Mrs. Maria Mayowa Warebebe, is the proprietress of LizDav Academy. She is a graduate of education who once venture into fish farming because of her industrious nature but by divine
providence she crossed over to running of school.
Today, there is no gainsaying the fact that this restless woman so to speak, who wakes up every 5am to start tending and caring for her family is a huge success. Interestingly, in the midst of all her crowded schedules, she has ample time for the home. In this interview, with the Editor-in-Chief of Nigerian Academic Excellence, Benedict Ahanonu, she says it all…
How did you get the vision for LizDav Academy?
I started LizDav Academy on February 1, 2010 but the big story today evolved from a daycare centre and the thought then was how am I to go about everything because formerly I was into fish farming but I actually have passion for children and that passion made me go into daycare. Later I discovered that the passion I have for the children is more than the farming business so I had to quit farming and face the kids squarely.
Initially, I was working with my staff at the daycare centre and they were two. Sometimes, parents do come in the
morning to bring their children to me without knowing that I am the owner of the business.
We started from a 2-bedroom flat in my apartment but after that term, parents started urging me to carry on because of the special way I handled their children.
However, I kept asking myself the question, can I really do this? Reason is, I am a very quiet person and I saw the business as something that will make me start talking but I prayed over it anyway and the Holy Spirit said go ahead so that was how I summoned the courage to continue.
I had a sister with me then. When I told her about my plans, she said, “Elder sister is that why you are worried? We can do it.” Immediately, we started jotting down things we needed to start. She suggested that we should begin during the August holidays and both of us were the first teachers; children came in from other schools to join those we had already that graduated from our daycare as pre-nursery pupils and we pressed on courageously.
After the holiday lessons, more children came to our school so we began to look for teachers we can employ and also had to open the next vacant flat in my house for the primary section where I equally taught.
My sister later returned to the University of Ife, to continue her education then I had to take full charge.
I engaged the services of three teachers and we proceeded swiftly.
With the need for space becoming pressing due to the increasing number of pupils, we had to move to the present
location we are. When we came in here, the place was not really developed. It was just a forest, but we started in earnest and gradually everywhere became developed.
What is the secret of your success?
My secret hinges on working hard and prayer because even if you pray and did not strive enough, it won’t work due to the fact that both of them goes together and it is only God that crowns efforts with success.
Whenever I want to do something, I’ve to go with prayer and I’ll still work very hard for it.
At times, you work very hard and you might not succeed but don’t give up. Keep pushing and you will find out that by the time you try it one or two times, you will get there.