One of the most dramatic and unexpected consequence of women in the workplace is the rising profile of women in male dominated fields. Albinitio, we’ve all been familiar with the concept of occupational minority where women are a numerical rarity in some fields but today thanks to the dearth of jobs, women have begun to think outside the box, looking for ways to make a living beyond the obvious channels.
Today’s guest in my inspiration piece is a lady who has dared to tread a path that few women may be too shy to try. Enjoy our chat.
Please introduce yourself : I am Ojay Gwueke AJAIFIA
What’s your educational background? Bsc Accounting & TEFL certified
What exactly do you do? I am the chief barber at The Follicles Lounge,I own & manage the outfit.
What made you choose this field considering you’re a woman? I just wanted a business I could be part of, not just buying and selling!
Was it difficult breaking into the field? Not really
Do you have any formal training? Yes, I understudied barbers who have spent years in the field for a specified period of time.
Have you had cases where guys refused your services because of your gender? Severally
How did you handle the rejection? For some, i convinced them to give me a try and for the adamant ones, i ask my barbers to attend to them.
Has being a woman gotten you more customers or is it the other way round? I would say that curiosity has brought me clients.
. Are you married? Kids? Yes and I’ve got 3 kids
Would you encourage your daughter to join you if she shows interest? Definitely
Do you envision more women joining your field in the future? Oh yes. I even have plans to train more ladies on the job
What’s been your most embarrassing moment since you started your journey? The day there was power outage while I was attending to a client and I didn’t realize I had run out fuel in my generator! (But being the gentle man that he is, my client accepted a cup of coffee while waiting for the generator to be fueled)
Want to support this super woman? Visit Follicles Lounge at:
Suite A7, Kuriftu Plaza, Plot 519 Oluawotesu Street. Behind Mr Biggs Opposite Police Pension Office, Jabi, Abuja
To watch her video, Click Here.