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Love and honour your mother. Learn from her mistakes. It will save you a lot of headache in your thirties (30s) and beyond.


You are more talented than you’ll ever know. You don’t need to sleep with your Boss/supervisor to get a promotion at work or better grades at school.


Burn late night candles, put extra time to study and practice until you master your skill. Hard work still pays well.


Women can build a strong support network. Don’t let few ladies with “Pull Her Down” syndrome discourage you from cultivating true relationship with your female friends.


When a man you meet for the first time babbles about how much he earns working for an oil company and how rich he is, that is a red flag. He is either a married smooth-talker who just wants to sleep with you or he is childish. Walk away from deceit.


Make your own money. Start small. Maintain a stable bank account. It will keep you out of trouble.

When you meet your Soulmate, don’t forget to wear your most priceless ornament- submission and humility. But while waiting for him, don’t cling to any man to rescue you. Some men these days are also seeking for who will rescue them.


Know your body. Look at yourself in front of a full-length mirror at least once a week, naked and after clothed. Know your body and how it works.

Life is a gift. But to revel in it, you must be ready to put a lot into nurturing your gifts/talents and skills. Start early.


Teenage ended at 19. Clocking 20 means doing away with childish behavior. But it does not mean you should forget to have fun.


Learn the basic skills and let yourself grow- from how to keep your underwear clean, cook, socialize, and network to how to drive a car.


Don’t do drugs. It kills. Read books, its fortifies. Dance as often as you can, it liberates your spirit, soul and body.


Learn to laugh at yourself. It is a good way to build a healthy self-esteem.

Eat healthy.


Learn to cook for yourself. Don’t rely on noodles alone. The cooking skill will be useful in the future.


Don’t give up when you fail. Try again. And again. Then, try another legit way. Don’t give up on education/learning.


Fear of the future is just that- a fear. It is a state of mind you must learn to tame. Don’t let fear pull the carpet from under your feet. The Holy Bible tells us that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.


Let go of past hurts. You cannot move forward if you keep looking back. Holding on to bitter experiences and regrets will stale your future.


Learn to exhale, love deeply and be kind to others, especially those of low estate, and the lowest of low.


You are beautiful the way you are. Don’t compare yourself to others.

The partnership builds bridges. Don’t ever forget that.


Prayer is the master key. Have faith in God and always have the courage to use your voice wisely. Dream bigger.


Bonus: Enjoy the highs and lows that come with being in your 20s but don’t be afraid to grow older. Live life to the fullest and don’t forget to smile!

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Being an entrepreneur comes with its fair share of challenges. Starting out her hustle in 2006, Linda Ikeji understands the rigours and struggles that come with being an entrepreneur. In a message she shared to encourage entrepreneurs to strive to succeed, Linda emphasizes the importance of knowing when it’s time to walk away from a business venture after years of struggling with it.


Here are three things every entrepreneur should take away from Linda’s message.


Giving up on a business venture does not mean you are giving up on your dreams. It’s ok to end a venture that isn’t working, take a step back and figure out a better route through which you can achieve your dreams.


In Linda’s words, “I started FM&B (Fashion, Modeling and Beauty) magazine in 2006 until 2009. Managed to produce 5 editions of the magazine before I gave up on it. I gave up on this particular venture but I didn’t give up on my dreams of being successful, of making it in life. I always believed if I failed in one thing, I could succeed in another.


You can always be successful in something else. Don’t blindly hold on to a failing business because you feel letting go will make you a failure. Even if it fails, you can learn your lessons and apply it successfully to another business venture.


“For hustlers out there still fighting for their dreams, it’s okay to give up on some ventures you believe without any doubt is going nowhere and start something else, put energy into something new. You can be successful in something else.”


You must be willing to let go and try other things. By all means, give your business the very best. Pursue it with grit and be determined to succeed. When you’ve done all that you know how to do and you’ve taken the necessary steps but the business still isn’t thriving, it’s ok to let it go and pursue something else.


We love Linda’s words of wisdom here, “Those of us who have made it always advise ‘don’t give up, never give up until you have made it’, and that’s good advice but sometimes it’s okay to let go of a business venture that is draining your spirit, taking all your time, money, resources and giving nothing back to you. Some ventures are fruitless, and what you can hope is to have discernment on time to tell which is and move away from it asap. What if there’s something else out there that you were called to do? To be? What if your destiny is on some other venture? You must be willing to try other things. You must be willing to let go of the life you planned so as to have the life that is waiting for you.”


