I was called a liar yesterday!

So I was in church by past 8am yesterday when I turned off my data to get last minute emails before I start working when I saw an email from the punch correspondent who interviewed me. She had sent me an email by 7am but I did not see it on time because of church rush.

I started calling people who could buy the newspaper on their way to church so I could take a screenshot and publicise it. It was difficult as everyone was saying they couldn’t get newspaper for one reason or the other, but eventually found someone, and my mind became at rest.

My work started by 8.45 on the dot, and by 9.30am, the person came to me, and explained how he couldn’t get it. By this time, I had to stop myself from panicking cos I did not plan to get home till about 9pm, and by then, the day would be over. I got back to continue my work with the teens.

After teaching/preaching sha, I had like another 45 minutes of rest before my next meeting. It was then that it occurred to me that I should call my mum to get the paper and read the interview. All I needed was for her to see it with her eyes and tell me the page.

I picked my phone, and immediately saw a twitter notification from HoneyDame. I never knew there would be a time HoneyDame would come through for me in a time of emergency, because not only did she notify me of the interview, she had done a screenshot of it. It was as if God told her exactly what I needed at that time, and just told her to do it. I was so excited, though she didn't realise the impact she had on me because there was no way I could have left church to get what I needed.

Courtesy HoneyDame

So I took her screenshot, and used it for publicity, and then called my mum to buy the paper, and keep it for me till I get home at night. By this time, amidst the plenty talk with teens here and there, it was time for the next meeting, and then the next one. By the time I was settled, it was about 2.00pm.
I went straight to my car, got my laptop, and resumed work for the day. I was well prepared cos I had to be at the SheHive open house for young entrepreneurs by 5pm, and there was no way I was going to go to the mainland, and return to the island. And the amount of work waiting for me was just too much. So I stayed back, worked, and left church by 4.30pm. Of course, my car was the only one in the premises, and it is not a small church by any criteria.

I went for the gathering, and finally got home around 8.30pm, and my mum gave me the newspaper. I just took it, kept it aside, and continued working till late. If you didn’t read the interview yesterday for any reason, you can read it online here.

I really wish I could say this stressful weekend was a one-off for me. But my weekends are always packed even though I turn down a lot of appointments. They are far tighter than my week days, even though I don’t even go to social gatherings – no weddings, parties or all that, except I am performing there.

Someone said I lied about the fact that I started with just N3000, while someone commented on Instagram, asking if I am sure about the figure.

This is exactly the mindset that is killing some people in Nigeria. They think they need all the money in the world to start a business. Most of you who read this blog know where African Naturalistas started from, the days of paper stickers and Gbadebo market plastics. We started from NOTHING. I don’t know if people don’t believe in starting small again. They just see businesses that look good on the outside, but they don’t know the beginning story. I don’t even understand why I would go to the pages of newspaper, and lie… as if starting with such a small money would fetch me one medal or something. I think many people just don’t want to accept that they can do so much with very little. I have several businesses I do, and I have not used start up capital for any of them.

The way the world is going now, the creative industry is debunking the whole 'capital' mentality. Don't get me wrong, you might need some investment to expand your business after it gets to a particular level, but not to start afresh.

Secondly, according to my lifestyle, I am very open, and very truthful. It is not because I am saint, but because I generally have no reason to lie about anything or cover up stuff, since I basically have nothing to cover up. I believe once you are not shady, and who you portray yourself to be on the outside is who you really are one the inside, there would be no need for lies.

To everyone who has supported any of my ventures, thank you. Please read the interview here, if you haven’t read it.

HoneyDame, thank you for coming through for me yesterday. You saved my day from getting scattered.

34 comments

  1. Don't mind that person jare.
    Kudos to you, Atilola

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  2. No need to prove anything to doubters. You know how you started and will always look back giving God the glory and praise for where he brought you from.

    Great article. All the best with all your business ventures!

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    1. Thank you very much, I really appreciate your kind words.

