The Empowered Woman

Mirabel Erute OBE
Posted February 23, 2020 from Nigeria

#MY STORY

My Name is Mirabel OBE (Nee Ohwota) growing up was fun for me and my siblings. Dad was an Accountant who worked for Delta Steel Company (DSC), Aladja, Delta State. This company could be likened to the Shell and Chevron of today. 

I remember Dad telling me he declined NNPC offer for DSC. Dad was well paid, and we were all living a very good life, in fact we were living a secluded life from the real hustle in the world. Working in DSC gives you the opportunity of staying in the Housing complex, your kids attending Nursery - Secondary school in the complex (Best Schools in Delta state then), medical facility in the complex, police station in the complex, church in the complex and even banks in the complex, you  could imagine staying with white people in same complex and having to use same you facilities with them. 

Did I tell you even in the house you stay the company buys as far as to curtain and cooking gas for you. So, it was a lifestyle of luxury.

Now mum, she was a determined lady who grew up in a typical farm settlement in the west who was also determined to be schooled, she got trained at the then College of Education Warri which earned her a teaching Offer in the Delta state Civil service.

Back to Dad, he never saw the need for extra source of income as he was sure the company was a stable one, being the best Steel company in west African then. Mum was also content with what she earned as a teacher, though she tried her hands on several businesses, but failed.

Fast forward to when I got into secondary school, the company announced retrenchment and redundancy of staff. I could remember we automatically became prayer warriors as list were sent out daily. It got to the account department; My Dad’s name was on the list.

 That brought us to a new phase of life, dad got into business with the savings he had, and I think out of lack of experience he failed, because he went straight into large scale manufacturing with so much anxiety. As a family we fell from Grace to grass, it was a terrible experience, the only thing we had to our names was an uncompleted building which was the only landed property he had and that was because my mum insisted that he must acquire a land and stop living a borrowed life of DSC and failed Stock Shares which eventually  depreciated  till date. 

Life after DSC was hard on everyone, that I wouldn’t want to pen down for memory sake (Tear Drops). Dad sold his car, valuable belongings were sold to cater for the household, feeding became a problem, as we all depended on Mum’s meagre salary. 

Years Later, Dad died and the responsibilities of Five (5) Children rested solely on my Mum. 

That borne the Entrepreneurial and resilient Spirit in me, that I wasn’t going to be deceived by a paid job and there is nothing as consistently building an alternate stream of income as a #PLAN B.

I am #Mirabel OBE, I preach multiple streams of income.

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Jill Langhus
Feb 24
Feb 24

Hi Mirabel,

How are you? Welcome back! Thanks for sharing some of your background information and some of what you're passionate about. Can you tell me more about your organization or company, or will you be writing more about it? I'm looking forward to hearing more about what you've built.

Anita Shrestha
Feb 24
Feb 24

Thank you for shairng

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Mirabel,
Hope you are doing well. Thank you so much for sharing your life's story. I love the way you decided that you wouldn't be deceived by a paid job. That is the spirit and the way to go in life. It is never easy to make such a decision and the fact that you did the sky is surely the limit for you in everything that you do.
Thank you for sharing and please keep us posted on your entrepreneur ventures.
Have a lovely day.

Beth Lacey
Feb 25
Feb 25

You learned a great principle. Unfortunately it was because of the challenges you went through. Stay strong.

lizzymark
Feb 26
Feb 26

Hi Mirable,nice to meet you. Your story was such a sad one but thankful you were not limited and still pushing on. I understand that our experience teach us to build others this I love with the women on world pulse. Hoping to hear more of what you do.

Kabahenda
Mar 02
Mar 02

Hi Mirabel,

You are a phenomenal woman! You turned your bad fortune into an opportunity. We would love to hear about your enterprise because it could be a source of inspiration to other women who are in similar situations.

More power unto you.

fidelity
Mar 09
Mar 09

thank you for sharing it is really encouraging.
fidelity

Doris Ogueri
Mar 12
Mar 12

Great story Mirable. Multiple sources of income is always advised. There must always be a Plan B. Ride on sis!

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