If you’ve done your NYSC or you’re familiar with things of the military or paramilitary barracks in Nigeria, you probably would have heard of the name “Mammy Market”
The woman you see in the attached photo below is Mrs. Mammy Ochefu and she is the pioneer of the popular Mammy Market that you and I know of today.
She started it back in the 60s and from a very low beginning, as a matter of fact she started in a small section in the military barracks in a place called Abakpa in Enugu State and through her act of diligence, hard work, and entrepreneurial drive to her trade, her name gradually started spreading in the barracks.Her customer grew, as soldiers in the barracks loved her and enjoyed buying from her.
She worked, worked and worked.But then one day a superior officer decided to shut down her business because he didn’t like the idea of the market, believing it was affecting the jobs and concentration of the officers,It was a painful experience for her, her dream was at stake, but she just refused to give up. Her good works spoke for her in her time of travail, as her customers (soldiers) pleaded for her and pressurised the superior officer to change his mind, which he eventually did.When she was allowed to reopen, she went back to work and started tilling again
She was back in business and built for herself a shop in the barack and then little by little sales started climbing again. As she continued to grow her business and staying focused, what happened was that other women started joining her. Eventually they had a good number of women doing good business and making money in the barracks and that particular market became known as Mammy Market.
That’s not all.
Because of this, it became a policy to set up Mammy Markets in military barracks all over Nigeria.
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