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Bishop Feb Idahosa, Rev. Laurie Idahosa and the Idahosa boys Feb Jnr, Nathaniel, and Judah look the picture of absolute perfection on April Edition of La Mode Magazine.
Bishop Feb is passionate about entrepreneurship and he discusses what Nigerian youths need to do to be successful in their career choices. While his wife, Rev. Laurie talks about infertility in women and how she was told by medical doctors that are chances of giving birth are slim. “They said it was impossible for us to have children without assisted reproduction. This was a big blow to us because we had thought that everything was going to be easy in that area,” she says.
Read more of the couple’s interview with La Mode Magazine below!
La Mode: As one who encourages entrepreneurship, how would you describe Entrepreneurship in Nigeria?
BF: Entrepreneurship is still in its birthing stages in our nation. The potential for people to create businesses such as the next “Apple” or the next great multinational conglomerate are enormous. We simply need to encourage our young people to spend time thinking up more great ideas and then create opportunities for them by connecting the ideas with funding, training, and incubation. One of my dreams is to create business incubators in various parts of the country that will train young entrepreneurs and give them a place to start their businesses before they scale up. You can get in touch with us via our Executive Square platform and we’ll help you get on the right path to creating a business that will live past the proverbial 5 years of new business failure.
La Mode: What do you think can make entrepreneurs better at what they do?
BF: Too many would-be entrepreneurs try to launch ideas without thinking them through and taking the thought from “idea” to “viable business.” Ideas are plentiful, but the entrepreneur needs to think about a way in which she can turn the idea into a product or service that people would willingly pay for. If the idea cannot get to a place where people pay for the solution it brings, then it’s just a nice idea, not a business. How can entrepreneurs get better, find a problem, solve it; find a need, fill it. Find a way to do these two things profitably.
LA MODE: WHAT IS YOUR VIEW ABOUT INFERTILITY IN WOMEN
RL: The CDC tells us that one out of eight women will suffer infertility in their lifetime and I happen to be one of those one-in-eight. Infertility is a very difficult thing for a woman to go through especially in the African culture where women are generally expected to produce children to prove their womanhood. When you have a problem with bearing children, it can affect your morale, self-esteem and your overall view of life. It is one of those things that you cannot physically control and when something is out of your control you can feel frustrated. Because I went through five years of infertility with numerous interventions, I have a special compassion and desire to help other families going through the trials of infertility.
LA MODE: WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR WOMEN LOOKING FOR THE FRUIT OF THE WOMB
RL: Number one; be armed with information. Find out what are the causes of your infertility, don’t just take everything as just faith alone; faith without works is dead (James 2:14.) I believe that as women (and men) it is important that we know what we are dealing with. The family needs to understand the problems that they are having so that they know how to direct their prayer as well as their intervention. I highly encourage couples facing infertility to have faith and believe for the impossible. In-vitro fertilization requires Faith, just like natural conception does. I still believe in the value and benefits of assisted reproduction. I have seen it be effective and I encourage people that are having infertility problems to go for assisted reproduction, to see doctors and have medical interventions if they are able to. I don’t believe that medical intervention is a lack of faith in any way. In fact, I can tell you from experience that getting medical intervention requires just as much faith as God doing it naturally. You have to have faith that every injection is going to work, you have to have faith in every process and truly I believe that God is the only giver of life. If you’re going to get pregnant through assisted reproduction or natural conception, it is God that gives life, so I encourage women to trust, to have faith, to believe, and not to give up hope. Keep standing, be armed with information and get the right kind of support around you. Have the right kind of word that you listen to, the right kind of things that build you up on the inside and give you the courage to keep going when things around you make you feel like giving up. Remain confident that it is possible and that God will answer your prayers.
You can read the full interview here.
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