Germany Inke

Laci Ollison | November 16th, 2020
Germany Inke (Photos by Todd Youngblood)

Germany Inke (Photos by Todd Youngblood)

A unicorn. That is how she describes herself. Her body is adorned with unique tattoos and eclectic piercings. And while she is used to being prejudged for her appearance, Germany Inke is beginning to write her own story; giving people a view of the woman behind the ink.

“I want people to see the real me,” Germany said. “A lot of people don’t get to see all of me because they’re afraid of me.”

Originally from Ohio, Germany Inke grew up in a single mother household. With a background in psychology, she is also a masters degree student.

The 41-year-old has a passion for many things that involve the mentoring of other people. “I am a mentor. I specialize in what I like to call entrepreneur guru,” she says.

Germany considers herself a mentor and not a coach she shares, because sometimes, individuals don’t respond properly. She has had the opportunity to work with many coaches, and appalled their talent but considers herself as a sister or family thus her slogan she says on her podcast “I am Germany Inke; your sister, Baby Mama, cousin, best friend, boo thang) and closes the statement with a kiss, just so everyone can feel the love.”

Germany wants to help business owners with low self-esteem have more confidence when it comes to their business. “My mission is to bring a message of positivity, health, and wealth to the forefront. I want to help people improve their self-esteem towards business because a lot of people are afraid of themselves. So I not only help them build their confidence but I teach them how to get their business going,” she says.

Now, Germany is ready to take her own principles and apply them to herself. This involves being a steward of her own work. “Sometimes we know we have gifts and we’re just not confident enough to do it,” she shares.

Germany feels that her greatest accomplishment has been the work she has done with one of her clients, MJ Footworkz. “With him I did something I called radical marketing. I told him this is what we’re going to do to boost your mental, physical, and spiritual morale to get you out there,” she says. And with Germany’s help, that’s exactly what happened. “He has been one of my biggest prodigies because he listened. The greatest compliment for me was when he called after doing a show in Atlanta and told me that if it wasn’t for me he wouldn’t be there.”

But Germany says that although she is passionate about her work, she is still trying to get used to putting herself out in front of people. “I’m very much behind the scenes and I’m afraid of being misinterpreted. I feel like I’m a dying breed.”

Despite Germany’s appearance, she wants people to know that she is a much different person than what people initially perceive her to be.

Germany wants to create spaces for people who look like her to feel comfortable and confident. “I’m not the traditional businesswoman. I love that and I push towards that. There are lots of people out there that we know, and are successful, and will not help you. You have to create your own world. I welcome you into mine and if you like it you can stay a while,” she shares.

In addition to being a mentor for entrepreneurs, Germany is also a baker, crafting tasty and unique CBD infused treats. “My desert business is called Dirty Desserts,” said Germany. “I came up with the idea because I met people during mentoring who suffered from anxiety and I personally suffered from anxiety for years.”

Germany says that she sources CBD oil from overseas vendors as well as her Total Life Changes (TLC) business. “People are able to rest after eating my desserts. It also lowers anxiety. Sometimes all we need is a moment to calm down,” shares Germany. Her desserts are made fun and whimsical, similar to her personality.

Through her podcast, Germany Inke & Co, listeners can get another taste of the entrepreneur’s personality. “I’m a free spirit for all,” she said. “I talk about any and everything. I have a lot of people who call me and ask can I talk about something. They aren’t as willing to be free and open to talk about some things.”

Recently, Germany did a show encouraging listeners to detox their life. “I recently overcame COVID-19. But I realized during those two weeks that people weren’t calling for me or to check on me, they were calling to get something from me.”

Germany’s biggest inspirations are of her late mother and brother. Her mother passed in 2017 from lung cancer and six months later her brother passed away. She shares how important they were to her and how their demise affected her life. “Both had big dreams. My brother was a musician and I grew up singing. But after they both passed, I lost my love for music,” she says.

After losing both her mother and brother along with a friend in the same year, Germany became determined to keep pushing forward through her grief. “They always talked about how my voice was so powerful, and how I needed to stop hiding it,” she said. “At least if I wasn’t going to sing she wanted me to get my message out.”

That was how Terah Strong was born: a foundation, named after her mother, to help business owners and others gain more confidence. “My mother wanted to start a business. As she was fading daily, she kept telling me that’s what she wanted to do. She told me that I was so creative and good with people. Now I want to do it in a more big and positive way,” she said.

Some of the women she works with in her community are Venah Wilson, also known as Jemini June, who is a Coach and Executive Director with Total Life Changes, Independent Group Fitness Instructor, and Singer/Songwriter. There is also Evelyn Hill who is known to many as Eve. She is an advocate for those who were formerly incarcerated and seeking to find a new way of life by restoring the relationships that were broken due to their incarceration. She also works with Pinkylee Simone-Potts, an aspiring actress, comedian, and writer who is the owner and actress on the television series, Karen in The QC.

Germany also encourages other business owners to do the same. “If you woke up on this side, it’s another day and another 24 hours to get it done. Your best bet is you. The moment you think about giving up, think of someone who has it worse. I will not give up on me. Everyone else gives up on you, but do not give up on you.”

Germany is also a painter and author. She is currently working on releasing her first book in the near future.

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