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AYNigeria On Air Personality with Voicefm 89.9

Ayodele Brown Akande, popularly known as AYNigeria, Ekiti State-born On Air Personality, Event Host/Compere, and Project Enthusiast and Developer is a top Influencer in Ekiti State. AYNigeria has hosted several National Events including the First Lady of Ekiti State’s Book Launch held sometimes in 2019. He also hosted the International Youth Diplomacy Conference 2019 held in Ghana recently. Here is the story of AYNigeria as told by him on InterviewStories.

Can we meet you?

My name is Ayodele Brown Akande, popularly known as AYNigeria. I am a passionate Nigerian Youth who uses his voice as a tool of Mental Revolution and an On Air Personality with Voicefm 89.9, Ado-Ekiti.

I featured on General Issues As a Member of the Intellectual Gang. AYNigeria is also known as the Love Doctor and Pastor on Radio amongst many other radio shows I anchor.

I am a Human Resource Management Associate that recently got awarded an Ambassadorsip after my appointment as the chairperson-peace Corp iYDC, which came after representing Nigeria in the International Youth Diplomacy Conference held in Legon, Accra, Ghana. I also won the Award of the Best & Most Informed Delegate in a conference attended by over 30 African Countries in 2018.

Am also the C.E.O of a #MadeInNigeria Fashion Conglomerate known as Justified Clothing’s & Fashion Conglomerate ( A 5 PARTNER FASHION TEAM).

AY Nigeria is a prolific speaker (ToastMaster)/author/orator/compere who has spoken and won awards in various institutions like FUNAAB, FUTA, and many others.

AY Nigeria is a Multi-Gifted Entrepreneur, Agric Consultant, Idea Merchant and a Critical Thinking & Situation Analysis Expert.

AYNigeria an OAP in Nigeria
AYNigeria

Tell us more about one of the Sustainable Development Goals you are currently involved in?

I recently launched an initiative AY Nigeria Goes to School which aims at spreading the message of Zero-Rape and Gender-Based Violence amongst secondary school students all over Nigeria, starting From Ekiti. I had visited 15 schools so far, and I hopes to raise a gender Balanced and rape free Generation.

What are the good and the bads involved?

Impact made is basically the good. The joy you feel from the Feedback and the fact that you know you’re contributing your quota in ending societal ills.

The Bad is in the fact that there’s little or no support from anywhere. The best you get sometimes is ‘thumbs up’ on your social media posts. A lot of people also misinterpret your intentions, they consider your help as a form of a ploy to dupe them, one way or the other.

And the big bad for me is that most times, even your team members desert you and you’re left to keep pushing the dream alone.

 Juggling between so many Professions, as an OAP, Event Host/Compere, Public Speaker and Project Initiator, what can you say about Multitasking?

From my experience, Multitasking is a gift that can be learnt. It starts from the mind. Your mind must bear the ability to handle stress and stay positive. Enlarging your mental scope to bear and handle a lot of responsibilities is the key to Multitasking.

Another way to multitask is to increase your expertise. When you can do many things efficiently, then it’s going to be easy to do more than one thing at a time.

What motivated your NGO?

I don’t have an NGO yet, it’s still an initiative for now. It’s about knowing yourself and what you can handle. My schedule is pretty tight. I am involved in many developmental projects and can run an NGO efficiently. However, the war against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence amongst kids must continue, but we are still running it at an Initiative level.

My motivation is in my story.

I have a rape story and I know how much it almost messed up my life. Seeing its increasing in society now and mostly amongst kids, I decided to raise my voice against it. I am one of the few men that is doing this. I enjoin more men to join this Campaign, adding our voice will go a long way in effecting a change.

What advice do you have for young minds out there?

 To the young ones out there, I will say, know thine self. For in knowing thine self shall you discover purpose.

 You can contact AYNigeria using his contact details :

Websites: www.aynigeria.com, www.aynigeriagoestoschool.com.

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/aynigeria. Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/oapaynigeria. Instagram Page: www.instagram.com/oapaynigeria, Linkedin page:https://linkedin.com/in/ayodele-brown-akande-229a6583

YouTube Page:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD3Zn6JqBXGoMV1la-v9lGw

Chika Nwaogu

Not many people can be serial entrepreneurs in Nigeria. While many music artists are only good at music, very few do things that are also hot like programming. We met Chika Nwaogu twin brother of Chidi Nwaogu, a gospel artist who is also Guinness World Record holder for “the longest officially released song” and also a change maker. InterviewStories had an interview with Chika Nwaogu and he talked about Playfre, Africa’s first real answer to Spotify that can bring over 45 million songs to Africans at no charge.

