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Busari Mobolaji Toheeb

Who are you?

I am Busari Mobolaji Toheeb, a final year Physics Education student at the University of Lagos. I’m from Oyo State Ibadan to be precise, from a family of five with two brothers and two sisters, am a cobbler as well and a stylist with a styling brand ‘B-$TAR’.

Why cobbling?

Seven years back immediately I finished my secondary school from Global School of Science in Ibadan. I started immediately after my May/June WAEC examinations in 2011, I took the decision after staying at home alone after my WAEC. My dad told me to enrol for JAMB coaching but during the training, there was a particular building beside my coaching center which was a vocational training school for people regardless of your status, so I enrolled in cobbling together with a friend Paul. After my JAMB examination in 2012, I got admitted into the Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta to Study Physics/Chemistry.

While working on the admission process in November 2012, I couldn’t furthermore in the training due to stress and also my course didn’t permit me so I wasn’t given a certificate but I spent just 9 months on the training. I had learnt things like sandal making, leather slippers making and was about to proceed to shoemaking when I was hooked with stress in school so I couldn’t manage the two together and had to drop cobbling for school in the process.

Describe your barbing experience?

I enrolled for barbing training in 2016. My barbing experience since 2016 has been fantastic.

Is B-$tar your cobbling company?

No, I haven’t set up the cobbling company yet, because it requires time and money in getting some equipment, moreover, am in school but am planning towards that after school.
  • Student Busari Mobolaji
  • Stylist Busari

Why B-$tar?

The B in the name stands for my surname and my own name and for the star you know the stars are bigger and brighter than the Sun so that’s how I want my brand to be by God grace. What makes B-$TAR stand out in a crowd of competitors is that I do provide a Legendary Customer Service and treat my customers like royalty, even when there’s no need to. The belief that customer service only matters in the service industry is a myth. Another thing is that I do admit my mistakes and also fix out the problems, I don’t argue with my customers and these really help me to build a stronger relationship with them.

Why did you establish B-$tar

I established B-$TAR After my training to be self-dependent. I also wanted to train young people as well that are interested in barbing. Another thing is that the barbering industry is continuing to grow, with more and more barbershops popping up and it is definitely an exciting industry to be involved in! There is a saying that many people are familiar with and it goes something a little like this
if you love your job, you’ll never have to work another day in your life. We know that many barbers would agree with this statement and be able to list many reasons why they love their job and how it doesn’t feel like work. Choosing a barbing career presents many opportunities and perks that one may not have even considered. I know there can be doubts, concerns and worries when transitioning into a new career or even deciding what career path to take after finishing school. The main factors that normally arise when deciding on a career are the training options available, employability prospects and the challenges of the job. But to me, I can probably say there are many opportunities in choosing this career which includes:
  1. YOU WILL BE YOUR OWN BOSS: Bottom line, being a barber is a good life. The job offers flexible hours and rewarding work in a creative industry. Few trades offer as many opportunities to open your own successful business. There is a range of options in how you can be your own boss with a barber career. Some people opt to rent a chair in a salon and build up their client base, chose to work as a mobile barber or open up their own barbershop, where they can really bring in their passions and personality into their barbershop.
  2. BE A PEOPLE PERSON: Not many jobs offer the opportunity to meet and interact with people from all walks of life. Barbers meet clients who have interesting stories to tell and you get to chat with people daily, which is perfect if you love people. Plus, you play a big part in making people look their best. You have the power and skills to give confidence to men by giving them a haircut that suits them and makes them feel great. Many barbers make good friends and contacts from their clients; your confidence and popularity will grow if you are a good barber.
  3. GOOD INCOMES: Most barbers make a decent amount of money; not only do you get your salary at the end of the week, you get your tips too. If you master your barbering trade to a top-notch standard and can create sharp and modern barber haircuts, along with providing an outstanding service for your client, you will see your tips increase. The potential of earning a good barber salary is high due to the different areas of barbering that is available to work in, whether that is running your own barbershop, being a mobile barber, working for a high-end barbershop or even a renowned barber brand. There is also the option to work as a freelance barber to work on photo shoots for fashion brands, music bands or any type of brand that requires a professional and talented barber. Once you establish yourself and build a credible reputation in the barbering industry, you can earn a lot of money.
  4. BARBERING CAREER TAKE THE JOB WITH YOU: Barbers can get good work anywhere in the world, as getting a haircut is a basic need and not a luxury one, so there is always a demand for barbers worldwide. If you want to travel and widen your horizons, barbering is a great choice of trade as job prospects are good all over the world.
    Obtaining the barbering qualification will also help you qualify as a skilled worker and increase chances of getting a work visa to enable you to work in your desired destination I think especially a country like Canada.
  5. EACH DAY IS DIFFERENT: It will be hard to find two days alike in barbering; each day is different and most importantly, each day is enjoyable. You’ll find most barbering jobs are so varied. You will have a range of clients asking for different hairstyles, which makes the job less repetitive and each day exciting.
  6. YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A JOB: The lifespan of a profession is going to cross your mind when you’re considering a new career. There is no lifespan of a barber, once you work hard and continue to master your craft, you can work as long you want. Regardless of the economic situation, men will always need to get their hair cut, so there will always be a need for barbers.