Most importantly, find your own path. 


“I started the mag because Betty Irabor succeeded in it and I wanted to be like her, the next great magazine publisher forgetting that I had my path to follow in life. Thankfully, I found myself.


I hope you discover your path in life soon and do what you were truly called into this world to do and not what you THINK you should be doing.”

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Growing up in a household with parents who found expression through food, Voke, Vona, Vese and Vome developed a deep love for food and experimenting with different recipes. This love for food has turned into Dvees, a business which pioneers West African fine dining and flavours through the creation of unique products, including their signature Chapman Drink.

Growing up in a household with parents who found expression through food, Voke, Vona, Vese and Vome developed a deep love for food and experimenting with different recipes. This love for food has turned into Dvees, a business which pioneers West African fine dining and flavours through the creation of unique products, including their signature Chapman Drink.


According to them; “Our love for food is our family heritage. We grew up with a dad who loves good food. We had numerous cooking and baking sessions with him, from making crab soup to homemade cakes. He always came home with food from the latest restaurant he discovered or the staples like suya from the family country club in Lagos; Ikoyi Club. While he encouraged the flare for the western twist, Mum made sure we knew how to throw it down in the kitchen African style. With her occasional and often spontaneously organised cooking lessons, we were well equipped to prepare authentic African dishes.”

Some of the products they’ve been able to create so far include drinks, condiments and tea. Out of ll their products, the Chapman Drink stands out and here’s why;

“We spent countless hours trying to recreate drinks we grow up knowing and loving. It’s been a long journey but we are finally here and excited to share them with you. We still remember the day we tried the winning Chapman recipe, it felt like we had won an Olympic gold medal. With shouts of joy and teary eyes, we celebrated, hi-fived and hugged each other. The recipe was finally here and we all approved.”
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The lady boss, Ink Eze, is steadily rising to the top and we totally love it. She was recently featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 2018 list. How proud of her can we get?


We’re pretty sure you know about her, but let’s still tell you a little more. Ink Eze is the Founder of Aso Ebi Bella, an online community connecting traditional fashion enthusiasts with SMEs in the fashion, beauty and wedding industry primarily in Nigeria with growing interests across Africa and beyond.


Her platform, AsoEbiBella.com,a fashion tech startup boasts of over 17 million organic weekly impressions, 1.5 million followers across social media,and over 600,000 page views in the last 11 months. The company has delivered campaigns and collaborated with Nigerian and international brands including Orijin, Renaissance (now Radisson Blu Hotel) and Unilever’s Sunlight detergent.


Ink Eze has always been a hard and smart worker and we can see that it is really paying off for her. What more can we say, except a big congratulations to her.


 


Culled from Aso Ebi Bella

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We love our African stories and we proudly bring you the story whenever our African ladies get the global recognition for their hard work. One of them is the awesome Kene Rapu – The Founder of Slippers By Kene. She started ‘Slippers by Kene’, in 2011, as an initiative to promote the development of the local (Nigerian) industry, by using locally sourced materials and workmanship, to provide bespoke handcrafted slippers and sandals. They call themselves the number one Nigerian footwear brand, championing local production.


How did she begin her empire?


“I have always loved fashion, my first-ever internship at the age of 13 was in a hat showroom. From then on, I always managed to squeeze in an internship whenever I could. From working with magazines to working backstage at fashion shows to professional modelling; fashion has always been my passion! Why slippers? Being tall, I’m always on the lookout for nice, affordable, good-quality flats. SlippersbyKene started from me designing a pair of slippers for myself. I wanted something interesting that wasn’t in the stores, and that was incorporated into the popular African fabric – Ankara. I had them made, wore them out and everyone loved them. Family and friends placed orders, the word spread.”


We are not only super proud of Kene Rapu, we are also inspired by her.

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Oyinlola Adekogbe is the founder of Jedi & Co LTD, a fashion accessory and clothing store. They also specialize in customized bridal accessories. She shares how she started her business with Woman.NG


FROM HAVING AN IDEA TO STARTING YOUR BUSINESS, SHARE YOUR JOURNEY WITH US


My business started out as a co-incidence. I had spent all my monthly allowance to buy shoes and I had to sell at least a pair to survive in school. Then it became a hobby as I found myself enjoying it, so I didn’t have any major ideas, but with time when I started getting feedback from clients, I started to see their pain points and then was consumed with creating products to meet their needs.


WHY DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DO? THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER BUSINESSES YOU COULD HAVE EXPLORED, WHY THIS?


