It was raining cats and dogs when my husband dragged me out of bed with words. I knew we had a journey to make but my lazy ass would do anything to remain in bed and be cuddled all day in this weather for couple we had in Lagos.
I finally dragged out of bed, got in the shower and said my morning prayers afterwards.
I had not planned what to wear earlier before that morning and while I watched my husband get dressed, I slipped on a red dress-like top and a palazzo pant that looked a bit rough in it’s black and white pattern. Of course I added a red hijab and looked like a total clown.
Our ride is here; “the car is so ugly” my husband said. I chuckled. I was out in a few minutes and I could confidently say ugly was an understatement.
Mosquitoes all up in this car flying over our heads as if they meant to welcome us to their world. I and “you know who” shared gazes. I was just cold.
After driving for over 30minutes, I got tired but also concluded that was the best car for our journey. RUGGED!
Our journey to Otta started when I woke up from a 30minutes sleep I think. The road was blocked , rugged, dirty and everything else a saturday morning shouldn’t be like.
I called Seun to keep in touch and let him know I was on my way. He was stuck in the traffic too. A curse!
Surviving a bumpy street on a cold morning somewhere outside Lagos is definitely worth some praises. We stepped out of the car as Seun approached us. Guyssss! Pardon my manners, Seun is the vice president of Wilson’s Juice Company and I still won’t stop calling him and Seyi twin brothers. They’re not by the way.
As we stepped into Wilson’s farm and factory, I managed to get a few pictures while my handy man aka husband tried to get candids of me pretending to be doing something I obviously wasn’t doing.
The farm wasn’t so large but it was just about okay when I saw the amount of goodness churned out of the factory daily.
Seun took us round the farm and even gave a detailed process of planting, harvesting and refuse management which I’m sorry I forgot after a tatse of chilled lemonade drink.
Most importantly, it was natural. It was real and I was truly wowed as to how two brothers have grown from hand-squeezing lemon to owning a factory and one of the fastest growing SME’s in Africa.
A couple of minutes and a very substantial amount of the Wilson’s family were waiting to welcome me to the family. I felt like a local champion or maybe I was one in a few minutes.
These people that are now family are surprisingly young people of my age and say a bit older too. It was really fascinating to see young people so dedicated to creating better.
These guys are the muscles behind the sensation of every drop of lemonde we feel. The team was a chilled one as everyone had a nickname to aid great relationship.
Not even their superiors got a sir or a ma. It was really refreshing seeing them succeed at that considering how nigerians put age on their head like agege bread.
*skips a not so integral part and jumps to where I got nicknamed*
My husband was asked to tell an embarrassing story I’d never like to share and from there he got his nickname “Oshomo” which makes him blush and I got mine “Phatty face” which I don’t really like.
After the interactive session and getting to know the Wilson’s family, I got a chance to actually go into the factory and taken through the lemonade making process. One word? Fascinating.
It was such a neat and clear process and trust me when I say zero artificial sweeteners. I was amazed and aslo happy to have witnessed the whole process.
I wrapped up the visit as I got the latest label of the lemonade juice.
And of course, I went home with loads of lemonade that I ended up sharing with family and friends.
It’s been 2months and 2 days since my seasonal ambassadorship ended and this journey falls short of nothing called grace and growth.
I’ve been opportune to give out in the name of the company an also project the lemonade lifestyle which I live daily. It’s a lifestyle dedicated to creating better while living your best life.
On the most exciting part is that I got the chance to create products inspired by myself and also host a creative and fundraising event that adds value to the society.
Here are few pictures from the event.
So, if you’re ever wondering how my ride with Wilson’s juice went, then bumpy isn’t the word. It was smooth yet adventorous, fun, exciting and definitely a great learning curve for me.
It’s a journey worth taking.
Side note: When you get the opportunity to do you? Do it with all you’ve got. The world can’t wait to experience your greatness.
Do catch up with me per usual on the gram and keep living the lemonade lifestyle. Sure you can do this by showing your support on my yet to be launched merchandise. My insta would definitely have details when due.
Event photocredit: @manvibess
Do catch up on my previous post .
Soaked In Love