Lady Bosses

Nigerian women empowering others… that’s what we stand for at One Woman NG. #PressForProgressNG was the tip of the iceberg, and we have more plans in store as an initiative. We’re set to inspire you with stories of Nigerian women making the move for women empowerment  a reality in their chosen space all year long. We will share their learnings, failures and advice with you in mind.
The first of many featured women is Ask Damz, a leading certified nutrition expert and coach in Nigeria. She’s also the founder of a popular fitness program that’s helping thousands of Nigerian women become the healthiest version of themselves. It all started with her amazing 2013 body transformation, where she lost approximately 35kg and built a network and business empire shortly after.


Image credit: Bella Naija

We hope you’re sitting down because these facts on gender inequality are quite gripping…

1. According to WHO, one in three women worldwide has experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.

2. Almost two-thirds of women in the North West and North East Nigeria are uneducated, compared to less than 15% in the South-South.

3. Pew Centre studies show that only 70 countries have had a female leader (as of 2016).

At One Woman, we support the notion of women empowering women, encouraging the creation of opportunities and growth in the workplace and business landscape. That’s why we consider the process of mentorship as highly important, amongst other things.

In anticipation of #PressForProgress this International Women’s Day 2018, we asked members of our One Woman Community what’s the best piece of advice from a mentor they have ever received. Here’s what they had to say:

There is a difference between DISCOURAGEMENT, INAPPRECIATION AND HONEST CRITICISM. You should be able to spot the differences – @zeeautiful_atelier

Always seek to be a person of value; don’t do to others what you can’t accept yourself  – @oremicraft

Be in competition with your best of yesterday. That’s is the one true way you can measure growth and progress, not by competing with others – @thefitmumhub

There’s so much to celebrate about the phenomenal African woman – from the richness of her mind to the vastness of her dreams. We hope these quotes help to inspire and unleash the greatness that lies within.

More inspo awaits you on our Instagram page by the way. We just kicked off a Women’s History Month series, remembering Nigerian women of old who caused impact in different fields. Make sure you follow and tune in:

“I’m convinced that we Black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us not only  get down but to get up, to get through and to get over” – Janet Jackson

As the love month comes to an end, here are some special ways to show your customers you care as a businesswoman on the rise:

1. Include a goody bag in their order:

Who doesn’t love receiving extra gifts? You don’t have to go all out and empty your bank account. A thoughtful gift that will put a smile on your customers face is not too much to do. They’ll feel valued by you and they’ll be more likely to become a return customer.

It’s a topic most Nigerian women know too well, the art of patronising a friend’s business, just to show support. Whether it’s a bakery, a catering outfit, a tailor’s shop, a wig store… the list of small businesses young Nigerians start these days is endless, and we each have at least one friend who spearheads such.

Now there are businesses, and there are businesses. Some offer products/services of excellent quality, while others do the exact opposite. If your friend’s business sadly falls into the latter category, it can be an awkward place to find yourself in. After all, you genuinely want this person to succeed but also don’t want to say or do the wrong thing that could ruin the friendship.

What’s a Naija woman to do? Read on for some tips on handling the situation if you’re in one right now:

Resist pressure to patronise: For the love of you, especially in these dire economic times, “suffering” with a product or service, just to appear supportive, isn’t fair to you. Business is business, and if there are other service providers offering the same product or service at a more affordable rate without compromising on quality, then by all means, go for theirs.

We know how hard it can be to get up early in the morning and be faced with having to choose between prepping for an appointment and getting the kids set for school. The key is to focus on a plan, get organized, and find the right balance between work and parenthood. Here are some tips to get you started:

Get help:  As you won’t be around with your kids 24/7, It is ok to get help. Ask your network of friends and family for reference to nannies, babysitters or daycare centres. When employing a nanny, it is advised to employ one who is educated and has a history of long commitment to families. This means they are able to care for children of all ages and assist with homework. A good daycare facility should have flexible hours, outdoor space, friendly and kind employees who have had their backgrounds checked.

Create a morning routine:: This is a really good way to avoid frazzles. You can start out by laying out the kids’ clothes plus yours, polishing the shoes, deciding what to make for breakfast, etc. Basically, doing this helps you keep your sanity.

Stay in touch with your kids: The importance of communicating with your kids from the workplace can never be overemphasized. No matter how busy you may be, always ensure you take out time out of your busy schedule to know how your kids are faring. Hearing or seeing your child (through video webcams) could help you get through a rough day and will mean a lot to your child. He/she is comforted knowing you are near.

“Keep a notebook if only for the sake of getting out of your own head”-  Author unknown.

This is one of our favourite quotes on note-taking. Whether it’s a sudden flicker of an idea, an important piece of information received on-the-go or a short-term goal, a habit to imbibe as a lady boss is the act of taking notes. For reasons why, keep reading.  

Ideas don’t stay long: Awesome and mind-blowing ideas can pop up at the strangest of times and you have to capture them quickly before they fade into thin air. Capture your ideas for future reference weeks, months or even years down the line.

It helps to remind yourself of what to focus on: As busy women, we are bound to get caught up in our everyday business and lose track of the most crucial things. So, to avoid spending our energy on low priority tasks, it is advisable to write down a reminder that can stop our thoughts when we see it and guide us back on track again.

In the spirit of the New Year, amidst all the goal setting and resolutions, it is important to set professional goals. One way to discover life’s shortcuts is by reading other people’s stories and learning from their experiences without having to go through the same thing. With that said, the following five books are essential for women in business and career. Most are quick reads, all are unique and fun, with incredible lessons to share.


  • Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Risk taking is an important aspect of being an entrepreneur. Shonda Rhimes is a writer and producer, known for Grey’s Anatomy (2005), Scandal (2012) and Crossroads (2002). In this book, she talks about her career successes and struggles as well as her family and personal life. She talks about the paradox of dreaming vs. doing and she shows you, by her own example, how to work really hard to build yourself.

If anyone had told me that I would survive this year, I’d have probably laughed at them. The truth is, It has been a very tough 2017 for me, but through it all, I’ve realised my inner strength.

My single new year’s resolution is to create a #staywinning plan and stick with it. I thought it best to share my plans with you and other ladies of this community so we’re winning together. I truly hope they help. Read, reflect and share:

List out your short-term goals: What do you have planned for tomorrow? Write it down. I know doing this constantly may sound a bit absurd but you have to learn to do these small simple tasks with joy. What about next week? What’s your goal for next week? Write it out and stick to each one till your done.

Then, list out your long-term goals: What do you want to do in five years time? What about in ten years time? Once you’ve written your long-term goals, you will subconsciously align your short-term goals with your long-term goals. After all, little drops of water make a mighty ocean.