- The story of Confort Komolafe has a lot to teach Nigerian ladies who might be going through thick and thin
- As a widow of six children, Komolafe did not resort to begging as some women at her age, 56, usually do
- The middle-aged woman went into the business of shoe repair in Lagos and does the job with an admirable skillfulness that can move her customers to pay more than they bargained
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Igando, Alimosho LGA, Lagos - Nothing and no one can take away the daring spirit to survive from Nigerians, especially when there is a promise of a better future in view.
This same fact is true of Comfort Komolafe, a native of Obokun village in the Ilesha local government of Osun state.
This widow of six children who lost her husband about eight years ago had to pick up a childhood skill and work with her hands as a cobbler to make a living in Lagos.
At age 56, the strong woman can fix all sorts of footwear in a matter of minutes with a dexterity that is usually associated with youths from the northern part of Nigeria.
The middle-aged mother revealed that shoe repair was is a skill she learnt from her father as a little girl According to the woman, her husband's relatives deserted her and the children after his death.
Komolafe disclosed that things turned bad for her former business, hair-dressing, almost immediately after her husband died as funds stopped coming in.
According to her, she needs funds from well-meaning Nigerians and the state government so as to get material for the trade.
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At age five, Mensah developed a disability after he was infected with measles. He was rendered disabled after receiving an injection to help with the symptoms.
Mensah had a turbulent childhood owing to the disability, which affected his education. He was made to drop out of school at class five (5) as a result.