Mrs Otobong Ken-Joshua is a mother of three, a graduate of Library and Information Science. She is currently undergoing a Postgraduate course in Education. She runs Otty’s complete kitchen, a foodstuff business venture.
Otobong ventured into foodstuff business during the covid-19 lockdown when the markets were closed and people were at home. She intervened to provide a way for families to still access foodstuff during the lockdown.
Man can’t do without food, so food business will always be lucrative. The food sector employs millions of Nigerians. Otobong says she makes money from food business.
Otobong started her business with N25,000. This was during the fresh fish season. She bought fish and sold all of the stock in one day. This greatly encouraged her to invest in the food business. Her food products include, rice, palm oil, crayfish, dryfish, fresh fish, and periwinkles.
A low point that she has in her business is the delay in the transportation system as this affects her products leading to food and financial losses.
The highpoint of Otty’s kitchen has been the sales recorded. She has been able to send her products from Akwa Ibom to Europe, Canada and the United States of America.
Otobong admits she has thought about giving up. In her words, “Yes, at some point, I wanted to give up, for instance when there are many demands for foodstuffs and I can’t get them. Nevertheless, I keep pushing knowing that somedays ahead will be better.”
Otty’s Complete Kitchen is a structured business. The business is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission. Otobong is the CEO of the business, there’s an accountant, salespersons and booking agents in the rural areas that source for farm produce and then inform her on when they are available for pick up for onward delivery to costumers.
Otobong seeks to collaborate with policymakers and investors to augment her trade capital. She says, “I got a shop after the business recorded an increase in customers from my sales at home. The challenge is that I used part of the capital in renting the shop and need to get back full subscriptions for those foodstuffs in bulks and also go for others that are not presently available. I’ll love to also go into a lot of seafood sales”.
To fellow entrepreneurs and people who want to venture into the food business, the Ceo of Otty’s kitchen advises them, that they should have the courage to start something when they find out a gap existing in the economic chain of the society in which they find themselves.
The impact that entrepreneurs can create in the economy is making a difference by stepping away from the usual way of doing businesses in town and venturing passionately into businesses they can thrive in, thereby sustaining the market by being consistent in their practices.
Otobong admonishes, “No one should be lazy with just one source of income, business proceeds can stand in where salary fails”.
We hope this story of Mrs Otobong Oku-Abasi Ken-Joshua would be a motivation for you to venture into foodstuff business.