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
I am Busari Mobolaji Toheeb, a final year Physics Education student at the University of Lagos. I’m from Oyo State Ibadan to be precise, from a family of five with two brothers and two sisters, am a cobbler as well and a stylist with a styling brand ‘B-$TAR’.
Seven years back immediately I finished my secondary school from Global School of Science in Ibadan. I started immediately after my May/June WAEC examinations in 2011, I took the decision after staying at home alone after my WAEC. My dad told me to enrol for JAMB coaching but during the training, there was a particular building beside my coaching center which was a vocational training school for people regardless of your status, so I enrolled in cobbling together with a friend Paul. After my JAMB examination in 2012, I got admitted into the Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta to Study Physics/Chemistry.
While working on the admission process in November 2012, I couldn’t furthermore in the training due to stress and also my course didn’t permit me so I wasn’t given a certificate but I spent just 9 months on the training. I had learnt things like sandal making, leather slippers making and was about to proceed to shoemaking when I was hooked with stress in school so I couldn’t manage the two together and had to drop cobbling for school in the process.
Describe your barbing experience?
I enrolled for barbing training in 2016. My barbing experience since 2016 has been fantastic.
Is B-$tar your cobbling company?
No, I haven’t set up the cobbling company yet, because it requires time and money in getting some equipment, moreover, am in school but am planning towards that after school.
The B in the name stands for my surname and my own name and for the star you know the stars are bigger and brighter than the Sun so that’s how I want my brand to be by God grace.
What makes B-$TAR stand out in a crowd of competitors is that I do provide a Legendary Customer Service and treat my customers like royalty, even when there’s no need to. The belief that customer service only matters in the service industry is a myth. Another thing is that I do admit my mistakes and also fix out the problems, I don’t argue with my customers and these really help me to build a stronger relationship with them.
Why did you establish B-$tar
I established B-$TAR After my training to be self-dependent. I also wanted to train young people as well that are interested in barbing. Another thing is that the barbering industry is continuing to grow, with more and more barbershops popping up and it is definitely an exciting industry to be involved in! There is a saying that many people are familiar with and it goes something a little like this if you love your job, you’ll never have to work another day in your life. We know that many barbers would agree with this statement and be able to list many reasons why they love their job and how it doesn’t feel like work. Choosing a barbing career presents many opportunities and perks that one may not have even considered. I know there can be doubts, concerns and worries when transitioning into a new career or even deciding what career path to take after finishing school. The main factors that normally arise when deciding on a career are the training options available, employability prospects and the challenges of the job. But to me, I can probably say there are many opportunities in choosing this career which includes:
YOU WILL BE YOUR OWN BOSS: Bottom line, being a barber is a good life. The job offers flexible hours and rewarding work in a creative industry. Few trades offer as many opportunities to open your own successful business. There is a range of options in how you can be your own boss with a barber career. Some people opt to rent a chair in a salon and build up their client base, chose to work as a mobile barber or open up their own barbershop, where they can really bring in their passions and personality into their barbershop.
BE A PEOPLE PERSON: Not many jobs offer the opportunity to meet and interact with people from all walks of life. Barbers meet clients who have interesting stories to tell and you get to chat with people daily, which is perfect if you love people. Plus, you play a big part in making people look their best. You have the power and skills to give confidence to men by giving them a haircut that suits them and makes them feel great. Many barbers make good friends and contacts from their clients; your confidence and popularity will grow if you are a good barber.
GOOD INCOMES: Most barbers make a decent amount of money; not only do you get your salary at the end of the week, you get your tips too. If you master your barbering trade to a top-notch standard and can create sharp and modern barber haircuts, along with providing an outstanding service for your client, you will see your tips increase. The potential of earning a good barber salary is high due to the different areas of barbering that is available to work in, whether that is running your own barbershop, being a mobile barber, working for a high-end barbershop or even a renowned barber brand. There is also the option to work as a freelance barber to work on photo shoots for fashion brands, music bands or any type of brand that requires a professional and talented barber. Once you establish yourself and build a credible reputation in the barbering industry, you can earn a lot of money.
BARBERING CAREER TAKE THE JOB WITH YOU: Barbers can get good work anywhere in the world, as getting a haircut is a basic need and not a luxury one, so there is always a demand for barbers worldwide. If you want to travel and widen your horizons, barbering is a great choice of trade as job prospects are good all over the world. Obtaining the barbering qualification will also help you qualify as a skilled worker and increase chances of getting a work visa to enable you to work in your desired destination I think especially a country like Canada.
