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The Butcher’s Corner

Shefy Belo-Osagie

Shefy Belo-Osagie

Hello,

Welcome to the Midtown story… this is the story of a young girl’s journey through entrepreneurship and the “joys” of starting up a business in Nigeria. I am building an empire and would really love for you to join me as I narrate my story and share my thoughts.

First, some background. My company is called Midtown Butcher and it aims to provide all sorts of meat, poultry and seafood products to the doorstep of everyone who is non-vegetarian. From hotels to restaurants to the working mother who shouldn’t have to shop for these products in the un-hygienic, traffic-infested open market…yes, I know. God bless Midtown :-) . I have various interests (which I shall discuss as I progress) so this should metamorphose into a successful empire with interests in various for-profit and non-profit projects.

I am Sheffy and I love working with people. I am also a very good sales-person and when it comes to money-making, I can strategize in my sleep (this is exactly why Dayo calls me Amaka. Lol). I am also super passionate about everything I do and I always find a way to forge ahead even when life throws the biggest lemons at me. Best of all, I am fortunate to have a strong support system in God, my awesome family and few close friends. I have managed to surround myself with people who are successful in their chosen fields who I hope to learn a thing or two from as I walk this path.

Why did I decide to start blogging about my experience? Simple! Starting up a business in Nigeria is no walk in the park. It is HARD. Even harder (but way smarter) when you are starting on a tight budget and super hard when you’re a young, single woman (yep, even being single comes into play). So I thought it would be nice to share my experience with other like-minded individuals. I am also a strong believer in learning from other people’s slip-ups and victories so feel free to learn a thing or two from mine. I pray that in the course of sharing my experiences, it will become clear to me and my readers why a good number of Nigerian businesses die or are at best living a shoddy existence.

This blog has been a long time coming. I was going to start blogging in January when I first decided to do my own thing full-time but voila….I am only starting 5 months after. Trust me, you have missed plenty plenty gist (hot, spicy, dry, funny….) but I will fill you in as I go. I will even blog about my previous life experiences and what led to my deciding to be a full-time money making CEO (heheheeee…loving the title).

For as long as I can remember, everywhere I turn, I find someone who wants to be an entrepreneur. If I was paid a nickel for every time I have heard folks around me grumble about paid employment, Dangote would be my houseboy yo!

“I want to do my own thing so I have more time for myself”

“I want to do my own thing so I can have more time for my kids and husband oh. I don’t trust nannies at all, at all”

“I want to do my own thing so I can go on vacays as I please. This 1 month vacation per year is cramping my jet-setting skills”

“I am going to start my own business jo. How can I keep leaving my house at 6.30am every week day”

“I don’t want to work for anyone. I want to work for myself so people can stop ordering me about”

I am hoping that such people will somehow find their way to this blog and learn a thing or two about how to get it right in the very peculiar Nigerian climate.

Please join me as I share details of my baby steps, giant steps, hilarious encounters, light-bulb moments, work relationships and hopefully super busy days. I will be writing about all sorts, from personal tips on how to survive as a female entrepreneur in Nigeria (yes, I am sexist like that) to my experience with various categories of people: suppliers, consultants, estate agents (as I look for workspace and shops), landlords (gist for another day) and even artisans- electricians, plumbers, painters, name it (I have at least 2 of each on speed dial already). No jokes…You won’t believe how much my phone book has expanded over the last few months

Sadly, you won’t be reading about who Genevieve Nnaji or Chuck Bass kissed last summer and when Dbanj and Don Jazzy are getting back together on this blog…sorry to disappoint you, love! *smiles. I know gossip sells faster than Shoprite bread. However I would really love for you to be a part of this so feel free to drop by every now and then and drop as many tips, comments and stories as you are able to.

P.S *clears throat* Disclaimer: I am not a writer so you won’t be getting any Steve Harvey type manual or Bella Naija reporting skills here. Merci pour votre comprehension.

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