A LIFE IN BRIEF
The 23-year-old Asmau was born in Ilorin and had both her primary and secondary school education in the city, the capital of Kwara State. She later studied in Kwara State University, where she bagged BSc. in Tourism Hospitality and Event Management in 2015. After the completion of her NYSC scheme, she ventured into processing of cow skin after all her search for a white collar job failed.
BY Abdullahi Olesin
My name is Hanafi Asmau Temim and my business name is Ayat Ponmon. I am from Ilorin, Kwara State. I was born on 24th of March I994 and the second daughter of Mr and Mrs HassanTemim. I attended Burhanudeen Primary School and later International Art and Science Academy where I had my secondary education. After my secondary school education, I did a diploma course in Mass communication and History before proceeding to Kwara State University, Malete, where I bagged a BSc in Tourism Hospitality and Event Management in 20I5.
I am happily married to Mr Olanrewaju Rabiu Hanafi and we are blessed with a son.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
It started when I finished my National Youth Corps Service and there was no job. My husband who is into development of local entrepreneurs came back from work one day and told me he met someone who is into selling cow skin and he thought it would be good if we venture in to it. I saw the business idea as something innovative and promising so l agreed. More importantly l felt comfortable with the thought of doing something good by making a nicer and neater compared to what we have in the local market. That was how it all started.
My husband really inspired me.
SECRET OF YOUR SUCCESS
I would say the secret of my success is readiness to work, being persevering, resilient and consistent, once you can do these, you will succeed in whatever you laid your hands on. Also my husband has been a great supporter right from the start up till this moment and this has really helped in growing the business. I also have the support of my family and friends.
Travelling, listening to music and cooking.
All glory be to Almighty Allah. I have so many achievements, one of which is being a graduate, and my business has been getting a good feedback and so many referrals, though I still need more support to get where I want to be.
My mentors are Mr Rabiu Olanrewaju Hanafi (my husband) and my father, Mr Hassan Temim. They both impacted positively in my life.
My dream is to be a great entrepreneur whose products are well known and producer of many good things that solve people’s problems.
I don’t have any regret as I know that failure is a major part of what makes you an entrepreneur.
YOUR ADVICE TO YOUNGER ONES
My advice to my younger ladies is that there are many opportunities outside there; one just have to explore these opportunities. We should not look at some businesses as if they are dirty jobs or this is a dirty job or local business “I can’t do it.” Some people will make jest of you because you are doing ponmo [cow skin] but you don’t need to mind, just focus on what you do, once you focus you will make it.
YOUR PROJECTION FOR THE FUTURE
My projection for the future is to become a major producer in packaging of ponmo.