AKABA PATRA: Our spot light this week is on Patra Akaba, the CEO of Ricky Makeover and Cosmetics. She hails from Ughelli North Local Government Area. She obtained an HND in Accounting from Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara after which she acquired a skill in Makeover and Beadmaking. Thereafter, she enrolled, trained and was established in Hairdressing and Makeover by the Delta State Government under its Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme as a Brown STEPreneur. She is an entrepreneur, a trainer and a beautician.
She tells her success story after three years. “Before my enrolment into Brown STEP, I had knowledge of makeover, tying of gele and bead making. Brown STEP exposed me to production of bridal hand fan, facial treatment, cap wig and braiding. Since establishment, I have trained ten persons who have started their own businesses. I currently have two trainees and one employee.
“The impact of being my own boss has been amazing and fulfilling. I enjoy lots of patronage and the payment by clients has been rewarding. My family is so happy with me and has always commended the job creation programme. My clients are also satisfied with the quality service I render. I am now married too.
“I have expanded my shop. I have also diversified into the sale of beauty products and transportation business. I owe a tricycle. I remain grateful to Governor Okowa for training and establishing me with quality starter pack to own and manage my business.”