I’ve loved to write since I was small. Back then, I’d write short stories and textbooks and say that I’ll publish them in the future. Very saddening that I can’t lay hands on those write ups anymore.
Many people thought I should have ended in Art class but No, I was pursuing Medicine and surgery. 😍
But about 3 years ago, I started writing and posting some articles on my Facebook wall. The writing were majorly about plants and little about some other things.
As at that time, I was just getting to enjoy my course of study. I didn’t apply for Botany as a course in school but somehow I find myself studying Botany.
I was intrigued to know more about the values and importance of plants. It was like an eye opener then.
But on a particular day, I was preparing for an exam when a call came in from my uncle named Oni Daniel.
He said he had seen some of my write ups and he want me to get better at it. He also talked about having an entrepreneurial skill.
He spoke at length on that day and he was the one that first brought the idea of having a blog. As at then, I knew almost nothing about blogging. I only got to know about it from one of my roommates that has a blog(@blogsbythemie).
Somehow somehow, I got the name Botapreneur from some things my uncle said that day. His words were so inspired.
He kept pushing me to do something about having a blog.
Then, by November, a friend of mine told me about a group and asked if I have ever heard about the founder. That’s how I got to know Sis Lizzy Oyekunle. I went through her posts on Facebook, sent her a text and I requested to be added to her her group(The B. U. D family).
I was greatly touched by her stories as well.
There and then, I told her I have interest in having a blog as well. Lo and behold, she forwarded my number to someone that could help me with the design of the blog.
I had barely know her for a week as at then.
Without wasting time, the person chatted me up, asked for the details of what and how I want the blog to be.
Since there was no money to host a blog then, I opted for a free hosted one.
He designed the blog and painstakingly taught me everything I needed to know. To say he really tried will be an understatement.
Remember I said I barely know anything about blogging as at then.
So, he took so much time explaining things. A times, he would stay awake till as late as 11pm explaining things over and over again.
Funny enough, all the teachings were done online which wasn’t an easy task at all.
A times, he will have to explain one thing more than once before I understood. He sent a lot of screenshots to aid the learning.
He also opened a page for the blog on my Facebook and created an account for me on naira land.
With all the stress , he didn’t even complain nor ask for any amount of money.
That was how the blog kicked of just about few days to my birthday in 2016.
That was how www.botapreneur.wordpress.com was birthed.
After then, I kept praying for a miracle to happen for me to have an hosted blog. I know I might not get the money by myself except if there happened to be a miracle.
If not, I’d have to wait till I finish from school, work and earn money before I can host my blog.
And it’d be very difficult to even get my parents give me the money since they don’t know what it is all about.
I have been waiting for the miracle and it finally happened in November 2018. Just about the time my blogging became 2 years.
Some days before my birthday, I jokingly listed some things on my Whatshapp status as what I needed as birthday gifts and getting my blog hosted was part of what I wrote. It was even the number one on the list.
And just on my birthday(November 28), Sis Lizzy Oyekunle sent a voice note to wish me happy birthday and stating that she would love to host my blog for me as birthday gift.
It was unbelievable. I never expected it. I never saw it coming.
Even though I put a request on my status, it was more like a joke. I still believed I can get money, cake, books, etc as gifts but getting a blog hosted? No.
I only added it out of the little faith I had then.
I listened to the voice note over and over again to be very sure.
You need to see me jumping, jubilating and screaming afterwards.
Within a week, the blog was created but I had to wait for my previous posts on the former site to be moved to the new site.
The person that created it was so busy and couldn’t help continue with the transferring of the posts and the designing.
However, sis Lizzy wanted it to be done before 2019 rolls in.
And once again, she contacted bro David again, the same person that designed the first one.
I was already at the church for the cross over service when he called to ask for my username and password to the former site as he was having difficulties to log in.
And about an hour later, sis Lizzy called to tell me that the blog is now ready.
So fast? I was amazed.
Bro David added that if there are things I want him to adjust or modify, I should let him know.
It was such an honor. I told him that I’ll get back to him after January 1st as I don’t want to disturb him on the first day of the year.
And since yesterday morning till now, he has been helping in doing a lot of adjustments, modifications and teachings.
What do I have to say about these three:
BRO ONI DANIEL IYANUOLUWA
Without my brother, Oni Daniel, I probably wouldn’t have thought about blogging. I might have stopped writing a long time as well.
The way he constantly visit my blog to see how much of progress I’m making amazes me.
If I relax too much in updating my blog, he will call straight away.
He’s just never tired. Bro Daniel is a mentor indeed. He’ll call for more than 30 minutes a times talking about my blog, spiritual life, academics, relationships and all.
He has ears for always listening to my gist. Even when I don’t know how to say something, he will understand better even without saying much.
A times when he call and I do not pick or return the call, he would still keep calling.
I can remember my birthday in 2017 when he sent money for me to buy chicken and enjoy myself, lol. Same with last year, he promised to give me something.
I call him my small daddy and he calls me his daughter.
SIS LIZZY OYEKUNLE OYEBOLA
I call my queen, small mummy and mentor.
Right from day one of knowing her has been awemazing.
I’m not the same I was before I met her again.
Without her then, I might not have started blogging as there no much hope.
And now, she’s the one God used to even moved to this new site. That’s double gifts 💃💃
Not only that, she has helped me so much to improve when it comes to writing. She also made me attend the Online writing course she organized last year for free.
Her stories also have transformed and still transforming my life. Stories that brought tears to the eyes. She owns a blog @ www.de-raconteur.com
And she’s also the founder of the group called The B. U. D family( Babes of Unique Dynamites).
The way that group has built and transformed me, I can’t tell it all. Belonging to that family has so much helped me. It has made me and still making me a better version of myself.
BRO DAVID ODUNIYI OLAJIDE
I’ve never met him in real life and he has done so much than I can ever imagine. He’s so selfless and accommodating.
As I said earlier, he helped so much in making both the former and new site a reality.
He’s always ready to help anytime, any day. Even at a point when he lost his phone and wasn’t available online, I’d call him to put me through on some things which he gladly did.
He also has a blog at www.gospelbreed.com
He’s my popcy that won’t stop calling me small mommy, imagine. Lol
These three has taught me Christian virtues in practical form.
These ones do not just preach love and selflessness, they practice it.
There are so much things to emulate from them.
I appreciate these three.
They mean so much to me.
I love you so much.
This year, 2019:
May you be connected to the top ladder of success.
May you paths get brighter and brighter day by day.
May the works of your hands be blessed.
May your coasts be greatly enlarged.
May all your heart desires be granted.
I also appreciate all followers and lovers of botapreneur’s blog.
You keep pushing me and never to stop doing what I do.
Thanks for the encouragements, advice, comments, love, etc.
This 2019, we’re going to do more valiantly.
Much love from botapreneur.
ABOUT THE BLOG
Although write ups about plants initiated my blogging journey but there’s more to life than knowing about plants alone.
So, this blog is created to allow a better living. We create content that informs and complement it with practical tools to make living healthy an easier and sustainable process be it in relation to physical health, spiritual health, emotional health, social health,etc.
There will be a lot of posts about our spiritual life, health, purposeful living,etc also knowing more about nature(plants).