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.
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 :
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).
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.
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.
The Goals Of Rotaract are to:
Develop professional and leadership skills
Emphasize respect in the right of others and to promote ethical standards and the dignifying of all useful occupations
Provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of their communities and our world
Promote for working in cooperation with sponsoring clubs Rotary Clubs
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.
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.
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?
The benefits of Rotaract is beyond quantification, but I would give the nearest benefits.
Rotaract allows youth to develop themselves Professionally, In terms of Leadership, Morally, Socially.
It allows members to make friends wherever they find themselves.
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.
Rotaract can serve as an avenue to market your skills.
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chidi Nwaogu is a serial Internet entrepreneur, computer programmer, Westerwelle Fellow 2019, Yunus&Youth Global Fellow 2019, SensX Fellow 2017, recipient of OD Young Person of the Month Honour (for Nov. 2018), winner of Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional Competition 2019, first place winner of OD Impact Challenge 2018, a shortlisted candidate for Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 2019, and a finalist for the Halcyon Incubator’s Fall 2019 Fellowship. Chidi Nwaogu was the first person to tell his story at InterviewStories. You can read his Interview by clicking this link. Chidi Nwaogu application for Guinness World Record was recently accepted under the title Longest credit on a book. He talks about how his application, how he is able to achieve this, how his traveling does not affect his business and a lot more.
Can we know you?
I am Chidi Nwaogu, I started my entrepreneurial journey when I was 16 with the creation of 9ja Boi Interactive, a video game development company. Today, I am a Co-founder and CEO of Publiseer, a digital publisher for African Creatives, described by Konbini as “one of the largest digital publishers in Africa” and identified by IFC as one of the startups “that could speed up innovation in Africa.” Publiseer was listed in ModernGhana’s “List Of 10 African Innovations For January 2019”.
I was selected by World Youth Forum to participate at The Arab and African Youth Platform 2019 in Aswan, and by Mastercard Foundation to participate at Africa Youth Works Summit 2019 in Cape Town. My startups have been featured on several online and print media publications, like Africa Business Review, TechCrunch, IT News Africa, Konbini, PC Tech Magazine, Ventures Africa, and Ventureburn, for their strides in the tech ecosystem.
Since I was 19, I
have co-founded, grown and sold two Internet companies, including
LAGbook, a social network that garnered over 1-million registered
users within three years. As a programmer, I started learning how to
code since I was 13. Today, I am proficient in 5 programming
Nwaogu began public
speaking as a keynote speaker at IT Leaders West Africa Summit 2012,
where he gave a 30-min lecture on the role of social media and mobile
in developing nations. Today, Nwaogu speaks at several summits,
conferences, and seminars around the world.
Why is Chidi Nwaogu trending in Nigeria right now?
Trending? I had no
idea the name was trending. Or maybe because I’m outside Nigeria
more often these days.
It is said that you broke a fresh Guinness world record. How did you achieve this?
It is a record for the longest credit on a book. It’s a single book with a credit section with at least 10,001 names of real people who have given their consent to be credited. I posted on LinkedIn to get the consent of 10,001 people and ended up with over 21,000 people’s consents.
It is a record for the longest credit on a book. It’s a single book with a credit section with at least 10,001 names of real people who have given their consent to be credited. I posted on LinkedIn to get the consent of 10,001 people and ended up with over 21,000 people’s consents.
What was the previous Guinness World Record or is it a fresh Guinness World Record?
It’s a fresh
record. The Guinness World Record has a list of fresh records and
already broken records. The longest credit on a book is one of the
fresh records Guinness World Record has that hasn’t been broken
before, so I took on the challenge.
How did you get to know about the record?
I checked out the Guinness World Record official website and went through the list of records unbroken and broken. And the longest credit on a book took my interest since I’m a writer and a publisher as well.
Are you not supposed to be interested in entrepreneurship as an entrepreneur instead of breaking world records?
I like challenges and that’s why I got into entrepreneurship. The Guinness World Record was another challenge and I took it on.
How did you know you could break the record? Many people have tried to break Guinness World Record but failed.
