If any one of us were in her shoes, we would probably be on an Island in the Bahamas, chilling and splashing Daddy’s money to enjoy life to the fullest.
Fatima Dangote, one of the four daughters of African-Nigerian Billionaire, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who is the richest man in Africa and the 25th on planet earth (2014 Forbes list).
Instead of doing what most of us would have done, she has decided to carve a niche for herself and make some cool money with her own efforts instead of relying solely on Daddy. She is the proud C.E.O of the Cup Cake Factory in Lagos where she makes spectacular designs of cakes. Just like any othe entrepreneur, she started out ‘small’. At least relatively small compared to the extent of her father’s riches. If she wanted to have a company with branches all over the world, I’m sure her father’s wealth would make that a piece of cake but she is the sole-brain behind this, she started out small in Lagos city.
What we should learn from this is simple. The wealth of parents should not be an excuse for a child to be lazy. Being the daughter of a billionaire, she may decide not to work at all, she’ll probably, I mean surely, get a very rich husband who will lavish cash on her effortlessly, if not for anything else, for her father’s economic favours.
Also, her father’s wealth did not kill her creativity, she went into a business that requires a high-level of creativity. Anyone in the cake industry can testify to this fact. You can ask the likes of Olasupo Demorin, a graduate of University of Ibadan who is the C.E.O of Cakes by Demorin.
This attitude calls for reflection from the Nigerian youths. When a person from such a wealthy and influential background is striving to make something out of life rather live solely on her rich father’s wealth, then what is the excuse of we from humble backgrounds?
Also, unlike her sister Halima, who after graduating from the American Intercontinental University, London and obtaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Webster Business School London immediately after her first degree, joined their father’s business empire as a strategist and is now a Director in the same company.
Instead of struggling in the economic rat-race, we should do a thorough self-searching and seek and utilise our potentials and God-given talents. We should look around and explore opportunities in our immediate environment. A degree is no more a guarantee for a good life, it might not necessarily get us that dream house and car.
A few of us have realized this and are now making some cash for themselves from being entrepreneurs, for example Diuz Clothing, Iyalode Plaza, Bodija, who graduted from U.I, House of Dabira, a fashion outfit owned by Inioluwa Ajayi, currently a 500 level law student at the University of Ibadan too.
This is a clarion call to the Nigerian youths to invest their time wisely in Entrepreneurship instead of always collecting from our parents.
You too can start earning something no matter how small you begin. The sky is your strating point.
Below are pictures from Cake Factory Lagos.
Pictures Courtesy seriouslydoughnuts.blogspot.com.
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