Jamila Balarabe Gambo is an indigene of Kano State. She was born into the family of Late Engineer Balarabe Gambo and Late Hajiya Talatu Yakasai, second of five children. She had her nursery and primary education in Lagos while she attended secondary school in Kano State. She later studied Building at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She has been in the Catering and Services business for 10 years.
My name is Jamila Balarabe Gambo. I was born in Nasarawa, Kano Municipal, Kano State to the family of Late Engineer Balarabe Gambo and Late Hajiya Talatu Yakasai on 9th July, 1983. I am an indigene of Kano State. I am the second of five siblings and I am married to Nasiru Mu’azu, who is caring and supportive. I started my educational career at Tade International School, Lagos, from there I amoved to Nigeria Ports Authority Staff School in Lagos for my primary education. Then I proceeded to Hassan Ibrahim Gwarzo Secondary School in Kano State and later, the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where I studied Building. I became a graduate in the year 2008, which exceeded the number of years for my course due to incessant strike. I am into Catering and Services with the brand name, Hotspices. I am also into selling of Ankara, laces, shoes, bags and lots more. My shop is presently located in my house and it is called Jay’s Place.
How It All Started
I got my business spirit from my late mother (may God rest her soul). She was and still is the most enterprising woman I know even in death. She had lots of local businesses and travelled a lot for business purposes. My Dad, on the other hand, was more inclined to work but he was excellent at what he did. I started the business in the year 2008 after graduation from the university. I usually collected my mother’s goods to resell. After sometime, I had my capital and with it, I bought goods from the market.
For now, I don’t have any fear concerning my business. However I have a challenge and it is drawing a line between business, family and friends. They take goods on credit and this has been a major setback for the business.
What Sets You Apart
I do not compromise quality for anything and that alone keeps customers wanting more of my goods and services.
I look forward to expanding my business to a point where I will have the capacity and man power to produce goods myself with such high quality that they will be exported to other countries.
How Do You Balance Business And Family
It has not been an easy task but with a very understanding and supportive husband like mine, it makes it much easier.
Most Memorable Day
The day I met my dear husband.
My advice to all women is to have a source of income no matter how little it is and for those who have made it in life to try as much as possible to empower the weak ones because a little help goes a long way. I will be selecting three female random followers to teach baking of cakes for free as my little token towards the empowerment of women.
I started by collecting my mother’s goods and reselling but I am so thankful to God that presently, I have my own capital to run two businesses. I have God to be grateful to and parents that brought me up in the best possible way, having invested in me financially and educationally. I also have a certificate in Food and Beverage making from the famous Kemi Adeoye Catering School in Lagos.
My late parents are my mentors because they worked very hard for me to be where I am today and for this, I owe them everything.
I love dancing and drawing but my happiest moment is creating a recipe. I have lots of recipes to publish in a book soon and it will be about how to create dishes from leftovers and retwisting famous Nigerian delicacies, all these and more will be unravelled soon.