A lot of people have tried breaking Guinness World Records and failed. I wasn’t 100 percent certain that I was going to break the record. I had my reservations but if we all held back when trying to accomplish something great because we are unsure of the result, then nothing great will be done. According to Nelson Mandela, you never know it’s possible until it’s done. If I fail trying to accomplish something great, at least I try to make sure I learn a thing or to from it and try again. You are never a failure if you don’t quit. Failure is success when you learn from it and try again this time, more intelligently
How did you apply for the Guinness World Record?
The Guinness World
Record website has an application form to apply for any record. You
just have to apply to break any record, and the Guinness World Record
will get back to you if your application request was granted or not.
It usually takes about 8 weeks for them to revert if a request to
break a record was accepted or not
What criteria do you need to apply for any record?
The reason why you
want to break the record, how you will positively impact your
community while doing it, and most importantly the steps you’ll
take to break the record. If they believe these, then your
application will probably be accepted
Do you need to pay to apply?
No, you don’t.
It’s solely based on merit. However, if you want the review process
to take a week and not eight weeks, then you can pay a small
How did you go about breaking the record?
I made a post on
LinkedIn asking for the consent of at least 10,001 people to include
their name as credits on my book. I asked them to comment “count
me” to indicate their interest and got 21,000+ comments asking to
be part of the credits
How long do you think your record can last considering people can get more on other social media like Instagram in a week?
I don’t know how long I will keep the record. What’s most important to me is that I wanted to break it and I did. Someone surpassing my record is normal. It shows that the world is getting better. Henry Ford manufactured the first commercial car. However, people manufactured better cars afterwards. It didn’t make Ford think his invention was surpassed. It only shows that the world is advancing and that’s good for me. It’s not all about me. It’s all about us.
Is the book that will win the longest credit on a book already out?
Not yet. But it will be out this quarter. Publiseer is the publisher of the book. That’s my publishing venture. The title of the book is “10 Laws of Finding the Right Co-founder”. It’s a book that outlines the qualities of a good co-founder and the strategies you need to adopt in order to find and keep the right co-founder.
Are you the only one trying to break this Guinness World Record?
Yeah, so far, that
I’m aware of.
Have you reached out to Guinness World Record after getting the credits on the book from LinkedIn?
Yes. They are looking forward to the book.
Tell us some records that you have previously set already?
This is my first
place breaking the Guinness World Record.
What of other records?
We have records
broken by Wizkid, Pinkie Debbie, DJ Obi and Kaffy. But I don’t know
the title of the records they broke. But I’m sure if googled, you
could know more about the individual records
Do you know you will be paid yearly for holding a Guinness World Record?
That’s untrue. The
Guinness World Record doesn’t pay any record holder. I confirmed
this from the committee. I think this is just a false perception of
the Guinness World Record that has existed over the years.
What other false perception do people have about Guinness World Record that you know?
That they receive
2million dollars on breaking the record. Which is completely untrue.
What do record owners get apart from breaking the record?
They get a
certificate from the Guinness World Record to show that they are
officially recognized as the record holder. This can be added to your
resume to indicate that you are an achiever that gets the impossible
done when you put your mind to it. The Guinness World Record is more
of an ego booster. It’s not a get rich scheme.
Do you enjoy travelling?
Yeah, I do, and
that’s why I travel a lot.
Does your company Publisher pay your travelling expenses or the programmes you attend?
No, all of them are fully funded by inviting organizations.Travelling for me puts things into perspective. It allows me to realize that there are far bigger things that my problems. Travelling allows you to see that the world is not always about you. It allows me to see how other people live and what they have to deal with on a daily basis.
humbled me and has broadened my perspective in so many ways.
Travelling has given me a sense of gratefulness for the modern day
comforts that I am able to enjoy, which billions of people out there
How do you get these invitations?
I apply for some
opportunities, while some reach out to me. Like I will be in Kenya
next month and Cape Town by October, thanks to the invitations of IPA
and Mastercard respectively.
How can people get access to these opportunities as most of these opportunities are quite hard to come by?
I don’t know how often people get these opportunities. People write to me asking how I got in and how I can help them too. I often share my application answers with them to aid them in their next application. I know it’s hard to get in, but I guess that I’ve been blessed to get into so many.
Does your travelling not affect the management of your company?
Not at all. I’ve
got a good team putting everything in place even when my phone is on
How can a leader have a good team?
Pick them wisely.
