HOW THE MONTHS OF JUNE&JULY ALMOST CONSUMED ME; I ALMOST GAVE UP!

5 REASONS JUNE AND JULY ARE MY WORST MONTHS EVER THIS 2018…”I ACTUALLY ALMOST GAVE UP!”

  1. Swift– So, I opted for Swift Network to be the major internet service provider for Ogefash Blog; I really don’t know why, but I chose swift. I walked into their office at “Kings’ Plaza” Surulere where I purchased that their modem. Like I always tell them @ Swift, I emptied my account just to get that their modem. That day, the modem I wanted was not available, so I was asked to come back for it.

Some days after, when I went back to their office, I was given the modem. I was  filled     with joy, oblivious that Swift sold me a fake modem; about to be condemned modem.         Why? Less than 6 months (What naturally should last for years), it stopped working,     just  when blogging started getting interesting.

Not forgetting, it was really difficult using their modem in my registered area of business, I had to move from one place to another in search of their network.

So, I went to make a complain at their Surulere office. I was told to send an email to that effect. I sent several emails but Swift never replied. And, when they finally decided to reply my email, they were very cruel…Infact their reply made me speechless till today.

So, they were very unfriendly in their reply, but what ended their reply made me speechless and it is still making me speechless till now. I was asked to get 21,000 Naira to buy another modem, for something that did not last a year. In essence, I would have to be buying that their modem every 6 months.  Some would say 21,000 Naira is no big deal, yeah, true, but it was a big deal for me at that moment, because (the reason is in no 2)

 

  1. Laptop– So still talking about what I went through in the months of June and July; prior to the Swift modem issue, my laptop crashed on me without any warning. Thanks to Nepa or should I say PHCN or the power holders for the epileptic power supply.

    While moving around in search of power so I could publish articles, I stopped by at a place where a generator was on to quickly publish some articles. The person refused. However, just as I was about leaving the place, the hand of the bag I carried cut, so the bag dropped on the floor, so also my laptop. My laptop got damaged instantly. So, I was left with no tool for blogging, but then, I needed to blog. So, I withdrew some money and remained just about 15, 000 in my account to buy another laptop (Couldn’t afford a new one, so I went for a fairly used laptop)

 

  1. Fashion Course– Now, I love anything that has to do with fashion, perhaps, not for a full time career, but just to have a knowledge of it. So about the fashion course, I really don’t like to be idle, so I felt the need to acquire some skills when I am not blogging. So, I heard that a particular fashion industry was teaching people how to assemble garments for a period of two months. I also learnt that people would be given a machine and startup capital to start their businesses. I have always wanted to own a machine to perfect my sewing skills rather than just use my hands to sew purses, bags and under wears.  Of course, the money? I felt it would be useful on Ogefash Blog. So without hesitation I registered for the course (It was free by the way, but the bus fare was much)  even though I had insufficient money in the account to transport myself from Bariga to Opebi for a course that was for the duration of two months, but that did not deter me.  I also wanted to mingle. During the course of the program, I learnt we wont be given a machine or any money to start our business. I was initially discouraged, but again, I learnt that a token would be given to us as bus fare. Whatever they wanted to give may not be reasonable but I felt it was going to be helpful. For weeks, this fashion house did not release the expected money, despite what was written in the admission letter (every day, every 4 weeks, you would be given…). Even weeks after the program ended, we did not see alert. My account became red as I already emptied my account (Don’t worry, I am a risk taker) in order to finish the program; even though I usually walk some distance just to…                                                                   download
  2. Blog Bill– I thought Ogefash Blog yearly subscription was going to expire in September. But no, by June, I was sent a message that the subscription would expire in July. I had no money in Ogefash Blog account neither did I have in my personal account. What do you think happened next? Your guess is as good as mine, I became slimmer with worries.  (Anyway, the bill has been settled, thanks to God).    I really laugh hard when I remember what a photographer said to me “You don’t pay to own a blog, those people are cheating you oh. If you are paying, may be it is just one or two dollars!” Like seriously, 1 or 2 dollars, I laugh again in chinese. Yorubas say “O na owo lati gba owo” If you want money, then you have got to be ready to spend money. Uncle Photographer, Ogefash blog is not 1 or 2 dollars, it is more than that.
  3. Rent Bill-Phew! I thought it was over, but no! In the act of still thanking God for settling Ogefash Blog Bill, so my Landlady started haunting me with calls asking for rent. Hmmmm

Others

Utility bills– Stared at me and I stared back at them, my hot plate stopped working, my bulb stopped working…and a lot more stopped working

It was also difficult to reach my lines because my phones also decided to pack up on me, not forgetting my foot wears and bags that all decided to spoil at the same time.

My Point: It isn’t easy being an entrepreneur, there are always challenges that may make you give up, but don’t.  Just keep thriving! Just one day, when you least expect, that breakthrough would come. Like Bimbo Manuel said during ISL’s Valedictory Service  (View the report @ https://www.ogefash.reviews) “Life does not give awards for efforts but results” Keep moving don’t stop,  till you are satisfied with where you are; trust me you wont because you would still keep aiming higher.

OGEFASH

 

 

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Born in the 80’s, Ogefash picked up writing early in her secondary school days at International School, Lagos. She took it professionally after her university days at the University of Lagos where she graduated from the Department of Mass Communication. She is a writer of several short stories some of which have been published in the magazines. Some of her popular stories are: A Night to Remember, The Special Gift, Haunted, Preparing Ahead of Time amongst others. Her novel "Looming Danger" published in December 2015, was highly recommended by people. She has worked with several media outlets some of which are Spur Magazine and Upcoming Magazine. With her love for children, she took up the task of supervising and taking care of children at the After School Department of Heritage School before her resignation. Her unique strory telling and song teaching skills endeared her more to the kids she worked with. Oge is a goal getter, a pace setter and always strives for excellence. She likes to impact and solve problems in a creative way in a challenging position. She has in-depth knowledge in reporting and editing. She is a seasoned writer and very passionate about her work. Interestingly, her blog is the first in Nigeria to start reviewing Nigerian and foreign movies and also write the plots scene by scene. Ogefash blog is also the first to give a detailed analysis about music and artistes in Nigeria and abroad. Ogefash says "I don't keep male friends because they always want to have sex with me. I don't keep female friends because they are always bitchy and envious. I only keep people I can call more than a friend!" Ogefash has an affinity for TV reality shows. In 2018, she represented Nigeria in the PanAfrican TV reality game show "The Maltavator Challenge" powered by Nigeria's number one malt drink packed full of energy giving vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6;Malta Guinness. The show brought together four African countries Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and Coted'ivoire who competed for the grand prize of 20,000 dollars. Undaunted by any task in her field, Oge is highly energetic and creative. She is a rare gem and a gift to this generation.

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