SheaMoisture is the enduring and beautiful legacy of Sofi Tucker. Widowed with five children at 19, Grandma Sofi supported her family by selling handcrafted shea butter soaps and other creations in the village market in Sierra Leone.
Sofi became known as a healer who shared the power of shea and African black soap with families throughout the countryside.
She handed down her recipes to grandson Richelieu Dennis, who founded SheaMoisture and incorporated her wisdom into the brand’s hair and skin care innovations.
SheaMoisture products and collections are formulated with natural, certified organic and fair trade ingredients, with the shea butter ethically-sourced from 15 co-ops in Northern Ghana as part of the company’s purpose-driven Community Commerce business model.
SheaMoisture has partnered with She Leads Africa to support and showcase Nigerian women who support their communities.
About Frances Omanukwue
Frances N. Omanukwue has over seven years’ experience as an Event Hostess and Event Coordinator.
She is also the author of “Becoming A Profitable Event Hostess” which is the first event hostess book in Nigeria.
After seeing the potentials in the event hostess industry and how young ladies can maximize this opportunity to be financially independent while bridging the unemployment gap, she started empowering young ladies through event hostess jobs.
To increase the number of young ladies who will benefit from this opportunity, Frances founded “The Pro Event Hostess Hub,” a social media platform to groom young ladies who will not only attain a level of financial independence but most importantly, will be hostesses that abide by the ethics of the industry.
Recently, The Pro Event Hostess Hub was nominated amongst the top 15 Most Creative Businesses in Nigeria by Global Entrepreneurship Network-Nigeria.
Frances interests range from entrepreneurship to volunteering. In her spare time, she loves to volunteer for many causes that cut across health and young women empowerment.
Frances tells us more about how she started providing jobs and supporting young women in her community.
How I started thePro Event Hostess hub…
After graduating from the university and not being able to find a job, coupled with encountering some financial challenges on the home front, I decided to look for ways to survive as well as support my family.
At the time, I started working as an event hostess which is what most people refer to as an usher.
As I grew in the industry irrespective of the setbacks, I observed how the money I earned over the years had helped my family especially my siblings in paying for tuition and fees, as well as sorting out their personal needs.
With this realization, I started linking more young women within my community to event hostess jobs.
Over time, they’d come to tell me how the opportunity had helped them to pay for school fees or sort their other financial challenges in school, learn a trade and are about to start a business. Seeing the difference it made in their lives, I decided to take it more seriously so that by doing so, I can help other young women irrespective of their location.
How I’ve impacted my community since starting this business…
So far, I’ve been able to link more than 100 young women to event hostess jobs which they have used to raise money to support themselves in school, learn skills and start businesses of their own.
Some have also used this opportunity to learn skills that helped them get into corporate employment as well.
3 things I struggled with at the start of my business…
- Understanding how to structure the business: I struggled with this in the beginning but I started going for training and I have definitely gotten better since then.
- Training existing and new event hostesses: It wasn’t easy to convince them to go through the training process at first, but from the feedback and results of other ladies who have attended our training, others can now see the benefit of it.
- Business Acceptance: Initially, I struggled with convincing people to accept my brand. However, through constantly promoting our work, more people are starting to understand and value the importance and benefits of event hostessing.
3 interesting facts about myself…
- I am naturally an introvert but people think otherwise.
- I love driving and playing video games.
- Learning about new things excites me a lot.
My fave skin, hair care product…
A message to SheaMoisture & She Leads Africa…
You can find SheaMoisture products at Youtopia Beauty stores nationwide and on Jumia.