The latest issue of Guardian Life magazine is celebrating the outburst of female entrepreneurs and inventors.
These four women of inspiration, Glory Edozien, Omilola Oshikoya, Stephanie Obi and Itoro Eze-Anaba, that grace the cover pages today are focusing on making the world a better place by changing the narrative on community issues.
These women have used their situations, circumstances and position to create a platform that young women can look up to.
Glory Edozien on creating “InspiredByGlory”: I wanted to create a space where women can feel empowered. I felt like we were told what we should be in life based on culture and societal guides and after a while women stop dreaming, we lose sight of who we want to become. I wanted to create a platform that allowed women discover who they were, discover their purpose and have the tools to live out their purpose.
Itoro Eze Anaba on creating Mirabel Center: Years back I started working on a domestic violence bill in Lagos, I drafted it and I carried out a campaign for the bill to be passed into law. During that campaign, I met two teenage girls on the street who told me their stories. One of them was being raped by her father for the past 3-4 years and she reported to their church head who told her to keep quiet. With no place to run to, she went home and continued being abused by her father. It got me thinking, is there no place for victims to go to? Is there no refuge? What is on ground? I discovered there was nothing on ground and in the space of 10 years I developed the Mirabel Center to help eradicate issues like that.
Stephanie Obi on creating a platform for selling online courses: I’ve not always done this. I used to make Ankara accessories for a living and I just decided I was going to teach. I started having programs to teach people how to make their own accessories and because I was marketing online, I was getting a lot of people from outside Lagos. I then decided to build an online school and take advantage of the gap the internet closes. To my amazement, people started paying for the classes, learning and sharing testimonies. The effect was more than the classes, people were gaining confidence in doing what they wanted to do and the online school created that for them.
Omilola Oshikoya on how her brands will impact Nigeria: My aim basically is to create wealth for Nigeria. I want to put Nigeria back on the map as one of the global economic powers and to equip people with the tools to start these businesses. Entrepreneurship is the endgame of every society. To get Nigeria to that point we need to empower the small business owners. It is not just about creating wealth or living the rich life. I’m hoping to show people how to live the richer life, by creating wealth, managing this wealth properly, and impacting the community at large through education, aiding in medical services, helping the internally displaced persons and so much more. We need people to use the funds they have created to solve the problems we have in Nigeria and Africa and that is what I hope to achieve.
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