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Adebowale Oluwaferanmi, president of Rotaract Club of Felele, D9125

A lot of organizations are contributing to the society. One of those that are giving value to people in the society is Rotaract Club of Felele headed by Connect President Adebowale Oluwaferanmi Shakirulahi, a student of Mathematics, University of Ibadan. InterviewStories met with him and he talks about the club, why he joined the club and what he he has achieved with the club. He talked about his interest in Agriculture and also why he is studying Mathematics in the University.

Can we know you?

I am Adebowale Oluwaferanmi Shakirulahi, the President of Rotaract Club of Felele, Rotary International District 9125. I am also a student of Mathematics, University of Ibadan, a Red Crosser and an Agroprenuer (an entrepreneur that focus on Agriculture).

Rotaract Club President
Rotaract Felele Club President

What is Rotaract about?

 Rotaract is an International youth humanitarian Service Organization. It has now been elevated to Rotary Partner in service. It consists of Professionally minded individuals of age 18-30 years. Leaders who are ready to develop individuals around them, their community and the world at large.

Rotaract Felele Club Logo
ROTARACT CLUB OF FELELE

The purpose of Rotaract is to provide the opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in their personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities and to promote better relations amongst people worldwide through a framework of friendship.

Oluwaferanmi donating blood at one of the programmes organized by Rotaract
Oluwaferanmi donating blood at one of the programmes organized by Rotaract

The Goals Of Rotaract are to:

  1. Develop professional and leadership skills
  2. Emphasize respect in the right of others and to promote ethical standards and the dignifying of all useful occupations
  3. Provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of their communities and our world
  4. Promote for working in cooperation with sponsoring clubs Rotary Clubs
  5. Motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary.

How did you know about Rotaract and what prompted you to join the organization?

It was through Rtn. Engr. &Mrs Famade. During the establishment of Rotary Club of Ibadan-Felele. Then, I was sponsored for a program in Abuja, RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award). During the Rotary Youth Leadership Award) program, I was introduced to what Rotaract and Rotary do at large.

Rotaract Training Members How To Make Sharwarma
Rotaract Training Members How To Make Sharwarma

There are something’s that the club does that attracted me to the club. I was looking forward to joining ENACTUS in my University earlier but since I have been introduced to something more similar, I decided to be part of it.

What inspired you to be the president of Rotaract Club of Felele D9125 and what are your achievements so far?

Being the President was not my decision. It was the call to Service. Reason being been that, I thought I was not well equipped to be the President not until I was nominated and voted in as the Connect President. Every Rotary Year has its theme. The Theme for this year is: Rotary Connect the World. That’s what makes me a Connect President.

Handing Over Ceremony For Connect President Oluwaferanmi
Handing Over To Oluwaferanmi As President of Rotaract Club of Felele

The New Rotary Year started July 1st. To God be the glory, it is a wonderful call. And I’m ready to put all my possible best. I have been able to execute a project with my sponsoring club (Rotary Club of Ibadan-Felele) where the District Governor was present. We are planning for more project. Two of them will be coming up in August this year. The recent one held on August 10, 2019 where the club taught members and non members some online businesses, training of Sharwarma preparations and marketing .

What are the benefits of being a Rotaract member?

  • People at a Rotaract Event
  • People gathered at a Rotaract event
  • People who attended an event organised by Rotaract Club of Felele
  • Rotaract Members After A Training
  • Oluwaferanmi at an event

The benefits of Rotaract is beyond quantification, but I would give the nearest benefits.

  1. Rotaract allows youth to develop themselves Professionally, In terms of Leadership, Morally, Socially.
  2. It allows members to make friends wherever they find themselves.
  3. Importantly, it opens the door of meeting influential people that you can’t meet on a normal day. Once you can develop yourself and present yourself well to the extent that people find what they want in you, you are good to go.
  4. Rotaract can serve as an avenue to market your skills.
Oluwaferanmi at an event

How many districts do Rotaract have in Nigeria? What are the contributions the club have made to society?

There are 4 Districts in Nigeria.

  • 9125 (Southwest and North)
  • 9110 (Lagos and Ogun)
  • 9141 (Edo, Bayelsea, Rivers, Delta)
  • 9142 (Cross River, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi, Anambra, Imo)

Many clubs function towards the areas of focus of Rotary International, which are Peace and Conflicts prevention resolution, Disease prevention, Water Treatment, Sanitation Basic Education, Literacy Economic, Community Development, Maternal and Child Health. Every Rotary and Rotaract Club are expected to work under this area of focus.

Why study Mathematics?

