Certain people really inspire me. I love it when someone sees challenges but beyond the challenges they find opportunities. Like Pastor Paul Adefarasin once said (chai, I'm a good listener mehn, if I say so myself) people miss opportunities because most opportunities are dressed up as difficulty and looks like hardwork.
So yesterday one of Yoko's friends who I've known for a while was with us. I can't remember the topic of conversation but she, Yoko, NK and I were talking about properties and where one can possibly purchase same on the Island that wouldn't drive one completely hungry. It was then Chi said she got hers about a year ago at Ibeju Lekki, a few plots, one plot costing 800k. I turned to the slender unassuming 24yr old. Chi has landed property?!!!
Now I know for a fact that Chi isn't necessarily from a rich home, her family is pretty ok but I've always known the girl to be a hustler. Today I wanted to know more so I raised the topic and she told me it's basically her savings from several years; allowances, gifts, the odd job here and there...
I began to look at her with some respect that wasn't there before.
Today when I got out of the bathroom I heard her speaking crisply to someone on the phone, the words caught my attention; "I don't care what you do or how you do it, all I know is that I must turn profit..." Again I was hooked so of course I questioned her and she informed me that she opened a shawarma stall in NYSC camp Lagos. She told me she opened one in Ajah last year (age 23) and in her words "business is never how you expect it to be". She invested so much money to make it big and eye-catching but she never turned any profit. Instead of closing shop she decided to become more aggressive, employed a few staff and put up smaller stalls in much busier locales.
Wow! My respect went up five notches. Le kwa obele nwa o! She this small geh. LOL.
So yes, Service ended a couple of years back and with no jobs in sight she refused to stay home and lament, she chose instead to create her own opportunities and so far it's working for her. I know business isn't for everyone but you've just got to respect a woman that knows how to get on the grind and move ahead, especially a very young one at that. I'm inspired.
That said, I thank God for a very successful outing. It went well, the guests were happy and the couple is very satisfied with the outcome. Yoko, I remember seeing you with those your friends when we were children all below age 10 and I wished I was one of you guys; the cool kids. I remember getting into QC and seeing you there although you were a year my senior. I remember how for the next five years we'd see each other and look away awkwardly; we knew we knew each other, we just didn't think we knew each other enough to say Hi, so we never spoke a word. Then I remember how in 1st year in the University you'd come from Awka to Enugu during the weekend to see Chocolate, one weekend Chocolate was too preoccupied so you had no one to talk to and I thought; poor girl, let me just talk to her. And from that second we became sisters. I love you girl, I wish you and Chidi complete happiness and a blissful union.
PS; I hate cyber bullying, it's put me off certain blogs and I wouldn't have it here either. I will delete any comments insulting or bullying any blog reader once I see it. If you have something against someone else you either find a polite way to get your message across or skip their comments. Try it, it works. Trying so hard to hurt someone you don't even know is a reflection of your own self. Ruthylicious is dear to me and I wouldn't stand by and watch her get picked on when all she's doing is making my blog livelier. You don't have to agree with everyone but PLEASE try to respect others. Thanks a lot.
And just before you decide to transfer your aggression to me I take God beg you, please don't kill my vibe. Let's all be happy. *Kisses*.