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“Pray hard, and work hard too” Maryam.

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Maryam Danjuma Tukura is a home decor specialist, an entrepreneur at large and a humanitarian who is a graduate of Literature in English from Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. She hails from Niger State

What do you do?

I own Maya Brand, and I specialise in home decor ornaments such as throw pillows, vase, wall paper, beddings and artificial flowers. I am also  the founder of Hana Foundation, a charity organisation I started in December 2015 with the help of my family and close friends.

What does the charity organisation entail?

We assist the less privileged  people in the society, We once provided medication for women and children hospital in Sokoto and also visited an orphanage in Minna my hometown to provide them shelter and foodstuffs, we are still in small scale for now but hopefully with time, we will be able to reach other places and cover areas that are lacking.

Where are you from?

I am from Paiko,Niger State.

Why did you choose entrepreneurship?

My love for organised places made me venture into interior decoration.

I could go to a house and arrange the house if nobody is watching, My friends refer to me as Miss Hygiene.

My mum once said to me “Maryam the only issue you will have with your husband is his untidiness”

I pray I don’t end up with an untidy man, Lol!

What is the position of today’s youth?

The rate of unemployment in the country is alarming and is definitely one of the biggest challenges youths are facing. There is also the lack of capital to start lucrative businesses that will boost the country’s economy. This is a situation that needs to be tackled head-on in order to put an end to the spate of kidnapping, armed robbery, hard drugs and other ills that has taken over the once peaceful society we grew up in. I will also use this forum to advice the youths not to depend on the government for everything, especially employment, as government can do little. Having a degree is no guarantee to securing a white collar job but it will be an added advantage if they are able to carve out a niche for themselves in the business world by learning a skill or two. They can also develop their passion and earn cool cash doing what they love.   

What are some of the challenges you encountered?

So far, I am yet to experience any challenge. My parents have been of great support all through, they have been my backbone and are always inclined towards pushing me to great heights, Alhamdulillah.

What is fashion and style to you?

To me fashion and style is not only about clothing, it could be my choice of furniture, my kind of jewelry preferences and how I choose to present myself to the world.

What genre of music is your favourite and why?

I am not really a music person, I just go along with whatever is trending.

Where is your favourite tourist location in Nigeria?

I love love Yankari national park, Bauchi State.

What do you do during your spare time?

I love to watch movies and hang out with family and friend because they have been my greatest critics, motivators, counselors, number one fan and are always available whenever the need arises. They mean everything to me.

What are your last words for young entrepreneurs like yourself?

Firstly, be passionate about what you do, entrepreneurship is not easy I must confess but it is worth it. Pray hard and work hard too, always trust your process, with time, everything will fall in place. No great person in the world started out without challenges but with determination and perseverance the sky is just a starting point.

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