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Amazing talents are constantly being discovered; right here in Nigeria and the International scenes are recognizing them too. If you are a cake lover, then you will be thrilled by this young lady’s journey to success. You do not hear of engineers who bake professionally on the Forbes list. But that is Barbara Okereke’s story; an Engineer-turned Cake Designer who is baking and designing internationally recognized cakes!
Barbara is the Founder/CEO of Oven Secret Bakery. Before launching her own cake-baking business, she pictured her career in engineering, hence her reason for studying Electrical Electronics Engineering from Anambra State University and even furthering her studies to acquire an MBA in Oil and Gas Management from Coventry University, UK. Okereke searched for jobs but got many rejections with reasons ranging from over-qualified to lack of experience.
Then in 2015, she registered at a cake-baking school, Fair Cake, in London. After months of learning and practicing, she returned to Nigeria in the same year and started her own business in Port Harcourt before moving to Lagos.
Between 2016 and 2018, Oven Secret, grew by 91% in revenue.
Barbara is the first Nigerian cake-decorator to be listed among the Forbes Africa 30 under 30, 2019. She has also been featured on BBC News Pidgin.
Your side hustle might just be the career you are dreaming about.
God bless Nigeria!!