A review of Tunde Olaosebikan’s book, My Mother’s Business by Deborah Omoare
“MY Mother’s Business” is a story that highlights the life of Lolly, who cannot get a white collar job after marriage.
She then decides to work as a teacher in a private school within her neighbourhood. After a while, she goes into business because the salary she is paid is so low that she cannot assist her husband in paying expenses at home.
The story opens with how Teddy and Lolly meet while at the university. After they completed their university studies, they progress to different states for their compulsory national youth service.
While Teddy is posted to Jigawa State, Lolly is posted to Anambra and after concluding their service year, they get married and settled in Lagos.
A year after marriage, they gave birth to their first child, Tommy.
Now, while Teddy is fortunate to secure a good job in one of the biggest commercial banks in the country, Lolly is unable to get a lucrative job despite passing out of the university with a very good result.
Lolly can no longer bear the discomfort of staying at home, so she decides to take up a teaching job with a private primary school in her neighbourhood despite the fact that the salary is poor.
As a result of the poor pay, she cannot contribute financially to the house and she’s a type of woman who does not like putting all responsibilities in the house on her husband alone.
Along the line of teaching in the private school, she gives birth to her second child, a beautiful baby girl, Jisben.
Having more bills to take care of, with the financial assistance of her husband, she resigns from her teaching job and ventures into business.
She rents a shop in a very active environment where she thinks her business will flourish.
She purchases goods into the shop with the little money her husband is able to raise for her. Being a hardworking woman, within a very short time, she has many customers and begins to make profit.
After a while, she secures a loan from a microfinance bank to expand her business and finally becomes a successful and independent businesswoman.
The book highlights the benefit of microfinance banks in the country, especially with their support for small scale businesses.
My Mother’s Business teaches a great lesson, especially to women on the need to be economically energetic and not to be a burden to their spouses.
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