Can we meet you?

I am Chika Nwaogu and I am an internet entrepreneur, computer programmer, gospel singer, record producer, Guinness World Record holder for “the longest officially released song”, Keynote speaker at the IT leaders West African summit, Wazobia gospel artiste of the week, and a Top Naija music awards nominee.

You are well known as a programmer, what else do you do?

Actually I will say that isn’t entirely true. A good number of people don’t even know I am a geek, they only know me as that gospel singer that broke the Guinness world record last year. To answer your question, apart from being a computer programmer, I am a singer, a songwriter and a record producer.

Playfre CEO Chika Nwaogu
Chika Nwaogu A Gospel Singer

How long have you been an entrepreneur?

Since the age of 16, so I will say 13 years ago. I began building internet companies at 16 with the creation of my now-defunct video game company; 9ja Boi Interactive, which I co-founded with my twin brother.

Can you tell us a little about your entrepreneurial journey.

It first began with developing video games. The first video game I developed was with my twin, and it was titled “Save the Admiral”. It was a 2D space shooter adventure game. After that we develop a couple of more game under the outfit 9ja Boi interactive; this was before our days at the University of Lagos.

Chika Nwaogu
Meet Chika Nwaogu CEO of Playfre

Getting to Unilag, our interest changed; it was here we created. LAGbook — a social network initially created for students of the University of Lagos. It grew faster than we expected and in no time, we expanded to include the youth demographics in Africa. LAGbook gre to a million registered users in 3 years and we subsequently sold it to a Canadian tech company in 2013. Since then, my twin and I have successfully created, grown and sold two successful internet companies.

You just launched a new project, “Playfre”, what was the motivation behind the project?

Spotify and many other big music streaming platforms have not yet opened their doors to most African countries because of the weak intellectual property laws in these parts of the world, thus making these awesome apps unavailable to the African demographic. Those who have opened their doors to us, still charge monthly to stream unlimited music. Because of this, I embarked on developing what will become Africa’s first real answer to Spotify, that will bring the over 45 million songs on Spotify to Africans at no charge, with the same Spotify experience.

Chika Nwaogu
Chika Nwaogu a graduate of University of Lagos

Is this your first public project?

No this isn’t. But it will be my first public project alone.

Tell us a little about your previous projects.

Like I have already mentioned before, it all started with game development (9ja Boi Interactive), then to social networking (LAGbook), music and book publishing (Publiseer), and now music streaming (Playfre).

What are some challenges that you faced while working on your previous projects?

Electricity was a major setback in our first project, because we were 16 and had no money to get power on whenever we wanted. So we basically waited for electricity to work on our games. It was a really difficult time, but then it also taught so time management. While running LAGbook we knew little or nothing about business, so it was difficult turning our traffic into real money; this at some point forced us to sell. Eventually we had to learn the business side of a tech company, because at first all we knew was the technical know-how and nothing about the business aspect. So it taught us a lot of what we know about running a successful tech business today.

This project seems to be done by only you. Was there no input from your twin-brother unlike the previous ones?

Yeah this is my sole project, though Chidi have been very supportive in my journey so far with Playfre. In 2017, I took time off Publiseer in its early stages to work on my music. I am a music person and it was only naturally I created Playfre for music lovers such as myself. That same year I got the idea to create Playfre and I nurtured that idea ever since. When my music felt like it was beginning to pay off, I felt it was time to launch Playfre.

What challenges did you face working on Playfre?

They weren’t much challenges as I have already been involved with a lot of internet companies and already know my stuff very well. So unlike other internet companies in the past, Playfre was more like a walk in the park. It was fun all the way.

What are your projections for Playfre in a year?

We are already the Largest music streaming service in Africa in terms of music catalogue. Though I project it having over 100,000 registered users, and at least 10,000,000 streams; that is 100 streams per user. I project it being the one stop destination for any music lover in Africa.

Chika Nwaogu of Playfre
CEO of Playfre Chika Nwaogu

You broke a world record for the longest released track. Tell us about it.

That was in 2018, around May. My gospel music career was less than a year old then and I wanted to do something extraordinary that will distinguish me from the other gospel artist who were up and coming. I wanted to attempt the impossible and I eventually did. It was one of the most exciting things I have ever done in my life. I had to write over 60 verses and record a song that was 4hr plus long; a feat that seemed impossible at first. All my hard work paid off and I was the talk of the media; both print and television. That was how I got my little break in the gospel music scene.

