People ask when they hear my story, “How did you go from hawking to being who you are today?”
Indeed, my life has been an interesting journey, from a rough childhood in Benin to seeking opportunities in Lagos and from starting small businesses to teaming up with my husband to build a microfinance institution that impacts hundreds of thousands of lives. As a child, nothing in my life indicated that I would someday be the Executive Director of a top microfinance institution in Nigeria and create opportunities for others. Today, I am grateful for how far I have come.
Gracefully authored, ISOKEN mirrors its subject's elegance. Its critical message is one of survival, instilling hope in the hearts of readers. The author writes a very personal, most sincere account of her life journey, which anyone can relate to and by which they can be inspired to thrive even in unfavourable circumstances. ISOKEN is a success story and one that reveals empowerment through empowering others. Most notably, it is a strong woman's story. Isoken remains an inspiration and outstanding role model to numerous people.
Building Grooming Centre with my wife is a blessing that reminds me that she is indeed the perfect partner for me. Years before we started the Centre, I had supported her in setting up Grooming Salon, a beauty salon that quickly grew to include a gym and spa. The microfinance institution that is today known as Grooming Centre was still a vision back then...
If I had to do it again, I wanted to do it with her. In 2006, when she volunteered to set aside her salon businesses and train in Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) so that she could set up Grooming Centre, I knew we had a great shot at building an institution.
Isoken is an example that you get what you want through prayers and hard work. To me, she is an excellent woman. She is caring but strict, so, I always tell people not to take her for granted. She clings to her religion and expresses her goodwill to the motherless, less privileged, and to neighbours. I am happy that many who don’t know her will have the opportunity to learn from her story and be inspired by her life.
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