Q and A with Ama from Nigeria, Africa, living in Canada
“You have to be ready to put in the work even when you’re not getting the results you desire.”
Q: What are you passionate about?
A: I am passionate about my family, my husband, and my children. I am also really passionate about cooking. I am a food blogger, and I started a little over a year ago. Though I took a break for a long while, I discovered it never really left my mind. I love to cook and try new recipes, and I guess I’ve made it much harder for my husband to watch his weight. It’s so rewarding for me to see my friends and family enjoy my cooking. I discovered in my mid-twenties when I was at university, where I loved to cook and bake for my friends. I also realized most of my friends came to visit because they knew I would make their favorite delicious meals. This was what made me start paying attention to my passion for the culinary art of food and recipe creation. Presently, I am working on growing my recipe-sharing vlogs. I am planning to write my recipe book as well.
Q: What were your younger years like?
A: I grew up in Africa, and I come from a really big family of 9 kids, with me being the 8th. While it was fun, I had so many voices in my head because I had so many older siblings that always told me what they felt was best for me, despite the fact that I knew what I wanted. I was never bullied, I was really loved, and being an adult now, I realized all the things they did were done in love. My early years were spent in my home country in Nigeria, but I spent my university years in Francophone Benin Republic, where I studied marketing and commercial communication.
Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?
A: I have come to learn and understand that good things take time. Nothing good comes easily. You have to be ready to put in the work even when you’re not getting the results you desire. You can’t wish it to happen; you have to make it happen. As you are making it happen, remember to be patient and know it’s only a matter of time; it would grow.
Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A: Feminism for me is about being true to yourself as a woman. I embrace my uniqueness and the value I bring to my family, but I still believe in my dreams and going after my aspirations. I believe my role in the family only supports my competence in the market place, and this should not be a disadvantage.
MORE ABOUT AMA: I am originally from Nigeria. My family and I lived in Europe for some years, but now, we live in Canada. In terms of business and career, I’ve spent most of my years as a beautician and makeup artist. I ran a business that catered to high-end clientele by providing bespoke cosmetic products for specific skin types and mobile spa services. I later ran a makeup artist studio. I also worked as an employment advisor.
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