It is no longer news that the economic downturn in the country for the past few years have had a great effect on Nigerians.
Individuals, families, and communities are facing challenges whose solutions are directly or indirectly linked to actions by government and other relevant stakeholders and decision-makers. They sometimes cry out, but are not heard, some don’t even cry out, because they do not know how to.
But while many are waiting and hunting for white collar jobs, the smart and brave ones have defied the ugly circumstances of unemployment in Nigeria today with one of the rarest trades by ladies of our generation.
One of those smart and brave minds who caught our attention this week is Tina Jb Ofem, a graduate of the Department of Guidance and Counseling from the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH).
Tina, a native of Ugep in Yakur local government area of Cross River State (@TinaJb Ofem) took to Facebook to explain how she is defying the ugly circumstances of unemployment in the country with her business of roasting plantain and fish, popularly known as ‘Bole’.
She disclosed that her trade which goes by the business name “Tjs Vendors” started small and anchored it’s first major event over the weekend in Boki local government area of the state.
The event according to her was the 90th birthday of the mother of Abubakar Ewa Robert, a politician in the state.
Tina wrote on Facebook: “A journey of a thousand miles, begins with just a step.
“We are a step ahead, first event anchored @Tjs vendor. Thanks to my wonderful DG Abubakar Ewa Robert Who took us all the way to Wula in Boki LGA to celebrate his mum’s 90th birthday…
“Thanks for trusting us, the responses we got wowed me, and will be giving birth to so many events….
“What are you still waiting for? Have you booked me yet?
Just put a call or inbox, am open for business…
“07061616106 book us now and thank us later…” the Facebook post read.
When contacted by our reporter, the young entrepreneur disclosed more about her business, located along Harbor Street, by Mopol base, Calabar. She stated that the business have paved way for her to become her own boss and also make ends meet.
Tina went on to disclose that her biggest motivation is the zeal to become her own boss and also be an employer of labour.
According to her, “The business meets up with my needs, because I make a lot of sales on a daily base.”
“What motivates me the most is the zeal to be my own boss and also be an employer of labour. So by starting up small, I know with God I will grow to that level where I can take most of our youths out of the street,” Tina said.
She advised young ladies “to work hard and never depend on people” as this is the only way to be financially independent.