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Hey BellaNaijarians! Here’s your chance to win some glam gifts in Marcy Dolapo Oni‘s Christmas giveaway!

The festive season is here and Dolapo is currently conducting a Christmas giveaway tagged ‘Marcy’s Christmas Giveaway’. She has been giving away items from her personal wardrobe over the past couple of days, and so far, there have been 12 lucky winners.

And now, Dolapo is giving one lucky BellaNaija reader the opportunity to be the final winner in the giveaway.

You stand a chance to win a combination of the items listed below:

    • A bottle of Baileys Irish Cream donated by Baileys
    • Mink Lashes donated byMy Extensionz
    • Olori DamageBeGone Deep Conditioning & Restorative Treatment donated by Olori cosmetics
    • Statement neck piece donated by Butterfly Jewellery Nigeria
    • Natural body scrub donated by Meidei
    • Lycra top and wrapper donated by IroLagos
    • Autographed copy of Seyi Shay’s Album donated by Seyi Shay
    • A Gift Voucher worth N20,000 to shop at Desire1709fashion (donated by the store)

As you may know, Dolapo had to overcome various obstacles in her career before becoming successful. For instance, she was unemployed for a year after graduating from drama school, and she went on many auditions and had to endure people telling her ‘no’ for a long time. However, she didn’t give up and she kept pushing — and here she is today! She is thankful to her fans for supporting her during her journey, and she says:

“I decided to do the 12 days of Christmas Giveaway because I am all for giving back. I get a lot of positive feedback from my followers on social media and a lot of encouragement which has played a big part in my journey till date. So this is a way of celebrating them especially during this season of giving.”

How to Participate 

Answer the following question by leaving a comment on this post:

      1. Describe a challenge you have experienced in your career, and how you have overcome it
      2. The comment must include:
        • Your name
        • Your Answer
        • Leave your real email address in the contact box. You will be contacted via email, please check your spam folder!
      3. Entries will be reviewed, and a winner will be chosen

Terms and Conditions

By participating in this competition, you fully agree and accept the individual terms and conditions

    • This competition is open to individuals aged 18 years and above only
    • Only participants who reside in Nigeria are eligible to participate
    • Any previous winner for Dolapo’s 12days of Christmas giveaway on social media will not be qualified to take part in this competition
    • Neither BellaNaija nor the Organisers of the giveaway will be held liable for any entry not received for whatever reason
    • No cash alternative will be offered for any prizes
    • All prizes are non-refundable and non-transferable
    • The winner is entitled to just ONE item from each supporting brand except for the Natural Body Scrub donated by Meidei where TWO of the products may be given out.
    • Prizes are subject to availability and the organisers reserve the right to substitute any prize with another without giving notice.
    • The winner will be notified where the prizes can be collected
    • No employee of companies involved in this competition can take part as well as their associated, affiliated or subsidiary companies, families, agents, or anyone connected with the competition in any way
    • Entries for the competition will close on the 25th of December 2015
    • Entry into this competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Good luck!

90 Comments

  1. Annie

    December 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Annie is my name: When u started out my career as a banker, I never imagined how far people are willing to go just to meet their targets. When I got my own share of the target, I had colleagues advising me to go and use what I have to get what I want. I can assure you, this was really challenging but at the end of the day, I was able to get so many of these men to open accounts without having to sell my body. I just has to make them see reasons as to why those funds should be kept with my bank. I’m sure bankers will understand the plight of meeting your targets.

    • Damilola

      December 24, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Forget about the (smh) giveaway rewuirement, it’s encouraging and refreshing to hear people’s personal struggle and how they overcame. I pray, God will meet these people at the point of their need. God bless those who are in desperate need of YOUu to provide, protect and blessings in Jesus name.

  2. madman

    December 23, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    story on top of donated items… LMAO~

    Nigerians though…

  3. nnenna

    December 23, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Name: Nnenna
    I’m a nurse by profession. last year, I had to move from Abuja to government hospital in Akwa, Anambra state because the private hospital I was working in Abuja, did not pay me for months and my three children were all in the university. I did not want them to realize how difficult our finances had gotten (i’m a divorced mother). When I finally arrived at Awka, I was demoted from the position of matron to regular night nurse. So instead of the 90,000 naira I was promised, instead I was earning 60,000 and things were hard for us but we were able to manage until they stopped paying us all together. I have not been paid since August of this year and we had been feeding from hand to mouth. I started looking for a way to work an extra job, I finally used my savings to open a pure water supply stand. That was how I was able to overcome the hunger that was almost killing my children and I. As I write this, the pure water supply may not be a lot, but just having my own business and knowing that I did not have to rely solely on the government has really helped me. Not only did it give me a confidence boost, but my kids have an example to follow,

    • ATL's finest

      December 23, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      Awwwww Nnena dear! U’re highly blessed & favoured. May the good lord see U through & send U a Helper IJN. Chai a whole Matron /Nurse N90,000 -N60,000. Hmmm it is well.

    • mrs chidukane

      December 23, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Wow @Nnenna, well-done. So proud of your drive. Keep it up!

    • May

      December 23, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Awwwww! How I wish you live in the states. You make the 60,000naira in like 2hrs. 🙁 gosh

    • DD

      December 24, 2015 at 5:52 am

      Well done Nnenna, God will continue to bless you and your children.

  4. Abegi

    December 23, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    On top giveaway? All these requirement,I just received 20k from linda without stress.

    • Ba

      December 23, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      That’s a challenge

  5. Elizabeth

    December 23, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    My name is Elizabeth, I am a trained veterinary Scientist and an Economist. Having two degrees, a Banker by profession, a wife and a mother to two wonderful kids has been very challenging and rewarding. As a woman I have always prayed to be the best in all I do. Having worked in different sectors in Nigeria and seeing how women grow in their work places while maintaining the home front is commendable. I have been having major challenges with the males in my team as the team head of my team, the men find it difficult to work with women that have leading positions or heading department but as a rule I have been able to overcome this by showing that a particular person can’t achieve the set goal alone as we all need to work as a TEAM to achieve the bank’s vision and mission. It’s been a tactic that has helped me sail through and get my deliverables.
    We can never over emphasize the advantages of teamwork.

    Thanks Dolapo for this opportunity to share this aspect of my life.

  6. gideon akinwale

    December 23, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I spend about eleven years in secondary school from 1990 to 2000 and I thought that is the end of my life that I don’t have any good thing to achieve in the future,but latter took courage to move forward,now I have my certificate of diploma in theology,since then I realise that downfall of a man is not the end of his life.

