The reality star says black women in the business world go through a lot as she narrates her bitter experience.
Former Big Brother Naija star Venita Akpofure has taken to social media to recount how she lost a lucrative deal with an established real estate company after dismissing sexual advances from one of the company’s top staffer.
Venita shared a Twitter thread via her page on Tuesday in which she opened up about the sexual harassment.
The reality star stated in her post that she was excited to go into business with the real estate comapy as the deal was promising.
However, things took another turn when the company’s media head took a liking to her. According to the former housemate, the man told her she looked like his ex-wife and began to make inappropriate gestures at her in one of their time together.
Venita said the deal fell through after reporting the incident to the company’s CEO.
At the end of her gripping narration, the mother of one noted that she later found another exciting brand to work with, and the reason why she decided to tell her story now is to encourage women out there not to give up on their dreams in the face of difficulties and challenges.
“This industry is not beans. All is smoke and mirrors. I prayed to God to be able to provide security for my girls. Some time ago I was to go into business with a real estate company. Was so excited for my first home which was heavily discounted on the journey of independence.
“The company was well established and boasted a roster of worthy influencers. I was welcomed and I felt at home with the brand. Unfortunately for me the “media head” who also has a similar industry background, decided I looked like his ex wife and carried my matter on his head.
“Even when I was gifted penthouse hotel experience for my birthday, he insisted on spending the night as “he couldn’t go home and had early island appt. I actually left the whole suite for him and went home as I will not subject myself to any inappropriate circumstances.
“I decided he had really crossed all professional boundaries and honestly he was not anyway involved with my dealings because I had a direct plug. I reported him to the CEO. He was asked to vacate my suite immediately the next morning. And was infuriated.
“Upon further investigation, myself and his colleagues learned he was given money to prep gifts for me and needless to say he probably only spent 5k from what was allocated which was comfortably hundreds of thousands. The guy was just beyond crooked.
“Anyways fast forward. Although I was apologised to and we moved on, I never saw my contract again despite asking severally, (which was not concluded and as a result unsigned as the lawyer now refused to bring it out). Long n short, Conclusively my discounted house disappeared. The CEO no longer took calls. Everything suddenly vanished.
“The CEO no longer took calls. Everything suddenly vanished. Fast forward to now. Truthfully What is yours is yours and man cannot take it. No need to talk too much. Ladies do not be afraid to draw your lines clearly. Especially in business.”
Akpofure is a popular British Nigerian actress, reality TV star, model and former video vixen.
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