It is believed that one who has a skill is walking towards a perfect life. For some time now, I have been interviewing different people from Nigeria on their experiences as an apprentice. Some had sweet stories to tell and lessons to teach. So far, we have enjoyed the tales of each person and the response from my readers has been superb. It is no lie when I say that you my lovely readers are the reason I keep moving forward. I love all of you.
Here again, is another interview with a very strong mind I must say. Amarachi of Mara’s Empire shared with me of her numerous experiences as an apprentice to different people. Please engage as you have always done. I promise that it’s a beautiful one… Here goes..
Thank you so much Amarachi for honouring my request.
You’re welcome. Thank you too for reaching out.
What did you apprentice in?
Actually, I learned two trades, hairdressing and catering.
Wow! For how long did you take part in each trade?
For the hairdressing, it took me a year and 6 months. Catering was for 6 months.
Are you still apprenticing?
No, I am no longer an apprentice.
So, what do you do now?
I am currently working for an online vendor. I sell shoes, bags and all. I also work as a sales person for a business. During my leisure time, I engage in the skills I have acquired if needed.
How was your learning process for both trades?
Hmm… The learning process. That one is a long story.
Let’s start with the catering…
The months I spent learning catering was a good time. First because my boss was my friend and I loved what I was doing. I was really interested in catering. It had always been a dream to learn it. I learnt catering during the lockdown. I could not go to work so I used the opportunity to learn.
Since your boss in catering was your friend, was the work relationship really good?
We treated each other with uptmost respect. Even the junior that I had. Everyone respected one another.
Good. How about hairdressing?
For hairdressing, I learnt in two places. The first place, I would term, HORRIBLE. I can’t even say I learnt anything. All I did was run errands. I wasn’t engaging in any practical at all. I wasn’t even the youngest there pertaining to who came last to the shop. I had people beneath me and the seniors were fair to deal with. The real issue was with my boss. It was too much. I would wash her clothes, clean the house, buy things and all. We used to close sometimes at 10pm and all through the day, all I would say I did was run errands. I bought a doll to use for practical but I didn’t get to use anything.
Hmm… What an experience! How about the second place?
The second place was good. That was where I learnt all I know about hairdressing. My boss there was friendly plus my seniors and Juniors. We were about fifteen apprentice and we acted like family. All my boss made mandatory was that we must fetch water into the shop and we clean the shop.
How old were you when you learnt at the first place?
I was eighteen years old.
What were you asked to pay when you wanted to apprentice?
I didn’t pay for the first apprenticeship. She was my dad’s friend and since I had just lost my mum and finished my high school, I was asked to come learn with her so as to have something doing. For catering I paid #20,000 instead of #50,000 because of the relationship. Same went for the second place I learnt hairdressing.
What did your parents say about your growth when you were at the first place?
After a while, the woman convinced my dad to allow me live with her. He disagreed at first but they convinced him that I needed a mother figure which she would provide. I also didn’t tell my dad anything because I didn’t have vivid evidence. I didn’t want my dad thinking I wasn’t serious. But after a while, the truth came out and my dad requested me to leave.
Hmm…. I didn’t tell you this while you were doing the interview but I know you would read it here. I think you are a really strong person. Amidst it all, you struggled.
What’s your brand name?
That’s it people! I hope you learnt something from Amarachi! Below are her works…
Beautiful I must say…… PS: she is available if you need her for any job pertaining to any of the trades above… Just chat me up at email@example.com and I will send you her contact.
Till next week, see ya😉