People whose strengths compliment your weaknesses and vice versa.
People you can coexist in the same place and thrive
For the first time,
not completely, but you will have a clue if you two will be able to
What should people expect of Chidi Nwaogu in the next five years?
I don’t know. I’m
just working hard to be better than the man I was yesterday. However,
there is one thing I know for sure, that in five years time, I will
be 500% percent better than the man who granted this interview. And I
will read this interview and smile and remember my humble beginnings.
Do you have any other thing to say?
When the journey gets tough, remember why you started the journey.
Hands On Top is one the Clubs that helps students of the University of Ibadan financially and academically. InterviewStories had an interview with Quadri Hamsat, the Acting President of the Club. He talks about the challenges the club is facing and how they have been adding to the lives of students of the Premier University in Nigeria.
Can we meet you?
I am Quadri Hamsat, the Acting President of Hands on Top Club, University of Ibadan. I am a 500 level student of Civil Engineering, University of Ibadan.
Tell us about the Hands on Top Club
Hands on Top Club was formed in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ibadan in 2011 to assist needy students. It was during a structural design class in the Department of Civil Engineering, the lecturer in charge noticed that one of the usually lively students wasn’t that lively that day. He summoned her to his office to inquire about her affairs. Then he discovered that she hasn’t paid her fees and the deadline was just days away. Then he made a proposition that “since there are students who can actually contribute to helping pay her tuition in the class, he sought their opinion and they became the pioneer members of HoT Club”.
Is the Club registered?
Yes, it is registered with the school authority. It is only available in the University of Ibadan presently.
How was the Club structure formed?
At first, the membership of the club was mainly students of the Civil Engineering department. But the club has been of help to students from several departments since its inception. The lecturers from the Civil Engineering department funds the account of the club as well as the alumni. Also, we solicit help from prominent individuals in society.
Does that mean only Civil Engineering students benefits from the programme?
No, students from different departments have benefited immensely from the club. It is safe to say students from faculty of technology have a higher percentage but we have helped students across several departments.
How do students benefit from the club and what criteria does the club use to know who to help?
Students obtain the Request for Assistance form from the Executive of the club. We call such students to an interview where we interact with them to determine if they are really in need of the assistance or otherwise. The interview must be in the presence of the President, one of the staff advisers and available registered members of the club.
How do students then get to know about the Request for Assistance form of Hands On Top Club?
We send out a broadcast. Our major problem is our public relations and we are currently working on that. Also, other students who have benefited from the club do tell others.
What type of assistance does Hands On Top Club offer to students?
We offer assistance in the form of money, foodstuffs, academic materials and tutorials. It depends on the need of the applicant. If the applicant can afford to make a refund, it is highly encouraged because the refund can be used to help someone else. Our motto is Givers Never Lack.
Has the club been tricked by a beneficiary before?
We’ve never experienced such. But if such happens, such students will be banned from applying for the request for assistance from the club.
How can one be a member of Hand on Top Club?
The membership form is on sale currently and it goes for ₦500. The form can be gotten from me. It doesn’t have a closing date. All students at all levels can apply to be a member. Our basic requirement is being selfless in nature, being ready to help others in any way you can. We have a constitution and a guide for our prospective members and it will be given to them when they apply for membership. Providing financial assistance and organizing tutorials are our core values which every one of them has to keep to.
Are members eligible to benefit from the assistance provided by the club?
Yes, members are usually considered before non-members because we can easily confirm the Genuity of their case.
What plans do you have for the CLUB as the acting president?
Improving the public relations of the club. Setting up a standard tutorial for 200 level students of the Faculty of Technology, University of Ibadan. I also plan to organize at least one session of Hi-peak seminar to improve the soft skills of the members.
What makes this seminar different from others organised by other clubs or society in the University campus?
We target improving the students’ morals. Also, we intend to improve the soft skills of students. Without being apolitical or religion biased. It doesn’t have a special requirement as compared with other clubs in the University. Its goal is to help as many students as possible without expecting anything in return.
What problems is the club currently facing?
Getting sponsors beyond the University community, we intend solving that by improving the public relations of the club.
How can people support the club on its mission?
By being a tutor with our Givers Class (our class for tutorials). Donating academic materials. Rebroadcasting the club broadcast messages. Relief materials ranging from foodstuffs to other things that can make students sojourn on campus a success. A mentorship program for students.
