B E S I D A
made in nigeria
B E S I D A
M A D E I N N I G E R I A
. . . a little bit about BESIDA
Meaning: Besida is a female name from the Itsekiri tribe meaning "destiny determines all."
Product: Tops, Jumpsuits, Dresses, Separates in 100% Cotton Ankara Cloth
Description: Hand-made, Stylish, Affordable
Collection Pieces: AfriKimono, Fan Maxi Dress, Gidi Crop Top, Bombay Skirt
Made In: Edo, Nigeria
Price Range: 29.99 - 114.99
Owner: Sophia Danner-Okotie aka Sophia O.
Business Started: August 2015
A Chat With Sophia O. . . . "My Secret For Success"
While traveling to LA on assignment I had an opportunity to visit with my multi-genius Renaissance Woman friend Fanta Celah while she was on Zuvaa's Multi-city Pop-Up Tour along with fellow entrepreneur designers Sophia Danner-Okotie and Rahyma.
Each designer is a success in her own beautiful right. Ever on the alert for superwomengoddess power and magic, I was curious about what each woman attributed to her success in business. Here's what was revealed in my chat with 24-year old native Nigerian, Sophia O. . . .
What Is Your Secret For Success?
"It may be cliche and perhaps the most obvious secret to success is prayer."
"Anytime that I feel like I'm in lack or need strength or feel like I'm about to worry about something. I say: "God I'm not going to worry because I know you're gonna work." It says: "In your time of weakness, that's when I'm strong."
P R A Y E R
2 Corinthians 12:8-10
“But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults,
hardships, persecutions, and calamities.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
"In a way, you can bask in your weakness because you know that's when God is most powerful. He has all the energy and he just wants to surprise you. There's so many instances where I felt like that was it for the week where I wasn't going to make enough to match my bills or pay my workers and he just does something at the last minute when I would get on my knees and pray "I need your help and I know you're gonna make it happen." That's the secret.
I build a wall of defense around me that whatever the enemy has in store for me is going back to turn around in my favor."
NEWS REPORTER TURNED ENTREPRENEUR
"I was working as a news reporter on TV. Everyone thinks that because I was on TV that I made it. I didn't feel that was my purpose. I quit my job four months ago so I could focus on this to take it to the next level and that's where it's going.
God told me it was time for me to turn in my two weeks notice. I had the letter written out and said "Lord if it's time, you will show me a sign." I wrote the letter and put it on the table. And that day my boss called me in and she said: "Hey I just wanted to know if you were still thinking about staying?" I said: "Today is the day that I give my two weeks." I already had the letter written. Isn't that crazy?"
Greatest Success So Far:
"Seeing how much people appreciate the clothes, appreciate where it's made. I advertise my clothes are made in Nigeria. If I could change my clothing line to "Made In Nigeria" I would. The idea that these are made by the people [is the most powerful aspect to this whole vision].
It's so difficult communicating here, there and then getting what I need here, but it's so worth it. Because I've seen my tailors expand. I'm hiring more tailors, I hired a supervisor there now. So I'm giving jobs, you're adding to the economy. That is the reason I started the company, not because I love clothes necessary because I want more jobs in Nigeria. And I want to inspire people to go back to Nigeria and start. They could do bags, they could do jewelry, it's just the perception that they're African, what really can they do?"
What Is The Big Vision For Your Company?
"Getting more designers to go to Nigeria to make their clothes. When you see "Made in Italy" you assume it's going to be of quality. Let's see if we can get Louis Vuitton in Nigeria to make a collection there, the production. And to change the connotation of that Africans make mediocre, but that Africans make supreme quality."
100% Cotton Ankara cloth in Edo, Nigeria.
Thanks for reading. :o)
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Day 17 of 11/13 Moons