There are not many entrepreneurs who have to combine work with the rigours of higher institution but 22-year-old Ugwuonah Chinemerem takes it all in her stride .The 5th year medical student seamlessly blends her hair stylist business with studies at the Lviv National Medical University. Smart, pretty and confident, she is very much her own boss.
What was just a talent is now a lucrative source of income for her, she has always had a thing for it. She started out by styling her younger sisters for which her parents sometimes paid her, while in boarding school, peers will book her services in advance.
She didn’t see it as a regular source of income at first until 2014 when friends convinced her to build her own brand. She set up Purple Dine and things took off from there. Orders for her wigs and services come from Nigeria, Ukraine and the UK, and sometimes she travels for work, styling brides and guests for weddings and events.
The founder and CEO hasn’t let her business interfere with school, she studies weekdays and works weekends for which she gets paid handsomely. In recognition of her efforts, she was awarded Entrepreneur Of The Year by the Nigerian Students Association in Lviv, Ukraine.
Going by her tight schedule, one will think she has no time to socialise and unwind, quite on the contrary, she is no social butterfly and is dedicated to her work and studies. This piece won’t be complete without a little something on her relationship status. Single and not searching is how she puts it, hear her: “I’m meant to be searched for, I do the choosing not the searching”, doesn’t come as a surprise, for a young determined woman like her, only the best will do.
When asked what privileges come with being her own boss, her answer is unequivocal, “independence”.