I just always loved shoes and regal, royal bridal gowns like every little girl does, and I loved sketching these dresses in my spare time, so it was natural for me.


AT WHAT POINT DID YOU KNOW BEYOND ALL DOUBT THAT THIS IS GOING TO WORK?


I wasn’t sure how quickly it would all work out, but I knew that I wouldn’t give up until it did.


HOW DID YOU RAISE THE CAPITAL TO START YOUR BUSINESS, ESPECIALLY WITH THE HIGH COST OF RUNNING BUSINESSES IN NIGERIA?


I started my business with #15,000 allowance while in school, then at some point, I sold my car to get more capital. I also have a 9 to 5, so I constantly save personal funds for growth and expansion of my business. My mum has also been very helpful as she has given me loans and she never asks for pay back.


HOW SOON DID YOU START MAKING PROFITS?


I started as an online store, working from home, without any overheads. So we started making profits almost immediately, but since we got a physical location for expansion purposes, most of our profit goes into purchasing assets.


BRILLIANT IDEAS DON’T ALWAYS MEAN GREAT SALES, HOW HAS IT BEEN MARKETING YOUR SERVICES?


Marketing has been a little easier with social media as we can find our target market and they can also find us without coming to our physical store. Word of mouth, referrals and influencers have also been very helpful in marketing our brand.


AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER YOU CAN’T DO EVERYTHING, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE HIRING STAFF AND BUILDING YOUR TEAM?


I have been really lucky in that regards, I have always hired people who join our team seamlessly. I think the most important thing in hiring as an entrepreneur is been able to sell the vision, once they are invested in the vision, it’s easier to work together.


YOUR GREATEST SKILL/STRENGTHS THAT HAVE BEEN PARTICULARLY BEEN OF HELP IN STARTING AND RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS


Working as a sales representative at my 9 to 5 has been a blessing, so not only have I learnt sales and marketing, I get to see how a product based company is run and learn all the processes and system.


DID YOU HAVE TO GET A FORMAL TRAINING OR QUALIFICATION TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS?


I didn’t have any formal training in business, but I have made a conscious effort to invest in learning skills I need. I also have attended fashion school and Fashion Illustration classes as we hope to diverse into production of our pieces soon.


YOU HAVE BEEN RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS FOR SOME TIME NOW, WHAT DO YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU WISHED YOU HAD KNOWN BEFORE YOU STARTED?


I wish I knew more about Accounting and how to understand my numbers sooner.


ANY LIFE EXPERIENCE THAT HAS PARTICULARLY PREPARED YOU DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FOR WHAT YOU DO NOW?


Not sure. I lost my dad at 11, and I watched my mum work “soooo” hard to raise my sister and I. That prepared me to work and never expect any handouts from anyone because really no one owes you anything.


CHANGE CAN BRING OUT A PART OF US WE NEVER KNEW EXISTED, WHAT NEW THINGS HAVE YOU DISCOVERED ABOUT YOURSELF IN THE COURSE OF STARTING AND RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS?


I discovered I am too much of a risk taker, which is a good thing but can also be a bad thing, so I take more time in making decisions now.


THE GREATEST BUSINESS ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED AND BY WHO?


Know your numbers; never assume you are making a profit because you are making sales. From my mum.


WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE MOST ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS ESPECIALLY IN NIGERIA?


Be Resilient and don’t be afraid to start small.

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FORBES AFRICA has released its 2018 Under 30 list and you can be sure that there are Nigerian women on it. These women are said to be challenging conventions and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, creatives and tech gurus.


Described as Africa’s most promising young change-makers, Forbes says, they could be the billionaires of tomorrow, even though they are yet unknown.

You could learn some things from these women who talked about their goals, how they started their businesses, doing business in Nigeria and their achievements.


ANITA ADETOLA ADETOYE

26-year old founder of Anita Brows Beauty, popularly known as ‘Anita Brows’, is an Irish-Nigerian professional makeup artist, beauty educator, and entrepreneur. With over seven years of experience, she has built an award-winning brand, creating jobs for young Nigerians.


“My move to Nigeria was the defining moment for me in the beauty industry. It was the moment my hobby became a livelihood and then became a business. I didn’t choose this path by faith, this path chose me. My goal is to change the face of makeup and beauty artistry.”


BIDEMI ZAKARIYAU

28-year old Bidemi is the founder of LSF|PR, a public relations agency based in Lagos.  Growing up, Bidemi acquired skills in project management, sales and communications from her father, who built a taxi service and real estate company from nothing. Her father convinced her to study law and she interned in law firms but she stopped to follow her passion in media.

