of Gerwig's career, tracing her evolution from on-screen brilliance to behind-the-scenes artistry.
08/08/2315m 44s

This Barbie is doing a Margot Robbie Deep Dive

Barbie mania has taken over the world and in PT 1 of my deep dive looks at Margot Robbie involvement in the Barbie film outside of being the lead actress.
01/08/2312m 26s

30 life crisis

This week I reflect on my 30 life crisis, life after hitting the big 3-0 and get some encouraging words from my conversations with Stephanie Sward Williams and Dr Jessica Katanga.
12/07/2323m 0s

Demystifying Chat GPT & Artificial Intelligence ft Matthew Njovu

Software engineer and founder of Wrangle, Matthew Njovu helps us get to grips with all things AI and Chat GPT. Timecodes: 5.00 - Jack of All trades vs Specialists 11.50 - Matt's journey into tech 23.10 - What is Chat GPT, using it for emails, 10 x your productivity with chat GPT 40.00 - The AI dilemma, AI in music, 48.00 - Is AI gonna take our jobs? 1.01.00 - Matt's startup journey Matts Socials: ⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ 
20/06/231h 8m

Boob-ology and Body Image ft Jackie Adedeji

I revisit my conversation with Broadcaster, Presenter and Writer Jackie in a new edit to discuss her relationship with her boobs and how this shapes her ideas on body image and confidence.
07/06/2331m 29s

London to LA... work culture and accent privilege ft Antoinette William

My girl Annie joined me on the podcast to tell me all about the differences she's noticed in work culture, privilege and cost of living since leaving London for America 8 years ago.  Follow us on instagram
30/05/231h 1m

Toxic Burnout Culture and Fertility in Your 30s ft Dr Jessica Katanga

Dr Jessica joins me in the studio to talk burnout, wellness, stress management and shares the reality of *fertility in your 30s. *Spoiler alert it's not quite like what we see on the headlines. Socials: Dr Jessica: Follow the podcast :
23/05/2336m 45s

The Rise & Fall of Topshop

This week I deep dive into the rise & fall of Topshop from launch, growth, iconic endorsements to the eventual closure of their flagship store. References: - - - - - - - -  -
16/05/2317m 54s

Level up your career ft Tasha Antwi

Tasha Antwi shares some of her career gems from Influencer marketer to 40 under 40 Search Director
10/05/2321m 2s

Is Fast Fashion Ruining the Planet ft Bianca Foley

I'm joined by Bianca from the Sustainably Influenced Podcast to get the real deal on what our love of fashion means for the planet, the side effects of fast fashion, which luxury fashion houses are sustainable and how to how to be a more mindful consumer. Listen to Sustainably Influenced Podcast: Follow the platform: or Bianca
01/05/231h 3m

Does the Brain Influence our Behaviour, Seeking Validation + Creating Habits? ft Dr Julia Ravey

We're joined by Dr Julia Ravey to talk all things Braintenance, how it effects our need of approval, the dangers of the 'it takes 21 days to make a habit' rhetoric, generational trauma and creating habits that stick. Follow Julia: Grab her book:
18/04/2343m 52s

Feminine Energy and Red Pill Women Deep Dive

This week I deep into the world of femininity and Red Pill women. The podcast is now on Instagram, we'll be posting clips and BTS give us a follow: References and credit for this episode: - Destiny's Child - Independent Women - Bestie Next Door - Dr Michelle Daf - BBC Archive - ITV/ Alexander Ward - Ted X / Esther Mendoza - Just Pearly things / - Mel Da King - Margarita Nazarenko -  -  -  -
04/04/2322m 33s

IWD 2023 - Equity vs Equality

Happy International Women's Day!!! This years theme is #EmbraceEquity so we explore equity vs equality and share lessons on money, confidence and advocating for yourself from No Approval Guests Melanie Eusebe -,  Stefanie Sword Williams -, Tiwa Ogunlesi - and Denise Duffield Thomas 
08/03/2322m 24s

Andrew Tate and the Manosphere

Deep diving into the side of the internet known as the Manosphere which is led by controversial figures like Andrew Tate. 
28/02/2325m 10s

Life & Times Of A Private Investigator

You’re in for a ride this week, (literally) as I have a chat with my Uber driver on his work as a private investigator for cases of infidelity. Please note this whole episode was recorded impromptu on my iPhone with my friend in the back seat :-)
15/02/2325m 52s

New Year Debrief

And we're back, easing in for a new szn with a look ahead at my new year reflections and up coming episodes.   
07/02/2321m 10s