EACH DAY IS DIFFERENT: It will be hard to find two days alike in barbering; each day is different and most importantly, each day is enjoyable. You’ll find most barbering jobs are so varied. You will have a range of clients asking for different hairstyles, which makes the job less repetitive and each day exciting.
YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A JOB: The lifespan of a profession is going to cross your mind when you’re considering a new career. There is no lifespan of a barber, once you work hard and continue to master your craft, you can work as long you want. Regardless of the economic situation, men will always need to get their hair cut, so there will always be a need for barbers.
Where are you located? Can you travel to other states to provide VIP service?
For the location, I’m working on a particular place in Oshogbo Osun state in which after my school I’m going to open it. Yes, my services aare open for all.
Services rendered at B-$tar?
We barb the hairstyles
AFRO + FADE
LOW CUT + FADE
WAVE + FADE
Home Services (Plus Extra charges) e.t.c
We also sell or can get you
Bumps/ Rashes Creams
Sporting wave /Pomade,Shampoos e.t.c
Has B-$tar affected your academics negatively?
No, as I said earlier you have to be dedicated and determined though it is not easy in life nothing good comes easy. You have to manage your time wisely anytime you are planning.
Tell us your experience so far in 3years
I can probably say I’ve learned a lot. Firstly, you have to humanize your business in the sense that while working with your customers. They tell you their struggles in life or lend you their ears on understanding your story. He not only listens but also records your stories. No matter how bad the day is going, the barber should smile, greet and thank customers when they are leaving in a way he creates a lasting impression. What better way to retain an existing client than to know their story and connect with them. The more you know about your customers, the better the connection. This not only leads to a long-term business relationship but also more referral or word-of-mouth opportunities.
You have to build a system to deliver experience and not just service because I’ve learnt that people will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but will never forget how you made them feel most especially the adult customers. This is because the way you treats them will determine whether they will patronize you again or not, you deliver beyond a simple haircut, you’ve to make it livelier by discussing trends in the society or playing of music or movies.
You also have to be patient with this job in particular because sometimes u might be busy throughout and sometimes, you might find it difficult to see a single customer… Just pray about it and trust me your journey believe me.
How were you able to raise capital to start B-$tar?
I started raising money with the help of an App called Cowrywise for like a year and also my parent supported me as well. The capital was not enough to start the business. I just had to make use of what I had then to set up the business. You know you’ve to start from somewhere.
What are the milestones you have have achieved at B-$tar
For the milestone I’ve had in my company to start with, for a business to grow, I had to set up an effective business model. A business model represents the methods you use to make a profit. Parts of a business model include operating procedures, marketing strategies, and cost structures. In addition to this, another milestone is how to like Gain repeat customers because we’ll know that customers are key to keeping your business operating. To set customer milestones, I’ve to like to pay attention to both prospective and existing customers. This kind of customers helps my business to thrive as well.
What advice do you have for people who want to start their entrepreneurship journey?
My advice for people who wants to start their entrepreneurship is that they should Seek out a mentor, they shouldn’t be discouraged by slow growth, and also they should have a plan. In addition, they should pray often and work with a mentor. Surrounding themselves with others who can support them on their journey to entrepreneurship. Get clear about how to manage their money when they are not getting a weekly paycheck.
Also, they should value themselves more highly. Charge what they know they’re worth. They shouldn’t be afraid to ask for the fair value of their services because no one is ever going to offer them more than what they ask, so they might as well go for it. Lastly, they should surround themselves with people who are going to elevate them to the next level. They should also start programming their mind. Like meditation, affirmations, and watching motivational videos about how to manage their time and business. They should never stop learning, Keep investing in themselves not only that also keep their mind, body and soul in tip-top shape.
Do you think the education system in Nigeria makes a student better prepared for entrepreneurship?
No, because we all know that Entrepreneurship is regarded as the engine room for every country’s economic development because it is a sure way of generating employment opportunities, providing the needed manpower for industrial development, marketing and market factor growth, capacity building on the citizenry and resource distribution which are necessary paraphernalia for sustainable development. The importance of entrepreneurship education in any developing country such as Nigeria needs not to be over-emphasized and this is because Nigeria like other developing countries is faced with a high rate of graduate unemployment or underemployment as a result of poor trade liberalization and graduates inept ability for the global competitive labour market.
How can we contact you?
