That's our Intern- I've got so much joy in Tolani, she's resilient and willing to learn; and yes I'll teach her - She'll do great things, amen!
@Regrann from @femalepreneurs - Atolani Ayodeji was determined to succeed in life irrespective of the hardship life threw on her. Atolani thought life was over for her when she lost her dad. For her, the late Alabi Ayodeji was not just her father, he was her teacher, friend, confidant – he was her world.
Growing up in a close knit family of four, Atolani attended her primary and secondary education in Lagos. Finding a suitable tertiary institution that provided her choice of course and suited her budget, led her to attend a polytechnic in Ogun State, but financial constraints prevented her from going beyond getting an OND.
A visit to her friend proved very rewarding as she got the opportunity to hear of the Freedom Empowerment Project. Atolani took advantage of the Project which aims to train young men and women through vocational skills acquisition and employability to enable them start various businesses as well as increase their employability level.
Atolani explained that the life session was great and was instrumental in providing her with best business practices. From the life skills class, she learnt a lot about business, record keeping, managing people and income, customer relations and even patience.
When it came to choosing a skill set to learn, Atolani had initially opted for bead making and make-up, however meeting Mrs. Oluwatoyin George,a female carpenter and owner of @designscity was mind juggling and she decided to venture into this male dominated field of carpentry. “I have learnt a lot during my time here and I have joined the team here in producing beautiful stools where I exclusively handled filing the stool legs and putting finishing touches to produce the beautiful end product we all love,” the excited Atolani said. “I can’t wait to learn so much more here and I am sure that carpentry is for me and I am in this business to stay”. On what her family thinks of her delving into carpentry, Atolani said “My mother is so excited that I am a carpenter because her late father was a furniture maker.