and Labour Relations, from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State,
and a diploma in Local Government Studies from Obafemi Awolowo
University, Ile-Ife. I also have a certificate in interior design from
the Maven School of Interior Design.
Trust Microfinance, as a customer relationship manager and I resigned
in May 2014. Prior to that time, I interned with the Interior Designers
Association of Nigeria for three months and I was a part of the team
that organised the industry’s first interior design exhibition in
Nigeria. I also worked with Skye Bank PLC, as a teller and customer
of self. Sometime in March 2014, I became less interested in my eight to
six job. I looked into the future and what I saw scared me. I saw
myself getting married, having children, growing old and dying without
any fulfillment. I became dissatisfied and restless. There was a void I
knew my current job at the time, couldn’t fill; I had this intense
craving for something tangible. So I resigned even though I had not set
any money aside and had no clear definition of what I wanted to do
and decided to focus on that. I did that for a year but the peace I
wanted still eluded me. I knew that wasn’t the path to follow. During
one of my quiet times, the thought to narrow my business down to
furniture came to me and I did just that. That was how my furniture
making journey started in July, 2015.
product collection, and opened a store on Konga – “Timberworks.” As I
progressed, I saw the need to reduce production cost. Thus, I made the
decision to buy materials myself and just pay the workers for labour.
This decision exposed me to the practical details of the business and
also made visible the possibilities that abound in what looked
free resources online and watching videos online on furniture making.
And as it is with people in the arts and craft industry, the demand on
your skill is ever evolving . This makes the learning process infinite.
So with each piece I make, I learn something new and keep getting
of the people working with me to assist with putting together a TV
console. I had purchased all the needed materials; he only had to couple
them. I watched him while he worked and the thought that I could do
this came out of nowhere (I believe God spoke to me). I sustained the
thought and saw the possibility of me doing it. So I asked if he would
train me and he said no. He said, “Madam, you can’t understand this
work.It’s more complicated than it looks and it’s not a woman’s job.”But
the thought of learning carpentry stayed with me afterwards and I spoke
to a friend who promised to help me make enquiries. She came back to
tell me that I would have to train for three years and serve for
another year if I wanted to train in a carpentry workshop. That
discouraged me and I laid the idea to rest.
dark place and nothing seemed to be working. I was down financially,
emotionally and spiritually. A lot was just going on at the time and it
was too much to bear. In the midst of all the chaos, just like a light
bulb, the thought about my carpentry training flashed and considering
that I had been asking God for clarity, I knew that was the answer I had
been yearning for. I had no option than to go after it with a renewed
determination. I didn’t bother looking for someone to train me anymore; I
went online to download free ebooks on furniture making and committed
myself to watching furniture making videos on Youtube. I knew I didn’t
have the money for big machines or a workshop, so I had to make do with
what I had which was N21,000. I bought the essential tools needed and
started training myself.
initially; considering it is the dream of most Nigerian parents to have
their children work in a corporate environment. But seeing how convinced
I was, they had no other option than to support me. My friends are
one of the greatest gifts God has blessed me with.These are people who
have taken my dream upon themselves as though it’s theirs. Their
shoulders are readily available to lean on. Theygo the extra mile for me
just as I would for them.I am indeed blessed to call them friends.
and enlightening. My first experience was all of these and more. I
hadn’t done such before, so there were a lot of mistakes, confusion and
fear. I would be in the sun for hours working and sometimes not even
make much headway. At some point, I was so overwhelmed and I thought to
quit but the desire and hunger for success soon drowned all of my fears.
home, so it is considered a major purchase for most people. This leads
to high turnover but not necessarily profit. When the cost of doing
business is factored into turnover, the profit margin can be low but if
the business is scaled and structured properly, it is possible to record
high profit. So the furniture business being profitable in Nigeria is
of space and lack of funds to buy machines for easy and fast production
of items. As a result of this, I don’t take in more than my current
space can accommodate and I fulfill my technical needs at the plank
market in Mushin for a fee. This is however usually stressful and time
remember one sunny afternoon in August when I made my very first perfect
piece which was a side table. I had been training for over a month and
the progress seemed slow (looking back it wasn’t). I was already
frustrated and was reaching my tipping point. But on this day, I had
marked my drilling points and was a bit nervous to drill in the screws, I
eventually did and was surprised when the first screw held tight. Then I
proceeded to finish the work I had started and was very surprised that
the table did not wobble. A satisfaction that had so long escaped me
saturated the experience. That was and still is a proof that consistency
is the key to achieving anything. And this is why I am so excited about
this and the days ahead -with each piece I have created from then on, I
am certain that if I keep at it- and I have no doubt I will- My big
breakthrough is as sure as dawn.
motivated by the fact that I am doing what I enjoy. I derive pleasure in
joining boards and creating furniture pieces. The feeling that comes
from finishing each piece is one I have never felt before. To look upon
something built to last, to know it exists because you put in the effort
is a powerful motivation and addiction. The sheer joy and happiness I
see on the faces of those I have worked for motivates me to keep going
and getting better. Knowing that I have the ability to create things
that didn’t exist before I touched them is just beyond fulfilling.
Knowing that I just have to wake up, fulfill someone’s need and put a
smile on their face by doing what I enjoy. I give them their item(s), I
get paid for it, everyone is happy.
do and I do it well. I hone my skills daily and keep looking for ways to
be better at it, so all I feel is pride, joy and happiness. No
carpenters at the plank market and they mostly suggest I look for a man
to work for me as this is not a profession for women. But I won’t call
that being looked down upon, I see it as their way of dealing with the
ceiling that has been crashed.
this path, I’d say the time to make that move is now. If you do this,
become the absolute best you can. It’s a field where there is positive
correlation between effort and reward – the more you take on, the more
you make. Know that nothing is impossible and nothing is out of reach.
Whatever idea your mind can conceive, you have the ability to make it
happen so far you’re willing to put in the work. It is my sincere wish
that you fulfill the highest expression of yourself.