Doing everything they said I couldn't ft King Of Trainers

I chopped it up with Franklin AKA King Of Trainers about his latest collab with Ellesse, he gave me the 411 on all things sneaker culture, his come up from trainer loving digital marketer to being one of the best trainer taste makers in the game. He also gave me an insight into widening his portfolio to include storefronts at Boxpark Shoreditch and a CBD business with Wretch 32. Guest Social:   Host Social:
13/09/2248m 51s

The boob ministry ft Jackie Adedeji

I’m joined by Jackie, host and creator of the Boobshare podcast to discuss embracing what makes you unique, growing up with big boobs, advocating for body confidence and how taking a step back helped her take ownership of her career.
25/08/2259m 20s

Embarrassing stuff & setting boundaries on Tik Tok ft Ryan Maxwell

When Ryan isn't laughing at the internets most embarrassing stuff on Tik Tok he's fighting for rights and setting boundaries. We chat showing up when having mental health days, his coming out story and why Instagram isn't dead! Hit us up: Guest:  Host:
10/08/221h 10m

The mean girl in your mind ft Tiwa Ogunlesi

Joined by confidence Queen Tiwalola Ogunlesi, founder of Confident & Killing it to talk about the mean girl in your mind, bagging a book deal, cultivating your power circle and what went down when she got a ring on it.  Guest: Host:
28/07/2259m 34s

Chill and Prosper ft Denise Duffield-Thomas

It was a London to Aussie link up with Best Selling Author Denise Duffield-Thomas to talk about her new book Chill and Prosper. Our convo covers everything from why rise & grind culture is on the way out, productivity hacks for disorganised people , the responsibilities of first born sons and daughters and why it's important to do the inner teen work so it doesn't hold you back as an adult. Guest: Host:
20/07/2251m 52s

Fighting fibroids with Womb Bae ft Latoya B

It's Fibroids awareness month so this ep is getting up, close and personal with all things out womb and women's health with health and wellness advocate, coach and founder of Womb Bae Latoya B. She shares her story on getting fibroids, her journey to healing and helping other woman through her social media platforms with conditions like PCOS, PMS and Endo.  Let us know what you think: Guest: Host:
14/07/2252m 26s

1st Time Buyer ft Topsy Taiwo

This week I'm joined by property expert Topsy Taiwo to give us the low down on how social media is influencing the conversation around property and how p=1st time buyers can get on the ladder or expand their portfolios during these trying times.  Hit us up with your thoughts: Host: Guest:
30/06/2242m 36s

Beyonce's Internet - Social Media lessons from Queen Bey

This week I deep dive into how Beyonce uses social media to promote her music using her new single Break My Soul as an example.  I look at her Personal use of Social media and how it’s different to how uses social media for her business ventures and album campaigns Then i'll look at her approach to Content - in this case her music and her assets so video, images etc is the content and how the biggest star in the world makes music that is relatable to the everyday person.
22/06/2231m 37s

Ends 2 Excellence takeover ft Pilar

It's an Ends 2 Excellence podcast takeover and this week we're turning the interview questions on me, Pilar. Get to know how I left making memes to start making podcasts with this throwback interview with hosts Rahman and Emmanuel.  Listen to more interviews by Ends 2 Excellence: Socials: Emmanuel - Rahman - Pilar - Podcast:
09/06/221h 5m

The Great Resignation ft Lola Abitogun

Issa podcast link up, this week i'm joined by 1/3 of Everybody Hates HR - Lola Abetogun. Lola is a HR specialist that gives us the tea on why she and many others are quitting their job with no plans just vibes, what happens when people send problematic tweets to employees, talks all things adulting, why it's currently an employee market meaning it's your time to ask for more money and her masters research piece on gen z.  hit us up on socials:
29/05/2253m 39s

Redefining Sex Bomb ft Sadia Azmat

Sadia is a writer and comedian sharing her truth on being a young, Muslim woman from East London one joke at a time. She's given us the critically acclaimed BBC Podcast No Country For Young Women, made headlines that would make your mouth drop open, performed Stand Ups that would leave you ROTF and now she's telling it all in her debut book Sex Bomb (the life & loves of an Asian babe) where she discusses desirability, culture and dating traditions. 
20/05/2253m 35s

Has the Girlboss era left the chat?