Ihieri Michael Uchenna, the CEO and founder of Woleth Enterprise is on a mission to motivate startups in Nigeria. He believes that budding entrepreneurs need to observe the successful entrepreneurs in other to survive and thrive. His startup Woleth Magazine which is said to debut in June 2019, is a magazine meant for inspiring and motivating youths to indulge in entreprenuership by revealing the pros and cons of it. InterviewStories was able to get across to this change maker and he talks about his entrepreneurship journey, how he started and what made him to stand out to create Woleth Consulting.
Can we know you?
am Ihieri Michael Uchenna. CEO and founder of Woleth Enterprise. I am
from Imo state. I am from a family of five.
you an entrepreneur during your school days?
Its always been something I love doing. I started a campus magazine
in my second year at school and in my final year at the University of
Lagos, I started a campus cinema.
Can you tell us more about those ventures?
The campus magazine was known as Stoosh magazine, it didn’t really get much acceptance and crashed really early due to the cost of printing a magazine that was given off freely. Spade cinemas, however, created much buzz, I had partnered up with a marketing brand in school and we really put a lot of work into it. But I received a call from the school dean of student affairs prompting that the movie shows should stop. That was how those ventures died.
Were those ventures profitable?
I made huge losses on every venture. But I was doing what i loved and
that was enough to keep me going.
Does that not mean that you should stop venturing into business?
an entrepreneur means you are tasked with
both taking risks and running a business. One can always learn how to
run a business from experience or from others. I believe I’ve learned
a lot from experience.
What mistakes did you make that made those ventures to be unprofitable?
paid for things I should have gotten for free. Experience teaches you
a lot. There are so many things I paid money for which I would have
gotten freely. Although making profits wasn’t the apex of why I
ventured into the business in the first place, losing money was no
way to sustain the business.
Did you start Woleth Enterprise after school?
Yes, I did. A few months after graduating, I decided to start working on Woleth. It was difficult but interesting all the way.
What do you do at Woleth Enterprise?
is an investment company. We engage in various startup projects and
invest in other startup establishments. It is presently 1 year old.
We have developed Woleth consulting and are working towards our next
engagement which is Woleth magazine. However we have not made any
significant investment in another start-up, we would begin doing that
What type of investment does Woleth Enterprise do?
me to keep details of that to myself for now. We would start the
external investments next year. There are still a lot of work to be
done internally, we want to strengthen those areas first
Tell us about Woleth Consulting?
Woleth consulting provides customer feedback on the client’s marketing content and strategy. We also advise clients on the best strategy to fix lapses in their campaign. Woleth enterprise is a registered company operating two startups. Woleth consulting and Woleth magazine.
Is Woleth Consulting is profitable?
So far, we are doing well.
How are you able to get customer’s feedback on the client’s marketing content and strategy?
conduct detailed research getting our respondents from the potential
What makes Woleth consulting standout?
us, it is all about our client. Their success is what we value the
most and we show this to them each time. We also, support the smaller
brands that join our community for free
Do you have partnerships with other big companies?
Our brand’s mission is to support startups with the marketing support
they need to grow and that is what we are doing.
Do you plan to partner with these big companies in the future?
consulting has no plans for that.
What future plans does Woleth Consulting have?
are great plans to broaden the reach of Woleth consulting. I can
however not reveal the details for now. We plan on doing an event to
expose the future plans of the venture
Tell us about the other startup at Woleth Enterprise?
latest is Woleth magazine set to launch this June. The aim of Woleth
magazine is to inspire and motivate youths to indulge in
entrepreneurship by revealing the fun, luxury, challenges, successes
and recognition associated with entrepreneurship.
Does that mean Woleth magazine is a means of promoting your clients in Woleth consulting?
It’s not just about showcasing startups for Woleth magazine. It is
about motivating startups, And for that budding entrepreneurs need to
observe the successful entrepreneurs
What made you start Woleth magazine?
There’s so much publicity for entertainment. Very little for entrepreneurship. As I work towards being an agent for positive change in Nigeria, it is clear that an avenue to publicize startups is needed. So I had to embark on the project.
