LIFE IN BRIEF
Ijapari Gyang is from the Madagali Local Government of Adamawa State. She had her primary school education at Banki Central Primary School, Bama and secondary at the Government Girls Senior Science School, Konduga in Borno State. She proceeded to Kaduna State Polytechnic and obtained a National Diploma in Chemical Engineering. She is currently studying Entrepreneur and Business Management at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). She is married to Gyang Marcus from Plateau State and the union is blessed with four children.
My name is Ijapari Gyang. I am from Madagali Local Government of Adamawa State. I did my primary education at Banki Central Primary School, Bama and my secondary education at Government Girls Senior Science School, Konduga in Borno State. From there, I proceeded to Kaduna State Polytechnic and obtained National Diploma in chemical engineering. I’m currently studying Entrepreneur and Business Management at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). I’m married to Gyang Marcus from Plateau State and the union is blessed with four children.
What do you do for a living?
I am a business coach who helps online entrepreneurs on how to start, grow and profit from online business. I also host online training on data sharing business, teaching people how to become virtual assistant, or visible on social media as well as writing and publishing e-book among others. I have been in the business for about three years now.
How did it all start?
Quite early in life I watched as some women in our locality come to beg for assistance from my mother who fried akara. I remember at some point I went from behind to tell them that instead of begging all the time, why couldn’t they ask her to teach them how to fry akara.
When I gained admission into NOUN, everything was done on Internet and I kept on consuming my data. At a point I decided to go online and search for how to generate income using my data. I started blogging on empowerment; I equally discovered that people were looking for where to get data cheaper, I went online and learnt how to sell data cheaper. Right now I coach women on how to sell data cheaper from the comfort of their homes. I publish eBooks on data sharing and other subjects and l also carry out online training.
What Inspires You?
My inspiration comes from reading. l read a book by Myles Monroe entitled ‘Principle Power of Vision’, that reawakened and charged my mindset I was equally inspired by another book by Brain Tracy. Basically reading inspires me.
What challenges have you encountered?
It’s quite challenging being a stay-at-home mum. People think you have all the time and you have nothing to offer. I came back from the village not quite long, not because I wanted to travel, but because there was pressure on me to travel. It is assumed that I have all the time since l am working from home. Secondly it is challenging balancing business and managing the home front. If you are not careful it is going to be very difficult for you. So time management is a great challenge. I try to do much with limited time; thus I try as much as possible to avoid social media and other social aspects of life I consider as distraction because if you are not disciplined enough you cannot meet up.
What’s your advice to others?
My advice to other women is that they should leverage on the Internet because it has come to stay. They should equally look around and discover what they have because there is something you have, God has created you for higher purpose, you are not just a housewife. Don’t blame anybody, accept the fact that you are a stay-at-home mum and make good use of your time. Make use of your ideas to solve problems in your locality, a lot of people are looking for a particular thing that only you can offer. That challenge, God allows you to pass through so that you can help others. The question now is what can you offer? In the nearest future 75 per cent employment will come from the Internet there are a lot of things women can do on the Internet
I am grateful to God for my achievements so far. I have an online Academy called MUM-ON-POINT INTERNET BUSINESS ACADEMY where I publish eBooks and organise online training for people. The feedback I get on daily basis is overwhelming, the network and the calibre of people I’m collaborating with is simply amazing, the International recognition and the fact that I have moved from a housewife to making money from my kitchen table is an achievement I’m grateful to God about.
I love acting. I’m involved in drama in my church. I love reading, dancing and writing. I’m passionate about women and children. I’m children’s teacher. I’m always patient with them, there’s nothing they do that gets me angry.
I don’t have any regrets what so ever. It has been the grace of God all the way. Sometimes I used to ask myself can I really do this? Before I know, things will start to fall into places as though there is already an existing ladder for me. So I think generally industrious people don’t have that kind of regrets because they see their experiences whether good or bad as opportunities for learning.