MamaJ’s Aviation talks about 3rd Cabin Crew Fair; Challenges as Aviation Consultant

Mamajaviation’s annual Cabin Crew Fair is here again, and we had an exciting chat with Joy Ogbebo aka MamaJ, the delectable CEO of MamaJ’s Aviation Consult Limited, and the organiser of the event.

Talking of MamaJ, she is one energetic, go-getter friend and partner every freelance creative or business owner needs to have in this crazy economy! Come rain or shine, MamaJ is up and running, and sometimes, we just wonder how she does it.

In this interview, she shares some of her secrets. Enjoy it

1. What inspired Cabin Crew Fair?

MamaJ: The Cabin Crew Fair was inspired by the need to fill up an information gap. When I started aviation blogging in 2015, I observed that many of the young ones out there, who were aspiring to the Cabin Crew profession, were always reaching out to me to get information. They wanted to know what it takes, the requirements, what courses to take, the cost, etc. Many reached out to me on all my social media platforms. They were seeking for information. I had to respond to each of them individually, and at some point, it became overwhelming. If I had to keep responding to each of them, it meant that would be all I would do daily. It was taking my attention from other things. I identified an information gap. That was when it dawned on me that I needed to create a platform, where I could reach out to many people at the same time, and where I could bring together all the elements they needed to actualize their dreams. That was how I created the Cabin Crew Fair.

2. What were the highlights of previous editions of the event?

MamaJ: This is the third year. The first edition was held in 2017 with the theme: “Let your dreams take flight!”

The second edition was themed, “Raising the Bar of the Cabin Crew Profession”. It was also a great success and the turn out was huge.

3. What edition is this, and what is different about this edition?

MamaJ: This is the third edition with the theme “The Cabin Crew Profession: Our challenges”. The Cabin Crew profession like every other profession has its own challenges no doubt. At this year’s event, we shall be starting conversations, highlighting these challenges and proffering realistic solutions to them.

Details of 3rd Cabin Crew Fair

I identified an information gap. That was when it dawned on me that I needed to create a platform, where I could reach out to many people at the same time. @mamajsaviation

4.What challenges have you encountered in the journey?

MamaJ: Hmmm…. It has been quite challenging. In fact , it has made me realise that the only thing that can ever keep one going is PASSION. It’s very easy to give up on what you are not passionate about.

5. Great sponsors and partners. How did you achieve that?

The first year, I approached many Airlines and organisations. I got so many noes. Their typical question was, “what do we stand to gain if we support you?”

At two weeks to the event, I still didn’t have enough money to fund the event. That put a lot of pressure on me. I had to apply for a loan to fund the event, in addition to my personal money. I also had to resort to charging registration fee to able to host it.

Eventually, Dana Air, NCAT and Rwandair supported. Whilst Adron Homes, Crew Training Institute and Universal School of Aviation came for exhibition, which generated more funds for me to host the event. Some friends also supported us financially. Amazingly, the first fair recorded great attendance. It was very successful, and I was elated.

I see the Cabin Crew Fair becoming a tool and a platform for an impressive transformation of the profession I dream of a regulated professional body, that will speak with one voice, drive improvement in work standards. @mamajsaviation

Never give up they say. No matter how many noes you get, keep pushing… Consistency is key. Some of the same companies and agencies that did not support us the first year gave their support last year. Why? Because I sent in sponsorship letters again. This time I got more yeses. I have come to realise that, sometimes, brands and people watch to observe your level of seriousness about your project and how consistent you are before they show up for you. Even family and friends do the same before they support your endeavours.

In addition to this, I have come to realise that life is a process, and good things take time. All we need to do is to remain focused, resilient and stay on course. It’s just a matter of time. Success never comes easy. If it was easy, everybody would do it. Challenges will come. So I will keep pushing myself in the midst of the challenges.

The first year, I approached many Airlines and organisations. I got so many noes. Their typical question was, “what do we stand to gain if we support you?”

I want seize this opportunity to say thank you to all the Airlines, governmental agencies and brands that have identified with and supported us till date.

5. What is your vision for CCF – what do you see it become in the nearest future?

MamaJ: In the nearest future, I see the Cabin Crew Fair becoming a tool and a platform for an impressive transformation of the Cabin Crew profession. I dream of a regulated professional body, a Professional Cabin Crew Association for instance, that will speak with one voice, and drive improvement in the work standards; as well as facilitate a good turnout of young, well-informed, aspiring Cabin Crew. Its impact will be exponential.

I have come to realise that, sometimes, brands and people watch to observe your level of seriousness about your project and how consistent you are before they show up for you. @mamajsaviation

6. How do you stay inspired in this crazy economy? What 3 things keep you going?

MamaJ: Like I mentioned before, it’s PASSION. That is what drives me. This year has been the most difficult for me on this journey. The economy is not smiling. Most companies are struggling to stay afloat. So, this is really not the best of times for business. It is more trying for me because my programs are non-profit career initiatives. That puts extra pressure on while raising funds.

So the things that get me going are Passion, Resilience (I don’t give up easily, no matter how hard or challenging), and lastly, I don’t like starting what I can not finish.

6. Tell us about an occasion you’ve been tempted to quit, and you even thought it was over in your few years of operation, and how you recovered.

MamaJ: My company is four now, and to be frank, there have been times when I have felt like quitting. Lol… I have had times when I asked myself, “Who send me?”

For instance, while planning for the just concluded 3rd Aviation Careers Conference in October, I remember asking my family and some of my friends whether to cancel the event when the pressure got too much. They would tell me,”It’s too late to quit now”. I kept wondering if anyone was putting a gun to my throat to continue.

I would like to thank my family and friends who have been with me all the way.

But you know… I pushed on. Never give up on your Vision.

Never give up they say. No matter how many noes you get, keep pushing… Consistency is key. @mamajsaviation

Joy Ogbebo aka MamaJ is the CEO of MamaJ’s Aviation Consult Limited, the creator of MamaJ’s Aviation Blog and the organiser of annual Cabin Crew Fair and Aviation Careers Fair.


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