What should we be expecting from Woleth magazine?
interesting stories, interviews from successful entrepreneurs,
several analysis and so much more. It will be available in print and
Pdf. The print version will be available for order on our website and
newsstands Nationwide while the Pdf will be available for free
downloads on our website.
Any major distributors to get the magazine from?
are still working on those areas. The print magazine will be
available in all states of Nigeria for now. You can also order a copy
on our website. We are also making arrangements with a popular
supermarket to have our magazine on their newsstand nationwide. I
would refrain from mentioning names until we have come to an
agreement. We plan to cover everywhere
What makes Michael unique as an entrepreneur?
like to think I am innovative. Creating new ventures is a hobby.
Where should we expect to see Woleth Enterprise in the next two years?
aim to be the foremost startup support company in Nigeria by then.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
How old is otaiku_naturals?
It will be a year in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Do you plan to continue with otaiku_naturals in the future?
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.
Odewole Faith Ayanfeoluwa is a student photogrpaher. He owns the brand sofac_photography where they make people smile. We interviewed Odewole Faith about how his journey began and where his passion for photography has taken him to. Read the Interview with him only at InterviewStories
Can we know you?
My name is Odewole Faith Ayanfeoluwa, a student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology , Anatomy Department. I am a photographer based in Ogbomosho, Oyo state.
How did you venture into photography?
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) embarked on a strike action for some months and it was so tiring and frustrating…I then went home and looked for what will make me happy and at the same time, I will be doing something creative so I browsed and made a list of things I could do,I marked photography out at first honestly(I didn’t really like it)…But have always had an eye for amazing pictures. That was how sofac_photography came into existence.
Did you learn photography or you just picked the skill naturally?
I had to learn for a
few months in Ibadan… I kept on working on myself through online
tutorials too, that’s what hastened my growth actually
Did anyone put you through the profession?
I had to pay to
learn from an already established photographer in Ibadan
Which equipment do you use in photography?
We have a lot….Basically the camera is the most important, we also have speed lights,soft box,tripod stand,reflectors, diffusers,trigger less I forget u need a computer system too just to mention few.
How were you able to get equipment?
The thing is you can
get everything once its gradual…one leads to another. If you have
the Money then go for it…but if not you’ll get them from your
income. I started with borrowing camera from my school mum,all thanks
to God and her. Then I started buying other stuffs
How much did you start with?
Actually my story is funny, like I said you need a camera basically then a system. But i started with around one hundred and twenty thousand naira (₦120, 000).
How were you able to get the money?
My parents were supportive… Through them basically because I had no source of income then.
Tell us your first experience as a photographer?
It was really
funny,it was the first time I was nervous and really scared. I was
still a novice,but to an extent I could snap reasonable
pictures….not until my Abuja experience,I went with two other
That was what helped my advance in my journey of photography.
Tell us your Abuja experience?
I was privileged to go to Abuja last year with a TV crew(ballspedia TV). I was with two other photographers on that trip,the trip gave me more experience and it opened my eyes to a lot of things in photography.
Is photography profitable?
Yes it is.
How much have you made from photography?
Depends on how
frequent you get job and when you u are good people will patronize
Do you think people should choose photography because of the money?
No. Photography should be chosen based on passion. If its not passion it will soon fade off
What qualities makes a good photographer?
Humility, Patience, Good relationship with customers. I am also a a professional. These are qualities that I have and I have also demonstrated while working as sofac_photography.
What problems do you face as a photographer?
Funding and time are some of the problems Odewole Faith Ayanfeoluwa faces at sofac_photography.
Time could be a
major problem…you will need to take the pictures and edit and
clients will be on your neck. Inadequate fund can frustrate a
photographer when trying to get equipment to work with
What do one need to be a better photographer?
You just need all necessary stuffs that’s all….your productivity is not really based on the equipment but on your skills personally(I mean how well you can manage the stuffs you have).
What is your brand name?
How can young entrepreneurs raise funds?
One of the hardest
things to do while starting up is raising funds actually but I’ll
propose you get people who believe in your dream(investors), they can
invest in your business based on agreement
Also,they should know that they its w be always rosy,there are twists and bends to this job and we relate to customers according to their different status…..Be flexible in short.
Do entrepreneurs need to have a mentor?
Sure, you need a source of motivation,it must be someone you admire his works that is also better than you.