You can contact me on twitter handle @wilsonbeejay, on Facebook page Busari Mobolaji Wilson For my brand on Facebook B_STAR HAIR CLINIC, ON INSTAGRAM: INVESTOR_BEEJAY_, FOR MY BRAND ON IG: bstar_hairclinic Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Numerous individuals are frightened of wandering into Real Estate business in Nigeria. This might be a result of the way that it is capital serious, the learning and data required to wander into it is a very much guided mystery to those in the Real Estate business. Loss of lives and properties while participating in the business is something that is areal hazard in the business in Nigeria. Likewise, numerous individuals are terrified of being cheated or as it is known being misled by the Omo Onile’s. We met a Realtor who happens to profit in this industry authentically. Baruwa Ibrahim happens to be somebody who knows a considerable amount about the business and he educates us concerning how he came to be known as Realtor Baruwa. His adoration for land caused him to procure this name. The Interview we at InterviewStories had with him goes beneath.
Who is Baruwa Ibrahim?
Baruwa Ibrahim is a goal driven person who is passionate about success and also impacting into the world. I am a property investment consultant, I help millennials, the working class and also high net worth individuals acquire genuine properties with high capital appreciation in appreciable locations.
Baruwa \ibrahimam also the CEO of Right Properties Nigeria. I consult for Novarick Homes and Properties, the developers of the first Solar powered estate in Lagos(Earls Court), Landwey, Veritasi Homes and Properties, Christal Homes e.t.c I also do digital and content marketing for startups and established entrepreneurs.
How and when did you start your venture as a real estate consultant?
A neighbour (Mrs Chioma) introduced me to a real estate marketing group (Billionaire Realtors Group) in 2015, they partner with several reputable real estate companies in Nigeria to help them sell their properties to potential investors. I made my research on the industry and later fell in love with it not because of the commission but because I will be involved in the process of making people’s dreams come true and also using my expertise to make the property acquisition process hassle-free.
When did you start being Realtor Baruwa?
The name realtor Baruwa came when I found my love and passion for real estate. During the course of my research, I discovered that a realtor is a person who simplifies the process of buying properties for the buyer which is my value proposition. And also since been popularly known as Baruwa, I decided to coin the name for myself Realtor Baruwa.
How does one get involved in the real estate business in Nigeria?
There are various ways one can venture into the real estate business. You can be a developer i.e companies/individuals that develop real estate or a real estate consultant like me, helping interested buyers acquire genuine properties.
Another way is being an investor, whereby you purchase a property either for passive income or capital growth. Advanced ways like REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) also exists. I have a lot of articles addressing this topic on my website realtorbaruwa.com.ng.
Is it not expensive to venture into real estate consultancy?
I won’t say it is expensive, basically, as a real estate consultant, you need to invest time and money in gaining knowledge about the industry and also basic marketing skills.
A lot of seminars are being organized to train people to be a good real estate consultant. Some paid, some free. You can start small with less capital intensive marketing campaigns and attending free seminars. Then as your revenue increases, you can opt in for both paid seminars and adopt large reach campaigns.
Which do your customers do more, either own the property you sell to them or resell it as a means of passive income?
Due to the large housing deficit in Nigeria, customers are subscribing to own a home than buying rental properties for passive income. People now prefer to own their home than to rent even if it is within a rural community.
How do we know that your business is not fake?
Realtor Baruwa partners with reputable companies in Nigeria which are registered with the government. Eliminating the fears of buying properties with bad titles, litigations and other encumbrances. Right Properties is a consulting agency that connects the potential investors with these companies and financial transactions are between these two parties.
What tips do you have to first-time property buyers?
They should be on the lookout for two vital things. Which are location and the genuineness of the property they intend to purchase? Proper property search should be done to ascertain whether the property is owned by the seller and also if the title documents are not fake. In the case of investment property, they should investigate if the property has the potentials of value appreciation in a short time.
How much is the least one can have to buy a property?
It depends on the location. My farm area are all metropolitan areas ie areas with projected growth. Lands sell for as low as four hundred and fifty thousand naira(₦450, 000) in Sterling Courts located in Agboowa, Ikorodu, Lagos. In Ogun, Silverton Gardens Simawa sells for seven hundred thousand naira (₦700, 000).
Do you sell land in different states of Nigeria or you have some selected states?
My farm areas are Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ibadan, Abuja, Port-Harcourt, Calabar. I also sell for some real estate companies in Dubai. The likes of Azizi, Damac and Vincintoire. A farm area is where/ the location a realtor operates.
What do you stand to gain from being a real estate dealer?
Real estate is a very lucrative business in Nigeria. Everybody in the chain of distribution gets their own share of this wonderful investment vehicle. From the developers to the investors and also we the middlemen are not left out.
Apart from the area of revenues, incentives and emoluments, you also get to build your confidence. Honesty and Integrity are two important traits you must have as a real estate consultant, it will really make you thrive in the industry.