Having been involved in a number of successful projects, what are the peculiar problems facing businesses (especially tech businesses) in Nigeria?

The biggest problem tech entrepreneurs face today is the lack of passion for what they are doing. Many of them venture into a certain niche because it is the niche that currently receives a bulk of the investments. For example I remember back then when ecommerce was the thing, everyone was doing it until it no longer became the thing—and then fintech and agro-tech became the new ecommerce and everyone wanted to be part of this booming niche.

Many of them weren’t passionate about their startup, they were only interested in the money they can get from investors. Eventually when this money isn’t coming as fast as they wanted, they make their exit. This is one of the major causes of failed internet startups in Nigeria today. The idea was right, but the passion was wrong.

In your own opinion which is more important to a young entrepreneur: Mentorship or Funding?

I will say mentorship. A good mentorship can bring about funding, I mean a person can be mentored on how to create a great business that attracts investors. Funding is just money and anyone can give you money, but not anyone can mentor you. You need the right kind of mentorship for the right kind of business. Someone who is a well established banker cannot mentor a budding internet entrepreneur. Not anyone can mentor you, but anyone with money can fund you. So mentorship over funding.

So what should we expect next from Chika Nwaogu?

For now it is Playfre. How to make Playfre better and a leader in the music streaming industry in Africa. I want to change the way Africans listen and consume music and I am going to do it!

Any advice for young entrepreneurs?

Stay focused, energetic, and motivated. Energy rightly applied can accomplish anything!

Adeshina Benjamin CEO of Jaminluxury

Many of us do not know the importance of wrist watches. We believe since we have our gadgets, we can always use our device clock to check the time which is not supposed to be. Adeshina Benjamin talks with us at InterviewStories about watches and how his love for jewelries made him to start Jaminluxury.

Can we know you?

My name is Adeshina Benjamin, a student of the University of Ibadan. Linguistic and African Language Department.

What do you do?

I deal with classy and luxury wristwatches, bracelets and rings for both male and female. I am basically a business person.

Jaminluxury Wrist Watch
Jaminluxury Wrist Watch

Why do you deal with accessories?

I love jewelries. I really admire it on people. Your dressing is not complete without any accessories. It helps to spice it up. For the love of jewelries that why I deal with classy wristwatch.

Why classy wristwatches and not the regular ones?

Though my first wristwatches were regular watches that you could get from all these Aboki’s. I needed something different and unique. Wristwatches that are not that common. That is why I moved to classy wristwatch. I wanted to be different.

Wrist watch sold In Nigeria
Wrist watch sold by Jaminluxury.

Does everyone need to have these accessories?

Yes, mostly wristwatches. You can’t be in a business event and you bring out your phone to check the time, it is wrong. Not only business events, but also, you can’t be in a cinema and bring out your phone to check the time, that is also very wrong . You need a wristwatch in all event, you might not go for the expensive ones, but it is necessary you have a watch on your wrist.

Does everyone need to check time using wristwatch?

Time is essential… You need to check the time. Some situation will warrant you to not use your phone. For example, a student in an exam hall, he really needs a watch to time himself.

Wrist watch sold in Nigeria
Wrist watch sold at Jaminluxury in Nigeria

Are wristwatches not always expensive?

No, wristwatches are not expensive. It all depends on the type of wristwatch you can afford.

What qualities make a wristwatch good?

Four signs or qualities are used to recognize a good wristwatch.

1. Weight. 2. Swiss branding 3. The movement. 4. Accuracy

What sign or quality is the most important?

The Movement & swiss branding.

What is swiss branding?

A registered company that produces quality wristwatch. It has a label that is used to indicate that a watch was made in Switzerland. It’s a registered company that accept people who are horologist and sell their swiss branding too. To show the originality of the watch …

Must my wristwatch be from Switzerland before it shows originality?

No. We have some Nigerians who are horologist but am not sure if they get their swiss brand … I really can’t say more about this.

How do you then have access to these Swiss Wristwatches?

Travel to Swiss to get their product registered. I import them… And I also get from people who travel to get in bulk.

Do you encourage people to get those made by Nigerian horologists?

Yes, let us promote our people.

Do you have a brand for this business?

Yes… Still in the process… I have my business registered. The brand name is Jaminluxury.

Jaminluxury logo
Jaminluxury Store

Why Jaminluxury?