  7. ojo ekundayo

    December 23, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Ojo ekundayo : well it may not make any sense to you guys but it was really not funny… As a fatherless boy who has only o’levels result.. Who doesn’t have a sponsor to help me attain my tertiary institution dreams… I went into interior decoration thinking that would help…. I was working under someone, I didn’t pay to learn so each time we go to work I get little tip which is not enough to even buy another jamb form….. I was not happy with that… But couldn’t stop cos na hunger go waya me die…. I didn’t relent, always prayed for God’s intervention…. At some point I quitted the job cos I go through a lot of stress for little money…. But I had no choice than to continue cos being in life without a father is like being in a cool hell….. Well am not saying this cos of the gifts, just want all fatherless, motherless or orphans to never relent or think of doing yahoo yahoo and other bad things but to be determined…… I was determined, I didn’t pay to learn that, was paid little money but now I do work myself…. Get other contracts… Tho M still gathering money for school, am never broke….

  8. ATL's finest

    December 23, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Hahajhahahaj human beings & freebies.! I like my people jare na wa.

    Bravo Dolly for I am your #1 fan & all the same, Christmas is all about giving. So, God bless U plenty
    . Abeg where’s the pop corn seller? I know this involves a donation so this comment section is about to be #FLOODED#.

    • Girlfromipanema

      December 23, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      I am here ooo…in the spirit of giving,I also give you free drink of your choice to go with your popcorn ??

      On a more serious note sha if I have to vote Nnena gets my vote,in my opinion health workers should be rewarded handsomely not with meagre pay which is so withheld for months jeez!

  9. nneoma

    December 23, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    I suddenly found myself once again in d labour market few years ago.I had gone to work as usual only to b given a sack letter.took me about a year of intensive job searching to realise that ‘wetin dey for sokoto dey for my shokoto’.i created my own business.am a ceo even if of a small business.yea its gonna grow.anyways i am glad for that sack letter.it was d catalyst for my self discovery. ok dats my story.i want either d necklace or d lycra top plus ankara material r d voucher.thank u

  10. zee

    December 23, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    My Name?..Zainab
    After secondary school, I wanted to either go to the university or get a steady incme paying job. JAMB jammed me for the next 2 consecutive years, s instead I decided to look for a steady income paying job instead. The year I applied for the government job, with my SSCE, I has issues with my mother who accused me of sleeping with the employment agents for the job. As much as I tried to convince her otherwise, the more she accused me. I finished the whole recruitment process for the job only to go home and my mother asked me to leave her house..dad was dead and there was no where else to go. I packed my bags and some little transport money still left on me and went to Ogun state. The result of the job recruitment came out and I wasn’t taken. I was distraught but determined. I didn’t know anyone in ogun state so I was squatting in a Redeemed church. I stayed there until my mum calmed down and called me back home; sending 10,000 naira in the process. I refused to go home, instead I decided to stay with a family, got employment at a phone company and worked there till the following year. I applied again for the government job and got it. Me and mum settled our differences and right now, I am grateful to God for my job, my family and hope, because with hope, I strived for more. And in case you are wondering,I didn’t have to sleep with any government official. I am grateful to God.
    [email protected]

  11. Deborah

    December 23, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I think mine should be my divorced parents both refusing to accept responsibility of my school fees and pushing it back and forth between them. 5years in school wasn’t a joke. it was always a mystery to my friends, having parents that are financially ok but I struggled to pay my fees and feed.
    How I survived; God, Amazing friends and my fellowship in school-I didn’t have to sell my body fortunately. I just got my certificate last month and now I need a job to take care of myself and my brother.

  12. OMODON .B. JESSICA

    December 23, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I graduated in 2011 and was posted to kogi state precisely lokoja where I worked in a radio and television house as a marketer, radio and television presenter. I was not posted there but my quest to add more value to myself took me there. I needed to work and save for my post graduate program so i started saving right from the first allowance the federal government paid and with all my day to day expense including starting a networking cosmetic business called (FM) Federico Mahora products from Poland. I was able to save 300,000 while i redeemed my vow to God for a successful service year. I left Lokoja for Lagos in 2012 did a professional course in presentation with radio Nigeria that costed me 200,000 while surviving with the little i make from the sales.I waited for a white collar job and one day my former program assistant producer called me requesting for some of the cosmetics worth 75,000.
    I closed my account to order for the products from poland with confidence that he will pay me at month end as promise but to no avail as i waited endlessly till date. This singular act almost took my life because i was always crying feeling sad for ever trusting my boss. I then decided to continue my search for job and finally got one almost a year later with little pay as a marketer . The very first salary i received got me enrolled in a souvenir bag making business as i was not ready to depend on any man for survivor. After three months in that company my boss stared making passes at me so i had to resign before it get worst. i went into learning the souvenir bag making business full time and few weeks after i quit my job i was throw out of the house by a friend in favor of her sister due to parental pressures but with God i was able to start my after six months instead of one years plan while sharing a room and parlor with my pastor and his family. God used people to favor me with two sewing machines and jobs where coming so i rented a room self apartment around Alagbole Ogun state and train other youths for free until February no job came so i decided to go back to the labor market while waiting for any souvenir job because i have bills to pay with any one to depend on and finally God gave me a good job on the island where i now work till date while i pay the people i train to do my souvenir jobs when i have contracts from any state.
    This is my success story
    Thanks.

    • mrs chidukane

      December 23, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      Wow, you’re an amazing person. I pray your business keeps soaring, well-done!

  13. Different Shades of Nigerian

    December 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    All this to receive 20k or eye lashes. Dolapo should know better, stop humiliating people. If you want give, give and not set up ridiculous conditions. What are you planning to do with their essays? Read it and go eya, come and collect Baileys. Nonsense!!! If you were telling them to write this long epistle to receive 1 million naira to start a business then I will understand. I dont blame you sha, the poverty in Nigeria is too much.

    • mrs chidukane

      December 23, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      True, the prizes are rubbish but getting to hear people’s stories how they overcame their obstacles has really encouraged me.

    • tgirl

      December 23, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      i tire oooo, and see people writing essay! very soon toke would start her own and add 30k to it

    • dupsy

      December 23, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      I am with you on this comment. Please Dolapo what is the objective of this giveaway? I was initially excited and happy about it because I felt people will have the opportunity to express how they have overcome hurdles in their lives, but the monetary compensation doesn’t justify all their personal stories being published for everyone to read. At least give them something not less than 100,000 naira to help them with their business or work or even to pay them for all their private information they are divulging for the world to read. The poverty in Nigeria is really palpable for people to feel so inclined to write about their lives to receive eye lash or a bottle of Baileys or ankara! Why don’t you try to get sponsors who can at least impact the lives of these people ( you don’t have to rush it, you can do proper planning with your brand management people). For me, this give away doesn’t have an effective strategy or outcome for the people involved.

    • Honeycrown

      December 24, 2015 at 12:49 am

      After reading the comments, I had to go back and read again what she was giving away. I thought I must have somehow missed where she mentioned a lump sum or some substantial life changing opportunity. All this story just to get some Penkelemes. Not fair at all sha! ?