What are the risks that you take as a real estate dealer?
The risk associated with being a real estate dealer includes selling a property with encumbrance to an investor and this can be avoided by doing due diligence on that property which means ascertaining that the seller has the right to sell ie a rightful owner and also that the property has good title documents.
How do more than one person collaborate to buy a property?
This alternative way of asset financing is also referred to as joint venture or Syndication. A real estate joint venture(JV) is a deal between multiple parties to work together and compile resources to develop a real estate project. The key aspects that must be addressed before a JV agreement includes; the distribution of profits among the parties, capital contribution, management and control and also exit mechanism.
Why should people patronize Realtor Baruwa?
Realtor Baruwa delivers a world-class service in securing legitimate properties to potential investors and other interested individuals. I prioritize customer satisfaction and value delivery in all transactions.
Do you buy the land from Omo Onile?
Most of the properties I do market are owned by reputable real estate companies in Nigeria and not Omo Onile.
What problems have you encountered as a real estate dealer/consultant?
The major problem is potential investors, not having trust in you as a realtor. I won’t say it is their fault, probably they have been swindled before or heard stories of how people have been defrauded by unscrupulous real estate agents.
Thanks to the Nigerian government for promulgating laws that deals with any fraudulent land transactions and they are now stringent penalties for defaulters. That’s the main reason I market properties owned by real estate companies and if I want to sell for individuals, I would have done my due diligence.
Real estate education also is very low among potential investors as they disregard the investment opportunities in developing areas with the notions that these areas are not developed yet, waterlogged and have no prospects of development. I wrote an article on Land banking which has been an investment strategy most real estate billionaires around the world have been using.
How can students be involved in Real Estate?
Everybody wants something good, everybody wants real estate. The main limiting factor is finance and it is more prominent among student as they don’t have a stable source of income that can finance a real estate investment.
Although, there are alternative options to finance the investment. The first one is syndication and it is an effective way for investors to pool their financial and intellectual resources to invest in properties than they could afford or manage on their own.
Real estate Wholesaling is another alternative option of financing. This is done by helping real estate companies market their properties to thier networks in exchange for a commission. The proceeds gotten from this will then be channelled into buying an investment property. A sales commission can either enable you the means to pay in instalments or outrightly depending on the volume of sales and property type.
What are the services you provide for prospective buyers that other realtors do not provide?
What sets me aside from other real estate consultants is that I take my time to align my client’s interest to an investment property. For example, a client might be interested in passive income over capital growth. I will advise this client to purchase a rental residential or commercial property rather than buying landed properties. I also provide and recommend educational materials to my clients to see them through a successful investment sojourn.
Do you accept cash or bank transfer for your transactions?
The financial transaction is done between the real estate company and the investor. And these companies have their banks accounts interested buyers pay into after filling the subscription form.
Have you committed any error that was hard to rectify since you started being a real estate dealer?
I will say no because as a professional you have to make smart decisions. Not that I haven’t committed any error before, but not the ones that are hard to rectify.
What advice do you have to people with trust issues about real estate in Nigeria?
It is good to have trust issues with a venture you do not know much about. That’s why I always advocate for real estate education. I do that a lot on my social media handles and website. It is hard to fall victim to fraudsters and other bad outcomes of real estate investment if one is well informed. Working with tested and trusted professionals can also mitigate the risk of loss of investment.
What should all prospective buyers consider before thinking of buying a property?
The first factor they should consider is the location. Location is very essential to every real estate investment because it is the factor that will determine whether your intended investment strategy will thrive or not. Let’s say you are planning to reside in a property with your family, you have to consider if the location has a good school district, recreational places, supermarkets and also of it is accessible.
Another factor to consider is the budget. Can they afford the investment property, if not do they have access to mortgage or other alternative financing options?
Have you ever had to deal with legal issues before?
No, I haven’t. Once you are doing your due diligence as a real estate consultant, there won’t be any legal issues. Even if it erupts, the verdict will be in your favour.
What advice do you have for finalist in tertiary institutions?
As final year students, they should all be thinking of their future and working towards being a 21st-century graduate. They should take an interest in developing vital soft skills, time management and interpersonal skills and also network with industry leaders.
What advice do you have for other students?
I started real estate consulting when I was in 300 level and I can say the skills and networks I have acquired have been helpful. They can also start very early so that by the time they graduate, they are valuable to the labour market. They can invest in Real Estate. If they don’t have access to personal financing, they can access the alternative financing option I talked about earlier. Syndication and real estate wholesaling.
