I want to be the biggest t-shirt distributor in Niger Delta—female entrepreneur

Yenagoa—Upon graduation, Akpos Malafakumo Best ventured into entrepreneurship, without the usual hunting for white-collar jobs.

Her love for entrepreneurship motivated her to start a t-shirt vending business, which she insists is a billion-dollar market waiting to be explored especially in the Niger Delta region.

Best who hails from Bayelsa state graduated from the Niger Delta University, Amassoma, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies.

In a chat with, Best explained that she “wants to have a big factory where people can walk in and find any kind of t-shirt.”

“This, according to her, “is because t-shirts meet our fashion needs in so many ways.

“A t-shirt gives us comfort and choice of colour, neck shape and size. Also, t-shirt serves various purposes such as gym wear, among others.”

For her, it’s the simplicity, comfortability and multi-purpose functions of t-shirts and the demand for them that influenced her choice.

Though she started the business just about a year and three months ago, she has made significant progress in creating a market for herself in Yenagoa, where she resides.

Best knows that the dream of being a successful entrepreneur is the motivation behind her daily hustle and drive as a businesswoman.

“The need to be successful is what drives me. Those who have done well in their careers do not have two heads, so if they can do it I believe I can too.

“I want to be a successful businesswoman. And I don’t want to be a local champion. I want to go international,” she added.

The t-shirt vendor, however, mentioned paucity of funds as a major challenge in her business.

She noted that ”one of the challenges I faced was getting funds for my business. The need for adequate finance made me go into a partnership with a friend, which didn’t last.

“However, I reached out to some persons and I got some financial support.”

Best, who is 24-years-old, hopes to be well established with outlets around Niger Delta and beyond in the nearest future.

She said: “I hope to be well established. I see myself having a very big shop in the heart of Yenagoa, where different kinds of t-shirts, plain t-shirts by grade, collar neck t-shirts by grade, designers t-shirts by grade, and face caps by grade will be sold.

“My vision is to be the largest distributor of t-shirts in the Niger Delta region.

“I also envisage having a branch in Lagos and many other parts of the country.”

She equally advised teenage girls to be purposeful with their actions, by “reading, planning and chasing their dreams without fear.”

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