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  3. It never occurred to me that your startup capital was a lie... how can someone come to that conclusion? I guess they don't actually know you.

    Berry Dakara Blog

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    1. Funny enough, this person is someone I'd have said knows me. I was so surprised.

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  4. Just keep doing what you are doing and don't listen to the naysayers.

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    1. Never would, and never will. Thanks.

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  5. Congrats Atilola. Read the interview. Wish you more and more success.

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  6. Lol I had this dilemma about start up capital and wondering how much I needed but this blog is very useful and resourceful! Thank you! Each time I think of the start up capital it gives me a headache lol you way is best.

    Congrats and well done and keep doing what you do.

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    1. Thank you very much. Is your idea capital intensive?

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  7. Congratulations on the feature. More power to you!

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  8. Blessings.....
    "Opinions are like assholes, everybody's got one." Unfortunately many thinks this means they should share such. It matter not what others think of you, only what you think of yourself. You know the truth, it is not yours to debate.

    Keep strong my sistah.
    Allah will bless you always.

    Be like air and rise!
    Peace

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    1. Exactly. There are some things I don't bother debating. This is one of them. Thanks.

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  9. Congrats Atilola. Pls don't let anyone infuse you with their negativity. Savour your moment.

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    1. Aww, thank you very much. I really appreciate it.

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  10. Read the interview it gives me life!!!!! I especially underlined the part that said. A Woman can be successful in all areas nd doesn't have to sacrifice one for another.

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    1. Thank you. I pray that will be the realities of all women in this country.

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  11. WOah WOAH!!!! It sure feels very good to know I met someone's need....even if done unconsciously!
    It was as basic as breathing for me. I saw "my girl" in the paper and because it was unexpected, the excitement had me whipping out my phone first to take a picture and tag it, even before reading. I even took a full picture so that it would be seen that it was a FULL PAGE feature, we dont do half measures please! LMAOO
    It was a very good interview. I like the answer to the question of where you see yourself in 5 (i think) years.
    Thanks for this shout out. I in fact, did not..and still do not know that I did anything awesome.Shine on!!!

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    1. Yes. The ordinary thing you did was extraordinary to someone else. I guess that's how life is. People don't realise the big impact of the little they do. Thank you once again. You are a gem.

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  12. And so I read the interview. Very inspiring.

    You are sure going places, ATIOLA.

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  13. Great interview. I am indeed inspired by all the things you do - wow and at such 'young' age too. I love that more and more people are not waiting till their mid-age to own businesses and change the face of things around the world. Keep flourishing Atiola. Keep the dreams and zeal alive...

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    1. Waiting ke? No time to pick beans o. In America, CEOs are getting younger and younger. In fact, 25 is becoming too old to be a CEO now, lol.

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  14. Congratulations on the feature! Keep doing you...it's clearly working out well for you. As for the liar thing...abeg! Social media has given people an avenue to project their insecurities and negativity on others. It doesn't change your greatness trajectory nor does it affect the price of fish. So let the person keep breathing while you are shooting for the stars. So proud of you baby girl!!!!

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    1. Thanks very much dear. Yes, they can try to do what they want, but they can't succeed. Thanks very much.

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  15. Congratulations Atilola...!
    Yes, for those who want to and focus on the most important thing here, a young woman who is focused, determined, full of talents and energy and blazing through seeming obstacles(ie no capital), they will be inspired, like I am.

    Thank you! You are also sending a message to ladies that not every time sugar daddy, yes, we have got brains, if we are willing, we can use them.
    Congrats again.

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    1. Lol at sugar daddy. How long can the sugar sustain naa. We need to tap into a more lasting source.

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  16. *smiles* this article http://titilayoobishineshine.blogspot.com/2006_10_01_archive.html always flashes in my mind when the issue of the beginning years (when no one knows one who is now a success) is being referred to.

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    1. I have read this post. Thanks for sharing this link. Really foof for thought. Thanks very much.

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