Amina Oyagbola is the founder of WISCAR, a non-profit organization focused on empowering and developing professional women to contribute to development and nation building in Africa.
Amina Oyagbola, who is a lawyer worked and headed many offices in the corporate world. From working at Rotimi Williams Chambers, United Bank of Africa (UBA) to Shell and MTN before starting her own firm, AKMS Consulting, Amina is definitely a successful woman.
However, while fully in the corporate world, Amina Oyagbola, with the support of a supportive spouse made sure she was present in her children’s lives.
In a chat with Tribune, Amina Oyagbola talks about the importance of being present in the lives of one’s children as a career woman.
On how women can juggle their home and career
I think it is a three legged stool, career, family, wife. It is very difficult to say you can find true balance if you want to be truthful and honest. There was a time that because of corporate commitment, my son was going to have operations and I could not be there because I was the only one handling a delicate, sensitive matter that had huge implications. Thank God for a supportive husband and technology.
My husband went with him and I told him that he should call me so I can talk to him before he goes into the theatre. I did voice call; talked to him and I saw when they were wheeling him into the theatre. I saw when he came out too. I was still doing my job. The most important thing is that when you are absent, be present in spirit. With technology, you can always keep in touch with them. You also need a good support system, family and friends. Also make sure the man you will marry is not one that will abuse you but one that will add value to your life, and complement you.
Her advice for women
You must face your children. The biggest success of any woman at the end of the day is how well her children turned out. When I left MTN, what do I have now? It is my children and family. The company has moved on and found a replacement for me. Don’t neglect your children. Just like I said earlier I gave up a fantastic job in Shell because of my children. The wanted to give me a number one position as head of Corporate Sourcing in Port Harcourt but I said I was not going.
I left my children once when they were very young with their father to study abroad. I could afford to leave from them at that young age, they were not going to do any major exam, I timed it. But when Shell gave me the Port Harcourt offer, my son was in secondary school and I had to prepare my second daughter for secondary school. Those opportunities are not going to repeat themselves. You musn’t play with that. Your biggest investment is in your children. And I really thank God that today my children are a source of joy and pride to me.
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