I wanted something different and unique, Also, I wanted a name that will be easily pronounced in various languages.

Tell us about Jaminluxury?

Jaminluxury is a brand that deals with luxury wristwatches, bracelets and rings. This brand was established on the 21st of November 2017. The brand had been registered under Cooperate affairs commission (CAC). With the RC: 2837147.

Did you start selling these accessories before November 2017?

No… I started selling these accessories in November.

Did anyone put you through the business?

No sir.

How did you now venture into the business without any support?

I do tell people when God ride with you, everything becomes easy… It really amazes me when I see how far Jaminluxury has gone… And the brand it just a year. This was how the idea came into being, my roommate does get wristwatches from Aliexpress, so I start importing from Aliexpress with very small capital.

How much did you start with?

I started my watch business with ₦15, 000… And I literally starved for the rest of the month.

Product sold at Jaminluxury.
One of the accessories sold at Jaminluxury.

What are the risks involved in your business?

The risk here is that you don’t know or see people that you’re dealing with. People that will help you ship in your package to Nigeria… You have to be sure if the watch won’t fade, so your customers won’t be angry with you. You also need to build trust in this business.

How profitable would you say this business is?

Very profitable if you’re smart.

Tell us your first experience when you started Jaminluxury?

My first experience was awesome…I made a lot of mistakes, losses, and also I did not publicize the brand, I just came out like that… So it was really hard looking for customers and most people were not turning up because the wristwatches were very common. My roommates especially Saw insulted me by saying “if you can’t get enough goods then stop”.The interesting part was that I learnt a lot from my mistakes and am improving. I will also be launching the brand very soon.

Adeshina Benjamin CEO of Jaminluxury
Adeshina Benjamin of Jaminluxury.

Tell us about your upcoming luncheon?

I am still working toward the launching. The first thing is to publicize the brand very well… I will need to get like 2 influencer person to help me with that. I need a photographer and a model. I want to show people how to wear their wristwatch. Watch etiquette .. I have so much to do during this luncheon because I want this to come out big … So wait for the bomb.

Have people criticised you before?

Yes … Very well… But I pay no attention to that. In building a solid business, you need to build a good reputation… That is the key to a successful business.

Why don’t pay attention? It may be a positive criticism?

If it is positive I give attention, and if it demands an apology, I apologize immediately and I learn from it.

Do you have a mentor or a brand you look up to?

Yes… I have a mentor and a brand that I look up too from afar …

What qualities make you look up to them?

These people are fathers in this business … They’re not newbies. Though the newfound brand am looking up to, he established his business 2017, but he’s a horologist…

Where do you sell your products majorly?

I don’t have a specific place, for now, I sell them in banks, campus. During holidays I make sales at Lagos.

Do you sell using social media?

Yes, I do. Lack of publicity. Low followers on Instagram which in-turn yields low sales are problems I face at Jaminluxury. I really need to build Jaminluxury Instagram account.

What keeps you going at Jaminluxury?

The passion keeps me going at Jaminluxury.

Any advice for people who wants to go into the kind of business?

My advice for people is that, you can start the business of your choice with low capital, you don’t have to wait to have huge capital before you can venture into business. Be consistency .. Have a motive. Don’t go into business because everybody is into it, study yourself very well. Pray well. When God rides with you, your business becomes a passion. Everything comes with ease…

Do you think it is important to have a mentor as an entrepreneur?

Yes… It is very essential… For a good business, you need a mentor. That the key to a successful business.

Adeshina Benjamin of Jaminluxury Store
Adeshina Benjamin of Jaminluxury

What’s your advice to upcoming entrepreneurs?

Be consistent. Believe in yourself. Have a solid motive, don’t do it because people are doing it, Do it because you found pleasure in it. Consistency build up a solid business.

What else do you want to say?

I want to thank Mr Oseni so much. I can be reached on Instagram: , facebook: and email at jaminlunxury@gmail.com

Olla Boluwatife, CEO of Ownasite.com.ng

Olla Boluwatife owns a creative agency that provides web solutions for businesses. He talks about services they render at Ownasite, how he got his first job as a web developer and a lot more. We have his interview at InterviewStories. Olla says Ownasite will be a leading web design agency in Nigeria in the next five years and he is working towards it.

Can we know you?

My name is Olla Boluwatife Joseph. I’m an entrepreneur, a web developer, a software developer, a Search Engine Optimization(SEO) expert and internet marketer. I currently run a creative agency (@ownasite) where we provide web solutions for businesses.