“Securing my first client was very difficult because I had no public relations experience; I would visit different blogs in Nigeria and look for contact numbers in the article credits and call the designers requesting to work with them for free.”


KENE RAPU

28-year old Kene Rapu launched her first product line, ‘Slippers by Kene’ in 2011. She uses locally-sourced materials to make slippers and sandals. According to her,  running a business in Nigeria is hard work.

“The odds are against us, as more businesses are expected to fail than to succeed. From lack of adequate power supply, to sufficient skilled man power, to the costs and scarcity of materials, the list goes on. I remember on my hunt for property for my factory last year, I met a gentleman who made it extremely clear he would not, under any circumstances, rent his property out to women.”


GOZIE COKER

29-year old Gozie is the founder of Coker Creative, a boutique event company. She spent her holidays interning for event companies. When she graduated from school, she went on to pursue a master’s in Strategic Management.

“Planning events is something I have always done, so much so that growing up, I was nicknamed ‘the organ’, short for organizer. I derived joy planning all my family and friends’ celebrations, from vacations to birthdays, and even anniversaries. I used my graduation thesis to test my business plan for what we now know as Coker Creative.”


MAYA HORGAN FAMODU

27-year old Maya is the founder of Ingressive, a tech integration company that provides market entry services and tech research for corporates and investors.

“I launched Ingressive LLC to solve the funding pipeline, redirecting global focus and capital to the continent.”

She also founded Ingressive Capital, a multi-million dollar venture fund focused on early-stage African tech.

“We have worked with thousands of African tech-enabled youths. Our client list includes over 50 investors and technology companies. Our clients have gone on to fund more than 20 African startups. I have funded three high-growth African technology companies, and we’re continuing to invest now.”


INK EZE

28-year old Eze is the founder of Aso Ebi Bella, an online community connecting traditional fashion enthusiasts with SMEs in the fashion, beauty and wedding industry primarily in Nigeria with growing interests across Africa and beyond.

“The #AsoEbiBella journey started with a hashtag I created in 2013 while I was an employee of BellaNaija.com where I convinced my employer to launch a then bi-weekly, now weekly AsoEbiBella feature on their site as it garnered millions of website views, it became my side hustle.”


YEMI ALADE

29-year old Yemi is a singer and songwriter. She sings in English, French, Swahili, Portuguese and Pidgin English.


JOYCE JACOB

28-year old Joyce is the founder of Joyce Jacob Beauty, which launched in 2009. She has worked on the sets of many local and international music videos, magazine photoshoots and TV commercials.


“The vision behind my brand is to empower women of all ages, of all backgrounds and race to feel beautiful at all times through the power of beauty and makeup. Part of that vision is to have a premium line all women can use and create a truly authentic African beauty brand.”


BEVERLY NAYA

29-year old Beverly is an actress and entrepreneur. She studied script-writing and film-making in the UK before relocating to Nigeria to join the Nigerian film industry.


SONIA IRABOR

28-year old Sonia is a writer, filmmaker and actress.


TANIA OMOTAYO

26-year old Tania is a model and an entrepreneur. She is creative director of Ziva Lagos, a fashion brand.


“Ziva Lagos is dedicated to boosting the Nigerian trade and labor market. Hence all fabrics are locally sourced and the clothes designed and produced in Nigeria.”

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“What will people say?” is one of the questions people ask themselves when they are about to do something such as calling off an engagement, but media personality, Destiny Amaka had to do it, knowing she deserved more.


She shared how she had to start again from the scratch.


She wrote,


Broken engagement is better than broken marriage. Paris 2011 he popped the question, I saw the ring, my mums face, my friends and family who flew in cheering for joy. The money that was spent, the effort from family and friends. No one would know the heated argument we had few hours before this pic was taken.


Fast forward few months, during the entire preparation for our traditional wedding, we weren’t speaking, but they will tell you its normal, it happens. Its not true! It takes immense courage to walk away from something you’ve been building for years. I was young, won’t say much.


@nickiminaj tweets few weeks back hit close to home. No regrets! No hate, I strongly believe he gave his best, and with that knowledge its up to you to determine whether their best is good enough for you.