    • Nne

      December 24, 2015 at 4:25 am

      And to think that the give away is actually freebies subject to availability by some companies. SMH!

  14. peace jumbo

    December 23, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    My name is Peace Jumbo, when I was posted to Nigerian Law school, Yola in the 2014 April batch, my Dad didn’t want me to go because of the unrest in the state, my fiance wanted me to defer the admission because he felt Yola was too far (we live in Port Harcourt and it was my first time to be sent out to school outside rivers state) we tried to change it which didn’t work so I decided to go because I felt God had a reason for my going to Yola. Few weeks after I got there, I found out I was pregnant with twins, I was so scared, so far from home and family, but I still believed God had plans for me because I battled PCOS for almost 1year before then so I became strong and carried on my class and pre class activities. I later lost one of the babies due to stress but carried one to term. We came back for our court/chamber attachment then I had my baby and realise it was soo difficult for me to combine motherhood and study, I wasn’t reading, I was always tired, I started thinking of dropping out of law school, my now husband even asked me to defer as he felt I won’t be able to make it as I was far behind. When it was time for our law school MCQ exams, I wasn’t prepared but I left my three month old with my mother-in-law and traveled to Yola for 1day to write the exams, after the exams, I cried because I know I didn’t do well, I had forgotten all I read in school, I was so sure I didn’t want to return but my uncle advised me to finish it up, everyone around me encouraged me, my sister-in-law asked me to “read with my last blood” and because of what my dad went through to raise the money for my law school tuition, I decided to finish it up to make him proud, so I stayed back home until my baby was 4months old, weaned her temporarily off breast milk(with hopes of continuing when I return) and went back to school with just 6weeks left. When it was time for my portfolio assessment for the chamber/court attachment, I was full of confidence even though I flopped on some questions, after that day, I read day and night like my life depended on it, I fasted and prayed and also had a few friends who knew my struggles and they also coached me, I stayed up everyday till 4-5am to study because I was way behind as I missed a lot of lectures and also private study. After the Bar finals, I went back home (and continued breastfeeding my baby who is now a year old) with this mantra “it will end in praise” and I recited it everyday. On the day our results were posted, I was very down with malaria, I couldn’t even get up from my bed to look for my exam number so I could check my result but one of my reading partner called to congratulate me, I made it, it ended in Praise!! I was called to the Nigerian Bar on the 20th of October 2015. This is how I overcame the hurdles in my career path, through serious study and prayer.

  15. Okiemute

    December 23, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I won’t say I have got much of career but I’m making the most of what I’ve been blessed with. I finished service mid 2013 and was full of hope that a job would come almost immediately but nothing turned up. I got married same year and kept hoping something would turn but fast-forward to 2015 and nothing has. Instead of waiting for paid employment and doing nothing I set up one of the spare rooms in the house, it’s become a sewing room. I learnt to make clothes during one of those prolonged ASSU strikes and now I’m terribly grateful to God I did. It’s become more than a hobby because it brings in income. It’s not being easy but I’d like to think I have done well for myself. I may not make as much as I’d like to but I make enough to pay myself and buy little things for our home that alone fills me with pride. This giveaway would make my holidays a fab one! Looking forward to 2016! ([email protected])

  16. Spunky

    December 23, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Story! Story!!story!!! Buh are these requirements/conditions really necessary? Huh?

  17. olanma

    December 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Body scrub, necklace, eyelashes.. for what… These are the gifts you give when someone ‘likes’ what you’ve posted on social media or something. It’s a tad mediocre and insulting for people spilling their guts, most emotional no doubt.The prizes are a bit shabby. It’s like telling a dog to bark to get a bone. Monetary gift or some kind of leg up entrepreneurially would have sufficed. The fact that it’s free is irrelevant. Don’t give because others are doing the same.

    • Nnechi Spicy

      December 24, 2015 at 9:30 am

      I wish I could ‘like’, ‘re-like’ nd ‘liken’ your comment. A comment up there puts it succinctly ‘spilling my family secrets for a pair of eyelashes’!
      Well I hope people are encouraged by the story.

  18. Abim

    December 23, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    The greatest challenges in my career is polities ,highservice at work and humiliation and runing each other down. I overcame it by deligency, ignore and I make my work speak for me.

    • Nnechi Spicy

      December 24, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Chineke Nna, you mean POLITICS, EYE SERVICE, RUNNING…DILIGENCE

  19. www.thelmathinks.com

    December 23, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Please can someone giveaway return tickets to some exotic country, and without these many many requirements… Thank you.

  20. Tamunotonye

    December 23, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    all this tory on top baileys kwa? Toh….

  21. amy

    December 23, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    My name is Amara… I finished my OND and decided to go for a direct entry… So I bought the form, filled it and applied Faith believing that I will pass.. the result came out buh i didn’t make it… I felt bad….i decided to try again… I tried the second time but to no avail… I gave up and decided to go back for HND.. So i got a form for my HND..but i wasn’t satisfied wit going back after loosing so many years… I decide to try again, this time i was always positive…every negative thing around me, i turned it positive… I prayed, read my books and bible.. And i Believed GOD to see me tru..until He heard me…….
    My challenges were people’s discouragement…. Nobody encouraged me during those period…. Nobody seem to care… Not even an encouraging words…. But i encouraged my self in God and kept moving….. [email protected]

  22. Miss Shee

    December 23, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Hehehe, my life story and all I get is baileys to ruin the good life of how I overcame. Come on for such gifts make it the first to comment or something else. I bet you this post will be flooded if you had made it simpler. I feel deprived typing opinion about this…., I’m not saying you should do otherwise so I can be a lucky winner of eyelashes because we outside nigeria have already been excluded.

  23. Andrew

    December 23, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    This is ridiculous anyway not surprised Linda IKeji has turned Nigerians into internet beggars but atleast hers is for cash.. To put people through this for ridiculous gifts is actually unfair. Your husband is a royalty.You can do better

    • emma

      December 24, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      What do you mean by she has turned Nigerians into Ebeggers? Is she forcing anyone to beg her for money? The blame should be directed to the Nigerian economy that has made the average Nigerian so poor that they will even embarrass themselves for money. Many people in western countries do giveaways and people still beg for the prize but they don’t sound as desperate as Nigerians.

  24. sophia

    December 23, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    my comments are never posted #notfair

  25. Dance with Peter Finale

    December 23, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Pls when is the final episode of Dance with peter? .
    Can you kindly provide a link or something. thank u bella Naija .

  26. me

    December 23, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    But how can people write all of this for a bottle of Baileys? Does it make sense? Just do and give people. So I will pay transport to collect one drink or fix lashes, have I eaten? How about bags of rice? Chicken or even sow deeply into someone’s life. All of this narratives so far, does it seem like eye lashes is what they need? Or is it Sheyi shays CD that they need.

