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EMEM PATRICK: NOW IS THE BEST TIME

Emem Patrick  By Julie Ibok.   Have you ever learnt a skill that came in handy for your personal need when you least thought about it?  Read how Emem Patrick sewed her own gorgeous wedding gown barely two weeks to her wedding and made herself up on her wedding day. Emem Patrick is a graduate of Marine Geology from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. She’s the CEO of Emines stitches and Empress make-over.  The Beginning ... A biblical proverb says train a child in the way he (she) should go... Emem started sewing at an early age. She could remember when she used to cut her mother’s wrapper and sew it with a needle and thread. While she was in secondary school, her mother saw the passion she had for sewing and bought her a sewing machine.  Again, at the University, Emem enrolled at a  Fashion Design school. She also started receiving training in Makeup Artistry. Her motivation for enrolling at a Fashion Design School was to learn “how to sew to avoid an argument with tailors” she said.

ONWARD LEAH: CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY

Onward Leah By Julie Ibok Onward-Anwuri Leah is a legal practitioner. She is also a food processing and packaging entrepreneur. She's the CEO of INGIBO FOODS and she's happily married with children. INGIBO FOODS is a business enterprise that sells sea foods, destoned Acha grains and processes grains to flour. She started her business in the year 2020, when she noticed the need to begin healthy eating. In this interview, she tells us about her experience as a food processing entrepreneur as well an advice for women contemplating going the path of entrepreneurship.  Why did you choose the food processing industry? In 2015, it was discovered that I had pregnancy-induced diabetes and it cost me a 7-month old pregnancy. So, the journey to eating healthily started as I became tired of insulin injections, daily drugs, and regular hospital visits. In one of my google searches for what to eat, I  came across Acha which is also known as fonio and read reviews that piqued my interest in h

Dr Udoka Ugochukwu: God Can Not Lead Any Man To Laziness And Failure.

  Dr Udoka Ugochukwu  Dr Udoka Ugochukwu Peace (OD) is an  ambassador for Christ, a sight and vision care specialist,a health mission voluteer, an advocate for female rights, and teens coach. She is interested and passionate about seeing young people especially the female gender fulfilling their God given purpose on earth and living life with satisfaction and clarity.  This passion led to the birth of CFI( Created For Impact Initiative), a non profit organisation reaching out to teens and youths globally. CFI organises community outreaches,seminars and workshop for young people where they are taught about various life changing topics such as vision boarding,succesful networking and strategizing for successful ventures. Her organisation has organised campaigns on topics surrounding mental health issues ranging from depression,sucide, addiction, negative labeling etc.. In this Interview, Dr Udoka tells the story of how her social impact project started and plans for the future.  What ch

Essential Tips For First Time Moms

Tubarones /Pexels.com As a first time mom, you may be confused about the many new experiences motherhood presents on your path. Some women may experience post partum depression, others a loss of identity and the list goes on and on.  Whatever challenges motherhood is serving you as a first time mom, mothers in our community are saying you can pull through.  Here are a few tips they want you to know as you navigate one of the most challenging yet beautiful experiences of womanhood.  Dr. Oladele Tolulope Assistant Director NACA Take it easy on yourself. Don't try to live up to any expectation or theories. Make things easy for yourself by adopting ideas and lifestyles that work. Asking for help if you need. What children need most is your love and care: being there and keeping them fed, neat and warm. Rest well by cutting out frivolities so that you will be there for them. Don't think your life is over, you will catch up. Give them the best of you and you will reap it. Enjoy the p

Esther Amadi: Do Not Give Up Just Yet Because It's Possible

Esther Amadi By Julie Ibok Esther Amadi Valentine is a graduate of            Computer Science from the University of Wollongong, Australia. She's an entrepreneur and business advisory consultant.  In this interview, she talks about her career story as a business consultant and what you need to do when you want to start a new business.  Why did  you make the career change from  Computer Science to Business Consulting? The women in my family have always excelled in business, and I was taught to see business ownership as a path to financial freedom. So, I knew I would engage in business. It was only a matter of when? I chose representing manufacturers and the consulting business because it enabled me to combine the various aspects of businesses I enjoy doing. What difficulty did you encounter starting your consulting business? Our business includes representing international manufacturers in regions where they'd like to create an awareness about their brand for eventual market do

Benitha Samuel: Start From Where You Are...Do Not Wait Until You Are Perfect

Benitha Samuel Benitha Samuel is an indegene of Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria and a graduate of Communication Arts from the University of Uyo.  She is a public speaker, baker, photographer, teacher, a positive self-thought coach, virtual show host and a presenter with INSIDEKANOTV. She is presently building her public speaking program on her virtual show "THE BENNY EXPRESSION SHOW" where she shares with people from all walks of life, the reason to look inward for the love they seek, find their uniqueness, build who they are or want to be, and step out boldly to share their message. She has hosted many guests from different parts of the country on the show, to share their stories and educate people on how to stay focused on the journey of being who they truly are. In this interview, Benitha gives us a glimpse of her passion project and advice to women seeking to live fulfilling lives. How did you start the Benny Expression Show? I started the  " Benny Expression Show  &quo

A PROFESSIONAL'S STORY FROM A MARINE GEOLOGIST TO A FASHION DESIGNER: AN INTERVIEW WITH EMEM INYANG

  Emem Inyang By Julie Ibok  Emem Inyang is a creative fashion designer. She studied Marine Geology, in the University of Calabar, Nigeria. She's the CEO of Emines stitches. She started her entrepreneurship journey as a fashion designer in 2016.  "I am very passionate about sewing and wearing elegant clothes. This has led to lots of people asking me to sew for them"   said Emen Iyang. In this interview, she speaks of her career story as a creative fashion designer and what women can learn from her journey. What is it like moving from a career in Marine Geology to becoming a fashion designer? Moving from  Marine Geology to being a seamstress wasn't a difficult process for me. Because I started fashion designing in my teens. My passion for fashion inspired me to enrol in a fashion school during my university days. I attended the fashion classes only on holidays to become a professional. I still love being a Marine Geologist. I hope to practice in the near future. What

A CAREER STORY FROM A SOCIOLOGIST TO A PRINTER ENTREPRENEUR: AN INTERVIEW WITH ONYINYE UCHENDU

Onyinye Uchendu  By Julie Ibok  Onyinye Uchendu is a graduate of sociology from the University of Uyo, Nigeria. She's a creative graphics designer, and also a certified HSE officer. Currently, she's a printer entrepreneur. She's also the CEO of Focus Prints Services which she started in the year, 2010. In this interview, she'll be discussing her career story as an artistry printer, and what women can take from her journey. Tell me about how you went from being a sociologist to a printer entrepreneur? Sincerely, I didn't plan to be a printer entrepreneur, but after my NYSC, I got a menial job with a printing company as their front desk officer. My take home was very little, so I decided to resign after six-months on the job to search for a better one. I stayed at home for two months; moving around and looking for a good job but there was no luck. I had to ask myself some keen questions. I thought about the past experience I had from the printing outlet I worked for,