There is something very attractive about a woman who doesn’t just talk but walks the talk. Achenyo Asimegbe is that woman. She took a bold step and resigned from her job to start her own company when she was gradually getting dissatisfied with her banking job (an idea a lot of people have been toying with in their heads but have not gathered enough courage to do).
As if making that tough decision wasn’t enough, she faced criticism from friends and family who were convinced she was making the biggest mistake of her life.
According to her, “Every day I would get calls from friends/family, telling me about job offers they saw on the net, newspaper and so on. I knew that chapter of my life was over, but they were still tied to the career person I had been in the past. As days and months went by, they began to see the reality that I had moved on.”
Achenyo didn’t start her business immediately she quit her job though. She wasn’t sure of what she wanted to do and this period was quite tough for her. She even thought of returning to paid employment and went for several interviews which were not successful.
Now, Achenyo is not just an entrepreneur but a start up entrepreneur trainer and mentor with the Cherie Blair and Tony Elumelu foundations, supporting other women in businesses.
Over the last 3 months, she has been organizing trainings/skills and acquisition programmes for women in Abuja. The serial entrepreneur hopes to start a clothing line for children soon.