Venita Akpofure, a former housemate of the BBNaija reality show, has narrated how she lost a real estate deal after she turned down the sexual advances of the company’s media head.

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The reality TV star spoke of her industry experience in a series of tweets via her Twitter handle on Tuesday.

“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. The company was well established and boasted of a roster of worthy influencers,” she wrote.

“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.

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“Even when I was gifted penthouse hotel experience for my birthday, he insisted on spending the night. 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 in any way involved with my dealings because I had a direct plug. I reported him to the CEO. He was asked to vacate my suite immediately.

“Upon further investigation, myself and his colleagues learned he was given money to prep gifts for me and he probably only spent 5k from what was allocated which was comfortably hundreds of thousands.”

Venita charged women in Africa struggling with such situations to always ensure that they set their boundaries.

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“The guy was just beyond crooked. Anyway fast forward. Although I was apologised to and we moved on, I never saw my contract again despite asking severally. Long n short, my discounted house disappeared,” she added.

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“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, stay woke! Stay consistent and stay resilient. I don’t regret my experience as I learned from it. It’s better to die standing than begging on your knees for anything you believe in or have worked for.

“Also as an executive be mindful of your staff, especially the ones who are excessively nice for no reason and want to be part of everything in excess. I actually brought in sales of millions jus under N40m. Sad! but we move!

“So many women in Africa work HARD! Check the stats! Even the pioneers we know have been duped, taken advantage of, inappropriately approached, been cheated. Yet the black woman is the most abused on the planet.

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“To the woman who is anxious, feels cheated, or wants to give up: Please DO NOT! Man cannot steal your destiny! Redirect your disappointment into learning and progress. Continue to breathe life into your goals.”



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