It was a lovely evening
Just in the cool of the day, I was having a timeout. Immediately I dashed online to check up what was going on with friends on Facebook.
All I just wanted was to follow friends and trends for a while.
I haven’t strolled down for long before I saw the post of a friend with the Picture of “The Catalyst” – Lanre Olusola. This picture caught my attention not just because The Catalyst is someone I follow, but a brand I reckon with and has my respect. Little did I know I was reading a story that would touch my life in a way I cannot even imagine.
It was an Instagram post shared on Facebook – the next second I was on Instagram to see the post. I read the story of Iyadunni Adedolapo and I couldn’t stop reading it. I read it over and over again. The more I read it, the more something was happening to me on my inside.
How can Someone be this determined out of life? How did she survive? What could be her life motivation? All these questions keep popping within me, I just couldn’t get them off my head.
Immediately I fell in love with the story, not just the story but the person in the story as well. I made up my mind I was going to meet this lady in person. It took me a while to meet her, but I did met her.
I’ll be sharing the story of Iyadunni in this Guest Entrepreneur Series for this month, I won’t be surprised if this story is every motivation you need to make your dreams come through.
Let’s get started, yes!
Iyadunni is a regular Nigerian, as regular as you and I – perhaps.
She has strong passion for selling, she looks for every opportunity to sell and she always have fun doing it. As usual, it brought in profits which was something significant. Something I figured out she also learnt early in life is savings as she told me her story. She saved so much from her little sales here and there.
Iyadunni was not born with a silver-spoon in her mouth, she is an everyday person, just like me. Just like every other people she has great life aspirations, dreams so big. She was an independent undergraduate who conveniently pay her own bills – she was already a LASU student at this time.
Then life happened! – The unplanned for knocked on her door
She got involved in an accident – a gunshot that left her unable to stand to her feet. It was just like a minor incident. She got operated at the UCH Ibadan, all to no avail. Recommendations were made to get adequate treatment in India. A huge sum of money needed! Her story made the Dailies at the time, but help came from nowhere. After much struggles from family and friends, she was set for India for her treatment.
One would think it was testimony time, and finally the storm is getting over especially after the surgery in India. Sadly the story remained the same, she remained on her wheel chairs.
Then pain came, at that time you will be right to call her a woman of sorrow and a lady acquainted with grief.
Suddenly life was running out of her, her freedom was taking away, her future seem not sure, everything that looked like an asset in her looked a liability – she now has a legitimate reason to give up on life. Her business was gone, school was out of it – all that was left was her confinement to a room.
She struggled in her mind, it was more a battle of the mind. Her pastor was instrumental in her healing process, and also couple of folks around her. Those right words births to her the correct assessment of herself. According to her: “The battle to keep on at life was more in my mind, then I knew I needed to read lots of books to keep my mind positive. One book that brought the turnaround was a book called NEVER GIVE UP by Joys Meyer. That book gave me all the strength I needed to continue with life.”
Immediately she told me about the book, I just knew I also had to read the book. Immediately I searched for a copy online. Reading the book has been amazing, In case you would also love to read it, there is a link below.
Back to my story…
She made up her mind to be a solution and life-giver instead of being a problem and victim. According to her: “whenever people come to me with pity, I do not give them a chance, I wear a warm smile on my face and help them solve their problems”. She made sure every people who came around never left her the same.
I sat down beside her watching her tell me her story and I was blown away with the warm embrace of her smile and cheerfulness – It’s like a bottle of chilled water to labored man under the scorching sun, such a relief to the soul. Iyadunni is such an amazing lady!
Back to her story…
In her quest to continue with her life she knew she had to continue her business, she went back to her old contacts in her previous business. What is now missing is a product to sell. She pleaded with some friends to give some of their products at wholesale price for her to sell and make profit. That was how her business started again. She displayed pictures of goods she sells on all her social media platforms including OLX and JIJI.
She also made up her mind to leave her parents apartment to start life on her own – the whole world thought she was crazy, but she was too determined to give-in into their discouragements. She also enrolled back to get her BS.c. UNILAG seem to be her best shot, she needed a part-time program – as she was not ready for the rigor of writing JAMB again. Luckily for her she got the admission, it was a 5 year course.
With support from her pastor and friends, she was able to get an apartment and made payment. Selling on her social media platforms began to grow gradually and slowly. Her passion for selling was far higher than any challenges she saw. I personally followed her on some of her social media handles and her dedication to showcasing her products is overwhelming. Her phone was more a business than a mere communication tool. Friends who that sees how serious she is respect her dedication and spend less time distracting her with idles chats.
Oladunni is physically challenged but she made sure that did not come in the way of her life. She lives in her house, pay herself to school and does her business. Now she comfortably sell through her social media account in six figures weekly, with clients from even Europe. It sounds easy right?
I think I should share this secrets she shared with me, she told me that the Catalyst was the first person to buy from her on her Instagram handle, after opening the account for 14 months. Wow! For 14 months she posted pictures daily of her products, sometimes 10 times or more daily and yet continued for 14 months without a sale. That level of commitment and consistency is scarce out there. I still ask myself as I write this, if I could have such steel in my convictions.
Despite on wheelchair – she works hard so much and she plays hard.
This is a story that has challenged me to keep moving and never stop reaching out to the galaxies where I know I belong. But what about you reading this also?
I asked Iyadunni three questions as I rounded up my appointment with her. Two I will share on this article. You want to know these questions? I’ll be sharing that now and also the answers she gave me.
Firstly, I asked: do you think you can walk with your feet one more time?
Secondly: Projecting five years into the future, what do you see your business become, any plans?
Her answers will amaze you…
With a warm smile she replied: “The only answer I can give is YES! Who wouldn’t want to be on his/her feet? I believe God can still give life to those feet, that is why I keep playing my own path to continue my physiotherapy – so that there will be some muscles to keep her up when God brings the life.”
“As for my business, I have plans – I have a project to have an ecommerce platform where there are unrestricted access to all my products. I’m also looking forward to pickup zones for these products”
With her answers I knew the sky can only be a starting point for her, I know she is a bang going somewhere to explode. Beyond having pick-up zones, she has amazing business ideas around those locations. I feel blessed sharing those moment with her.
Here is what The Catalyst has to say about her: Please patronize Iyadunni and yes, she has good stuff. Ever since the validation her sales is on autopilot because indeed she has good stuffs.
This is the story of Iyadunni the CEO of Dedees World Exclusive.
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