The year 2020 was a year that put businesses to the test. So many crumbled, entrepreneurs gave up, but even at this, some found the strength to start up.
Being a successful entrepreneur is much more than status; rather, it goes further into being able to scale hurdles that might aim to limit you.
In this light, Facebook has partnered with BellaNaija to introduce the #FacebookxBellaNaijaSuccessStory. This aims at acknowledging the effort entrepreneurs put into scaling their businesses. Not just this, but also to encourage SMEs and rising entrepreneurs to take that bold step in their businesses and craft.
6 business owners were selected from across West Africa to be celebrated and to share their success stories. They are:
Tricia Ikponmwonba (Nigeria)
Tricia, also referred to as TriciaBiz –The Business Fixer, is an entrepreneur, author, and business growth expert with over 12 years of experience working across a wide portfolio of clients in Nigeria, offering services ranging from business growth consulting, to business process documentation, marketing penetration strategies and other core marketing across several sectors. She is the founder of The Business Lab Africa, a fast-growing digital learning platform for African entrepreneurs, and has successfully trained over 80,000 entrepreneurs in 10 cities across Africa.
Gina Ehikodi Ojo (Nigeria)
Gina is the CEO of Geenamoore and Associates & the MD of Foodies and Spice Nigeria Limited.
A law graduate with over 15 years of experience in Media Content Production and Channel Administration, Gina started out in media as a teen actress and scriptwriter in 1998. She played the lead role of ‘Tobi’ in the movie Colours of Tomorrow, a movie exposing the dangers of child marriage which can lead to vesico vaginal fistula (VVF).
Toyin Onigbanjo (Nigeria)
Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo is an award-winning child nutrition advocate, kids’ chef, author, and founder, Augustsecrets, a child nutrition company based in Nigeria. She holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Lagos, a bachelor’s degree in English & Literature from Kogi State University, and a diploma in Child Nutrition from Stanford University.
Ameyaw Kissi Debrah (Ghana)
Ameyaw Kissi Debrah is a multiple award-winning entertainment and lifestyle blogger. With over 14 years of experience in creating content across various media platforms, Ameyaw Debrah has become one of the most influential media personalities not only in Ghana but in Africa. He is a social media influencer, championing campaigns for brands, organizations, and individuals. He believes digital is the future and strives hard to adapt and evolve with new trends
Aisha Ayensu is the Creative Director and CEO of the internationally acclaimed luxury fashion label, Christie Brown. Named after another inspiring female, Aisha’s grandmother, the brand represents a taste of true neo-African culture in a chic modern and classic style.
Aisha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Ghana, Legon, and embarked on the journey to creating the brand in her final year.
Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed (Nigeria)
Samiah-Oyekan Ahmed is a medical doctor turned entrepreneur in the business of satisfying gaps in specific markets. She is also the founder of Fusion Lifestyle Limited, a company that supports entrepreneurship by providing a platform for business owners to showcase their services; this she has done since December 2009.
A cleric and minister-in-charge of Holy Flock of Christ Church, Ibadan, Oyo State, Venerable Adeniyi Oluwabiyi, has explained why clapping and offering isn’t allowed in his church.
Oluwabiyi, in an interview with Tribune, acknowledged that there are similarities between his church, the Anglican Church and Cherubim & Seraphim Church. But explained that there are differences and he went ahead to point out these differences.
“In our church, we don’t clap. We have a way of expressing our joy. We say people express their joy while clapping in the church, but Satan will come in to do otherwise.
In other churches where people go to the extreme by falling down in the name of prophesying or seeing visions, no one falls down here. Any gathering where people clap and dance uncontrollably paves way for the devil’s penetration and manipulation.
We don’t collect any form of offering in the church in order to observe the Sabbath and keep his temple holy. The congregation goes out to drop their offering and return into the church for blessings. You cannot see members spraying or pelting money on one another in the church,” he said.
The newly wed Big Brother Naija former housemate revealed that some women might have had miscarriages, or are even going through other issues in their lives, but are constantly reminded about pregnancy by the association of womb watchers.
She stated that women are not only baby making machines, and therefore, the decision to raise a family should be solely dependent on the couple.
“The way I’m looking at the next person who drops a pregnancy comment on my post. Continue reading if you don’t want to get BLOCKED. (I’m not joking).
“I’ve ignored them for the longest now but according to the womb watchers on social media I have been pregnant for over a YEAR. So let me get this off my heart. Some people have flat stomachs naturally and some people have big stomachs naturally. The latter is ME. And when I’m on my period it is even BIGGER. I don’t owe anyone a flat stomach but still I try to suck in my belly in every single picture and sometimes I do it better than others. The worst is that even when I’m proud of my ‘sucking in skills’ on a particular picture there is always SOMEONE who still comments something about pregnancy. This is a habit that HAS TO STOP.
“First of all, women are more than baby making machines. A woman’s fertility or decision to start a family is for her to decide, not for you to comment on in every single picture… Must our stomachs always be the first thing you look at?? 🧐
“Secondly, I’m not just speaking up for myself but for women in general. You may mean well when making pregnancy remarks but it is not always a compliment. For women who have had miscarriages, have been trying unsuccessfully for a baby, or simply conscious about their weight it can be very distressing, triggering and also puts a lot of undue pressure on them. So unless someone has announced a pregnancy or told you then please be nice and DONT COMMENT OR CONGRATULATE them on one.
“Trust me when the time is right I welcome pregnancy (twins please Lord!👶🏽👶🏽) and starting a family at God’s time. But until I’ve said I’m expecting please stop with the pregnancy comments. I’ll have no patience for them anymore and any one who writes such comments will get BLOCKED.
“To those who mean well, thank you so much, I do love you all💛 But to the amebos please be amebos elsewhere 😁. It’s pressure enough being a woman, so let’s not add to it. Happy Sunday.”