What skills do you have that made it easy for you to manage your business effectively?
Content Marketing and Digital Marketing skills. These are vital skills every entrepreneur of the modern age most have. The world is online, your target market is online. How do you intend to reach them if you aren’t? Other skills I have include sales and prospecting skills.
What skills are you thinking of acquiring to improve your skills?
Basic financial skills like bookkeeping and also managerial skills.
Do you think every successful person needs to participate in politics?
No, we have people that are not in politics that are impacting the world with their philanthropic and innovative activities. So many foundations, academy and NGOs are coming up every day.
How can people acquire funds for their startup?
There are different methods to fund startups. If you can’t bootstrap, approach venture capitalist and angel investors. There are also many grants and funding opportunities online. Prepare your pitch deck and business plan and access those channels
What do you think is the greatest problem that entrepreneurs have?
I will say enabling environment. The business environment in Nigeria is not conducive for entrepreneurs. I will advise the government to pass bills that will create an enabling and conducive environment for entrepreneurs to thrive in.
Do you think every business must have a strong online presence?
Yes. The world is online and almost everybody has a smartphone. You can reach your target market online either via organic reach or promoted campaigns.
What do you think the government needs to do to encourage more entrepreneurs in society?
Helping entrepreneurs start and thrive is a win-win situation for the government. Local businesses help support the tax base through businesses taxes and through the wages provided to employees. The possibility of workforce expansion and economic growth increases with more entrepreneurs in the country.
How can we contact you?
People can contact via phone /WhatsApp +2347087389600 and also via email – email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Does everyone need to have these accessories?
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.
Are wristwatches not always expensive?
No, wristwatches are
not expensive. It all depends on the type of wristwatch you can
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
Do you have a brand for this business?
Yes… Still in the process… I have my business registered. The brand name is 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?
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.
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.
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
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
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.
What’s your advice to upcoming entrepreneurs?
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: jamin_luxury, facebook: Jaminluxury and email at email@example.com
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.
Olaleye Nafisat Morenikeji is a student of the University of Ibadan, Oyo state. She is an entrepreneur whose entrepreneurship is in the food industry. Nazmafoods is the brand she has built in the food industry. She had an interview with us at InterviewStories. We present the interview we had with the foodpreneur Olaleye Nafisat Morenikeji.
Can we know you?
My name is Olaleye Nafisat Morenikeji. I am a home cook, content creator and entrepreneur. I am from Ogun state raised in Lagos and a student of University of Ibadan in Oyo state.
What type of content do you create?
Food content, I take
food pictures , write recipes and make food videos.
What is entrepreneurship?
about passion and taking risks on that passion, entrepreneurship
requires creativity, innovation. An entrepreneur has to be creative
and open minded.
What do you do as an entrepreneur?
I cook, I cook to
bring happiness to people, to make money and also teach other people
how to cook.
Does that make you a caterer?
No, I’m not a caterer. A caterer provides food and drinks to a gathering or event. I’m a home cook/amateur chef which means I have passion for cooking, but I’m less skilled than a professional chef. Sometimes I do the work of a caterer,but I’m not a caterer.
Do you see yourself as a chef?
An amateur chef,
because I haven’t acquired the skills and certificate to be a
professional chef. But I’m working on becoming a professional after I
graduate. I have to go to a culinary school to become a professional.
What skills do you need to be a chef?
To be a chef
requires a lot of skills which includes knife skills, plating skills,
methods of cooking different foods, knowledge of ingredients,
learning taste of ingredients, mastering how to manipulate the
ingredients, mastering recipes .
Do you work with a chef?
No, I work on my own
How did you acquire your skills?
I learnt most of
what I know on social media, especially YouTube. I learnt a lot of
continental and local dishes by watching YouTube videos, I learnt how
to plate food on Facebook food groups.
Then, during the
student union strike in my school in 2017, I did an amateur diploma
course on continental dishes which improved my skills.
What then makes you unique?
I’m very creative
and make unique foods that always stands out. I provide quality and
healthy home cooked food to people and it makes them happy.
Recently I developed a pizza recipe that makes pizza affordable to everyone. It is pizza in a very mini size and still taste like pizza!
Where do you get your customers/clients from?
For now I only sell
to students of university of Ibadan and few outsiders. I post adverts
on social media especially WhatsApp, advertise in classes to reach
out to them.
Do you have a brand name?
Yes I do. My brand name is Nazmafoods.
What other products do you make apart from pizza?
I make beef burger,
chicken sandwich and fish sandwich.
Can anybody eat these foods and what nutritional value do they offer to the body?
