“Don’t Pretend You Made It on Your Own, Speak the Truth If You Were Helped“- Aderonke Enoabasi


Fashion entrepreneur, Aderonke Enoabasi had a question and answer session on her Instagram page and one of the questions asked was the age she started her business.

Speaking about her journey into the business world, Aderonke also urged business owners to share the truth about how they started their business so as not to mislead the younger ones.

She wrote,

“At age 19, I started selling Okrika bra, I failed. At 20, a lot of people took advantage of my naïveness and the hunger to just wanna work. At 21, I started selling bags and accessories. I made so much gain.

At 22, Mummy gave me money to learn make-up at House of Tara. I did makeup business till 26. At 26, I started fashion business till now, I’m 27 going on 28. Business is fine, I’m learning. I own RHONKEFELLA, I’m still learning but I feel fulfilled.

I always preach something, no one owes you anything. After secondary school, I didn’t get admission into the university on time so I’ve always had the urge to work. At age 19, after my Okrika bra business failed, I thought business wasn’t for me so I dumped the idea and I started to look for office work.

So many people took advantage of me. Some along the line would tell me, shebi you know you’re beautiful. You know the rest of the story! Did I fall for those story line? Once or twice I did and once they had me, they dumped me.

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I have met people who will never help or invest in you. I have also met people who will rather give you fish than teach you how to fish. So, if you find someone who helps you or finances your idea, please don’t lie or take the glory.

If you are handed money and you don’t work hard or smart with that money no matter how little or big, it will not amount to anything.

We all need HELP. As much as we strive to be independent, it’s okay to ask for help. If you can do it yourself go ahead but if you get help, be proud to say you did! It takes nothing from your success story, enough with God help me tales.

God won’t come down, he will send people to help you. Let us be more truthful to the younger ones. It’s okay if you don’t feel the need to speak about your journey but if you must, please speak your truth, don’t “LIE”.

May God bless everyone who have invested in my IDEAS! They made RHONKEFELLA a reality. God bless the “BOYFRIEND “ but most importantly, God bless IYA RONKE! My mum has come through a zillion times…”



  1. Alvaro Murari

    Alvaro Murari

    August 3, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Yul’be successful!

  2. Ify Degem Ejimadu

    Ify Degem Ejimadu

    August 4, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Great story Of a sincere personality.

  3. Salifu Eikojoka Destiny

    Salifu Eikojoka Destiny

    August 4, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    True talk

  4. Hayzee Oluwatunmike

    Hayzee Oluwatunmike

    August 4, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing the #truth

  5. Ajiri Idhebor

    Ajiri Idhebor

    August 4, 2018 at 5:00 pm


  6. Salome Samuel

    Salome Samuel

    August 4, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Moses Joy

    • Moses Joy

      Moses Joy

      August 4, 2018 at 5:46 pm


    • Salome Samuel

      Salome Samuel

      August 4, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      Seen my girl?

    • Moses Joy

      Moses Joy

      August 4, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      yes dear i remembered when i read it all… she pretty..

    • Salome Samuel

      Salome Samuel

      August 4, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Yeah and her words has not changed from the person I knew from the years back, always sincere, blunt and optimistic.

  7. Oluwatoyosi Jhobe

    Oluwatoyosi Jhobe

    August 4, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Dats true,thanks sis for sharing!

  8. Sheba Aleburu

    Sheba Aleburu

    August 5, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Wow.. Beautiful and truthful..and some women will be preaching feminism..

  9. Petrus Raymond

    Petrus Raymond

    August 5, 2018 at 11:35 am

    God bless your hustling

  10. Akintemi Tominiyi

    Akintemi Tominiyi

    August 5, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    No one can make it alone without the help of honest hearted ones around him or her

  11. Edu-uwem Eshiet

    Edu-uwem Eshiet

    August 5, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    It’s a nice one dear

  12. Obada Efe

    Obada Efe

    August 5, 2018 at 3:05 pm


  13. Nnenna Igwe

    Nnenna Igwe

    August 5, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    God bless u… More Grace

  14. Olaleye Kafayat Jumoke

    Olaleye Kafayat Jumoke

    August 5, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    God bless u….as if we don’t work hard, smart and pray too.

    • Amanda Chidebe Onwudiwe

      Amanda Chidebe Onwudiwe

      August 6, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      You are so right there.A lot of people are making but it’s just not adding up.May God help us all

  15. Jessica Utobuiro Oluwalana

    Jessica Utobuiro Oluwalana

    August 5, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Truth! Nice

  16. Cindy Humble

    Cindy Humble

    August 6, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Thank you

  17. Chinee Ogoo

    Chinee Ogoo

    August 6, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you

  18. Mercy Effiom

    Mercy Effiom

    August 6, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    God bless you for telling the truth. We all need help one way or the other.

  19. Millicent Akpabio Goodluck

    Millicent Akpabio Goodluck

    August 7, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Linda Ikeji said she made it alone.. On her own.

  20. Chichi Otabor

    Chichi Otabor

    August 7, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Vera EniToluwafe Victor

  21. Cynthia Akunna Nkwocha

    Cynthia Akunna Nkwocha

    August 7, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks for d truth

  22. Bolanle Obafemi

    Bolanle Obafemi

    August 8, 2018 at 9:43 am

    God bless you more

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