Gratitude #throwbackthursday my soul craves for a little bit more from life. I gave the ring back, the cars, the house, our investments all! And with my little savings I was hiding in my friends account. I moved to Lagos 2012 started from scratch, with no friends or family members I really knew. what a journey! I still believe in love and best believe I won’t be settling for anything less than team work!❤ I know my worth and yes it may scare some away, but the right man will know how to bring out the best in you not the worst.

#TeamLove  #postcomingdownsoonlooking forward to writing a blog! I have too many life experiences I would like to share without offending those close to me, and also hearing and learning from your experiences too. Life is beautiful when we all come together. it took a lot out of me sha!!!! But it gave a lot back #love #marriage #engagement #life#knowyourworth #Godiscleansingmysoul#ithinkimready

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In this interview, he spoke on the crisis bedeviled the incorporated Assemblies of God Nigeria. He said that the embattled Rev. Prof Paul Emeka remains the authentic and rightful General Superintendent of the church. Excerpts. What gave you the locus to talk on the Assemblies God Church Nigeria crisis? Firstly, being a rights activist, I have a radio programme where I advance the issues of civic responsibilities and human rights and that was how Reverend Prof. Paul Emeka called into the programme to make an enquires about his right.


I now sort an opportunity to have a conference with him so that I can enlighten him more properly order than the radio telephone line. It was when I met with him that I appreciated the gravamen of his right that was violated and he requested if I can assist him in any form not being a trained legal practitioner. I accepted to act as his attorney by being his agent to make representation because of his limited knowledge of the workings of the court and Nigerian constitution.


I accepted that responsibility and advised him that the Supreme Court struck out his suit on human right and therefore he needs to go to Federal high court to challenge their illegal action of his purported removal as a trustee of the Assemblies of God Church Nigeria and that he has to engage the services of a legal practitioner.


The fact in the issue is the matters of interpretations of the provisions of the incorporated trustees under Companies & Allied Matters Act (CAMA), and whether the control and the management of such a body can be left for all comers to the effect that the letter with which some individuals that are not members of the board of trustee have no authority under the law and under CAMA to issue such letter.


 I have a strength of authority from the decision and the findings made by the learned juris Hon. Justice Ekekere-Ekun JSC in the decision by the Supreme Court reported in Paul Emeka against Chidi Okoroafor in NWLR part 1577 at page 410 of particular note is the finding by the juris Ekekere-Ekun that the main flank that Emeka should purse is the illegal nature of the constituted illegal body that authored the letter of the 6, March 2014 and the unconstitutional act of those individuals who have no iota of authority whatsoever, to have congregated themselves in the parish to now sit in judgement against the chairman of the board of trustees of the incorporated trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria. That is the platform which I told my principal that he has to go to court to challenge. That the fundamental right procedure he used in initiating his original action in persona was wrong.


What the Supreme Court said in that case, Prof. Emeka you came to this court with the wrong procedure that the trial high court of Enugu didn’t have jurisdiction to even hear your matter because the issue of service was not settled which is fundamental. The Supreme Court justices agreed with the finding of the Court of Appeal as far as service is concerned and the finding that Emeka’s issue ought to be squarely on the illegal nature of the congregation that issued a letter of 6th of March, 2014 and not fundamental rights. Moreso, the Supreme Court went to admonish Emeka’s lawyer who was suing an amorphous body for the enforcement of fundamental right and consequently the court struck out Emeka’s fundamental Right which he filed in the lower court – that means Emeka can go back to court if he so desires.


It was his appeal that was dismissed for lacking in merit. The substantive action that was brought to court was not heard by either the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court because of the fundamental vice that service was improper. So Emeka has the constitution behind him to go back to court. How do you get to know the case Chidi Okoroafor filed at the Court of Appeal? On the 25th April 2018, I stumbled into a proceeding Chidi Okoroafor filed at the Court of Appeal and I described it as a divine intervention. A divine intervention because there was an appeal which I never knew about and that appeal stemmed from an injunction giving at the High Court of Enugu on 13th day of March 2014. That injunction was against Chidi Okoroafor, Rev. Dr. Vincent Alaje; Rev. Dr. Ejikeme Ejem, Rev. Dr. Godwin Amonwa, Rev. Dr. Johnson Odii & others and these were the principal actors that Emeka has brought to the Federal High Court, in suit No. FHC/EN/ CS/ 37/18. The important issue in this matter was that the action that was instituted by three main actors who were filing that action for the benefit of Emeka were Rev. Dr. Ekenedilichukwu Ofordile, Rev. Dr. Jere Onyemaechi, and Rev. Dr. Nathan Udeze. These were the people that approach the court by a write of summons.