Tell us about your agency?

Ownasite is an internet company. We bridge the gap between businesses and technology. Our website address is ownasite.com.ng.

What web solutions for business do you provide in your company?

Businesses have evolved from the brick and mortar structures into the world wide web (internet). We believe that at this century if your business is not online then you’d soon be out of business. Our services are not but limited to the following:

  • Web design & development
  • Internet marketing
  • Software development
  • Branding
  • E-commerce

How did you start Ownasite?

I just graduated high school when I delved fully into web development. I launched in the year 2015 under a different name (Jose webs) but later re-branded and started operations fully in 2016.

Olla Boluwatife, CEO of Ownasite web agency
CEO of Ownasite

What were the challenges you faced when you started?

The major challenge I faced was trying to set up the business structure. Also was struggling to enhance my skills as well as convince prospective clients that I was capable of providing the services I said I would. The truth of the matter was that I was learning on the job. We all know that no-one is an island but there are certain skills required to start up a business. I didn’t know that then. I didn’t have enough skills but I had the passion and that kept me through.

Is your business registered?

Yes.

How easy was registering your business?

Quite easy. I have someone who does it and the process was quite smooth.

How did you get your first job?

It was through my brother. He referred to one of his friends who needed my service at that time. Although I was inexperienced. I believed I could pull it off and it ended up really nice.

What were the challenges you had when you took your first job?

I was in school then (The Polytechnic, Ibadan). Firstly, trying to balance work with lectures. Secondly, power supply & the internet. It was of short supply.

Are you proud of the service you rendered then?

Yes, I am. I always strive to give my best to my clients.

What makes your customers like the service you render?

I put my customers’ interest at heart, I also communicate and relate well with my customers, and try to provide the best quality service I can.

How much do you charge per service?

I have pricing plans based on the kind of services I offer. My basic-est plan for web design service starts from N80k.

What about other services?

They aren’t fixed. The price depends on the customers’ needs. Let’s take for example software development. We have different kinds of software. It could be an inventory software, accounting software or hotel software. Each software has different features. Those features determine how much I’d charge. A customer might want something simple and basic, another might want advanced features.

Olla Boluwatife an entrepreneur

What problems do you face regarding your business?

As of now. It’s power. The amount of money I spend on power supply every month is really high compared to the number of customers I get. I also do not have a huge customer base as of now.

What motivates you to do more?

I’m passionate about creating solutions for people. Even if I don’t get paid for it. I feel very happy doing these things. I believe sooner or later. I’d breakthrough!

Has anyone invested in your business?

No

Does your business need investors?

I don’t think so

Does every business need to be online?

Yes

How can one establish an online presence?

The first step which is easy and free to do is to be on social media. Then if you need to add a bit of professionalism then you opt in for a website. But it’s not just about having a website. It’s about communication.

What is the difference between a blog and a website?

Blogs are dynamic. The contents are updated frequently. Websites are static in nature, the contents are organized in pages. A website is where you’d get every needed information about a particular business. A blog is a medium of communication between existing business and it’s customers. Or prospects. However, blogs sometimes are parts of a website.

What makes a business successful?

Customer relations, having agood product or quality service with a strong marketing strategy. You can’t afford not to have those qualities.

Where do you see Ownasite in the next five years?

A leading web design agency in Nigeria.

Do you have a mentor?

I have mentors. I watch their videos. I’ve taken some of their courses, I’ve interacted with some of them and they’ve been really helpful. With a mentor, you can never totally go wrong.

How can startups get funds?

Angel investors, crowdfunding, venture capitalist, loans.

Can you talk about each of them?

A venture capitalist invests in the early stages of your company in exchange for an equity share. You can also visit your bank or reach out friends & family to get loans for your business. Angel investors differ from Venture Capitalists although people confuse the two together.

While angel investors can take an equity share of your startup in exchange for their investment, their funding can also be exchanged for convertible debt. These investors are usually entrepreneurs. Although money is their motivation, they are more likely to be genuinely interested in your business. If you find the right angel investor, you may benefit from their expert advice and management skills. You can also take advantage of the resources available to you online by using crowdfunding websites to raise capital.

Olla Boluwatife, CEO of Ownasite.com.ng
Olla Boluwatife, CEO of Ownasite.com.ng

What advice do you have for young entrepreneurs?

Keep doing what you do. Be persistent, be consistent. Forget about the money, it’ll come eventually. Get the needed skills and I’d see you at the top🔝. You can contact me on