We had the good fortune of connecting with Oluchukwu Jennifer Odunze and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Oluchukwu Jennifer, what do you want people to remember about you?
I want to be remembered as a giver, a lover, and a fighter for righteousness. I want people to remember me as a person who never gave up the good fight of faith and keep pushing. I want people close to me or not to remember that I did my best, and my best was good enough and they can also use my life as a teachable moment to always hold on and not give up, there is still a light at the end of the tunnel, follow your dreams, live free, love like there isn’t a tomorrow, never live a life of regret, do your best always in everything and above all ask for the guidance of God always in all you do.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I started balding badly due to the stress at work. Over time, I noticed the centre of my head was losing hair. I went to the hair store and bought the products I could find. Still, I was still curious to get products here in the United States that can grow hair and also contain natural ingredients such as herbs and essential oils. It was in the process of my curiosity I made further research on organic hair treatment. During the lockdown, I went to the organic shops and started buying the ingredients that I needed. I made my first product and used it on my hair. The result was amazing! I noticed the baldness was filling back up. I gave a few of my friends and coworkers to try it out and the result was amazing as well. It was their testimony that made me more convinced that my oil works.
Afterwards, the encouragement began pouring in for me to start it as a business. I remember when I was growing up in Nigeria, my dad would always tell me to think about starting a business. Initially, I never wanted a business, but when I saw my close friends having their own businesses, I was motivated to start mine.
Talking about my products, Chebe is the hair secret of an African ethnic group in Chad. They are known to have very long naturally coarse hair that famously grows past their rear end. Their hair growth oil is made from natural cold-pressed oils, herbs and essential oils that can penetrate deep down into the hair shafts to grow healthy hair by filling in bald areas. It also thickens thinning hair and stops the shedding of hair too.
My initial capital was about $5000, just to make sure I got all the ingredients I needed. With constant research, I found myself buying more. The great reviews I get from my clients has been tremendous, recently,
I took a break from my job to focus on my business. It’s been worth it. Since growing in this business, I get my inspiration from female Bosses around me mostly Black and African women who are going after their dreams. In the days of our parents, our mothers gave up something to make their marriage work, such as their careers.
But now I see a lot of African young women who are going after their dreams and levelling the playing field.
At the moment, I get most of my orders in the US, and Canada. My store is open to everyone regardless of location. So, I am learning the in and out of owning a business and hope to be established in Africa mostly in the Nigerian market. I would like to have my products on shelves in different stores worldwide.
The lesson I have learnt so far is don’t give up, go at your destined pace, learn as much as possible, be open to criticism, be willing to improve and be better every day. pray more and let God do the rest.
I want the world to know about me and my brand is the I came, saw, and conquered, didn’t give up because people didn’t believe in me, I believed in myself, and keep going. my brand is here to stay for a long time and I am building generational wealth for me and the people around me. we are willing together.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We will go out to eat lunch/dinner at Panera, go shopping at the mall, catch up on what’s going on in our lives since we don’t see each other often, watch a movie, bounce business ideas off each other. plan for upcoming trips to go on, study the word of God together.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shout to my wonderful parents Mr and Mrs Larry Odunze, who did the best they could with what they were given, to my best friend/Sister Britney Gena Smith who I love so much, always having back no what, to Patience Balanganayi who was there when no one else was and to Tomike Campbell my confidant. Thank You for always being you!! love you always