How the foodstuff business I started during the Covid-19 lockdown in Uyo has gotten me customers in Europe and America

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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.

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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.

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80 thoughts on “How the foodstuff business I started during the Covid-19 lockdown in Uyo has gotten me customers in Europe and America”

  1. Kudos to you great woman.This is recommendable.The food stuffs supplied from you has helped humanity and is still going on well for the benefit of others.Keep it up! Keep soaring! God gat ya back!

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  2. Good job Otty. Your idea for food stuffs is deal because man must eat to survive. I hope government can assist with loan to expand

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  3. Your story is beautiful and your business is quite relevant in this pandemic where there is restrictions of going out . It is also encouraging to stay-at-home mums to work .All the best

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  4. I am a beneficiary of her wonderful services to this generation. If she says she will deliver, believe for you shall not be disappointed. Ottys complete kitchen is a reliable name in modern food stuff distribution chain. Wishing her more breakthroughs as the year passes by!!!

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  5. Thanks for sharing, she’s very industrious and her passion to make life easier for people will definitely make her go places.

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  6. Mrs otobong keep the good work going.. Am always inspired seeing every little effort you put in everything you do.. The world will surely need your service…

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  7. She is very Hardworking . An example to the young people who want to start a business. You can if you put your mind and never give up . Well done I am proud of you.

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  8. Laudable effort at entrepreneurship and bring fresh food closer to people. Food is a number one necessity for life forms so this will inspire a lot of young minds.

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  9. Determination is the pathway to success.
    Thanks for sharing it will help me not to loose focus when faced with business challenges.

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  10. Otobong is hardworking, dedicated and talented. She is highly innovative in her management of business and her expertise is stellar. Having her on your team is a brand exposure experience for the Meflyn Anwana Brand and her team.

    I wish you all the best in your endeavor and elevation.

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  11. Otty, I earnestly remember when you had to take calculated risk despite security challenges to bring us food at Port Harcourt. You are a go getter and you do it better every next day. More grace.

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  12. Otty complete kitchen is very reliable, tested and trusted.
    You are a source of inspiration to me and I’m sure to many others also. Keep on the good work.

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  13. Your determination kills it all, you are a strong and a super wify, you are trust worthy and reliable, God bless the works of your hand.

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  14. Otty Complete Kitchen is a reliable foodstuff shop. The CEO Otobong is a true definition of this addis that says ‘ behind every successful man there’s a woman’. She’s a true character to emulate.

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