Let me just start by telling you that Nollywood doesn’t lie in those movies where a woman’s husband dies and her life comes to sudden misery. I remember when my husband died, the way hardship ravished my kids and me, the pain, neglect, and abandonment from my in-laws. I couldn’t believe that my once happy family was suddenly going through so much.
The salary I was earning at my former job did little or nothing to support my kids and me. I continuously had to ask for salary advance just to be able to feed myself and my children, bear in mind that I have three kids, and paying their school fees wasn’t easy, then house rent and affording basic needs like clothes, toiletries, etc. I wasn’t even thinking about myself, I just wanted my kids to be comfortable.
I was finally let go from my job and honestly, I don’t blame them; I came late to work, had to leave early to be able to pick the kids, found myself dozing off during work hours because I was so exhausted, basically my whole life was upside down.
I started looking for a new job as we managed by living off my savings.
One faithful day on one of my job-hunting escapades I ran into an old classmate of mine, she parked by me and wound down. I didn’t recognize her at first until she called out her name. I got into her car and she took me to her house.
Her house was a well-furnished apartment, with about four cars; all in all, she was doing good for herself. We got to talking about our lives and I revealed how bad my life was, she told me about her business and how she needed a business partner that was the beginning of the partnership that changed my life.
A month into doing business with her, I felt more at ease than ever, I was able to take care of my kids properly, afford basic needs, and had some time to rest and catch a break. Entrepreneurship hasn’t always been my thing. I preferred the office, wearing my cooperate clothes, speaking to clients; the basic 9-5 job and all that came with it, but as the saying goes “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”.
Somehow life has a way of forcing you into your destiny, this entrepreneurship thing came easily to me as Adiara always says, Adiara is my business partner, by the way, my guardian angel. She always talked about how I found it so easy to market products to customers, my creative ideas for branding, etc. to be honest it was just the hunger and fear of going back to my old life. Thanks to her my life was so much better, within a year I became financially stable, my kids were comfortable and my life was getting its balance.