A LIFE IN BRIEF
Zibiah D.B Solomon is the first child of her family. She hails from Dogon Kurmi in the Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State. She had all her schoolings in Kaduna. She holds a Higher National Diploma in Office Technology and Management. Currently, she runs a catering and events decoration outfit.
My name is Zibiah D.B Solomon. I am from Dogon Kurmi in the Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State. I was born into the family of Mr Bulus Garba and Mrs Sarah Bulus in Dogon Kurmi. I am the first child of the family. I started my educational career at Joy Nursery and Primary School, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna. I also attended Our Lady of Fatima Secondary School, SabonTasha, Kaduna. After my secondary school education, I proceeded to a catering school in Kaduna and after that before I attended Kaduna Polytechnic; where I studied Office Technology and Management, for Ordinary National Diploma and Higher National Diploma. I was posted to Bayelsa State for my National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. Now, I am a caterer.
How It All Started
It started after my secondary school education when I proceeded to a catering and event decorations school in Kaduna. Since then I have been making cake and snacks for people. Although I didn’t grow with it right from childhood, I have always thought of doing something for myself. In short, I had always wanted to be an entrepreneur. While in the higher institution, I was doing it but I got into it fully after my NYSC. It was then I opened a catering and rentals shop in 2014. I also do event decoration.
WHAT IS YOUR DRIVING FORCE?
My driving force is God the almighty my father, my mother, my clients and hard work.
What Stands You Out From Competitors?
What stands me out from competitors is honesty and dedication to my business. I always deliver at the right time and I also empower other people. I always think of being creative, doing new things for my customers and making them happy. With these, they keep coming to me just as I always try my best to keep to time no matter the difficulty I encounter.
SECRET OF YOUR SUCCESS
The secret of my success is God in whom I put all my trust. I believe in myself, my clients believe me and trust my hand work. I don’t discriminate. I welcome everybody no matter their stature, colour or religion. These keep the business growing.
My hobbies are reading, cooking, tourism and making new customers.
What I dread mostly are insincerity, laziness and failure. when you fail to deliver at the right time your client may get upset and will come back again.
I have achieved a lot in this business. Since I set up my catering school I have trained others and I am still doing training. Glory be to God; those who have graduated are confidently running their businesses now. Apart from training, I secure contracts of making cake, snacks and others.
My father is my mentor.
I have financial challenges and the difficulty or challenges to register my business fully.
I have no regrets in this business; I thank God for everything.
YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
My most memorable moment is the day my first set of students graduated. There was excitement with the students, their relatives and well-wishers. I was happy too.
YOUR FUTURE PROJECTION
My future projection is to partner with international bodies through training of women and youth who will become independent.
My advice to the youth is that they should hold on to what they want and put their trust in God because nothing is impossible. All they need to do is take a bold step, pray and be dedicated to what they are doing. They should stop looking for white collar jobs carrying CV from one office to another, because everybody has what it takes to make life better especially those who are thinking of leaving Nigeria to other countries. Nigeria is better than those countries. The money you waste on the road, use it here to invest.
HOW DO YOU BALLANCE YOUR BUSINESS AND THE FAMILY?
Time is so precious to me and I manage it effectively. l try my best to give attention to domestic chores when I am at home and if am at the shop I face my business seriously without jokes. I thank God for helping me to strike the balance.
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