Where are you located? Can you travel to other states to provide VIP service?

For the location, I’m working on a particular place in Oshogbo Osun state in which after my school I’m going to open it. Yes, my services aare open for all.
  • Work done by Busari Mobolaji
  • Work done by Busari Mobolaji
  • Done By B-$tar

Services rendered at B-$tar?

We barb the hairstyles
  • MOHAWK
  • AFRO + FADE
  • CLEAN SHAVE
  • LOW CUT + FADE
  • WAVE + FADE
  • DREADLOCK
  • BALD FADE
  • Home Services (Plus Extra charges) e.t.c
We also sell or can get you
  • Clippers
  • After Shave
  • Powders
  • Bumps/ Rashes Creams
  • Sporting wave /Pomade,Shampoos e.t.c

Has B-$tar affected your academics negatively?

No, as I said earlier you have to be dedicated and determined though it is not easy in life nothing good comes easy. You have to manage your time wisely anytime you are planning.

Tell us your experience so far in 3years

I can probably say I’ve learned a lot. Firstly, you have to humanize your business in the sense that while working with your customers. They tell you their struggles in life or lend you their ears on understanding your story. He not only listens but also records your stories. No matter how bad the day is going, the barber should smile, greet and thank customers when they are leaving in a way he creates a lasting impression. What better way to retain an existing client than to know their story and connect with them. The more you know about your customers, the better the connection. This not only leads to a long-term business relationship but also more referral or word-of-mouth opportunities.
You have to build a system to deliver experience and not just service because I’ve learnt that people will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but will never forget how you made them feel most especially the adult customers. This is because the way you treats them will determine whether they will patronize you again or not, you deliver beyond a simple haircut, you’ve to make it livelier by discussing trends in the society or playing of music or movies. You also have to be patient with this job in particular because sometimes u might be busy throughout and sometimes, you might find it difficult to see a single customer… Just pray about it and trust me your journey believe me.

How were you able to raise capital to start B-$tar?

I started raising money with the help of an App called Cowrywise for like a year and also my parent supported me as well. The capital was not enough to start the business. I just had to make use of what I had then to set up the business. You know you’ve to start from somewhere.
B-$tar logo
B-$tar logo

What are the milestones you have have achieved at B-$tar

For the milestone I’ve had in my company to start with, for a business to grow, I had to set up an effective business model. A business model represents the methods you use to make a profit. Parts of a business model include operating procedures, marketing strategies, and cost structures.
In addition to this, another milestone is how to like Gain repeat customers because we’ll know that customers are key to keeping your business operating. To set customer milestones, I’ve to like to pay attention to both prospective and existing customers. This kind of customers helps my business to thrive as well.

What advice do you have for people who want to start their entrepreneurship journey?

