It Wasn't Easy Because I Had No Sponsors -- TIJESUNIMI POPOOLA (5.7 BATCH)

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

TIJESUNIMI POPOOLA is a determined, budding entrepreneur whose philosophy goes thus: “whatever it takes to gain a wealth of knowledge should be a priority.” Being a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) holder in Linguistics, she hopes to learn, unlearn and relearn in order to boost her entrepreneurial skills by working with a corporate organization.

Before having a taste of WAVE experience, Tijesunimi used to be a fashion designer and event planner in her own venture. Ultimately, because of her aim to learn soft skills, she heard about WAVE from her cousin who stays in Abuja and decided to join the league of WAVE training. As heard from her cousin, she hoped to cope and graduate, despite WAVE's strict policies such as zero tolerance for late-coming and incorporate dressings.

During our question and answer session with Tijesunimi, she said: “it wasn’t an easy experience but I had to push it till the end. I had no sponsors to support my transport fare and did most of the things by myself.” During the training, she spent one thousand naira daily to transport herself to WAVE’s training centre in Ibadan. Part of the challenges was that she had a slight injury, her motivation for learning made her complete the program. When asked how the program has helped her, she joyously said this: “through wave training, I have been able to broaden my horizon in aspects of managing expectation, communication and negotiation skills.” She further uttered that the training helped in understanding that for one to kick-start a business, “there is a need to work in a cooperate organization so as to learn managerial skills.”

Where she practises all the skills learnt at WAVE, Tijesunimi is currently working at Foodco as a supervisor. She finds enthusiasm in this job because it provides the opportunity to manage the event centre and bar. For her, this role will aid her managerial skills. In this job, she has not only been equipped with managerial skills but also learns the skill of multitasking by combining her fashion design business and a supervisory role at Foodco.

Her advice to self-employed and unemployed youth goes thus: ‘take part in WAVE training and push to the edge of graduate no matter the challenges’

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Hon.Tunde Adeolu Adebayo
My Grand D, I'm proud of you, just keep it up Jesus is there for you, I've been praying on it that one of you will incorporate my family into JUDICIARY family, Glory be to GOD.
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
You rock girl!
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
Mrs. Adebayo
Well done my baby Lawyer 🥰
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
Bunmi joel
Always proud of you girl ❤️❤️❤️
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
Oyedeji Joel
I am very proud of you, my daughter ❣️❣️
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
Wow. This is amazing.
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
Ifeoluwa's admirer❤️
Her story is inspiring. I feel motivated. She is a young girl who at a tender age knows what she wants and she is working towards becoming her dreams.
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
Salami Omotolani
I'm interested
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
Mary Essien
I really love the transformation that Wave is causing in the lives of the young people. Mary's experience just stands out. She is more equipped to live. This and more is what young girls especially need to compete favorably in Nigeria. Apart from the people that are in Lagos state, how can youths from other states participate in this training? How much does the training cost? Before I go, I really appreciate the leadership of West African Vocational Education. God richly bless you. Thank.
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
Very helpful tip.
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
I'd like to be there.
May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
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May 21, 2024 6:56 PM
This is inspiring!
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