If you’re a wife and mother who goes to work, works from home, or runs a business, then you must have help at home. That’s it; it just had to be put out there like that. If you don’t have help, then you need to ask yourself some hard questions. If you have chosen to not have a business or career, that’s a different matter. However, if you want to make money, contribute meaningfully to the economy, and raise your kids properly, you need help at home whether it’s someone who resumes and closes or someone who lives with you. Here are a few things every working mother without an assistant should know.
Abimbola Adebakin studied Pharmacy and did an MBA, both at the University of Lagos. Currently completing her doctoral research at Cranfield University, she practiced as a pharmacist for a few years, understudying during holidays at Tabade Chemists and post-graduation with M G Ross, a sister company to Bola Chemists. She is a Certified Performance Technologist who has acquired a diversified knowledge base on things to do with organisational designs, thanks to her consulting background in Accenture and also at FITC. An entrepreneur at heart with a can-do spirit, she jumped right into operationalising one of the most remarkable and recognised entrepreneurship development programmes in Africa, when she was head-hunted to work as the Chief Operating Officer of the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Currently, Abimbola Adebakin is providing aggregation support services in the pharmaceutical industry, working with small business owners and also key stakeholders. She talked to me about her vision HERE.
Alheri Bingi holds a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Ilorin, and an A2 French degree from Alliance Francaise. She also has a certification in Business Management and is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM). Alheri writes and blogs, and prior to her current role she was a media sales representative at tolet.com.ng, a fashion stylist at Spice TV, and a personal assistant at RM Looks. See our brief chat HERE.
Obiajulu Uzoigwe is a marketing and retail professional with a BA in Linguistics from the University of Benin and a diploma certificate from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Nigeria. She is currently Head, Retail Leasing at Broll Property Services Limited (Broll Nigeria). We chatted about career decisions, and the challenges of being a woman in the corporate environment in this interview.
Toni Anne Uwaifo studied linguistics and African languages at the University of Benin and is currently the internal communications and employee engagement manager at Guinness Nig Plc (a Diageo company). This chat with her drove home the importance of being proactive in our careers, and reminded me of what a wonderful gift it is to have a job you enjoy. It was a very inspiring one for me. Click HERE to read it.
Arit Okpo is one of the most recognisable and most beloved faces on Ebony Life TV, where she has worked as a producer and presenter on a variety of shows including EL Reports, The Crunch, and Destination Africa. This self-described multi-contextual writer and avid reader recently unveiled a side of her viewers would never have guessed existed: she loves cooking, as foodies all over Africa discovered on Chefrican, ELTV’s food show that features the preparation of traditional dishes from all over Africa, with a modern twist.
I had 10 questions for Arit, who is also ELTV’s Senior State House Correspondent. Continue reading…