My advice for people who wants to start their entrepreneurship is that they should Seek out a mentor, they shouldn’t be discouraged by slow growth, and also they should have a plan. In addition, they should pray often and work with a mentor. Surrounding themselves with others who can support them on their journey to entrepreneurship. Get clear about how to manage their money when they are not getting a weekly paycheck.
Stylist Busari
Also, they should value themselves more highly. Charge what they know they’re worth. They shouldn’t be afraid to ask for the fair value of their services because no one is ever going to offer them more than what they ask, so they might as well go for it. Lastly, they should surround themselves with people who are going to elevate them to the next level. They should also start programming their mind. Like meditation, affirmations, and watching motivational videos about how to manage their time and business. They should never stop learning, Keep investing in themselves not only that also keep their mind, body and soul in tip-top shape.

Do you think the education system in Nigeria makes a student better prepared for entrepreneurship?

No, because we all know that Entrepreneurship is regarded as the engine room for every country’s economic development because it is a sure way of generating employment opportunities, providing the needed manpower for industrial development, marketing and market factor growth, capacity building on the citizenry and resource distribution which are necessary paraphernalia for sustainable development. The importance of entrepreneurship education in any developing country such as Nigeria needs not to be over-emphasized and this is because Nigeria like other developing countries is faced with a high rate of graduate unemployment or underemployment as a result of poor trade liberalization and graduates inept ability for the global competitive labour market.

How can we contact you?

You can contact me on twitter handle @wilsonbeejay, on Facebook page Busari Mobolaji Wilson
For my brand on Facebook B_STAR HAIR CLINIC, ON INSTAGRAM: INVESTOR_BEEJAY_, FOR MY BRAND ON IG: bstar_hairclinic Email: beejaywilson94@gmail.com

Adebiyi Peter, Creative Director At Petroyal Apparel

A person devoted to fashion clothing, particularly unique or high fashion. Fashion enthusiasts are synonymous to fashionistas. REAL fashionistas do not believe in trends. They create trends daily. Fashion enthusiast is a person that is obsessed with every art of fashion. Adebiyi Peter is a fashion enthusiast who always loves to share his story. InterviewStories had an interview with him where he talked about how he started the journey, how he has been able to overcome challenges and how he is waxing stronger in his desired field.

Can we meet you?

I’m Adebiyi Peter, a fashion enthusiast. The creative director of PETROYAL APPAREL. I am a graduate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Mathematics (B.sc).

Tell us about PETROYAL APPAREL?

PETROYAL APPAREL is a dynamic clothing company born out of passion and the need to change the narrative “clothiers cannot be trusted” and at the same time give quality service and clothing for individuals and cooperate bodies. It was established on November 6th, 2017. We thrive on our integrity and creative instinct.

  • Petroyal Apparel  English Dress
  • Native Made By Petroyal Apparel
  • Yoruba Bridegroom and Groom men
  • A Yoruba man dressing his Agbada

Why the name Petroyal Apparel?

It’s coined from Peter and Royalty. We believe our clients are royalty so we induce our belief in the name.

How did Petroyal Apparel start?

It was conceived in 2013 during my IT(Internship) days in Ogun state, on getting back to Lagos I enrolled for a wash-up training with a friend so as to put the “2013 strike” to use. That has been one of the best decision of my life because it brought my dreams from conception to reality. Since 2013 to 2017 it has been a series of training and mentorship and little business in between.

Why fashion after studying Mathematics in school?

I have always wanted to do something in the fashion line while in school, for example, fabric sale, clothing and accessories sale, third party agent for designers. But all didn’t work out for me. So I decided to start my personal brand/

Relevance of Mathematics in the fashion industry?

Yes! Mathematics have taught me accuracy and precisions which apply in my work. It has also helped to shape my mind to a large extent I can’t describe in words. I can’t imagine meeting some people without my educational background.

  • Designed By Petroyal Apparel
  • Work of Petroyal Apparel

Do you think it would have been better if you had studied a course relating to fashion in university than mathematics?

I think I would have done this differently but Mathematics has helped a great deal.

Can you leave Petroyal Apparel for a better offer from Mathematics?

There is no such offer.