It amazed me when people ask why mathematics after hearing my line of action. I will say part of my source of energy came from Mathematics. Even when I did not know I will be studying Mathematics at the University at High School. Mathematics entails more than just the arithmetic seen by people. Mathematics model your thinking. And I believe through mathematics, I can study whatever I want to study again and become who I want to be. It’s just the beginning.

Why focus on Agriculture as an Entrepreneur?

It was something I am always eager to do when I was young and even now. With the help of my mentor Mr. U.K Gbadamosi, I have been able to deal well in Turkey Farming.

Tell us your experience as an entrepreneur?

I have been able to use the little knowledge and resources I have gathered to build myself. I do my farming every time I am around.  Most time when I’m not around, my younger brother takes care of it and my mother.

How were you able to raise capital for the business?

I started very small with little capital. But at subsequent time, my mother helps me with funds when needed. But I use my spare money most time.

Do you have a mentor and why?

Very well, I do. Mentorship gives guidelines. It channels your experience. It saves the time of wandering around in acquiring knowledge and experience.

Your first experience selling your products as an entrepreneur?

I had already set a price for my sales. But because of the conditions of the market and customers, I had to bring down my price. It was funny.

Adebowale Oluwaferanmi, a student of Mathematics, University of Ibadan
Adebowale Oluwaferanmi, a student of Mathematics, University of Ibadan

I am moving on in serving humanity. In this service, I render my leadership skill. I hope to continue in that even at my faculty level, University of Ibadan. I hope I’m given the chance to execute what I have to deliver. But for the future, may Almighty God lead my way.

How can people get across to you?

I am very approachable. People can contact me on Whatsapp 08074549841
Facebook: Adebowale Oluwalovemi
Mail: adebowaleoluwaferanmi78@gmail.com

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Olaleye Nafisat Morenikeji, CEO of Nazmafoods

Olaleye Nafisat Morenikeji is a student of the University of Ibadan, Oyo state. She is an entrepreneur whose entrepreneurship is in the food industry. Nazmafoods is the brand she has built in the food industry. She had an interview with us at InterviewStories. We present the interview we had with the foodpreneur Olaleye Nafisat Morenikeji.

Can we know you?

My name is Olaleye Nafisat Morenikeji. I am a home cook, content creator and entrepreneur. I am from Ogun state raised in Lagos and a student of University of Ibadan in Oyo state.

What type of content do you create?

Food content, I take food pictures , write recipes and make food videos.

What is entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship is about passion and taking risks on that passion, entrepreneurship requires creativity, innovation. An entrepreneur has to be creative and open minded.

What do you do as an entrepreneur?

I cook, I cook to bring happiness to people, to make money and also teach other people how to cook.

Does that make you a caterer?

No, I’m not a caterer. A caterer provides food and drinks to a gathering or event. I’m a home cook/amateur chef which means I have passion for cooking, but I’m less skilled than a professional chef. Sometimes I do the work of a caterer,but I’m not a caterer.

Do you see yourself as a chef?

An amateur chef, because I haven’t acquired the skills and certificate to be a professional chef. But I’m working on becoming a professional after I graduate. I have to go to a culinary school to become a professional.

What skills do you need to be a chef?

To be a chef requires a lot of skills which includes knife skills, plating skills, methods of cooking different foods, knowledge of ingredients, learning taste of ingredients, mastering how to manipulate the ingredients, mastering recipes .

Do you work with a chef?

No, I work on my own

How did you acquire your skills?

I learnt most of what I know on social media, especially YouTube. I learnt a lot of continental and local dishes by watching YouTube videos, I learnt how to plate food on Facebook food groups.

Then, during the student union strike in my school in 2017, I did an amateur diploma course on continental dishes which improved my skills.

What then makes you unique?

I’m very creative and make unique foods that always stands out. I provide quality and healthy home cooked food to people and it makes them happy.

Recently I developed a pizza recipe that makes pizza affordable to everyone. It is pizza in a very mini size and still taste like pizza!

Nazmafoods Pizza
Nazmafoods Pizza

Where do you get your customers/clients from?

For now I only sell to students of university of Ibadan and few outsiders. I post adverts on social media especially WhatsApp, advertise in classes to reach out to them.

Do you have a brand name?

Yes I do. My brand name is Nazmafoods.

What other products do you make apart from pizza?

I make beef burger, chicken sandwich and fish sandwich.

Can anybody eat these foods and what nutritional value do they offer to the body?

Yes, these foods are comfort foods that most people consider unhealthy, but Nazmafoods makes sure the foods are balanced by adding vegetables, and using the best ingredients .

Burger, sandwich, and pizza are good sources of Iron, Carbohydrates, and Protein.

Nazmafoods Beef Burger
Nazmafoods Beef Burger

Some people can’t eat cheese which is part of the recipe for burger and pizza. They can’t eat it because they are milk intolerant, so I modify the recipe for them.