Advise for student entrepreneurs?
The normal thing people say is that be hardworking and all that but it doesn’t just work like that…. Basically I feel they should put God first and be creative, humility is key and they should use the people around them gainfully… You can’t be everywhere at all times.
Adeshina Adewumi is a serial entrepreneur who sees opportunity in every problem and has a strong passion to help businesses grow.Adeshina commitment is to inspire, build and coach young entrepreneurs to build profitable sustainable ventures. He is a highly sought after leader, author, speaker and business consultant. He is the author of “Giving Back”; a book that emphasis the need to have a balanced social, business and academic life while in the university.
Adeshina Adewumi is a first class graduate of Accounting from Bowen University,Osun State. He is a Fellow Royal Society of Arts (UK) and member; Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI Network). He is a strong promoter of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030.
Adeshina Adewumi is an entrepreneur who reflects the virtues of every African entrepreneur willing to make an impact within their community. An entrepreneur and management consultant with over 7 years experience working with multinational companies and also building solutions for Africa and global communities.
“I love to call myself the business doctor who is always ready to help identify solutions to makes ideas and businesses scale.”
I’m currently the Chief Operating Officer for Proville and have had the privilege to Cofound several businesses among but not limited to Regina La Meilleur Limited, Regalo Kitchen and Confectionery Limited and One Kiosk Africa. Each of these companies have received several local and international recognition, awards and shortlistings among which include but not limited to Top 100 fastest growing SMEs in Nigeria (Award by Business Day Media and Bossman Nigeria), 100 African Startup Initiative (Program by International Finance Corporation- World Bank Group and MICC Egypt), Y Combinator Startup School Batch 2018, Pitch and Win by Sterling Bank and EDC, Lagos Business School (First batch 2019), 6 Top African Startup by Africa Com 2018, Top 30 African Tech Startup by Accenture 2018 and Future of Work Awards (Flexible Working Category by Royal Society of Arts UK).
How has your university degree helped your businesses?
My background as an accountant having studied Accounting during my undergraduate degree has contributed meaningfully to my business. One of the key metrics of measuring business success aside social impact is profitability (revenue, users etc). This has a lot to do with numbers and the survival of every business lies in her ability to make effective decisions with the numbers. Accounting as a first degree has helped a great deal even though I rarely practice now on a commercial scale.
Tell us about Regalo Kitchen and Confectionery Limited that you co-founded?
Regalo Kitchen and Confectionery Limited was birthed in 2015, although it was officially registered in 2018 in Nigeria. Regalo Kitchen started out providing catering services for busy working professionals and corporate organisations. Between 2015 till date, they have been able to service notable companies among which include but not limited to Guaranty Trust Bank, Paystack, Paga, Stanbic IBTC and Ag Leventis Nig.
In 2018, the company decided to include a social enterprise strategy in order to contribute meaningfully towards the Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria and thus help reduce unemployment and underemployment. In 2018 alone, the company was able to train over 150 candidates with various catering soft skills to launch out into entrepreneurship through her Regalo Master Class. Regalo Kitchen and Confectionery Limited emerged top 100 fastest growing SMEs in Nigeria for 2018 (Award by Business Day Media and Bossman Nigeria).
The next milestone for Regalo Kitchen is to introduce the Uber Eat model in Nigeria in a refined way to meet the needs of the market and also expand her training facility to train 100,000 youths and women with various soft skills by year 2023.
How was it starting your first company?
Starting my first company was rough, I was poorly informed and prepared for the journey. Just fresh out of school having tested the waters of buying and selling back in school with great success. The bigger market however was a totally different base to operate. My first company was Regina La Meilleur Limited which I incorporated in 2012 with several products among which included Home Tutors Nigeria, RLM Network among others. We have gone through several stages of iterations and finally got a product market fit while some products scrapped and some up for sale with some investors
Did any experience or position you held at school made it easier to solve some problems that you have encountered since you have started?
Interesting question, I have always taken up several leadership roles where I have been privileged to serve so obviously they have all added up in helping me lead and see through project executions. For example, I could remember heading the Academic Committee in my final year for the accounting department and the impact our work had on the outcome of results produced that year. My opinion is that every opportunity to serve one way or the other adds value to you for higher responsibilities
Did you ever thought of getting a government job after school?