  • Cloth made by Petroyal Apparel
  • Cloth made by Petroyal Apparel
  • Suit Designed By Petroyal Apparel
  • Native Attire Designed By Petroyal Apparel

What skills do you require at Petroyal Apparel?

Business skill. Creative and artistic skills. Strong detailing eye. Visualization. Integrity. Communication.

What skill gives you an edge over your competitors?

Integrity. We live in a world where words don’t match with works anymore. You see a display photo online, order for the product and on arrival, the product doesn’t match with the photo. How disappointing can that be? As if that’s not enough, the product doesn’t arrive at the agreed time. We make sure our product match with what was requested and time limit agreed.

How were you able to raise capital for the company?

I’m a very businesses oriented person and I’ve learnt over time how to multiple my token… Though I saved a little over #100,000 during service how far would that go to set up a fashion outfit in Lagos and also get the training needed… So what I did was to keep multiplying my token by increase value and attracting worthy clients.

Equipment and tools used at Petroyal Apparel?

Currently, we have 4 industrial sewing machine and an industrial overlock machine plus a manual machine for our new trainees and other necessary equipment.

How has technology help Petroyal Apparel?

Basically, social media has been helpful in the area of business models as it brought me close to some of the most decorated persons in the industry and also helped in terms of audience.

How do you get new customers?

Basically, it’s by referral, if you patronized us you will be willing to tell others, we are working on our social media appearance. Though I have made some sacrifice to attract some powerful clients myself.

  • A Customer of Petroyal Apparel
  • Another Customer of Petroyal Apparel
  • Designed By Petroyal Apparel
  • Happy Customer of Petroyal Apparel

What fashion styles or works can you do at Petroyal Apparel?

I have styled different weddings, make campaign uniforms for parties and cooperate firm and religious bodies. Going into runway fashion this year.

What are the problems you face running Petroyal Apparel?

Finding young people with my kind of passion and drive to work with

What should we be expecting of Petroyal Apparel in the next 10years?

Let me share my 5 years goals. I want my company to be a household name in Nigeria and launch out internationally. I also want to have at least 15 industrial machines and not less than 20staffs in a centered location in Lagos state. To be servicing 500 clients or more monthly, to reach a turnover of #15,000,000 yearly. There’s a structure in place. Application for loan is in progress

Advice for artists who hates school?

I tell new applicants at PETROYAL APPAREL how school have helped me shape my goals and aspirations. Education will make them see things differently.

  • Adebiyi Peter a mathematician who loves fashion
  • Adebiyi Peter, Creative Director At Petroyal Apparel
  • Adebiyi Peter, Creative Director At Petroyal Apparel

What motivates you?

Seeing my work appreciated and seeing smiles on my client also ability to create wealth for others

Your social media handles

IG: @petroyal_apparel, Fb: PETROYAL APPAREL, WhatsApp: https://wa.me/2347062176024
My contacts are +2347062176024 (WhatsApp) and also +234905 872 4821

What advice do you have for students still studying at school?

Look out for opportunities while you’re doing your duties as students. Be prepared for opportunities.

Tell us your worst and best experience while being the director of Petroyal Apparel?

The major factor in my life has been God because he has given a gift for witty invention.

QUOTE FROM ADEBIYI PETER

My worst experience was the time I was sick and my staffs didn’t do a satisfactory job. The best experience is an everyday experience where the art got better.

Joshua Achonwa, creative director Jae Wilder Stylings

Many people do what they love doing but very few are the best at what they do. InterviewStories met a Stylist who also happens to be a student at University of Port Harcourt. Joshua Achonwa is an A-rated celebrity stylist and the creative director at Jae Wilder Stylings. He talks about how he got to be one of the very best at what he does

Can we meet you?

I am Joshua Achonwa,a final year Chemical engineering student at the University of Port Harcourt. Am from Rivers,Port Harcourt to be precise, from a family of 5 with 4 sisters, am also a designer and A-rated celebrity stylist with a styling brand “Jae Wilder Stylings”. I am an image consultant, event analyst and video stylist.