Yes, these foods are comfort foods that most people consider unhealthy, but Nazmafoods makes sure the foods are balanced by adding vegetables, and using the best ingredients .
Burger, sandwich, and pizza are good sources of Iron, Carbohydrates, and Protein.
Some people can’t
eat cheese which is part of the recipe for burger and pizza. They
can’t eat it because they are milk intolerant, so I modify the recipe
Is this business profitable for you?
Of course it is,
there’s no business without profit, and loss! Though it was
challenging to make profit because I had to balance the quality of
food with the price and make it affordable for students.
How long does it take you to make these products?
It doesn’t take me less than 12 hours. Because I’m still in school, I don’t have lots of tools, so I have to make preparations ahead. I use about 7 hours to prepare, about 5 hours to assemble the foods.
Why does it take
that long to prepare?
Like I said before,
I have limited access to space and tools, because I’m still a student
staying in a hostel. And the ingredients I use for my foods are
scarce here in Ibadan, so I have to prepare ahead. But I’m working on
getting more tools and space.
What challenges do you face as an entrepreneur?
My major challenge is balancing price and quality. Also, making my products affordable to students. Other challenges include not having access to ingredients like cheese; I only find it in two stores, and also balancing my education with my business. But I’m handling them pretty well.
Is funding not a problem?
It is, in fact it is
another major challenge
How have you been able to make sure these problems do not limit your business?
I prepare ahead,
that solves a lot of future potential problems. And to balance
business with education, I only sell on weekends.
Tell us your first experience?
My first experience
was making chicken and fish club-sandwich for sale within my
department, and it was well received, and that was how it started. I
made just fifteen sandwiches that day. I sold all before the mid of
Did you make loss that day?
No, but I didn’t
make profit either, I made exactly the amount I invested
What lesson did you learn from that experience?
It was my first ever actual business experience, and it was really exciting. I learnt that one just need to start something, if you have an idea, passion, starting something even without enough resources will open you to more opportunities. I also learnt people really love good food and that food is the key to every creatures heart. It makes them happy and makes me happy too.
Tell us your most disappointing event you had since you started Nazmafoods?
disappointing event in the food production was a department excursion
which I invested a lot of energy, time into and then I was able to
sell just four out of fifteen sandwiches.
disappointing event for my content creation was losing an SD card
containing lots of food pictures and videos. This events were painful
and I felt like quitting then, but I didn’t because I’ve learnt that
failure is part of growth, it makes me better.
After those events,
I worked more on my food prices, and I invested more in storage and
backup for my contents.
What keeps you going on?
My passion for cooking! and the smile I see on people’s faces after eating my food. I feel cooking is my way of communicating and sharing love and happiness to the world. Also, my determination to have a long-lasting brand that will leave an impact.
Do you work alone?
Yes, but recently
I’ve been making large quantities of food , about hundred, which was
really challenging. So I’ve just employed someone who would work with
me next semester. And I’m also working on employing a delivery man.
Will you be paying them?
Yes, of course.
What future plans do you have for Nazmafoods?
already on its path to the future. It is going to be based on what it
is already, it is only going to expand more.
Do you have investors?
No, I don’t……
I’m already in alliance with some individuals, but it is not official
How long have your business existed?
It’s been a year and
a month now.
Describe your experience and journey?
It was very exciting
and I learnt a lot.
How did you raise
funds to start your business?
I used personal
savings. I then invested the capital with the profit to produce more
How much did you start with?
I started with five
Do you think you could have raised more to start the business?
I am a student and I
was not working, it was just enough to start! Though I had to borrow
machines for the production.
What did you use the
five thousand naira to purchase?
I used it to buy
ingredients to make fifteen sandwiches
Which industry do you work in and what advise do you have for entrepreneurs that want to join the industry?
Food industry. My
advice for entrepreneurs that wants to join the food industry,
whether food production, food content production on social media is
to START! Its really challenging to start because you might
feel you do not have enough capital, resources…. but in the real
sense, you might not need much to start something. And practice,
consistency is also really important in the food industry.
entrepreneur needs mentor or mentorship?
If mentor here means someone you look up to and learn from, then yes, there’s always someone we look up to.
Do you have a mentor?
I have four
How can young entrepreneurs raise funds?
I raised my funds
from personal savings, so I’ll advice them to save from their
allowance from their parents, or from their salary, if they are
working. And they can also get sponsors and investors.
How can one know the kind of entrepreneurship industry one can venture into?
determines the industry you can venture into.
What are the risks
associated with entrepreneurship that you have experienced?
Losing money, not making profit, running out of ideas.
