Why more women be­come en­trepreneurs

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Mairo Musa grad­u­ated with a sec­ond­class up­per de­gree in Eco­nom­ics from the uni­ver­sity. Though she was the best grad­u­at­ing stu­dent from her de­part­ment that could not earn her a job in the labour mar­ket.

Af­ter sev­eral years of not get­ting a white col­lar job, she de­cided to learn a skill. She learnt make-up artistry.

“I took a three months train­ing at a Make-up school and af­ter­wards, I got a lit­tle cap­i­tal to buy my ma­te­ri­als. To­day, I am a pro­fes­sional make-up artist. I makeup brides and women for dif­fer­ent events. Hav­ing been in busi­ness for two years now, I have so many clients that I am not able meet their de­mands,” she said en­thu­si­as­ti­cally.

Da­haratu Ahmed Aliyu is a me­dia prac­ti­tioner. Be­cause of her pas­sion for com­mu­ni­ca­tion, she set up Mis­mas Con­cept Me­dia.

“If you look at the kind of busi­ness I do, which is work­ing as a com­peer, more men are into the busi­ness. But I took up the chal­lenge; I said I want to be part of it. I want to cre­ate jobs for oth­ers as well and that is my pas­sion.

”It’s quite chal­leng­ing but I told my­self, that I will have to make it. I set up my busi­ness about a year ago. We pro­duce jin­gles, mas­ter cer­e­monies and we have DJ fa­cil­i­ties,” Da­haratu said.

These are few sto­ries of how more women are tow­ing the line of en­trepreneur­ship.

At the First Women En­trepreneurs Con­fer­ence, held in Abuja re­cently, with the theme ‘At­tain­ing Gi­ant Strides in an Era of Change’, more women were en­cour­aged to be­come en­trepreneurs.

The guest speaker at the con­fer­ence, Mrs Lat­i­fat Ba­lo­gun, CEO, Hat­lab Ice Cream, shared her ex­pe­ri­ence of how she set-up her busi­ness from scratch.

“The po­ten­tial is there for women to trade with es­pe­cially now that we are shift­ing de­pen­dence on oil. En­trepreneur­ship is the only way the econ­omy can blos­som again,” she said.

Mrs Abi­ola Olu­mod­eji, vice chair­per­son of NECA’s Net­work of En­trepreneurial Women (NNEW), Abuja chap­ter said by hav­ing more women en­trepreneurs, they will grow their own busi­nesses and help grow the econ­omy and the GDP as well.

“Women need to own their own busi­ness so they can earn money and have some­thing to hold on to. We believe a woman should not be idle. A woman should have a job whether in­for­mal or for­mal. We believe that if you have a skill or a pas­sion, you should build on it. It will gen­er­ate in­come for you and will also be a plat­form to men­tor other women,” she said.

The Group Head, Pro­duc­tion and Ser­vice, Ac­cess Bank Plc and speaker at the sem­i­nar, Ope WemiJones, said sta­tis­tics has shown that 65% of women own small busi­nesses all over the world, adding that women thrive at any­thing they set out to do.

“The bank has a pro­gramme called W-ini­tia­tive for women. It a plat­form set up to in­spire, con­nect and em­power women. So, I in­vite women to join us at www.wcom­mu­nity. com . They can visit any of our branches to make en­quiries about this pro­gramme and see how they can ben­e­fit from it.” she said.

Mrs Omolola Ajani, MD Wood-et-al Lim­ited, said the chal­lenges in the econ­omy have shown that there is need for women to con­trib­ute their quota to so­ci­ety no mat­ter how small. “May be if we have more women par­tic­i­pat­ing in the eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties, per­haps things will not be as bad as they are now. We found out that some of them are afraid of ex­pan­sion and even in­vest­ment. We want women to be equipped to at­tain those gi­ant strides in their busi­nesses,” Ajani said.

Hauwa Bello, whose pri­vate school, Mum­taz In­ter­na­tional School is about eight years old, ex­plains why women should own their busi­nesses. “When you do your own busi­ness, your mind is at rest be­cause you are do­ing what you love. It’s your pas­sion. When you do what you love, whether you are paid for it or not, you en­joy it. The joy I feel do­ing my own thing is the rea­son why I own a busi­ness,” she said.

Abioye Afo­lasade, man­ager, Skillz Ge­nius Global Ltd said women are con­sid­ered to be very pru­dent in manag­ing funds and so they can trans­late that to their busi­nesses.

“I en­cour­age women to get skills in any area of their in­ter­est. They could gen­er­ate in­come from it. Eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment will give them se­cu­rity,” she said.

Source: ur­bangyal.com

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