Image consulting is a professional field that aims to improve the image of the client personally or professionally through appearance, behaviour, and communication. It is the process of evaluating the effect of a person’s appearance on their professional image. Just making you look as you sound, the kind of person they expect to see, not when you sound differently and look differently. In music videos, for example, the outfits in the videos may speak differently from the lyrics, that’s why we are here to make it all right. Someone that analysis event gives you creative ideas and concept on how to go about your event. They offer intellectual ideas. More precisely, they tell you what to put in place to make your event better. A video stylist is someone who makes provisions for all the necessary outfits for a video shoot.

I love food and read a lot, I practically spend most of my free hours researching online. I sometimes do movies on weekends. Music is my drug I vibe to a lot of alte music, I’m a fan of Santi, prettyboydo and a couple of cool acts. My favourite colour is maroon.

Why study Chemical Engineering?

I actually always wanted to be an engineer, first I thought it was mechanical, I wanted to build things, wanted to create things, then I switched to petroleum and then I landed in Chemical Engineering. Here’s the Gist, back in high school I wasn’t so much of a chemistry student, in fact, I barely did good in chemistry grade. After high school I picked up the challenge, I sat and taught myself chemistry for 6months and ended up loving it.

Joshua Achonwa aka Jae of Port Harcourt, a stylist
Joshua Achonwa aka Jae of Port Harcourt.

What makes you a good designer?

Actually, my dad was a major contributor to my career he lives very much in me. I learned to love fashion as a growing up kid, I enjoyed watching my dad dress up, I enjoyed every aspect of seeing people look good. I started playing dress up as a young kid. Although through my teenage age the whole designer and stylist thing didn’t come to play that big, it was in my early University days I discovered I could fit things properly, I felt more, loved being behind cameras, I enjoyed the flickering lights, the shades and colours!

Styled By Jae Wilder Stylings
Styled By Jae Wilder Stylings

I knew that was what I wanted, I fitted in without stress, I match colours properly, I looked good without stress, I could tell when an outfit was bad, it was all coming to me, I felt it and then I embraced it, drew closer to the masters, and learnt the craft. I used to hang with Jason Porshe while he was in Port Harcourt around 2017. My first fashion certificate “A view in fashion” was gotten from a fashion school from Scotland . I study a lot and put so much into this craft. Am getting better daily.

What makes you better than other designers around?

Well, I think it’s the me factor. You can’t take that away, you can take the fabrics, the styling the idea, but the me factor makes everything even magical. Without me, everything wouldn’t be the same.

What makes one a celebrity stylist?

Well, when you’ve worked with more than 5 celebrities. Styled them on different occasions, worked with international brands I think at that time you are no longer local because your works go on different platforms and stages. You are international.

What does Jae Wilder Stylings do?

Jae Wilder Stylings is a fashion & image consultancy company and our services cover booking of outfits, styling of weddings, video shoots, pictures, event consultancy, fashion presentations and more. You could get to know when you visit us.

Jae Wilder Stylings
Jae Wilder Stylings

Why the name Jae Wilder Stylings as your company name?

I’m myself Jae of Port Harcourt tells the story of a young Port Harcourt boy that went on to conquer the rest of the world. The brand Jae wilder is a styling brand, very wild brand totally out of the box that’s the creativity level. It isn’t what you can possibly imagine.

Tell us your first time experience styling an A-rated celebrity?

My first A-list was Mayorkun. Funny as it sounds I didn’t believe who was on the other side of the phone. I remember vividly because it was my first breakthrough. The call came around 6:00PM. I was sitting outside, and a call came in “are you Jae Wilder?” I said I was, he said you are speaking to big Sam, Mayorkun’s manager I need you to come style Mayorkun for a show, “he forgot his backpack in Lagos”. He gave me directions and other info needed.

When the call ended I thought it was a scam, I had to call my friend because this was too big, at that time Mayorkun just released “mama” I didn’t know how to believe it. I called Mayorkun’s team in Lagos through the IG page to confirm if they were in my city and it was true they were in Port Harcourt and actually called me. I rushed up with my friend Mcwesley, we did the job. It was really a beautiful experience. When I get the calls now I just go through I don’t have to go through the drama I did the first time. The DMW team was welcoming and made me feel very much at home. I didn’t feel any nervous instead I felt great.

