The news of Queen Edet, a young female Computer Engineering undergraduate student o the Yaba School of technology spread like wild fire all over the internet last week after one of her friends posted a picture of her packing crayfish, a business she started in order to support herself in school.
According to the 23-year-old lady who hails from Okobo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, while growing up she enjoyed helping her grandmother who was into crayfish business not knowing that it would one day inspire her to venture into the same business.
As a result of the passion she has for the trade, Queen Edet says she has been able to stand strong despite the stress, sometimes low patronage and strong humiliation she faces. “I have a passion for it because passion beats shame”, she said.
Speaking in an interview with Women of Rubies, the hardworking young woman shared her inspiring story. Read excerpts below:
To be honest, the reception has been poor. People don’t patronize me, including my friends, they rather laugh at me for selling crayfish. When I just started this business, a girl called me and asked “You sell crayfish for real? Of all the business in town and as pretty as you are?” I replied ”yes, I do and I love it”. At a point, I started feeling bad because of the mockery and the fact that buyers were not coming but I later sat down and said to myself ”Queen, so you will not eat because of what people are saying about you?”. I dropped the shame and kept on moving on.
Combining School with Business
It has been stressful because sometimes the little deliveries I make, warrant me missing classes, notes, and even impromptu tests. It is God who has been helping me pull through and also helping me strike a balance so I can excel.
I have problem keeping crayfish in the hostel because I don’t have a place to stock them and sometimes, I have to go to a hotel once the crayfish arrives my location, so as to do the measurement and tying, and then bagging them in a ‘Ghana must go” bag before carrying it back to my hostel. It presents a lot of discomfort to my roommates because of the smell and also because I don’t usually have customers, it has to stay there for long. It is also stressful, jumping from one ‘danfo’ to another just to make a delivery and return to school for lectures. It’s not easy at all.
Reaction when story went viral
I was overwhelmed with joy but at the same time speechless. I call that Grace and favour from God. When God has chosen you, no man can bring you down. He chose me out of a million that sell crayfish to favour me, it’s never too late when God is involved in your life. I remain grateful to God, and uncountable thanks to my friend/course mate “Uche” for taking advantage of the social media on my behalf.
The responses have been wow!! . I’ve received cash donations from great people of this nation to support my business, calls of encouragement, and even calls from people who say they want to invest in my business and above all, I now have daily supplies, the demand tends to be greater than the supply. All thanks to God.
In addition, Queen Edet says if she has the opportunity of meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, she’ll ask him to empower students like her who are working hard to make ends meet and needs motivation to continue what they do.