Jemmy Sakodie, popularly known as Roji 1 never had training in hair styling but now styles most Television personalities in Ghana.
“I think my profession is just a talent because I didn’t learn it anywhere. My mom use to braid people’s hair and I used to assist her after school hours,” she said in an interview with modernghana.com.
While a junior in boarding school at Kumasi, her seniors will let her style their hair but she didn’t take it serious.
She later realised she could actually make money from this gift after giving birth to her second child. She needed to caterfor her second child as a single parent.
She started by braiding cornrolls for kids then moved from house to house
Soon, she saved money enough to establish her first shop at Adum in Kumasi.
Her customers were countless mostly made up of wives of politicians, business owners, pastors among others. She opened a second shop still in Kumasi and upon consistent requests from clients and with some capital, she moved her shop to Accra in 2009 settling at Sakaman.
By word of mouth recommendation and increasing number of clients she established another shop and later relocated to her current place in Darkuman.
According to her social media has contributed immensely to her success.
“Instagram has been really helpful. Almost all my customers are from instagram,”she noted.
Advising the youth, she said “If you have the talent, polish it up and work with it”
She is hair stylist for Stacy Amoateng, Adwoa Yeboah Adjei of UTV, Anita Akuffo of GHone, celebrity makeup artist, Nancy Blaq among others.
By Pamela Ofori-Boateng
Source: Modern Ghana