Is this business profitable for you?

Of course it is, there’s no business without profit, and loss! Though it was challenging to make profit because I had to balance the quality of food with the price and make it affordable for students.

How long does it take you to make these products?

It doesn’t take me less than 12 hours. Because I’m still in school, I don’t have lots of tools, so I have to make preparations ahead. I use about 7 hours to prepare, about 5 hours to assemble the foods.

Nazmafoods Chicken Sandwich
Nazmafoods Chicken Sandwich

Why does it take that long to prepare?

Like I said before, I have limited access to space and tools, because I’m still a student staying in a hostel. And the ingredients I use for my foods are scarce here in Ibadan, so I have to prepare ahead. But I’m working on getting more tools and space.

What challenges do you face as an entrepreneur?

My major challenge is balancing price and quality. Also, making my products affordable to students. Other challenges include not having access to ingredients like cheese; I only find it in two stores, and also balancing my education with my business. But I’m handling them pretty well.

Is funding not a problem?

It is, in fact it is another major challenge

How have you been able to make sure these problems do not limit your business?

I prepare ahead, that solves a lot of future potential problems. And to balance business with education, I only sell on weekends.

Tell us your first experience?

My first experience was making chicken and fish club-sandwich for sale within my department, and it was well received, and that was how it started. I made just fifteen sandwiches that day. I sold all before the mid of that day.

Did you make loss that day?

No, but I didn’t make profit either, I made exactly the amount I invested

What lesson did you learn from that experience?

It was my first ever actual business experience, and it was really exciting. I learnt that one just need to start something, if you have an idea, passion, starting something even without enough resources will open you to more opportunities. I also learnt people really love good food and that food is the key to every creatures heart. It makes them happy and makes me happy too.

Namzafoods Products
Namzafoods Products

Tell us your most disappointing event you had since you started Nazmafoods?

My most disappointing event in the food production was a department excursion which I invested a lot of energy, time into and then I was able to sell just four out of fifteen sandwiches.

My most disappointing event for my content creation was losing an SD card containing lots of food pictures and videos. This events were painful and I felt like quitting then, but I didn’t because I’ve learnt that failure is part of growth, it makes me better.

After those events, I worked more on my food prices, and I invested more in storage and backup for my contents.

What keeps you going on?

My passion for cooking! and the smile I see on people’s faces after eating my food. I feel cooking is my way of communicating and sharing love and happiness to the world. Also, my determination to have a long-lasting brand that will leave an impact.

Olaleye Nafisat Morenikeji, CEO of Nazmafoods
Olaleye Nafisat Morenikeji of Nazmafoods

Do you work alone?

Yes, but recently I’ve been making large quantities of food , about hundred, which was really challenging. So I’ve just employed someone who would work with me next semester. And I’m also working on employing a delivery man.

Will you be paying them?

Yes, of course.

What future plans do you have for Nazmafoods?

Nazmafoods is already on its path to the future. It is going to be based on what it is already, it is only going to expand more.

Do you have investors?

No, I don’t…… I’m already in alliance with some individuals, but it is not official yet.

How long have your business existed?

It’s been a year and a month now.

Describe your experience and journey?

It was very exciting and I learnt a lot.

How did you raise funds to start your business?

I used personal savings. I then invested the capital with the profit to produce more .

How much did you start with?

I started with five thousand naira.

Do you think you could have raised more to start the business?

I am a student and I was not working, it was just enough to start! Though I had to borrow machines for the production.

What did you use the five thousand naira to purchase?

I used it to buy ingredients to make fifteen sandwiches

Which industry do you work in and what advise do you have for entrepreneurs that want to join the industry?

Food industry. My advice for entrepreneurs that wants to join the food industry, whether food production, food content production on social media is to START! Its really challenging to start because you might feel you do not have enough capital, resources…. but in the real sense, you might not need much to start something. And practice, consistency is also really important in the food industry.

Does every entrepreneur needs mentor or mentorship?

If mentor here means someone you look up to and learn from, then yes, there’s always someone we look up to.

Do you have a mentor?

I have four mentors.

How can young entrepreneurs raise funds?

I raised my funds from personal savings, so I’ll advice them to save from their allowance from their parents, or from their salary, if they are working. And they can also get sponsors and investors.

How can one know the kind of entrepreneurship industry one can venture into?

Your passion determines the industry you can venture into.

What are the risks associated with entrepreneurship that you have experienced?

Losing money, not making profit, running out of ideas.

How can people contact you?

Entrepreneur Edoka Idoko

Edoka Idoko is a Nigerian who is a change maker. He is a business strategist and an entrepreneur by passion. Born and raised in Northern Nigeria, he has developed himself to be a man whose service is required by thousands of Nigerian.

