Looking at the life of most successful people, Iyab Ojo included, one would agree that Life is not a bed of roses.
Only the strongest survive and for Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, she has seen, heard and conquered all adversities to be where she is today. Hard work will eventually lead to success.
Iyabo Ojo is grateful for her life and career and talks about her struggles as a young lady starting life. According to the Yoruba actress, she was once a sales girl, a secretary and a trader at some point of her life, but all that did not take distract her away from the bigger picture. She writes from her heart, telling her story and encouraging mothers never to give up.
“A time had been when all I got on a good day in our one room apartment where 2 of my in-laws also lived with us was 100 Naira daily to feed my son, my unborn daughter and myself which didn’t even come regularly,” Iyabo recounts.
“But with love and gratitude I managed it knowing that I was still in a better place than someone who was suffering from one deadly disease that had no cure and I also believed that one day I will have more than enough to go round because I deeply believed in myself.
“I blamed no one for my mistakes, I took out my pain and frustration on no one, I refused to be lazy, I refused to allow my mistake and situation rule and take the better part of me.
“Yes! Sometimes I break down, most especially when my babies fell ill and I had no money, the tears where so uncontrollable but I never gave up!
“I got a job, worked as a sales girl for a while, sent my self to school doing part-time, later got a better job and worked as a secretary, I was so hard-working that in few months I was promoted to a site manager with a salary of then 18k monthly until one day I lost my job because they felt a male was better off.
“Though they did good by paying me a 3 months salary upfront still I was very unhappy, I had 2 babies! I remember crying all the way home that I missed my bus stop.
“Again I blamed no one and I never lost hope. I then decided to start trading. I went into the business of buying and selling clothes, I started my own business with just 30k, I lost a lot of weight because of the stress.
“Don’t be mistaken, I wasn’t born poor, love made me journey down that lane but now I’m glad I did because I understand what it is to be poor and appreciate every little thing I have achieved!
“Thank you Lord! Now I’m telling part of my story to help encourage any poor mother who feels she can’t make it because she has kids and you ask your self where do I start from?
“The society is bad, I’m too much for this job, I have failed so I give up! No, No, No, you can be the best of you, never give up on your self, start anyhow, even if you have to sell pure water or do odd jobs.” she says.