Who is Ojuolape Arojo?
How did your childhood and teen years go? Your experiences.
My childhood and teenage years were great. A lot of my time was spent with my family both nuclear and extended. You know how Christmas was in those days, your mum would measure your foot-size with a broomstick and go shopping. You’d wait all day for her to return with the items so you could try on your new shoes and pretty dresses. Those were some exciting days! But of course, a great amount of my teenage years were spent in school as a boarder but holidays were always something to look forward to.
As an undergraduate how did you cope with the pressures of Varsity life and still managed to graduate as the Best Female student in your graduating class with a First Class?
We are aware that you are the Founder/CEO of Applecart Nigeria. Can you tell us what Applecart is and what prompted the idea?
What has been the major challenges of Applecart Nigeria since inception?
Do you think you have ever been disadvantaged because of your gender?
What were your fears at the start of your company? Was there ever a time when you felt this idea won’t materialize considering the economic state of Nigeria?
It seems as though the entrepreneurial spirit has been in you right from your teen years as is evident in your participation in Junior Achievement scholars’ team where you created a business venture that made up to 300% returns on investment. Can you tell us a little about the business venture and how you discovered your love for entrepreneurship?
What would you say is your purpose on earth and when did you discover your purpose?
Who do you look up to?
Would you say being educated contributed to your success story today? Imagine you weren’t educated and probably residing in one of those rural areas in North Eastern Nigeria where child marriage is encouraged and Girl child education is discouraged. Do you think you would be here today?
What is your advice to parents and decision makers in areas where girl child education is discouraged and what do you think can be done to increase Girl child education in such areas and increase female participation in decision making in Nigeria?