A Nigerian graduate, Alexis Oladipo, is in the news in the UK for good reason after she had depression due to her cleaner job but overcame it and became a celebrated entrepreneur.
Oladipo has a degree in media and culture from Roehampton University. However, she could not secure a job in the industry, and had to settle for a cleaner job in London.
She later had to fight depression due to the job, and according to Daily Mail, Oladipo turned the corner by inventing a range of healthy gym snacks – that have been snapped up by Selfridges, a famous department store.
Daily Mail reports that her successful journey started after going to the gym, and noticed that there was nothing remotely healthy to eat in the vicinity of her gym except fast food that would defy the purpose of her workout.
Subsequently, she came up with the idea of creating a food product for people struggling to maintain a healthy diet alongside a hectic work and social life.
Oladipo named her product Gym Bites, and six into the soft launch, Selfridges asked to stock it
‘I still can’t believe it happened and the way it happened’, she said.
‘They saw our product on Instagram and went crazy over it. Before I knew there was an email in my inbox asking questions about cost price, shelf life etc.
‘I was in so much shock, me, my mum and my best friend were crying tears of joy.
‘When I first saw my product on the shelves, I didn’t say I just looked at them, sitting pretty and thanked God.
It was a surreal moment, one that I will cherish forever,’ the 29-year-old told Daily Mail.