A-rated artist styled by Jae Wilders Stylings
A-rated artist styled by Jae Wilders Stylings

Which artist did you enjoy styling the most and why?

That has to be Broda Shaggi, he was really welcoming and funny. After the session, we sat with his manager Pastor Pharoa and had a very long conversation.

Broda Shaggi Styled By Jae of Port Harcourt
Broda Shaggi Styled By Jae of Port Harcourt

Must one be rich or wealthy to be able to afford or provide any of these services?

To do what I do will cost you time, resources, and sleep, but you don’t need to be wealthy. To afford my services you don’t need to be wealthy also, price ranges from students to high prolific individuals. It’s about finding your class and fitting into it.

Styled By Jae Wilder Stylings
Styled By Jae Wilder Stylings

How has what you studied in school help you in establishing yourself as an A-rated stylist?

Yes, in someways. School these days don’t give you the necessary skills needed to survive in the common world. It does not teach you how to pay your bills. But if you look deeply you would get to see that everything you need in life is taught to you from the sides of the classroom. For example I learned more on how to run my businesses from my entrepreneurship classes. We call it General studies(GES). I learnet a lot of business skills. Also there were times the lecturers cut classes short to talk to us about life. I did side jobs with designers to rise capitals. I even had a team I worked with while building a brand. They helped me raise capital from shoots and little events.

How easy is managing Jae Wilder Stylings?

Well currently I’m in my final year , it’s easier now. I have less school work you know. My personal assistant Miss Jenny handles any tedious work I have to do, my road manager Yemi handles my travels and movements. It has gotten easier with my team, but when I started it was more difficult.

Model Styled By Jae of Port Harcourt
Model Styled By Jae of Port Harcourt

Tell us about your worst day as a stylist?

My worst day actually turned to be one of my favourites. It was my day with Pryse and the electricity supply was constant at the studio we were to use, we got fuel just in case. The funny part was the power went out that day and the generator refused to come on. We struggled for 4hours but the generator just won’t come on. Finally, the power came back on but we were all already tired. We almost cancelled the shoot but I still insisted that it must go on. We started shooting around 9pm and ended around 11pm. The shoot turned out to be successful.

Have you ever worked and was not fully paid? What did you do after it happened?

Yes, the Chairman still owes me. I dust it off and moved past it. Recently they called me for a job and I declined. I knew full well I was the only one that could handle it and that’s why I declined. They were really hurt. They promised payment before I start working and all of that but once you play me, I consider you insincere and I don’t work with people who are not sincere.

What resources do you value most?

Time. You never have it back.

What values do you think are most important in the line of work you do?

Like I said sincerity. Don’t broker a deal you can’t pull off.

What motivates you?

My dad, I pray the angels keep him well till I see him again. My mum, she really wants to see me win. Of course for my sisters to be proud of me, my awesome friends and to everyone rooting for me genuinely. They are my true motivation.

How are you able to combine multiple jobs together?

Well I have an efficient team. I styled Perruzi and Broda Shaggi in one day but of course at different times. There isn’t anything I can’t do as long as I pray before leaving for the day.

Different shades of stylings by Jae of Port Harcourt

Do you plan to continue with Jae Wilder Stylings after school or the future prospects of chemical engineering?

Lol, Jae wilder Stylings would be here for a long time. It’s an award-winning brand you know, currently the next rated designer in Nigeria according to the South-South Achievers that held this year in Calabar.

Styling Being Done By Jae of Port Harcourt
Styling Being Done By Jae of Port Harcourt

How do you make use of technology to help your business?

Instagram has been helpful. A lot of my works are online. People bump into my works and want to work with me. Also, I’ve been featured on a lot of platforms.

How can people contact you?

@jae_of_portharcourt or contact me JoshAchonwa@yahoo.com or call 08160489765.

