By Tokunbo Fasoro
Venturing into Entrepreneurship wasn’t an easy decision for me especially when I had spent time and resources gathering as much education and knowledge as I could in my area of expertise, knowing that I could earn a very good living working with those certificates. As much as I was afraid of the unknown, I knew I wanted more. I wanted to build a platform where I could do more; I didn’t want to be constrained by an employment contract.
I had dreams I wanted to explore, amazing ideas I kept expanding in my head but even with all these, I was afraid. I said to myself many times that I needed to see God physically telling me “this is the way you should go” but you know, God uses people to speak to us. I will be sharing today about 3 women who inspired me to venture and lessons I learnt from them.
Ayodeji Megbope: She is the C.E.O of No left over’s Nigeria Ltd- A full scale catering outfit which started with a takeoff capital of just One Thousand Naira (N1, 000.00), but today has an annual turnover that runs into millions of naira. The business had exposed her to great global opportunities such as meetings with Mrs. Michelle Obama (Former first lady of the United States) and with former US President Bill Clinton.
I met her about 5 years ago at a conference where she shared her story and I was amazed at her resilience and humility and I realized that to actually start a business with 1,000 naira (less than $30) was extremely inspiring. Click here to read her story. I was extremely excited and honored when a day came and both of us spoke on the same platform. Below is my Proud picture of both of us.
Ibukun Awosika: The Nigerian business magnate, author and motivational speaker is the Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Limited and the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Chair Centre Group.
Her high level of integrity just does it for me. I was watching a documentary on her and she talked about how she had the opportunity to cut corners and clear her container for 11 million Naira, which is the norm due to the high level of corruption in the industry but she insisted on doing it right by clearing it for 20 million Naira. I have always been some one that has high values and I was afraid of how I would be able to run a business in Nigeria and succeed with out cutting corners, but this woman proved to me that you can be who you want to be, run a successful business and still be rewarded for integrity in an environment where it is scarce. Thank you Ibukun Awosika for proving this and for giving me the courage to continue to do things right, no matter the pressure.
Mo Abudu: The talk show host, commonly known as Mo Abudu, is the CEO & host of a TV talk show – Moments with Mo. She is also the founder of The Inspire Africa Foundation. Mo Abudu is not only a talk show host but also a TV producer, media personality, human resources management consultant, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
I drew a lot of inspiration from Mo Abudu’s resilience and drive to succeed, she decided not to be limited by her environment and her gender and she kept going until she succeeded. Her excellent spirit is the deal breaker for me. She put in excellence into everything she does and that makes her stand out. Excellence for me is a core value every entrepreneur must have because your name is on whatever product or service you are offering and it’s when it’s done excellently that you stand out.
I hope you also have been able to draw inspiration from these 3 great women that inspired me and still continue to inspire me…. Kindly feel free to contact me on Tokunbo.firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a dm on instagram @toksfasoro if you have any questions on Entrepreneurship.
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