The Wealth of Women:Economic Power.

Sophia Uroko
Posted July 20, 2018 from Nigeria
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Mrs.: Sophia Uroko (1/1)

Economic Power definition:  This means having stock or supply of materials, assets or personal attributes that sustains one in adverse circumstances. Such stocks include the following: educational attainment, strong will drive, political prowess, artistic prowess, catering training, house keeping prowess, physical cash etc.                                                                                  I was borne and bred from a poor polygamous home, my mom being the 3rd wife. This is allowed in all parts of Nigeria.                                                                                  I had to stay with a relation of my mother to gain primary education. Thereafter I was asked to take care of an old woman (a relation) in order to have secondary education.                                                                                                                                  After this stage I was left to my self. The next thing was to get married, but I refused and enquired from people how I can get university education while doing some casual work.                                                                                                                                        I was told it cannot be achieved in the village. That I should either go to Portharcourt in Rivers state or Lagos State all within Nigeria.                                                                                                                              I told my mom of my I intension to leave the village, she was apprehensive but cannot do anything because I have made up my mind. I had to teach in order to raise transport fare. This was how I came to Lagos State to stay with my mother's late brother's wife in 1997.                                                                                                               That same week I came to Lagos I searched out a typing bureau. I can type very well because I learnt typing in secondary school. So, I was employed as a typist and I worked for one year, saved some money and learnt computing while working as a typist.                                                                                                                            I worked as a computer operator for one year, saved some money and enrolled in part time studies for OND. After OND I went in for HND.                                                                                                                                      With my HND certificate I got job with Frigoglass Industries (Nig.) Limited a member of Leventis Group as a secretary.                                                                                  I never relented, I enrolled for post graduate diploma in personnel management and immediately after that, I  registered for masters in business administration (MBA) with the University of Calabar still in Nigeria, by this time suitors were already approaching me. I got married in 2005 and completed my MBA in 2006 with the pregnancy of my 1st child who is now 11 Years plus.                                                                                                                            I got employment with GZ group as a manager contributing up to 70% of the house up keep.                                                                                                                                  I train my younger ones who are now married and are meaningfully contributing to the community. My husband's relations too, we are helping. The people that would have been menace to the community are now good citizens because somebody is lending a helping hand.                                                                                                                   I am not yet done. I want create an outfit to employ 20 people and above,  empower and establish them especially women.                                                                                               Be focused, be determined, don't relent, let women of consequence be your role model. Do not take what your society gives you as a woman whose duty is to produce children and cook for husband. Where he cannot provide, you are incapacitated. When desperation conquered you and you commit adultery as the only way out to provide for your kids, the same Society that never cared will strip you naked and parade you around the community for abomination committed.                                                                                                                                       Do not resolved to be a sex machine because you are a woman. Though the community is harsh making you you a servant, stop and take a stand. God made you a help meet when He took the rib from Adam, that is the bottom line. 

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Stephanie Mah
Jul 20, 2018
Jul 20, 2018

Hi Sophia,
Thanks for sharing this nice educative story. It's painful seeing women funicating to solve their problems, we will stop this by teaching them what to do.

Sophia Uroko
Jul 20, 2018
Jul 20, 2018

Thanks dear, we will. That has been my heart desires. Together we will win the battle. Love you Stephanie.

Stephanie Mah
Jul 27, 2018
Jul 27, 2018

Love you too sister.

Jill Langhus
Jul 20, 2018
Jul 20, 2018

Hi Sophia,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) Thanks for sharing some of your story, background and what you're passionate about.

There is an opportunity to apply for a free, six month mentoring on the "Resources" page, if you are interested: https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/bim/resources/86074.

Also, do you know Olutosin? I think she was looking for teachers in Lagos. This is her profile:
https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/olutosin.

Looking forward to seeing more stories from you and learning more about your women's empowerment center vision.

Have a great day!

Sophia Uroko
Jul 20, 2018
Jul 20, 2018

Hi Jlanghus, thanks very much for the link. I will try and locate Olutosin. Together we will win!

Jill Langhus
Jul 21, 2018
Jul 21, 2018

You're welcome.

I just learned the mentoring opportunity is closed, for your information.

I'm glad that you have connected with Olutosin, though. I hope you're able to collaborate and impact even more women together:-)

Olubee
Jul 20, 2018
Jul 20, 2018

Hmm,what a story ,You are an example of a virtous woman.thank God you took the bold step to be educated what would have become of the people youare now helping.Thanks for sharing your story of determination,i also have learnt from your story.God bless you sis and will empower you to do more.

Sophia Uroko
Jul 20, 2018
Jul 20, 2018

Thanks Olubee, I thank God for everything. He will help us to build others. Together we shall win.

Jane Frances Mufua
Jul 20, 2018
Jul 20, 2018

Hi Sophia.
You have just demonstrated that you can be whatever you want to be. Your story will certainly encourage others to be determine to achieve their life dreams.
Thanks for sharing this story.

Sophia Uroko
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

We are in it together. Let's teach others they can make it too. Love you Jane

Beth Lacey
Jul 22, 2018
Jul 22, 2018

I am happy for your success!
Beth

Sophia Uroko
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

I was determined despite the odds. Let's push further. Together we shall win. Nice hearing from you, Beth.

coolasas
Jul 22, 2018
Jul 22, 2018

Hello Sophia,
I admire your determination to make something out of nothing but not according to you. Your drive to get a good education and be your own person shines through in what you told us in your story.
I wish you a good continuation in helping others especially women to be their own person, not forgetting their place in the society but still be empowered to be who they want to be. Men should be ashamed to be lazy around you and around those other women you empowered.
Good luck and God bless you and your endeavors.

Coolasas

Sophia Uroko
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

All glory to God, together we will teach the younger girls how to come out of depression and lack of self confidence. Nice hearing from you Coolasas.

kyla
Jul 25, 2018
Jul 25, 2018

Hi Sophia, it is so good to see how your hard work and dedication have made a difference for you and all your family. You clearly have a lot of inner strength and skill and I have no doubt that you will achieve your vision to employ over 20 people. Thank you for sharing your journey.

Marieta Dimova
Jul 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018

FINE

Sophie Ngassa
Jul 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018

Hello sis, your story is heart touching and inspiring. i had to read it twice. Please can i share it with my sisters here. Thanks for being very open minded.

Ngwa Damaris
Aug 01, 2018
Aug 01, 2018

Thank You Sophia... thanks for bringing up women, there are many other powerful women on World Pulse in Nigeria.You can reach out to them that you guys create a stronger bond.

Jacqueline Namutaawe
Aug 06, 2018
Aug 06, 2018

Oh my I am encouraged and touched by the resilence and determination to make it to the top. That is what makes a strong and powerful woman of substance. Keep the banner highwe need more young women to develop the zeal and resilence to make it no matter what circumstance comes up. Thanks a bunch for sharing with us your story of encouragement.