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Otaiku CEO

InterviewStories was able to get across to Otaiku Yetunde Oluwabukola a natural beauty expert who happens to be the CEO of otaiku_naturals. She is a friend of Olaleye Nafisat Morenikeji of Namzafoods whose interview we have conducted at InterviewStories. She talks about taking good care of the skin and her journey into the beauty industry.

Can we know you?

I am Otaiku Yetunde Oluwabukola, CEO of otaiku_naturals. A student in the Department of Botany, University of Ibadan.

Which industry do you work in?

Skin and hair care industry or better still the beauty industry.

Tell us your journey into the beauty industry?

Well, my journey to organic products wasn’t predicted, I didn’t plan it, it just happened. It started when my friends begin to compliment my skin and hair and started asking what I was using.

What were you using?

Organics that I formulated myself, then it was just Facial cleanser then Black-soap.

Why did you formulate these organics yourself instead of using the regular ones?

I’m the type that loves looking good, I love been natural, I didn’t what to use any synthetic product that has adverse effects on skin, I wanted to make use of what was around me, and with the help of my parents and internet, of course, I came up with something that really works and with no side effects which were organic in nature.

Were you not scared of damaging your skin?

I wasn’t because I know my ingredients, they are natural and skin friendly.

How were you able to get those ingredients you used for the first time?

My mother and my boyfriend helped.

Why did you not keep using the product for yourself only?

Firstly it was because others wanted it too, they started requesting. Also, roughen face and skin is a common issue among most youths I could vividly recall how uncomfortable I felt whenever my face is rough, how in-confident I felt, others have these feelings too, so I decided to share my little discovery and make people feel comfortable and confident in their natural skin without bleaching or use what so ever harsh products.

How did you now venture into being CEO of otaiku_naturals?

Thank you, I noticed people were lazy about doing a homemade cleanser and soap not everyone could go through the stress so I decided to start making it for others and I will be paid in exchange.

Otaiku CEO
Bukola Otaiku, CEO of otaiku_naturals

So I picked up an existing brand name of my family (my parents are CEO of Otaiku Herbal Medicine for alternative therapy) which happens to be my surname. That was how I started.

Tell us your first experience selling the product?

Wow, it was accepted despite no label and proper packaging. I even got paid before I made the products. I used my first earned money to invest properly in it.

O.T.K 4 product of otaiku_naturals
Product Made By Bukola Otaiku

It was encouraging and as well as condemning. But then I decided to focus more on the encouraging path, just like the common saying ‘life is a phrase’ everything has stages.

What is the difference between selling as an individual and selling as a brand?

Selling as a brand is more official and formal, it will expand your business in a short while and give it respect. It also earns your business more recognition and trust from your customers. While selling as an individual will not earn much respect, sales are always fewer and mostly from family and friends.

Otaiku_Naturals Black Soap
Otaiku_Naturals Black Soap

In addition to this, selling your own brand is the best, it your future investment and sure it has more gain. It is a long-lasting sale. It could also be inherited.

How did you establish your brand otaiku_naturals?

Just as have said earlier, I came from a herbal home, not traditionalist, my parents are into herbal medicine, and I have been much exposed to naturals right from time, if just like a stepping stone for me. So I decided to grow on the family business and widen its course. That how otaiku_naturals was established.

How much did you start with?

I actually started with ₦300.

Was that not too small?

Yh u will think it is, I started with ingredients common around me, ingredients common and very effective but inferior to us all. My first package was in a perfume bottle. That was it; I actually didn’t have much capital when I started.

How old is otaiku_naturals?

It will be a year in May 2019.

Do you work alone?

Yes I do.

Why do you work alone?

I am still a student and still learning.

How many people regularly purchase your products?

I can’t count, God has been so good An estimate of 5 people in a week.

Tell us products at otaiku_naturals have?

We have

  1. Facial cleanser
  2. Natural black soap
  3. Glow body lotion
  4. Organic body butter
  5. Glow oil
  6. Face cream
  7. Sunscreen
  8. Moisturizing hair cream
  9. Black soap shampoo
  10. Natural leave-in conditioner
  11. Hair growth serum
  12. And Natural oil e.g carrot oil, lemon oil, orange peel oil, papaya oil, olive oil etc

Tell us about your products and who can use them?

