Southern Journeys Mother's Day Tribute: Maryam Garba

My mother has taught me so many lessons, it’s difficult to pick one, but perhaps one of the most obvious ones is the importance of why a woman must always contribute financially to her household.
— Maryam Garba, Maryam Garba LLC

We've been lucky to feature many fashionable women entrepreneurs on our Mother's Day month-long tribute so far. Maryam Garba is definitely not an exception. With her Stanford and Harvard background and cosmopolitan flair, her journey creating fashion-forward options for professional women as the CEO of Maryam Garba, LLC is definitely worth a double take:

Maryam Garba, fashion entrepreneur

Maryam Garba, fashion entrepreneur

Which values have been key to your success in life and business and how does your mother embody or instill these values in you?

My mother taught me a lot about the value of hard work and she is probably the most hardworking person I know.There was a time when we were growing up when my mother had my younger sister, started a company and also graduated from school all in the same year. I still don't know how she manages to get all this done, but her love of life and her hardworking nature inspires me everyday!

How has your mother supported your journey as an entrepreneur? 

My mother is one of my biggest cheerleaders. She constantly calls me to find out how my business is going. She also sends me new design ideas and sometimes she manages my production and manufacturing orders in Nigeria. My mother is an excellent marketer and project manager. 

Maryam, her sister, and her mummy

Maryam, her sister, and her mummy

What is the most important lesson she has taught you?

My mother has taught me so many lessons, it's difficult to pick one, but perhaps one of the most obvious ones is the importance of why a woman must always contribute financially to her household. My mother has never had to work a day in her life because my father has always provided for us but she has always chosen to work because she wanted her family to have a phenomenal quality life. She's showed me that a woman who works can help to upgrade her family's standard of living and also give back to her community!


Thank you for sharing, Maryam! We love your mother's example as a financially empowered woman and hope that your latest designs at MaryamGarba.com will be worn by many working women.

How has your mother taught you the importance of being entrepreneurial and earning your own income?

- SJ

Give the gift of a quality product made by southern rural Black women trying to change conditions in economically depressed communities across the South. Visit our store today - sale extended for everything 15% off through the end of May!