Well, government job never really crossed my mind but I wanted to work within a structured multinational firm in order to give me the basic knowledge and network for my entrepreneurial journey and yes I did get that opportunity with Stanbic IBTC within the short period spent with them.
How easy was the transition from the University into business?
As stated earlier, It was rough initially due to little or no solid foundation (capacity development and funding). Capacity development and funding are key ingredient that makes a difference in the life of every entrepreneur especially in Nigeria with all our uniqueness. The average Nigerian youth or student has got great ideas that got potentials for success, however they lack the capacity and funding to see it through.
Capacity development has to do with basic solid knowledge, requirements to start and make a business succeed. The ability to get a product market fit and talk to the market to know the viability of the idea and then how to secure funding in terms of finance to run for the period of little or no revenue flow
What do you do as COO for Proville?
As the Chief Operating Officer for Proville, I saddled with three (3) tasks; effective day to day administration and operation of the company. Maintaining our brand equity that builds opportunities for investment, collaborations and partnership and lastly drive revenue for the business through effective coordination of all stakeholders of the company. These three tasks contributes majorly to business growth and success.
What service(s) does Proville provide?
Proville from the name stands for Professional hub or Villa. Our flagship product; Proville.net connects professionals with clients who need their services. We act as a bridge to close the demand supply gap that exists within the professional or would you rather say freelance niche in Africa.
So let’s say you need a web developer for a project, all you need to do is go on proville.net and post your project and budget and wait to receive offers from our pool of professionals. The same applies to all professional services and once you are ready, you assign the project to the best fit professional freelancer with assurance that all payments are done through our escrow model (a secure payment option that avails you security and you only part with money when you are satisfied) with the service you have received.
How frequently do people use Proville?
Proville is used on a daily basis with several jobs started and completed on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Some jobs or projects however takes long time frame but you can be rested assured that jobs are always ongoing.
Why is Proville better than her competitors?
Our competitors are the likes of Upwork, Freelancer, Findworka, Workdesk, Tera Work, Asuqu and several others. Proville however in Nigeria as a freelance platform has the first mover advantage as we have taken the lead in educating and sensitizing the public on the viability of freelance platforms like ours as it aligns with the Future of Smart Work across Africa. We also collaborate with the vision of International notable societies such as Royal Society of Arts (UK) towards advancing flexible working options in Nigeria and Africa.
How are you able to manage being a cofounder of 59 One Kiosk Africa Limited?
Success comes with more responsibilities and little time for self if not well managed. Time management plays a vital role here and luckily the team are very effective and organised. Also we are in project mode with launch date set for June 2019
What does 59 One Kiosk Africa Limited do?
One Kiosk Africa; onekioskafrica.com was birthed to introduce a develop model to eCommerce in Nigeria and across Africa. We are an eCommerce business with a different business model that ensures that goods and services are delivered within 59 minutes to the customers while creating employment along the e-commerce value chain. Our solutions has the potentials to create 100,000 jobs by December 2019 given our set projections.
Most of these companies are online, how important is one’s business being online in the present world?
First of all, I always love to say that any business that cannot leverage on technology one way or the other is not ready for a sustained business over the next five (5) years. Technology has to do with the net and as such every business need to align accordingly. Brick and Mortar stores would still be essential but less active compared to online channels within the next 5 years.
What problems have you encountered as an entrepreneur?
Entrepreneurs first major challenge is finding a product market fit for their idea. This takes quite a lot of our time and once found we then move on to the problem of scaling the business. There is also that challenge of having a work life balance as everything at the beginning seems to rover around you.
This challenges can however be shortened by talking to your target market during design, development and beta stages of your solutions. Building partnerships, collaborations and opportunities for investments and lastly delegating power or would I rather say empowering your team to work effectively with or without you
What do you want to tell young entrepreneurs that are just starting?
Talk to your sample market audience, do not be afraid that your idea would be stolen, I believe in the school of thought that there is nothing new under the sun. Implementation and execution makes the difference. Get mentors, do not be discouraged when you get a No, a yes is just around the corner and never give up on yourself. The world needs your idea and solution to materialise, give returns and make social impacts
Do you advise students to try their ideas or start ups in school or wait till after graduation?