Hey Ya'll, I'm back after my week off recovering from a bug :-( For my first ever solo episode I decided to deep dive into #Girlboss, we look at how the term started with Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, the rise and fall of the Girlboss era and whether it's been replaced by Soft Life.  Let me know your thoughts on @pilarofsociety, my DMs are always open to listeners --> References of clips used:
13/05/2239m 15s

Young, Famous & African ft Kayleigh Schwark

Whose watched Young Famous & African on Netflix? This week i'm joined by Kayleigh Schwark from the cast for a fun chat on swapping her life as a professional footballer for 3 months to film a reality show, putting South Africa on the map and showing her love life on TV.  Guest: Host:
27/04/2231m 30s

Creative Careers & Tackling Anxiety ft Denola Grey

Nigerian actor & digital content creator Denola Grey came through to the studio to share his creative career journey, accepting his big acting break, avoiding toxic twitter culture, opening up on anxiety and why more creatives are setting up income streams outside the industry.  Guest: Host: Theory mentioned:
22/04/2244m 48s

F*ck Being Humble ft Stefanie Sword-Williams

I'm joined by Stefanie Sword-Williams, founder of the F*ck Being Humble movement. We chat advocating for yourself through the art of self promotion, overcoming not being happy with her Tedx talk, self comparison theory and how to stop using your age as a deadline or timeline. Socials:
13/04/2249m 21s

Renovation Realness ft Ore At Home

This week we’re back in our home ownership bag, I’m joined by Ore At home who shares the reality of running a popular reno page, being cost transparent, creative outlets and interior inspo. Her beaut home can be seen here: Hit me up here:
06/04/2243m 13s

Growing Strands And Brands ft Ama Amo-Agyei

This week I'm joined by Ama Amo-Agyei, founder of wellness brand Plantmade. Over the lockdown she grew a 7 figure business by helping people grow their hair with her sell out products. We talk about her BBC Documentary Bossing It, the relationship between hair and confidence, why hair loss isn't a joke for the Oscars, her social media marketing savvy, what it takes to grow a business and working with family.  Socials: Guest: Business: Host:
31/03/2255m 42s

Content Queen ft Leoni Joyce

hey guys, had a mare with the audio but we managed to recover it from the footage so just a heads up. This week i'm joined by the edit queen herself Leoni Joyce and we go BTS on her life as a creator, the creative process and embracing growth.  Hit us up:  
23/03/2244m 26s

Money Moves ft Melanie Eusebe MBE

The powerhouse that is Melanie Eusebe drops into the podcast to chat all things MONEY from her new book Financial Wellness And How To Find It. She shares her lessons on negotiating, having a better relationship with money and gives us her take on social media money trends like earning 6 figures and rich auntie lifestyle. Melanie is a creative entrepreneur, founder of The Black British Business Awards and a director at Accenture
16/03/2259m 15s

Breaking The Bias ft Tasha Antwi

Tash is taking up space in a heavily male dominated industry as Head Of SEO working with fashion & Beauty Brands. We talk everything from dealing with delays to the challenges of dating as a senior woman. Here's a break down of our discussion: 04.00 - Being named in the top 40 SEO professionals  08.00 - Trusting the timeline of your life  18.00 - Bias BTS in the influencer marketing  28.00 - Secret sauce of climbing up the career ladder  33.00 - Life as a carer for her twin brothers with autism  41.00 - Our friend Charles enters the chat 43.00 - Challenges of dating as a senior woman
09/03/221h 23m

Are you cosplaying as working class? Ft Yomi Adegoke

I'm joined by Yomi to discuss how her work as a journalist is evolving in the age of social media, people in denial of their change in class identity and how that means you're taking up space in conversations no longer for you, the relationship between class and luxury shopping and whether the influencer industry is sustainable.  
02/03/2245m 38s

Home Ownership Is Living On Our Timelines Rent Free

It's my first deep dive and this week I explore our relationship with Home Ownership on social media, the reality of getting on the property ladder, being cost transparent and the BTS of running a renovation page.  Contributors:
23/02/2256m 53s

Hidden Lessons ft Mehreen Baig

This week I have a chat with Teacher turned BAFTA award winning TV presenter Mehreen Baig about hidden lessons from her career, navigating social media scrutiny as a South Asian woman on TV and dealing with a family emergency on the same week as her book launch.  No Approval Moment: Guest Social: Host Social: I was self isolating with covid when we recorded this virtually so please excuse my voice :-) 
15/02/2233m 0s

Slashing Social Media ft Unsah Malik

This week I chat to your favourite influencers, influencer - Unsah Malik. She's a social media influencer marketing lead and author of the super successful Slashed it book. We talk about life behind the scenes working in social media for brands, 9-5 vs entrepreneurship, whether NFT is a buzzword and so much more. Listen right through to the end for your chance to win a copy of Slashed It.  Host: Guest:
08/02/2250m 28s

Insta vs Reality (TV) ft Amanza Smith

For my first episode I chat with the amazing Amanza Smith from Selling Sunset on Netflix. We talk about reality TV, online transparency, dating younger men, vision boards and keeping it 100 on the gram.  Hit me up on socials:  Host TW + IG: @PilarOfSociety Guest TW + IG: @Amanzasmith
01/02/2246m 59s
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