Our products are 100% organic plant-based formula. They can be used by all; newborn babies, toddlers, youths and adults. Since they are made with natural ingredients bestowed to us by God for our use.

How can one take care of the human body?

Firstly, you need to cleanse yourself from microbes present in our environment. It is always advisable to bath twice a day in the morning and at night. At night, always ensure to use a mild facial cleanser before bed. And in the morning, ensure to use a sunscreen on your body before heading out, this is to prevent your skin from damage from the exposure to the sun. Ensure to eat healthy and balanced food and get at least 8hours sleep each day. Drink a lot of water to detoxify your skin.

Otaiku_Naturals Lightening Black Soap
Otaiku_Naturals Lightening Black Soap

Any beauty tip or advice for us?

Never pop a pimple, never go to made bed without cleansing your body and face, never be careless about yourself and also never leave your pillowcase unwashed.

Otaiku_Naturals Body Lotion
Otaiku_Naturals Body Lotion

Always use the right products, ensure good personal hygiene, be consistent with your beauty routine and allow your skin to breathe once a while( i.e not always apply heavy make up).

What problem do you face at otaiku_naturals?

Customers are not patient enough. Some people are always in haste to have their face all smoother in seconds which do not work that way. Everything takes time, Rome wasn’t built in a day. I face challenges in explaining this to some of my customers. They tend to forget that this is organics and not magic. Some clients find issues inconsistency, which I always pinpoint. Also, some organic materials are rare and not found here in Ibadan. Getting original essential oils and not diluted ones is another problem, that why I extract some of the essential oils myself so that the quality would be maintained.

Otaiku_Naturals Facial Cleanser Picture
Otaiku_Naturals Facial Cleanser

We are also faced with the problem of Implements and tools used in making production easier, faster and more productive. Most implements are expensive and not common for example the stick blender which is mostly shipped in.

How can these problems be solved?

Supports, sponsorship, investors and partnerships. Yes, if we are financially buoyant, we could maintain quality raw Materials, ship in implements, improve our customers’ service and educating them more effectively.

How do you plan to get all these solutions to workout?

These are part of the means I plan to do. I plan to write proposals to some certain influential people and join a cooperative society. I also plan to save more and of course, I will surely Pray to God for helpers.

What advice do you have for new startups?

Never give up, keep trying new things, keep the standard no matter what, keep learning more, always read more about your ingredients, life is a phase don’t get beat down, you will get there and pass there, keep growing. Thank you.

Do you have any role model in this business?

Oh yeah 3 of them. They are: Anike_naturals, organicsbymide and Afropelo Haircare.

Why do you see them as a role model?

Have seen some couples of naturalists in Instagram have them different and unique among others

CEO of Anike_natural is just 23years old yet her products are so classy and well packaged, I like the way their adverts and brands when you see her products you sure think they are imported, she’s formal, young and a graduate.

Organics by mide: Her products are captivating, she’s so creative with are things and she’s very jovial even in relating with her customers

And lastly, Afropelo haircare: She’s a fresh graduate of the University of Ibadan, she has been very helpful to me, her products to are of high extreme, she’s smart and very creative

Does every entrepreneur need a mentor and why?

Of course, we need mentors. So that we can be better, and have whom to look up to, having a mentor makes you want to improve fast so u can meet them and probably pass them.

What is most important for you as an entrepreneur?

Putting a smile on my client’s face, for them to look at me and say thank God I met otaiku_naturals. Customer’s satisfaction.

One of otaiku_naturals products
One of otaiku_naturals products

Do you plan to continue with otaiku_naturals in the future?

Of course yes.

How can people get otaiku_natural products?

You can order online via any of my social network media handles.
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WhatsApp or Call Otaiku on

Do you have other anything to say?

otaiku_naturals is just starting, just stay with us. thanks to everyone that contributed to this growing brand. I would also like to specially appreciate my host, the person of Ifeoluwa Oseni (InterviewStories) thank you for having me.