Well, I would suggest they can start building capacity early enough and thus they can test their ideas while in school as long as they are able to manage their time well. Most renown business were birthed when their founders were within the university age bracket or in college. So it’s a very good time to start building capacity and test the viability of your idea or solution
Do you advise people to drop out to pursue their dream?
I would usually not support dropping out of school to pursue your dream, however my counsel would depends on various factors. A lot in changing within the educational sector and how people learn and grow, I try not to emphasize too much of academics but education (which for me the later is continuous as we keep learning and growing). Ideas or dreams as you called it has a way of clouding your mind, it literally feels as though all your life depends on it and nothing else counts.
This feeling is what every entrepreneur goes through and that’s why you see people drop out or resign from their jobs to start that idea. This feeling must, however, be very well managed and decisions are taken objectively with the right foundation laid (Knowledge and Capacity). This question is a very broad topic that cannot be discussed in full here, those interested can reach out to book a session with me.
Do you think entrepreneurs needs mentors?
The answer to this question is quite similar to asking if a tyres need air? If you want to go far, you must have people you can inspire you and support you out of their wealth of experience. Having a mentor is not rocket science, it’s a deliberate art.
Any special skill entrepreneurs needs to be successful
Tenacity is one skill that I would suggest for all entrepreneurs, it produces patience and commitment against all odds to succeed. The entrepreneurial journey is not a straight road, anyone that tells you its a straight road either has not gone through it or is lying. There are however principles that guide success and once applied with tenacity the result shows itself.
How can young people who will love to ask you questions be able to contact you?
Treasury bill is a popular term in business, but many do not know about how to invest in treasury bill. Many people have a lot of money that they are currently not using, yet they have never heard about treasury bill. A lot of people who have a little money that they are not using do not know this because they lack access to the information about these investment opportunities. While investing in other people business is a good idea. It is to be noted that a lot of businesses fail in Nigeria after three years.
Many businesses started from borrowing from friends and family members. It is believed that Aliko Dangote started his business by borrowing from his grandfather. But do you know that borrowing without collateral is the riskiest form of business you can do? Most times when you borrow money from others you do not think of adding to the initial capital because you see it as a favour. But when you borrow from banks, you know that you have to pay huge amount of money to the financial institution where you are borrowing from.
While many people are not after getting interest from the money they borrow or lend others, they want their money to be useful to the economy. And so in a bid to provide this information to Nigerians who have a little money they have staying idle in their banks, we present the option of treasury bill to the average Nigerian.
But do you know that borrowing without collateral is the riskiest form of business you can do? Most times when you borrow money from others you do not think of adding to the initial capital because you see it as a favour.
But when you borrow from banks, you know that you have to pay huge amount of money to the financial institution where you are borrowing from. While many people are not after getting interest from the money they borrow or lend others, they want their money to be useful to the economy. And so in a bid to provide this information to Nigerians who have a little money they have staying idle in their banks, we present the option of treasury bill to the average Nigerian.
While many people are not after getting interest from money they borrow or lend others, they want their money to be useful to the economy. And so in a bid to provide this information to Nigerians who have a little money they have staying idle in their banks, we present the option of treasury bill to the average Nigerian.
Facts About Treasury Bills You Do Not Know
Treasury bill is a short term zero risk investment that extends for a maximum of a year. Treasury Bills are short-term debt instruments issued by the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria to provide short term funding for the government. You can borrow government the money for 91 days, 182 days and 364 days. Treasury Bills are sold through a bi-weekly auction conducted by the CBN on Wednesday’s.
Official dealers can help one to invest in treasury bill. The easiest and safest official dealers are banks. Most times when you use your bank as your official dealer, the money you want to invest in treasury bills are usually deducted from your bank account that you have with them. Interest from the investment is added to your bank account.
The minimum amount you can invest in treasury bill is a hundred thousand naira only (₦100, 000). This might seem small. You can also invest your millions too. To determine the bid rate, you must be able to borrow government at least five million naira (₦5, 000, 000).
The bid rate is also called STOP RATE . It is the likely interest rate that you want to receive for the principal that you investing in treasury bill. Only those that want to invest high can determine bid rate themselves. The CBN selects the bids that fall below the accepted marginal rates.
For more information about treasury bill please visit your bank. You can also read more on nairametrics.com.