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.
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:
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.
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?
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.
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?
Does your business need investors?
I don’t think so
Does every business need to be online?
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.
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.
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
Adegoke Umar-Al-Faruq Idowu is a student of University of Ibadan. He is a tutor and the founder of DA ELEMENTALZ BUSINESS ENTERPRISE, a company that is into importation and exportation. Adegoke loves what he does and advises young entrepreneurs to look before leaping into the harsh business environment of Nigeria. We at InterviewStories recently talked about some of the things he does and he gave his responses. Below is the interview with Adegoke Umar-Al-Faruq Idowu popularly known as Umerium.
we know you?
am ADEGOKE UMAR-AL-FARUQ IDOWU by appellation, a medical
undergraduate student of University of Ibadan, from the department of
Environmental Health Sciences, faculty of Public Health, college of
What do you do?
been a tutor, who tutors in different tutorials for both A-level
(Cambridge, JUPEB and IJMB) and O’level (JAMB and WAEC) for the past
5 years and still ongoing. Also, I’m a computer operator and engineer
who deals with software.
I became a legitimate importer and exporter to Nigeria and different
countries. I am also the founder of my organization: DA ELEMENTALZ
BUSINESS ENTERPRISE which deals with the importation and exportation
of goods across the globe.
Tell us a little about your tutoring days
I started tutoring at a very tender age. I was in SS2 when I started teaching a JAMB class. It was as if it were my gift or talent because I’m naturally endowed on how to teach. At first, it was very challenging because of my stature, but the tutorials of nowadays no longer consider all those. What they need is how knowledgeable you are and if you can deliver, which I have pretty much did. The students were also challenging, posting konk questions to me; but I always maneuvered my ways, and they always respect me. By the time I finished secondary school, I had already gained the experience, so O’level classes were no longer challenging. I was introduced to A-level but was scared at first.
had to reject it first, then went to buy all the A-level textbooks:
Biology and Chemistry, read them thoroughly, internalized them, and
practised with my junior ones and friends before I later contacted
started with an A-level center named Classic Advance Level Centre. I
performed very well there so I was invited to Krystal Edge Perversity
to take advance classes also. So from there, I moved to other centers
like EAC, WINNERS Advance Centre, DISTINCTION PERVERSITY etc.
lessons did you learn from tutoring?
Hmmm… What can I say??? There are many lessons I learnt. But in summary, teaching in general makes you know more and make you do many researches. It gets you accolades and connects you to many places. I’ve travelled to two (2) different states due to tutoring.
Then I learnt you should hold and be confident enough in the things you know. Don’t let people know your weaknesses. I was introduced to winners advance centre two years ago. My friend told me that I should be prepared that the students are very good. He was trying to instill the fear in me but I was like, “Is it not to teach? Since it is not teaching lions, I won’t be scared …” I got there and met the coordinator … so we discussed and everything. It got to the point where he asked me what aspect of chemistry and biology I took.
Actually we had four aspects for both, and I could only take two very well. But my guy had hyped me a lot in front of the man. I didn’t want to fuck up. So I told him, “Any aspect, I’m OK with it.” Knowing fully well that if he’d picked the aspect I didn’t know, I’d have flopped. But I was so full of myself, and showing the boldness and confidence. The man was surprised. He said that all the teachers he had there always chose the aspect they could teach. Very fortunately for me, he chose the aspect I knew most. I was hyper-actively happy. I went to the class and delivered an outstanding lecture. The man and the students still respect me today.
Were you paid when you were tutoring?
… I collect my money per hour.
Tell us your experience about importation and exportation business
We had a strike in school. When it was getting to two weeks and I noticed that it was really going to take longer, I decided to learn something new to my handiwork. So a friend introduced me to the importation business. I was really amazed and interested. Because to market and broadcast was something I could do very well. But what discouraged me first was the bill to learn the business. I ran. Like, I asked him where I was to get 60k to learn just the basics. I went home to make research on it and found out that the training is even 100k+. I had to go back to him. But I told him that I will be paying in installments.
So that was how I started the business … I borrowed money, was in debts … seriously, during my training days. The training went so smoothly, because I had a sharp memory and knew how to adapt to things easily. So I easily grappled with it and passed all the tests.
I finished the basics of the training and started with advertisements. I started the business with zero capital. Yes … because I couldn’t afford to owe again. So … it was really hard for me, because people and customers wanted to see the goods before buying. And I didn’t have the capital to bring down the goods. Plus, I was in the school environment; I couldn’t really sell expensive stuffs, because all products I got were directly from the manufacturing companies.