We at InterviewStories were able to hear this great man story. He is a man of great business experience.

Can we meet you?

My name is Edoka Idoko, Educationist by training and entrepreneur by passion. Born into the Family of Mr./Mrs Idoko, third child out of eight. Born and raised in the ancient city of Kano, schooled in Benue state university and currently resides in Lagos.

Who is a business strategist?

A strategist is one that defines the end from the beginning, then develops a road map to the targeted goal. I see myself as a business strategist.

You happen to be the founder and CEO of Nigeria’s leading online food store ojireh.com. What Made you venture into online food store?

I’ve been active in agro-commodity business for about 3 years prior to the birth of ojireh.com and my drive is to close the gap between the farmer and the customer. I believe this will boost business for the local farmers in our rural areas.

What problem did you have in mind to solve when you started ojireh.com?

I am passionate about helping small businesses succeed and yes I strongly believe that with the help of Technology, the customer living in, for example, Texas in the US should be able to shop from mile 12 in Lagos or any other part of the world. We are working on this and we will make it happen.

What challenges did you experience when you started ojireh.com?

Funding was the major challenge I had when I started ojireh.com.

Funding….funding…funding.

Funding is the act of providing financial resources, usually in the form of money, or other values such as effort or time, to finance a need,

How are OjirehPrime Financial Services  Limited and ojireh.com related? 

We started ojireh.com in Nov 2016 from a faulty Samsung tab whose battery lasts only 30mins and by 2017 after one year in business we noticed 96% percent of our customers made payment via bank transfers, we sent a mail to them all to enquire why and the response was

sorry we can not expose our bank card details.

Note:You can’t withdraw money just by knowing an account number.

It is the quest to address this problem that gave birth to OjirehPrime and even at that we had no idea we were stepping into Fintech until we launched the card. Today both companies are separated as Ojireh Versatile Trade solutions Limited (e-commerce) and OjirePrime Financial Services Limited (Fintech).

How did you start OjirehPrime?

Upon our quest to build payment solutions for our customers which lead to the birth of OjirehPrime card, we realized about 65% of Adults in Nigeria and an estimated 25% of the Adults in Africa do not have a bank account. This discovery opened our eyes to a bigger problem that needs an urgent solution. This discovery confirmed to us why online businesses struggle in Nigeria and Africa at large. Reality is If online businesses would grow in Africa, then Financial inclusion must be a top priority this is where our vision of banking unbanked Africa was birthed.

OjirehPrime card is not connected to your Bank BVN and can be used online and on ATM
OjirehPrime card is not connected to your Bank BVN and can be used online and on ATM

Have you solved the problems you wanted to solve when you started OjirehPrime?

We are on a mission to drive financial inclusion in Africa, it is a long walk but we have taken the first step in the right direction.

OjirehPrime ATM card
OjirehPrime ATM card sample

Can a minor get an OjirehPrime card?

Yes, under the supervision of parents or guardian. The card would help parents teach their children financial management.

Team Behind Ojirehprime

What did you learn being a Fintech company CEO?

Learning to me is a continuous process but I would rather use the word “discovery”. If you ask me, I discovered that if we don’t drive financial inclusion is a major bedrock for any economy to grow.

Can I use my Ojirehprime card anywhere apart from ojireh.com?

Sure, from ATM, POS, online and globally.

Edoka Idoko, a change maker
Edoka Idoko, a change maker

Who is an entrepreneur?

Anyone who has a mix of Passion, guts, risk and willing to fail forward is an entrepreneur.

What is the most important skill you do not have that you have to pay for in your company?

I can’t code but it’s fine.

What do you think about competitors?

I don’t notice them, I keep my eyes on my goal.

Why does your company stand out from others?

OjirehPrime card is not connected to your bank account, it does not require your Bank Verification Number (BVN) and can be funded from any bank.

Have you ever reconsidered being an entrepreneur?

Yes, it gets tough somethings but we have to keep pushing. We’ve gone too far to turn back.

Should student entrepreneurs be given grants to support or start their businesses while in school?

Sure yes. The earlier you start the better.

What do you regret not learning or knowing while in school?

Corporate finance. But am learning fast on it.

What do you think about partnership or collaboration?

I am a strong advocate of partnership and collaboration. That’s the fastest way a startup and scale up.

Have Ojireh.com won an award?

Yes. Ojireh.com was awarded top 100 emerging SME’s in Nigeria by Connect Nigeria in partnership with Union Bank

What advise do you have to the struggling youth in Nigeria?

It is possible. Do not give up as there is no award for a man that gives up. Go after your dream 

How can people contact Edoka Idoko?

edoka.idoko@ojirehprime.com​ or 08065490731