My name is Emmanuel, I make N250,000 a week from making and selling Mannequins
I came to Lagos in the year 2000, I was 20 years old then. My plan was to come to Lagos to further my education so I could become a graduate but getting here the story changed. People who promised failed and I had to begin looking after myself
My brother who sells food stuff said I should join him in his shop instead. From whatever he paid me, I saved everything I could.
After 3 years I set up my own shop and started selling Food stuff but I soon realized that because it worked for my brother did not mean it would work for me. The business was not doing well so I decided to go back to what I really loved doing/drawing and creating
In 2008, I started learning how to make mannequin. Even though I had the talent, it took me another 2 years to learn how to perfectly make and market mannequin. But I was happy, I knew I was good at it and I would make money from the art
Then I opened my own shop Read: From selling Akara to building her own house and bakery. The story of Iya Noah
Coming to shop was not a problem anymore. I was always excited. My customers like me because I’m always happy so they keep coming back and referring people. Now, I make up to N500,000 in two weeks sometimes. When I was selling food stuff, I made a maximum of N10,000 weekly
Because someone is doing something and it worked for them doesn’t mean it will work for you. Doing something you love can sometimes be tough but at the end, it always works out