    Am vexed. This is more than embarrassing. How does the experience add up to the prizes? Common now, let’s not open ourselves up to insult with these seeming good gestures that mean nothing. Dolapo, is this what you gave your own siblings this xmas? Be sincere to yourself, and if your answer is no then talk to your self. No cash gift even from you personally, what did you do? Collect different things from people and run to Bellanaija. And yes, I’ve reached out to a lot of people this xmas. People honestly need help this xmas and not this. Thank you very much

  27. Tunmi

    December 23, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I am so honored to have read these stories. You guys are giving ME the strength to continue.

  28. priceless

    December 23, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I love Elizabeth’ comments, she I’d such a friend

  29. nne007

    December 23, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    I’m not trying to be a hater or bad belle, but the giveaways its not worth the life story. My life story for Baileys, lashes, album, deep conditioner, body scrub and a 20,000 naira voucher i have to use at just one shop only. If the Voucher can be swapped with cash better. Alot of people will make better use of the cash and not all the nonsense items listed here. Pleaseeeeeeeee comeback for better give away.

  30. mbanugo benny

    December 23, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    my name is Benny a 400 level student above average I must add I have a passion for the art of BEAUTY make up facial treatments etc .been trying to get the capital to start up my business all to no avail .I have well to do relatives that stink of money but no one has any when I plead for help.feeding is a major problem when am in school.so I decided to start little I fix hair for my course mates and lodgemates ,do pedicure and manicure ,shape brows and I recently started hiring make up kits to make up brides .I am a lizard who fell from a height and nodded to acknowledge himself .I congratulate my that I can source for myself and my younger sister in school at age 21 .school fees excluded o my dad pays that but I cover my house rent

    • Nnechi Spicy

      December 24, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Imagine this Benny guy? What will one bottle of baileys or a pair of eyelashes do for him? Will he fix it?

  31. John Deborah

    December 23, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Hello Dolapo,
    My name is John Deborah,a graduate of lagos city polytechnic,though wasn’t easy for me because I have cleft and palate,is very hard for people to hear me,I get rejected once I have interview with my employer,asked myself why am I created,but didn’t give up I try not to be shy and to always open up anywhere I am,once day I was asked to supervise a project and I did it well.thanks and God bless you in return.

  32. JU

    December 23, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    You all are getting it wrong the gifts maybe small but writing down all you have been through this year brings a huge relief, Its basically not about the prizes to be won but alot of people are going through challenges and besides its a way to promote brands
    So if you want to win money you can go on linda ikeji since you want the fastest way to get money.
    Although dolapo and bellanaija you should have a knowledge of the people that come to the blog that they are mostly elites who would love to have return tickets or vouchers
    Dolapo you can add 5k voucher to sweet kiwi or hans and rene

    • Mz_daniels

      December 25, 2015 at 3:09 am

      Then she should ask people to share their stories to encourage people not insult them with the prizes.

      Methinks this is as condescending as can be. In a bid not to be an LIB, some of us be insulting Nigerians.

      I still don’t see what’s wrong in rewarding loyal blog readers with a gift but if you’re so against it and want to tie it to encouraging stories, then do it respectfully.

      How about an internship with House of Tara, Shop Maju, Genevive Magazine etc, a short course at the Lagos Business School. Little money to be placed in an account for people, possible mentorship programmes?

      No, we just had to dehumanize people with Baileys and eyelashes. 20K shopping voucher? I can only laugh.

  33. Chic_hijabi

    December 24, 2015 at 12:08 am

    I don’t live in Nigeria so I definitely don’t qualify but I still want to share. Like a few other Nigerians I know I moved to the U.S after high school and while it has not been easy two jobs and all I managed to graduate. Through this time you keep hearing from your friends who have parents paying for their school, room and food telling you how lucky you are to be in America. Now don’t get me wrong, I guess, I am lucky but I am not completely sure about that yet. My Dad passed away almost 20 years ago I have two younger siblings and an aging mother I had not seen in 8 years. After graduating with a Political Science degree I was lucky enough to get a job with the city with everything set, I decided it was time to go visit home. The condition my mother was living in was deplorable, she saved every penny I sent to pay for both my siblings schooling. They both are in higher institutions and the demands are just unending. I am not sure I can describe every emotion I felt at the time, shame, sadness but the guilt was for some reason the most overwhelming. Everything I had was spent renovating that space before I left. Her prayers were endless. On getting back to America my department had been consolidated, I had been let go and could get unemployment for three months. Thus my quest to get a job began. I had just spent every dime I had, I was on a lease with my apartment with no source of income. I am not going to get into how hard it was but I did not get a callback from an interview till 7 months later. Life is better now, Alhamdulillah. 2015 has not been the best but the coming years will be beyond amazing for us all.

    • DD

      December 24, 2015 at 5:55 am

      Thank God things are better now, well done for looking after your mum, you and yours will always be blessed for it.

    • Chic_hijabi

      December 24, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Amin, thank you!!! May you and yours be blessed as well.

  34. Modupeola

    December 24, 2015 at 12:39 am

    I’m a student. I was doing a pre degree program at funaab last year. I never missed class. But on the day of my jamb because anyone doing that program will write jamb but will get admission quickly.. I had an accident with my dad. I got to the center late, did 3 out of 4 subjects and didn’t reach the cut off Mark when the result was out. I cried and cried because it seems I’m been ignored by friends that I teach accounts. I then decided to go to a Polytechnic which still make me feel bad today. I collected another jamb form with my money, studied hard and now I’ve been offered admission into the same school I did my pre degree. Thank you Lord

  35. Tari

    December 24, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Struggling to make up my mind on this.
    However, my initial conclusion is that there is genuine poverty in the land.
    Uplifting stories though. May all the posters who have written their struggles continually soar in their pursuits and remain testimonies.

  36. TheManInThePinkSuit

    December 24, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Well, I hope I win the 20k So I can shop to get my girlfriend a christmas gift. She will actually be embarrased that I had to do this. Well, here is the sad but true story. I got laid off from my job at Zenith bank(Gbagada branch) eleven months ago , case of some rubbish money error bla bla bla.If you had ever been ‘de-jobbed’ You will understand how I felt I am finished. I couldnt go out at all. To make matters was, i have more suits and shirt than i have money in my wallet.(Why will i be writing for 20k if not) After some moves a friend invited me to cchub in Sabo,(cchub is a tech hub) I am still unhappy and at a loss of what to do, but with encouragement from friends I took up a challenge to enter into a mobile app development competition. Since i studied computer science, it was easy to get to start something. The app we created couldnt be finished on time so we couldnt make the competition cut, but another PR friend who saw the app, encouraged us to still finish it with the promise to market it. With the buzz around the upcoming app, my spirit is lifted again and i now actually have more hope that 2016 will be a far better year and then I can actually get ahead. So with the help of friends, encouragements, hope, will to survive, some skills I was able to reinitaiate a bouncing back. Though still broke but very hopefull and optimistic that I have a product to look up to in the coming year. Thats the story peeps. HOpe i win.Then this will surely be part of my biography.

