Lecturer, Entrepreneur and Founder of SuperposhLuxuriesng talks about her journey growing up, her passion for business and her work towards empowering young individuals mostly the Girl Child.
Tell us about yourself
I am Quadrat Yusuph. I hail from a gateway to Kwara via Osun(Erin-Ile, Kwara Nigeria). I was born into a family of 15 and I am the 7th. I had my primary education at Ansarudeen Nursery and Primary School, Erin-Ile, Kwara Nigeria. My secondary school education at Surajudeen College, Erin-Ile and later transferred to Reima Royal College, Lagos where I obtained my Senior School Certificate Examination. I proceeded to Yobe State University where I bagged my B.Sc.Chemistry degree with a First Class Honours. The quest for making a difference in chemistry pushed me to further my study to bagged a M.Sc. in Chemistry with a distinction. At University of Ilorin, Ilorin Nigeria. I believe so much in Knowledge Transfer(KT), I have been a volunteer educators in various institutions viz:
•Chemistry Tutor for the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin Nigeria
• Pioneer Chemistry Lecturer at Moje College of Education, Erin-Ile Kwara Nigeria
• Chemistry Content Expert at Ulesson.com
• Chemistry Content Tutor at LatinHire for Brainly.com
I am the Chief Interior Expert (CIE) at Superposhluxuriesng. An Interior Design business owned by me. I have empowered over a dozen young mind through entrepreneurship training and mentorship.
Could You tell us more about your childhood, your educational experiences. How was it like being a female and the 7th of 15 children. What were the Challenges.
My childhood was full of memories. I grew up with my grandparents in Erin-Ile community Kwara Nigeria. As a grandchild living with her grandparents, they were my motivation. I was determined to always distinguish myself in all spheres even with my local community public school education. I believe this determination in addition to the support I got from my family was the driving force for achieving outstanding grades throughout my schooling. As a girl child, I have never had any reason not to be whatever I wanted to be. I was born into a lovely family, a family of 10 wonderful females and 5 fabulous males. Being the 7th born, I am the intermediary between my elders and younger clams. I am the first millennial of the house.
You studied in Yobe state, a location far from your state of origins. Why was it the chosen location. Growing and studying in an entire different culture, How was it like.
My Dad was a business merchant based in Maiduguri, Borno Nigeria.He wanted me to be closer to him during my university education after so many years of distance due to my secondary school education in Erin Ile. I didn’t feel much pressure due to the change of location when I started at Yobe State University because I still have some of my family members near me only for the language barrier during my first few years in Yobe State. I now speak Hausa well and this I considered as a strength and one of my gains of schooling in a different state.
A first class honour in B.sc Chemistry and distinction in M.sc Chemistry. Thats amazing. How were you able to achieve that. You must have faced a lot of challenges, how did you overcome them.
Like every other student, Chemistry was just one of the subjects we had to cram and pass so we can move on and get teachers off our backs in school. It was so for me until I entered the laboratory for the first time. I saw firsthand the power of knowledge and how I can literally change the world with the knowledge of Chemistry. I saw how Chemistry is the heart of everything. This passion for the purpose that I found in Chemistry helped me gained admission to study Chemistry as an undergraduate student at Yobe State University, Nigeria, where my love for this amazing science led me to graduate with First Class Honors (1:1). There was a challenge of high expectation from students with a First class degree. With hard work and my trust in God alone always, I never drop the ball. While everyone was struggling with courses, I was having fun with Purpose.
I didn’t stop. I moved on to do my Masters in Chemistry at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria where I also graduated with a Distinction.
You are an entrepreneur with interest in interior design, the Chief Interior Expert (CIE) at Superposhluxuriesng. An Interior Design business owned by you. What gave you the passion and taste to go into the business field considering its not related to your profession of study
Superposhluxuriesng was borne out of my self love for orderliness and aesthics. I detest not having my things arranged. I believe more resources should be invested in areas where we spend most of our time this would go a long way to ensure that you always have a restful time after the day’s hustle. Due my interest I decided to have a start-up that would be providing top-notch interior decoration services. For now we operate in Lagos and Ilorin. Interior Decoration wasn’t what I studied in school however it has become my chosen hobby. Interior decoration like chemistry requires
You have been involved in empowering dozens of young individuals through entrepreneurship and mentorship programs. Tell us more about it, the ways you’ve achieved this.
After the completion of my Master’s degree project, I decided to scale up my business by including training and mentorship for people that are ready to start the kind of business I do. To achieve this I provide wholesale services, I link some interested participants with helpful connections and we occasionally do review of some books and topics on entrepreneurship. Superposhluxuries Entrepreneurship team currently has 24 active participants from various states of the federation. I have plans to further scale up this training in the first quarter of 2020
What’s your inspiration and your message to other young ones, most especially, the Girl Child
My message to young girls is to know that they are their greatest limitation. When you know this, as a girl child nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams no matter the obstacles. With consistency and personal development the world would be amazed to what a girl child can achieve. I would advise them to motivate themselves with the biographies of great women that achieved great things in various aspects of our world despite several challenges that they faced as a young girl child. The stories of women like Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Funmilayo Ransome-kuti, Marie Curie, Margret Thatcher, Aisha bint Abubakr would always be of great motivation. As a girl child, you’re very important towards achieving a better world.