I Lost Millions of Naira

I wasn’t prepared for my first million naira job, and I lost it.

In 2012, someone called me up and asked me to write a proposal to a blue chip company. She knew I was into a craft skill, and she suggested I write a proposal to teach arts and craft to women in one of the company’s catchment areas. I was excited. You see, I’m more of an academic person than a businesswoman. Teaching, writing proposals, preparing budgets, and analyzing figures…. those things are right up my street. In honesty, one of my main drivers to succeed in my jewelry business is to be able to be a credible teacher (secret exposed ๐Ÿ˜), so that I can talk from a place of experience. But I digress. Anyway, I went ahead and wrote the proposal. It didn’t seem to fly immediately, even though it met the right eyeballs. I was only a little disappointed, at least I tried. About a year and a half later, someone from the company called me up and started asking for all kinds of documentation, tax clearance, audited statements, company policy documents ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. They wanted to register us as a vendor on their platform. For heaven’s sake, where was I expected to get some of these things from. I was only registered as a business name and I didn’t plant for all this. I had a few documents like tax (praise God!). But all the others…..โŒ I told the person that we were just a business name that had been less than 2 years in existence, thinking they’d let me off the hook. But no, he told me to bring my audited books for the period we had existed ๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ. I ran to my uncle, and he was able to prepare my audited statement, but they still insisted on the other documents. After a while, I threw my arms up and left it ๐Ÿ˜ฅ.

And that was how I lost my first shot to get @treasuresbyisura a multi-million naira contract with a blue chip company.

But that’s not how the story ended.

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2 thoughts on “I Lost Millions of Naira”

    1. Thanks Gaz. We fight, we lose, we fight again. If we hold on to the losses, we won’t find the strength to keep going.

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