My name is Chioma Ijeoma Omeruah. I started Chigul in 2009/2010. After the voice note I did had gone viral, I started to gain some popularity. Last year July, I decided to move back to Lagos and resign from my job at ECOWAS. I worked at ECOWAS for 7 and a half years, first as a translator and later at the conference and protocol department.
The pay at ECOWAS was not bad at all but I wanted to live my dream fully. I have always wanted to be an entertainer. I did Chigul simultaneously with the ECOWAS job but it was hectic because I had to be in Lagos every weekend. Then when my day job began to get in the way of the Chigul brand, I thought to myself “God has given me all these gifts, why am I holding back? Do I not trust Him enough to sustain me?” . So I chose to resign at ECOWAS and fully concentrate on Chigul.
When you are transitioning from a 9-5 to being your own boss, it is difficult. For me, it had to happen, my happiness was at stake and I NEEDED to live my dream. Majority of my days are very good. Yes, there are bad times especially at the beginning when finances had to be strictly monitored because you no more earn salaries. But the good far outweighs the bad.
I’ll tell people who want to leave their day jobs to start out on their own, to make sure it is a GOD idea and not just a GOOD idea. Good idea is your own timing. God idea means that you are leaving in God’s time, when you are absolutely confident that your move is backed by God.
This way, when things are not going well, you know for a fact that, God will make provisions because it was His idea. Because I left in God’s time, He has been so good to me and I know that favours coming my way can only be God’s grace.
Also, humility will take you farther than your talent. I have been taught by family to be grounded and treat people with respect. Surround yourself with good people, because the people you surround yourself with, can make or break you.
I know there are greater things ahead and for me to achieve this, I must stay grounded. Living your dreams cannot be a mistake, I am a living proof of that.