    • very wrong

      December 24, 2015 at 11:59 pm

      if it is bcos of your girlfriend, you dont have to do this
      she should understand your plight
      does that mean you can steal to please your gf too?
      you are adults i suppose? anyone who cannot stay in your life during the storm is not entitled to stay during the glow.

  37. omotomiwa

    December 24, 2015 at 4:26 am

    My name is omotomiwa.
    When I graduated high school I thought things would be easy for me. I passed my jamb and o’levels, yet admission was a big problem as I didn’t gain any for two year. My proposed course was mass communication. When I didn’t get admission I thought of looking for someone in the media to intern for as a pa or something even if it was free, I wanted someone who worked in line of my career so I could get mentored and also learn the things I wouldn’t get from class but sadly, I didn’t get anyone to help with that either even after apply on jobberman and all. So I had some money I decided to invest in selling of clothes, well thirty thousand naira, I gave the money to a lady I met that initiated the idea and said she would shop for me at lower prices and i’d add my profit then sell. All off a sudden this lady was no where to be found. She took my money and her number wasn’t going through anymore. Till date I never told anyone about this, even my mum. My mum kept questioning where and what I used the money for, I lied that I borrowed a friend who hasn’t paid back. All I wanted was to start building a career foundation for myself, I was so pained but now I’m starting a professional course in public relation by next. I’m just waiting for classes to begin April. And I’m praying intensively I don’t go through so much pain as I did in the last two year.
    Thank you for reading

  38. viv

    December 24, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Elizabeth’ experience makes me have so much hope. Women are strong people

  39. olisa lizzo

    December 24, 2015 at 5:38 am

    well thank God am finally a singer after all d sturbborn challenges I met on d way

  40. Tosin

    December 24, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Please I want to donate my mascara. Mascara nowadays is too hard-core. When you put make-up on your eyelashes and your nose starts running, you know say overtake don overtake overtake. Luckily there was some natural oil (shea butter) around that I could use to clean the rubbish off, meanwhile my eyes were stinging and crying. It’s two things – the mascara (I don’t know if it’s made of petrol or vodka or what), and the brush (chuku-chuku with 10001 bristles. I think it’s made for fake lashes not for normal human beings.)
    Life is not that hard abeg.
    I’ll try to find some normal mascara soon, or maybe beg for another stick of that Forever Living mascara I had last year.

    • Chic_hijabi

      December 24, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Lol, do you want to do your own separate giveaway or just add the mascara to Dolapo’s things?

  41. precious

    December 24, 2015 at 8:17 am

    hmmm!!!! Just when u think ur problems are wey bigger. am inspired!! thanks dolapo for this platform .its not just abt d vouchers, pple! think abt the encouragement u get from these stories, i woke up with a heavy heart this morning, but going through these comments has given me a reason to press on. glory days ahead

  42. Stephanie

    December 24, 2015 at 8:48 am

    My name is Stephanie. This year has been really tough for me. The company I’m working with started owing salaries and are still owing up till now. I have even lost count. It’s especially hard for me because I am a very independent person and I hate being a burden to people,i don’t know how to borrow. And I have a mum who is a widow and my siblings are not working. I have done countless of tests and interviews and none of them have worked out. And even though my situation hasn’t changed, I believe there is nothing God cannot do and its still possible for me to get a job before this year runs out. I have never for once allowed myself to be depressed or sad or cried and I am always smiling, you will never know what is going on except I tell you. I am positive everyday and still pushing.. I send my CV everywhere and make applications everyday. I will not relent because I have to make an impact on this country and the world at large.

  43. BUKOLA

    December 24, 2015 at 9:19 am

    name: Bukola

    AFTER GRADUATING SECONDARY SCHOOL IN 2011, I COULDN’T GAIN ADMISSION INTO THE UNIVERSITY SO I DECIDED TO USE MY TALENT TO BE A PRESENTER. I SENT 12 PROPOSALS AND THEY ALL GOT REJECTED. I REMEMBER I HAD TO BEG FOR MONEY AND I GOT #150 AND GAVE IT TO MY MUM FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR TO SHARE AND WHEN MY MUM ASKED ME HOW I GOT IT, I TOLD HER I FOUND IT IN ONE OF MY POCKETS. WHEN THINGS GOT TOUGH, I HAD TO GET A JOB AS A SALES GIRL AND EVERYONE KNEW ME AS THE BEGGAR IN THE SHOP. WHENEVER I WAS SENT OUT TO GET SOMETHING, I WOULD WALK TO THAT PLACE JUST SO I’LL SAVE THE MONEY AND TAKE IT HOME TO MY PARENTS TO EAT WITH. FAST FORWARD TO THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR, I GOT ADMISSION INTO LASU BUT IT WAS WITHDRAWN BECAUSE I COULDN’T PAY AN ACCEPTANCE FEE OF 10,300. HAD TO GET ANOTHER JOB AS A PETROL SALES ATTENDANT BECAUSE THE OTHER SHOP CLOSED DOWN BUT I DIDN’T GET THE JOB.
    BUT THANK GOD NOW, I’LL BE STARTING MY OWN YOUTUBE SHOW NEXT YEAR AND CURRENTLY AN UNDERGRADUATE STUDYING HISTORY AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IN LASU TO RESUME NEXT YEAR AFTER WAITING FOR 4 YEARS

    P.S: PLEASE PARDON MY PUNCTUATION, NOT TO GOOD WITH IT

  44. Chinwe

    December 24, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Quite inspiring

  45. Chinwe

    December 24, 2015 at 10:58 am

    My name is Chinwe. One of the challenges I experienced in my career is non payment of NYSC corpers by the state I am serving in which is Rivers state. After staying at home for six months after internship before NYSC mobilisation (because I had a baby towards the end of the internship), I started my NYSC with the hope that my financial situation will improve. I later discovered that the state does not pay youth corpers a dime apart from the 19, 800 naira federal government allowance. I work in a hospital where I put in a lot everyday and yet have little time to find other places I can work to supplement my meagre income. I just started buying and selling some medical equipment such as glucometers and Sphigmomanometers(Blood pressure checking apparatus). This has helped me to some extent to overcome the underemployment situation in my life. I hope to add other equipments as I grow in the business.

