Shama Zulqurnain was born on 11 August 1977 at Boundary Park Hospital Oldham.
Raised in a traditional cultural Muslim family, faith was an important factor whilst growing up as her ancestors were from the Dina District of Jhelum, Pakistan. Her father was from Dina and her mother was from Jhelum when they arrived in England as teenagers and eventually married in Oldham. Shama has a unique story. A story of love, hate, betrayal, cultural differences and religious interpretations. This is Shama’s story… (Final part).
Gradually my marriage improved but deep down all my dreams were crushed. I mostly stayed around the house as all my ambitions were gone. I started working in the family business and I had another baby boy. I guess the family was pleased as I produced another boy. The more I worked in the family business, the more I felt I was in charge.
I got into modelling and as a result it made me feel good about myself. The modelling helped me with my condition but I still wanted to do something else. I started meeting people and thought of creating a business. I could be anything I wanted if I put my mind to it. Should I open a modelling agency? Or Study to be a local councillor?
Eventually, I started working for a modelling agency for a while. I loved scouting and met some nice young people in the process. I was like a mother to them and I participated in Miss Yorkshire as manager for the models. It was a brilliant experience. I then I met a wedding venue owner and discussed how I could help him. I was confidant in managing staff so I started going to events to see how everything was organised. I then began to recruit and manage new staff at the venue. I was likable and I adored people as I’m a people’s person. It went very well and I was there for a year until I decided to setup my own hospitality agency.
With the help of my daughters and my friend who was great with technology and making brochures etc, I invested in advertising material and received help and advice from a government scheme. So there I was recruiting, looking at offices, getting a few jobs and getting myself out there.
Ultimately, F1 hospitality Events & Promotions ltd was created. It was a very happy stage in my life.
I then met a man called Mizan Muqit, a really genuine man. I arranged a meeting with him to advertise my advert in his Union Newspaper as he was a very successful Union Officer. He was happy to help and advise me as to how to do everything professionally and how to treat staff fairly.
When I had any problems, I spoke to him. We both started going to business shows and I told him my business plan. He could see the potential in me and my business and became my business partner. Today, Mizan and I have made our business a professional setup and we are growing day by day. I am proud to say that I am the joint partner of F1 Hospitality Events & Promotions Ltd. We have a big data base of clients and work all over the UK. We have over 200 staff and still growing
Mizan and I have dedicated ourselves to this company and we are seeing great results.
You have read my story and I hope after reading it, you realise that it is never too late to fulfil your dreams. Life throws many obstacles in the way and as you have read, I had many problems throughout my life but I never stopped dreaming and hoping for the best. I hope to inspire other women who feel trapped in their lives. Dreams can come true. Never give up!