Yes, my childhood prepared me for what I do now. This is because I lived with my aunty when I was a child. She taught me how to be hardworking. Although I used to think she was just making me suffer for nothing. She was also a teacher. I believe that living with her influenced my decision to become a teacher too. The things I learnt from her led me to opening my own school before it folded up. I went to Oye Nursery and Primary school in Lagos. Then I gained admission to Eko Girls High School in Isolo. After that, I went to Kwara State Polytechnic, where I had my National Diploma.
Inspiration behind my jelly and liquid soap business
I got the opportunity to learn how to make Jelly for skin, hair cream and liquid soap when my aunty asked me to join her in the training. She was going to learn how to make them and she asked that I come along too. I didn’t have a job after I graduated in the polytechnic, and I saw it as an opportunity to empower myself with this skill while I wait to get a job. I also thought that, it would be nice to make some money by the side even after I get a job. But right now, after everything went down, my school, my food business, I decided to go back to that skill I invested time to learn and that’s what I earn the majority of my money from right now. My major inspiration for starting this business is to be able to put food on the table for my family and to teach other women so they can contribute to their families too.
The Journey so far
I thank God. I have no regret. It has not been so easy but I just have to keep pushing. I have children to feed.
Washing clothes, Frying akara, being an Entrepreneur, and how it shaped my journey
I appreciate this handwork. The different experiences have taught me that, as long as I do not give up, things can get better. Life is a journey, and we can never predict what will happen to us or what our future holds.
Being a mom, wife and business woman, and managing it all
I do production three days in a week and use the remaining days for family and with the help of my children, we distribute the things I have produced. They also join me in labeling the production. Since I work from home, I’m able to spend more time with them.
The society and Female breadwinners
Women should continue to support their husband and try to keep it from the children. Don’t make it too obvious that you are the one carrying the family financially. Especially if you have a supportive husband who is also trying his best. I think the society does not have to know anyone is the breadwinner. It also should not determine how one is treated in the society.
To women walking in my shoes
They should focus on God and their hand work. God will lead them up.
Challenges of being an entrepreneur
Money is my biggest challenge. I want my products to be known across different states in Nigeria, not just in my locality. I want my business to scale up and not remain small. I am very hardworking but I have little funds to expand my business.
Wivesroundtable Foundation & It’s impact on my journey
I feel grateful. They always stand by me even when things are tough. I can never forget them throughout my life.
3 women who inspire you to be better and why
Number one is Amaka Chibuzo-Obi, the founder of The Wivesroundtable Foundation. She is a hardworking woman who gathers women together in other to empower them. I appreciate her so much. I see how she stands by women. I am inspired to make lives of women better too.
Mrs. Awolumate . She is the one who trained me with the skills I currently have. She has really inspired me. She is really hardworking.
Mrs. Bolaji who is my mother. My father died when I was about nine years old and she made sure her children did not suffer.
There are so many women in undeserving communities who need support, what advice would you give such women?
I would say they should never take opportunities for granted no matter how little they might seem.
Being a Woman of Rubies
My hard work and my faith in God makes me a woman of rubies. I am also contented with what I have
The pandemic and its effect on my business
This pandemic really affected my business. Prices of things have gone up in the market. Raw materials are more expensive and customers won’t buy if I increase my prices. So I tell at the same old prices in other to retain my customers.
Support my business
I would like to ask people to patronize my business. Buy liquid soap, hair cream and body cream from me. My products are fantastic. They are of good quality and they smell nice. You can order by calling me on 07014331880.