  46. Nzube

    December 24, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I Oliora Nzubechi A. was a terrible student, no matter how hard I tried to read I just couldn’t understand, it always seemed like the letters and numbers were dancing in my eyes, this was one of the biggest challenges I had as a growing student, I could talk and explain but I couldn’t read and write, so I couldn’t put whatever I knew on paper and this was responsible for my terribly standardized test scores and below average grades in primary and the first half of my secondary school. But if test scores and grades were a truer
    indicator of future success, i never would have been
    able to accomplish any achievement in my life today, despite these childhood setbacks I was able to fight for my own ideas and dream, with commitment to study, the help and support of my friends and Teachers I was able to overcome that challenge, wrote my WAEC and passed once with distinction, Wrote JAMB and passed, applied for admission into Nnamdi Azikiwe University and IMO state university, I was offered admission in both at the age of sixteen, and in IMO state University I scored the highest in the post UTME scoring 360/400.
    I’m not just writing to win this but also to show you all a perfect example of how limitations should
    never hold you back. Whether those limitations exist in your
    physical capabilities, resource access, or somewhere else,
    there is virtually no obstacle that cannot be overcome.
    History is full of leaders who overcame objective limitations
    to change the world.

    Thank you I love you all.
    Merry Xmas
    [email protected]

  47. Molokwu linda onyekachi

    December 24, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    My name is molokwu linda onyekachi.
    Thank you for an opportunity like this
    I would say the major challenge in my career didnt start today but had the biggest battle in 2015 but i can stand now,look back and only say Glory to God almighty for the jorney so far.
    I paid my way through the university by doing a part time job,it was a job that was frowned at from the part of nigerian i come from because of what the job exposes one to but i did it anyways ( working in a hotel as a waitress,receptionst) because i knew my reasons for being there, grateful to God, i graduated with no finacial support from uncles or relatives.
    Count 2years down d line and no job afterwards,eventually got a marketing job for sales of machines based on commissions which wasn’t eve

  48. Smackdown

    December 24, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I am convinced this girl is paying bellanaija some small Kobo. After she set off a Big Bang with her wedding and things simmered down a bit, it looks like she’s trying to stay in the limelight.

    • emma

      December 24, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      You do know that she’s a TV presenter right? So she can’t just disappear like that.

  49. Deborah uwadia

    December 24, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Yes I wanted to win all the freebies but seeing these stories above I feel they all deserve it more than I do… Congrats to the winner and may God make 2016 a greater year for us all

  50. Msfunmibi

    December 24, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Otapo Funmibi:I teach for a living.Since I was little I loved to impart knowledge.I fell in love with the teaching profession during my service year.I was posted to a town where education was not really valued.I tried to let the students know they could end up wearing a corp members uniform only if they stayed in school and kept their grades up.They didn’t listen and felt I was spending a few months and would be replaced by another.It was so frustrating that I vowed to stop teaching.A year later I found myself back in the classroom.I was able to gain my confidence.I’m still a teacher and i’m loving every minute of it

  51. kemi

    December 24, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I have been working at this place since 2008 without promotion.i had a baby in september 2014.resumed at the office in jan 2015 n i discovered i was pregnant again.upon resumption,i waa elevated though in an acting capacity.i was confused- i had a three month old baby at home,i was carrying anoda in my stomach n i was expected to deliver at the office.not a few people at the office told me how i had messed up my chance of getting promoted by getting pregnant again.i decided to give it my best shot n irrespective of my baby at home and the growing foetus in me,i threw myself into the job.dere were times i was tired n wanted to give it all up but i kept pushing even though i was a regular at the hospital with one health complaint after another.i acted from jan to aug when that fateful day i received a letter of promotion from the admin dept and guess wat, i got a double peomotion

  52. Luvnaija

    December 24, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Hi Stephane, if u are in Lagos can you send an email to me on chinedudotpavinaatgmaildotcom. I have a token for u and your siblings. Stay blessed

  53. morowoluwa

    December 24, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    t married in 2011. my marriage will be 4yrs on sunday(27th). I got pregnant in my final year just a month after our wedding, it all begun when my husband decided to go back to south africa(he was living in south Africa at the time we met) just a month i put to bed, he told me he would be going back to south africa. Pls note he was in nigeria all through the pregnancy period, we both decided he stayed back after our wedding because his job in south Africa was not a good pay job. We thought Nigeria will favour him as he is a graduate of olabisi onabanjo university. Through out the pregnancy period, it was the most toughest pregnancy period, i would never forget in my life but God took care of us. I had difficulties in my pregnancy stage. I was hospitalised for months at general hospital igando Lagos. We were scheduled for impromptu CS. Despite we used general hospital which is government hospital. We were asked to pay for an urgent bills for the CS. The money was just 58k, i was actually into buy and selling of clothes. i used the money i saved to get my baby things, bought some necessary things at home because at a time i and my husband were sleeping on the floor(tiles). We would placed our engagement aso oke on the floor so we wouldn’t feel the cold when sleeping. But there was this night it rained, i was 4months gone then. I was far asleep and my husband was having a prayer session, i started shaking at about 1:30am. My feet and palm were cold, was shaking so vigorously. My husband started crying *baby please am sorry we are going through this because we both knew sleeping on a tiling floor could cause Anemia*. Then i got up grap my rapper and slept on a sitting position cuddling eachother. Back to my hospital period, we got money from some of my customers that were owing me. Paid the bills. The doctor scheduled me for night operation 8:00pm, hmmmm i kept on to my Heavenly Father, kept praying and i was having contractions but i wasn’t dilating normally. Lo and behold i started shouting my baby is coming. That was about 7:52pm the matron came, then my beautiful baby was born(virginal delivery )at about 7:58pm. God knows i was scared of bn operate on. We lost 58k(it was not refundable)Fast forward to a month after, my husband decided we should all go to south Africa in which i agreed because our a year rent was going to expired in 4months. He travelled back, Then my clothing business was going on smoothly, we got money for the ticket even he has to go through burkina faso because we got cheap ticket. I couldn’t apply for i and daughter s visa untill she clocked 1yr as doctor advised us not to because she had an infection(neonatal sepsis)weeks after she was born. It’s been very hard for my daughter and i, had to leave our house cos there was no money to renew the rent. Also since we had a plan of going to join hubby, so we moved in to a family of mine house. We applied for the visa after my girl clocked 1, was denied. I cried bitterly at the vfs because the money we spent was gone just like that. I was pushing my clothing business, i got to save up.i moved out of my aunt s house, got my own apartment. At this time hubby started changing, he stopped calling as he used to, stop sending money to us even it was little amount i understood him and kept praying for him. Until Then i said to myself(keep your head straight Bukola for the sake of this baby girl,forget about husband for now). Now my girl is 3+, have been her mum in all. Been paying her fees,feeding,clothing,my houserent,utility bills all by myself, there are times my girl will fall sick and i would be running helter skelter to get hospital bills, times she ll be left alone in the creche whenever i am out for business, which my aunt s kids are registered in the same creche.. They will only pick their kids and leave mine in which that was what prompted me to moved out of my aunt s house because i knew maybe we had over stayed in their house. I thank God, Now i work as business development manager at a paint factory in which i bless the name of the Most HIGH for HIS Love over us.. Thank you.

