One of Nigeria’s astute businesswomen and chairman of First Bank Group,Ibukun Awosika, has revealed how she was convicted to never do two things on the course of her life which included taking bribes and sleeping with men.
She made this known while speaking at the BPI entrepreneurship and innovation conference in Paris recently. She added that she had made the resolution when she was only 25 years old.
She narrated how she’d stuck with those principles till she became incredibly successful in the country.
In her words:
“In life, we all have different things that we believe in but our ability to have the courage to fight for the things that we believe in in a way that no matter what is changing around us, we can stand and keep standing, is what is key. In the world that we live in today, there is so much confusion as to who we should be, as to what we should believe, as to what we can defend. We are all struggling with whether to follow the crowd, to be part of the crowd or to have the audacity to stand for what we believe.
“As a young woman of 25, when I was starting my first business, I made up my mind that two things were going to be critical to me. I am from Nigeria and there are many things that my country is struggling within many ways but we are a great country of a great people.
“I made up my mind on two things. I was never going to pay bribe in order to succeed in my business nor was I ever going to sleep with a man in order to take an opportunity. Everyone thought I was an idealistic young woman that wasn’t going to go too far holding on to those principles.
“Well, it’s 30 years after and I have built a successful manufacturing group. On top of that, my country got to a point where they needed me’