It was on Sunday evening last year when I saw the advert on TVC , one thing that caught my eye was the message being passed “AYEEN2016 set to empower 500 people.” Seeing that, I immediately knew I stand a chance. I also wanted to use the opportunity to test my business idea. I said to myself “if my idea doesn’t get identified among people as much as 500 then maybe the idea is not worth it.”
My worst mistake was asking friends for advice, most of them gave negative comments , things like : it is a fraud , they want your money , why are they asking you to pay for a J18 form , i have tried something like that before , such things never work etc. But despite all these negative comments something kept pushing me. I kept wondering but what other chances do I have ? what do I have to loose ? I also thought of the fact that the registration process gave an option of a business plan . I then called my brother to help me design a business plan , he advised that a business plan might not be accurate and also be much complicated considering also that it is much more expensive.
I concluded that I will not be discouraged , I spoke to my pastor after service the following Sunday who only said this to me ” we pray to God for success , but when opportunities like this shows up , we ignore. ” Immediately he said that i was more convinced that in a country like this where there is little or no opportunity ,i should never let this go. I went ahead to pay for my form , I attended the screening after which i thought there was no hope , a while later, I got a call to attend another screening, at this stage i gave up finally something in me didn’t believe that i could go further than that stage .
All of a sudden I received a mail that I was one of the beneficiaries , I attended the grand finale which was a beautiful event . I remember shaking Mrs Alakija , I felt so proud, the fact that I never gave up and that my business idea was recognised and appreciated also made me very happy.
Guess who was at my house the very day I picked up my cheque , two of the friends that did the main discouragement. I showed them the cheque and the first thing they asked was their share. I was bold to tell them the funds was strictly for my business.
I thank AYEEN from the bottom of my heart, everyday I keep praying for them. I shared my AYEEN story because I want Nigerians to know that the biggest enemy of oneself is most time yourself or your close friends or relatives . Ask yourself this question “if you don’t take this opportunity do you have other options?” Someone like me never had a rich father or uncle to give me or even borrow me 2 million naira for my business.
I took the chance and I am grateful to God that I did.