    • morowoluwa

      December 24, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      It’s well with us all. Reading pple stories make me shed tears of joy. Kudos ya all.

  54. contentment is great gain

    December 24, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Ladies need to start being contented with what you have, where you are and what you are.

    This attitude of some here is what you see in their relationships too.

    They can do anything for freebies.

    Free food, money, trip, ticket, jewelry, cloth, shoe, bag…..

    many of you have sold your birthright cos of a plate of porridge. Many of you are with people you wouldn’t be with on a normal day but bcos of what you can get.

    i have so disciplined myself that i don’t struggle for souvenirs, food, gift items, freebies and what have you? what are they sharing or serving that i cant buy something better than that? A lady was disgraced just last week for stealing souvenirs. What are they sharing? whats the big deal in it?

    what is dolapo giving that you putting your life here? makeup, wine or what? can any of the items add an extra day to your life or better your life?

    what does that man want to give you that you want to degrade yourself? many begging for ticket money, begging guys to dash them xmas money…….and all manner of ridiculous things.

    dont you have some level of dignity and respect for yourself? will you die if you dont fly or buy that iphone? if you dont have it now, that doesn’t mean you will never have?

    if you see yourself as a beggar, you will forever remain one; if God can do for one, He will do for all. With hard work and due course of time, what you dont have now will come.

    stop looking down on yourself please

  55. Moroluwa

    December 25, 2015 at 12:06 am

    married 4years ago. I got pregnant in my final year just a month after our wedding, Thankful that i managed to finished at the university despite all odds. it all begun when my husband decided to go back to south africa(he was living in south Africa at the time we met) just a month i put to bed, he told me he would be going back to south africa. Pls note he was in nigeria all through the pregnancy period, we both decided he stayed back after our wedding because his job in southy was not a good pay job. We thought Nigeria will favour him as he is a graduate of olabisi onabanjo university. Through out the pregnancy period, it was the most toughest pregnancy period, i would never forget in my life but God took care of us. I had difficulties in my pregnancy stage. I was hospitalised for months at general hospital igando Lagos. We were scheduled for impromptu CS. Despite we used general hospital which is government hospital. We were asked to pay for an urgent bills for the CS. The money was just 58k, i was actually into buy and selling of clothes. i used the money i saved to get my baby things, bought some necessary things at home because at a time i and my husband were sleeping on the floor(tiles). We would placed our engagement aso oke on the floor so we wouldn’t feel the cold when sleeping. But there was this night it rained, i was 4months gone then. I was far asleep and my husband was having a prayer session, i started shaking at about 1:30am. My feet and palm were cold, was shaking so vigorously. My husband started crying *baby please am sorry we are going through this because we both knew sleeping on a tiling floor could cause Anemia*. Then i got up grap my rapper and slept on a sitting position cuddling eachother. Back to my hospital period, we got money from some of my customers that were owing me. Paid the bills. The doctor scheduled me for night operation 8:00pm, hmmmm i kept on to my Heavenly Father, kept praying and i was having contractions but i wasn’t dilating normally. Lo and behold i started shouting my baby is coming. That was about 7:52pm the matron came, then my beautiful baby was born(virginal delivery )at about 7:58pm. God knows i was scared of bn operate on. We lost 58k(it was not refundable)Fast forward to a month after, my husband decided we should all go to south Africa in which i agreed because our a year rent was going to expired in 4months. He travelled back, Then my clothing business was going on smoothly, we got money for the ticket even he has to go through burkina faso because we got cheap ticket. I couldn’t apply for i and daughter s visa untill she clocked 1yr as doctor advised us not to because she had an infection(neonatal sepsis)weeks after she was born. It’s been very hard for my daughter and i, had to leave our house cos there was no money to renew the rent. Also since we had a plan of going to join hubby, so we moved in to a family of mine house. We applied for the visa after my girl clocked 1, was denied. I cried bitterly at the vfs because the money we spent was gone just like that. I was pushing my clothing business, i got to save up.i moved out of my aunt s house, got my own apartment. At this time hubby started changing, he stopped calling as he used to, stop sending money to us even it was little amount i understood him and kept praying for him. Until Then i said to myself(keep your head straight for the sake of this baby girl,)Now my girl is 4+have been her mum in all. Been paying her fees,feeding,clothing,my houserent,utility bills all by myself, there are times my girl will fall sick and i would be running helter skelter to get hospital bills, times she ll be left alone in the creche whenever i am out for business, which my bro s kids are registered in the same creche.. They will only pick their kids and leave mine in which that was what prompted me to moved out of my aunt s house because i knew maybe we had over stayed in their house. I thank God, Now i work as a business development manager at one private company in which i bless the name of the Most HIGH for HIS Love over us.. Thank you.

  56. Beth

    December 25, 2015 at 7:13 am

    my name is Elizabeth and i am not gonna drop any history of my life for some Baileys and other cheap items.
    how can you even make peple go thru this?
    have you counted how many toucing stories already? what quantity is your gift or whats the worth of your gift?
    this is not fair at all. you can do better than this honestly Dolapo. this is really degrading. i do not know what you are trying to get. at.

    • bb

      December 25, 2015 at 8:57 am

      My thoughts exactly. I think is more abt the 20k than oda items involved. Quite sad.

  57. Okeke Uju Kourtney

    December 25, 2015 at 8:04 am

    My name is Okeke Uju and I am a student of Unilag and one of the challenges i experienced was the non payment of salaries by my boss. I was working in Leodic Nig Ltd because I needed funds to learn a handwork. My father didn’t give me money because he doesn’t like handwork, he wanted me to just read my books and come out with good grades but I had passion for makeup and I knew that it would get me some clean cash in school so I got a part time job…though the salary was not much, but it was something to me…My salary was 10k and I had worked with them for four months and no payment. It was really hard for me as transport from my school to that place was 500 per day. One day I went to the manager to complain and he told me that as a new and part time staff, I won’t be paid until I have worked for 8months, I pleaded with him that i had been living on borrowings but he told me that he was sorry for not letting me know earlier but that it was their rule there so I just prayed to God and I had to borrow money from a friend to start something, I started Edmark, a network business and it paid me well, after 8MONTHS, my salary was paid but I already paid for the handwork fees which i will start next year and I am really happy. I eventually paid the person that gave me the loan and now I have my money intact. I just want Y’all to know that no challenge is permanent, just have faith and pray to God and I bet that he will answer you….Merry Christmas!!!

