Hey Ribbons! Hope you’ve all been doing very well and hitting your goals! I’ve been busy with the creation of my womenswear line. Remember I mentioned it briefly here? Well, it takes a lot of time, effort and expertise, some of which I do have, so watch this space.

 

So I was featured on the NISM YPro website, which promotes young Nigerian professionals who are pretty much carving out a path for themselves. I was very pleased when I was asked to share my story because if you know me, I prefer not to over-share and rather just give the bare minimum. However, I am embracing sharing a bit more of myself. Anyway, when I spoke to the team over the phone, I got quite emotional whilst sharing my journey so far, but after it was all put together, I must say I am beyond happy with the outcome. Below is a litle snippet and for the full article, which doesn’t read from the beginning, so if you would like to read the full article, please head over to NISM YPro.

 

…“I was in this industry where everyone had all these amazing things and I just couldn’t afford it. I really wondered how I could take myself to the next level if I didn’t have the right bag or the right shoes.”

 

It took some frank words from her mother to counter these negative feelings.

“My mum said, ‘If you have all those things now, what will be there to aspire to?’.”

Since then, Nengi has decided to march to the beat of her own drum. She is a firm believer that success means different things to different people, and one’s focus should remain centred on being one’s best self – and not competing with others. One of her favourite quotes is “Comparison is the thief of joy” – a mantra she lives her life by. Still, Nengi is human, and she still has days when she wonders if she should have taken a more traditional path.

 

“I was in this industry where everyone had all these amazing things and I just couldn’t afford it. I really wondered how I could take myself to the next level if I didn’t have the right bag or the right shoes.”

It took some frank words from her mother to counter these negative feelings.

“My mum said, ‘If you have all those things now, what will be there to aspire to?’.”

Since then, Nengi has decided to march to the beat of her own drum. She is a firm believer that success means different things to different people, and one’s focus should remain centred on being one’s best self – and not competing with others. One of her favourite quotes is “Comparison is the thief of joy” – a mantra she lives her life by.

Still, Nengi is human, and she still has days when she wonders if she should have taken a more traditional path.

“I’ve had those moments when you rethink it and wonder if this is going to go anywhere.”

This is where a strong support system comes in handy. Nengi credits friends and family with giving her the final push to take her career to the next level. From crafting unique and edgy outfits by putting high street pieces together, Nengi’s next goal is to design and produce her own garments.

“My friends were always telling me, ‘Why aren’t you designing? Why aren’t you making your own clothes?’ Even my mum told me, ‘You have a sewing machine, why aren’t you using it?’.”

“One day, I saw a top in Zara and continue

 

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