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Nigeria was much more favourable 55 years ago — Sade Thomas-Fahm

Chief(Mrs)Sade Thomas-Fahm was one of those Nigerians led by patriotism to return from England in 1960 when the nation officially broke free from the shackles of colonization. Like her contemporaries, Thomas-Fahm who is notable for kick-starting the Nigerian fashion industry and for being the first to own a boutique in the country, was very convinced self-rule was the beginning of a better Nigeria. Fifty-five years into nationhood, she says, in this interview, that Nigeria has not made a success of her independence.

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Floating my own Ankara label was scary — Olufunke Oladele, Milestone boss

While Milewood has become one of the fastest-selling Ankara fabrics in the country, not many are familiar with the brain behind the brand, Mrs Mary Olufunke Oladele, who weathered gigantic storms to reach the zenith of the business into which she was born. She is Chief Executive Officer, Milestone Mega Company, manufacturers of Milewood range of fabrics and dealer in a variety of fabrics at the popular Balogun Market in Lagos, where she operates over three different multi-million naira shops.

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I was married to a psychopath – and didn’t know!

He was every woman’s dream of the ideal man come true. Fade was fresh out of college and looking for a job when a friend introduced her to Godwin. “He was much older than my 22-year old but I didn’t see him as a potential lover – just a boss”, confessed Fade. “My friend had filled me in that most of his empire was in Nigeria but he had a very impressive office in London. His personal assistant just left to get married and he needed an urgent replacement. I didn’t have any working experience but he told me I would do. I had the job!

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We are making 500,000 Youth Corps members their own men – Danabia, NYSC chief

On March 2012, the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was inaugurated to address unemployment in the country. Though the programme has trained over 500,000 graduates since its inauguration, the leadership of the scheme said it had not yet satisfied with its achievements. In this interview, the NYSC Director of SAED, Mrs Mary Danabia, speaks on relevance of the programme and factors militating against it.

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