  58. modupe olaleye

    December 25, 2015 at 9:59 am

    my name is Module Olaleye..am a student..the challenge i have faced during my career is getting good results and fear of facing the public..i overcame these challenges by 1. talking to God about my lazy attitude to academic work 2..joining educational clubs and fellowship nd by these facing the public all the time,am now in my final year,i can boldly face d crowd and make a presentation and i am doing very well in my academics now because i have put my lazy attitude to academic work behind me..thanks…[email protected]

  59. Alarape Temidayo Esther

    December 25, 2015 at 10:36 am

    my name is Alarape Temidayo Esther,I lost my father which is d sole head of my family in my 300level second semester,things were so hard for me that my mum couldn’t even bear paying my school fees in my final year,I stil had projects there.I started caling families,but instead they ignore our calls and most times wen I visit they tell their gate man to say they weren’t home.being a bright student in my department i was loosing focus gradually,I was loosing my dreams of being a lecturer and a motivational speaker that will influence the life of my female counterparts in the society.most of my friends told me about wat they gain in prostitution, but i always tel them,I will never sleep wit my father’s she made to put good on my table.many females in my school look up to me,so I wil never betray the trust they have in me.I didn’t stop praying too.one day a lecturer of
    mine told me a story of how a lady which was is colleague then had to do a car wash business to survive in her undergraduate days.I summoned courage to do hard jobs to pay my school fees.I had to do sales girl for a restaurant in d evening after lectures and also do some house cleaning and clothes washing for some people.just to make sure I don’t have an extra year.i fetch water for bricklayers sumtyms wen my mates are in class.I had to pay my school fees thru tight means Am glad that as I write this am a Graduate of Economics wit an upper distinction.and I know God will order my steps to be a great woman that have always wanted to be.Amen

  60. Genevieve

    December 25, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Hello, My name is Genevieve.. I dont have a long post like the others which is endearing and i wish them well. Mine is working in a male domineering field has its ups and down especially when you as a lady tend to be their manager. The challenge for me was working with men who believed strongly a woman’s place is in the kitchen but surely not in the engineering field rendering solutions. They felt intimidated and It was hard when i started with them, many didnt want me to succeed but i knew i had to win them over. Typically the best approach would be to treat them same, fill up their files with queries et al but i said to myself this will only make my work harder, i had to become the adult, i had to be two times better at the knowledge of my job that way the lean more towards me for support and it has work. They have become followers and not rebels. A true leader is one who has followers.

  61. Funmike Bello

    December 25, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Good day,
    The challenges in my career had been me not understanding what GOD really want me to do, he had thought me so much in the last few years’ now I get to be thankful and grateful.
    I don’t see my challenges no more like one’ I see it more like GOD is trying to teach & tell me something throughout those period.
    Auntie Dolapo you have an inspiration to me since’ Moment with Mo days.
    Thank you for this opportunity

  62. moroluwa

    December 25, 2015 at 11:44 am

    married in 2011. got pregnant in my final year just a month after our wedding, it all begun when my husband decided to go back to south africa(he was living in south Africa at the time we met) just a month i put to bed, he told me he would be going back to south africa. Pls note he was in nigeria all through the pregnancy period, we both decided he stayed back after our wedding because his job in south Africa was not a good pay job. We thought Nigeria will favour him as he is a graduate of olabisi onabanjo university. Through out the pregnancy period, it was the most toughest pregnancy period, i would never forget in my life but God took care of us. I had difficulties in my pregnancy stage. I was hospitalised for months at general hospital igando Lagos. We were scheduled for impromptu CS. Despite we used general hospital which is government hospital. We were asked to pay for an urgent bills for the CS. The money was just 58k, i was actually into buy and selling of clothes. i used the money i saved to get my baby things, bought some necessary things at home because at a time i and my husband were sleeping on the floor(tiles). We would placed our engagement aso oke on the floor so we wouldn’t feel the cold when sleeping. But there was this night it rained, i was 4months gone then. I was far asleep and my husband was having a prayer session, i started shaking at about 1:30am. My feet and palm were cold, was shaking so vigorously. My husband started crying *baby please am sorry we are going through this because we both knew sleeping on a tiling floor could cause Anemia*. Then i got up grap my rapper and slept on a sitting position cuddling eachother. Back to my hospital period, we got money from some of my customers that were owing me. Paid the bills. The doctor scheduled me for night operation 8:00pm, hmmmm i kept on to my Heavenly Father, kept praying and i was having contractions but i wasn’t dilating normally. Lo and behold i started shouting my baby is coming. That was about 7:52pm the matron came, then my beautiful baby was born(virginal delivery )at about 7:58pm. God knows i was scared of bn operate on. We lost 58k(it was not refundable)Fast forward to a month after, my husband decided we should all go to south Africa in which i agreed because our a year rent was going to expired in 4months. He travelled back, Then my clothing business was going on smoothly, we got money for the ticket even he has to go through burkina faso because we got cheap ticket. I couldn’t apply for i and daughter s visa untill she clocked 1yr as doctor advised us not to because she had an infection(neonatal sepsis)weeks after she was born. It’s been very hard for my daughter and i, had to leave our house cos there was no money to renew the rent. Also since we had a plan of going to join hubby, so we moved in to a family of mine house. We applied for the visa after my girl clocked 1, was denied. I cried bitterly at the vfs because the money we spent was gone just like that. I was pushing my clothing business, i got to save up.i moved out of my aunt s house, got my own apartment. At this time hubby started changing, he stopped calling as he used to, stop sending money to us even it was little amount i understood him and kept praying for him. Until Then i said to myself(keep your head straight for the sake of this baby girl,forget about husband for now). Now my girl is 4 have been her mum in all. Been paying her fees,feeding,clothing,my houserent,utility bills all by myself, there are times my girl will fall sick and i would be running helter skelter to get hospital bills, times she ll be left alone in the creche whenever i am out for business, which my aunt s kids are registered in the same creche.. They will only pick their kids and leave mine in which that was what prompted me to moved out of my aunt s house because i knew maybe we had over stayed in their house. I overcame through prayer and fasting and hardwork cos dealing with bills alone with mere clothing business that some customer ll owe u cos u av no shop. I was at maryland bstop when my long time friend drove by myside and she recognised me despite the fact that i was looking derailed, she helped me by getting me this job. I thank God, Now i work as business development manager in a private company in which i bless the name of the Most HIGH for HIS Love over us.. Thank [email protected]

  63. Mzpee

    December 25, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    The stories are touching and encouraging ooo..buh for wat??? Baileys and eye lash.?Chineke na wa. I guess some people didn’t read d prize sha or tot d 20k is cash. Lolz

  64. Koffie

    December 25, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I’m embarrassed by this really, Dolapo couldn’t add a dime of her own to the freebies from the companies? Eyelashes and body scrub kwa, what are these gifts going to do for anyone really? And to think she also described her own challenge(s) on her career path. So she’ll have appreciated conditioner and some Seyi Shay music while she was unemployed for a year herself? Taah.
    I’m inspired by some of the stories though and wish everyone a better year in 2016.

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