Muda Oyeniran writes on how former staff of the United Nations eventually achieved financial independence through the multi-level marketing of some products.
DR Jummai Umar-Ajijola worked with the United Nations (UN), Actionaid and Microsoft. But today, she says she has found fulfillment, above all else, as a multi-level marketer of Forever Living Products. As a guest speaker at the Forever Living Products Success Showcase, held recently in Abuja, Umar-Ajijola said that as an FLP network marketer, she had been freed from financial bondage.
She was speaking at the second edition of the FLP Nigeria series of 2012 Success Showcase held at the Shabak Centre in Utako District, Abuja, recently. The event drew a large gathering of young and middle-aged people who were attracted by the success of the modern method of distributing goods and services, known as multi-level marketing.
Thirty-four years ago, the founder of Forever Living Products, Rex Maughan, had believed that to distribute the company’s wellness and beauty products, it needed an ingenious method which would not only make the products available to consumers but would also give those in the chain of its distribution network money in their pockets.
Among the list of major distributors in Nigeria are nearly 100 young Nigerian millionaires who today, symbolize the fortunes of the company.
Dr. Jummai Umar-Ajijola, who featured prominently in the event, used every opportunity to educate the audience on the power of network marketing, testifying that to get free from financial bondage, she had to get involved in FLP. She held the audience spellbound for the more than 30 minutes she spoke, confessing that her previous employments did not give her the satisfaction which she needed to deal with her life’s basic financial problems.
According to her, the FLP network had given her three immediate opportunities; to travel far and wide at the company’s expense; make extra cash from just recruiting people into the network and the advantage of using healthy and natural products.
Speaking on the occasion, FLP managing director, Nigeria/Benin Republic, Mr. Cornelius Tay, said the new outreach programme of the company through a monthly event across the country was aimed at recognising excellence in the business of distribution of FLP healthcare and beauty products; and to teach people new ways of doing the “ home-based family business” more successfully.
He revealed that the first edition of the Success Showcase in 2012 held in Lagos, late last month, attracted over 1,480 participants, many of whom testified that the FLP business opportunity enhanced their physical and financial well being in 2011. “Coming to Abuja, therefore, is simply to give Abuja distributors an insight into the new business year which promises to be even greater and more rewarding for all our diligent distributors”, Tay said, adding, “One of such indicators is the growing population of FLP network marketers which has risen to over 250,000 in Nigeria and projected to reach 15 million worldwide”.
Tay also said the attraction to the business was the ability of the company to make available a range of natural health care and beauty products which helped to promote healthy living and fight poverty by ensuring that everybody, within the network -received a reward for using the products, organizing a sales force to retail the products to non-distributors and for recruiting people into their team.
Providing further tips to success in FLP multi-level marketing business, Tay urged the audience to adopt the sequence of positive thinking, careful planning, strategizing, preparation and finally the determination to do all it would take to succeed in their FLP business.
For the over 1,000 FLP distributors and guests who besieged the Abuja event, the attraction was to see those who were moving up in the FLP marketing plan and hear their powerful testimonies of success in multi-level marketing. FLP Distributors came all the way from Calabar, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Kano, Kaduna, and Onitsha. Add these to the Abuja audience, and you have a full mix of Nigerians in the Federal Capital city. Overall, the FLP Abuja event to showcase success and accomplishment was fun and filled with expectations.
Referring to those seeking immediate fortune from network marketing, the FLP managing director reminded them that even the biggest and most successful members of any network did not achieve their status overnight. Using the experience of Nigeria and Africa’s number one distributors, John and Justina Ekperigin, as for an example, Tay said the couple had held the enviable topmost position in the last four years.
According to him, “The Ekperigins started their FLP business as Assistant Supervisors in 2002, earning a bonus of just US$118. Today, he said, the Ekperigins had broken all records in earnings and position not only in Nigeria but in Africa, because of their diligence. The Ekperigins were recognized at the Abuja event as the first distributors in Africa to earn over US$264,000 in annual profit share, achieving the 10,000 CC level thus placing them in the league of the Top 10 FLP Distributors worldwide.”