I transacted with the CEOs. So getting just one of their products was even more expensive … because they sold in wholesales. But I kinda had a convincing power. So I was always able to get one. But there are some companies that can’t sell just one. They have their respective MOQs (Minimum order quantity). So I continued with my adverts, paid for some. Alas! Some of my friends decided to try me out. And they paid before I made their orders. At the end of the day, the profit on my first order was able to cover all my debts which was close to 100k.
also referred me to some people who had boutiques. That was actually
what made me blow. The two boutiques ordered for bulky
goods that were really profitable. The profit I had I used to learn
the premium stage of the importation training. Because I really
wanted to have a verse knowledge about it. That sapped out another
What made your first attempt to be such a huge success in the business?
I was just following the instructions I learnt from the training and
improving on it.
Are you saying people need to beguided before they venture into a business?
Smiles. We all know business is a risk. Knowing that fully well, you now want to venture into it without having a full knowledge about it? Then you are working towards spoiling it and will be in huge debts. Only if you are just lucky and God just decides to help you out. To cut the long story short, I furthered my training. I became an agent of many logistics companies, got my own store in China. I now deal with other countries like the USA and Russia for some wears like suits, then Malaysia for some materials, and UAE (Dubai) for jewelries.
What is the most important thing when starting a business?
… the first thing is to have a full knowledge about it; the right
source to learn it; people that know about it, that can guide you and
correct you … and then your own personal interest in the business.
Do the people that used to patronise you when you started still do?
well, sir. You know people like quality things, no matter how
expensive they are. Yours is just to give them the quality material
so that you will not destroy the trust and your reputation.
Is importation and exportation what you do at DA ELEMENTALZ BUSINESS ENTERPRISE?
… of different categories of goods, speaking of fashion as a whole
… telecommunications as a whole … then gadgets and appliances and
Which categories of goods do you deal with?
Speaking of fashion, we have wears, shoes, jewelries, cosmetics and others. For telecommunications we have phones, tablets, desktops, latops and other related telecommunication devices … speakers, home theatres, bluetooth devices, electrical appliances, string appliances like guitars, musical instruments in general and many other things.
How do you deal with bad stocks that were shipped to you?
Smiles… well, I give thanks to God Almighty. None of my products has been fake. That’s why I said earlier, that you should know the right source to do your business. For me to use that huge amount of money to learn a business, it’s not something small.
What if the products got damaged?
you asked “what if”. None of them has been damaged before.
So I can’t really answer that question. I’ve not experienced any
hazard so far in this business.
Who are your major customers?
entire populace. We deal with wholesales and retails, globally.
Presently, we are working on some goods which have to be exported to
Do you have a physical shop?
Well, we are still working on that. But presently we have a destination where customers can meet me.
I keep the goods, that I see as my office, is at 26, Oke Oriowo, Off
Alhaji Taiwo Street, Kajola Agbowo, Ibadan. The second destination is
not permanent, because I can leave there anytime. And that is Sultan
Bello Hall, University of Ibadan. Ibadan.
Did you leave your tutoring job?
I’m still doing it. I do not think I can leave it. I love affecting
people’s lives positively. I do it for the pleasure I derive from it,
not because of the money. The money is nothing. That’s why I decided
to learn something and add to it.
Do you have people who work with you at Da Elementalz Business?
Presently I have three. But all my friends are my marketers; they
receive discounts on every customer they bring.
Are they family members or paid staff?
How are you able to manage all these together with your academics?
Smiles… Well, it’s a very good question. Firstly, tutoring is never a challenge, because it’s academics. So it is even helping me the more. But in the case of the business, I exploit the fact that we are on strike to create grounds and a base to make friends and meet customers. But in general, it has not been easy. I was able to cope. That is what makes a man. I was able to manage the two efficiently.
Can you lend people money from your business?
Presently, NO. Coz all the profits I realize in the business I
invest. In fact I want to move to the higher level, but the capital
is not enough yet. And as a result, I’m running an investment forum
to bring in people to invest in my business. That’s where I’m
How many people are into this business apart from your staff as a result of you?
We offer a monthly mini importation training online or physical,
depending on the persons interest. And we have done three training
successfully of which each is like 20 students and above. So I can
say I’ve built over 50 legit importers.
Were they paid event?
Do you see someone starting an importation and exportation business as a threat?
Well, it is of two sides. If I see that he/she follows the right source, I will see him/her as a partner and try moving close so that we can reason along. But if the route is the wrong one, then I see them as a threat. Because they always break my market. Although they sell the same product, but of different quality. Like, when I get a product worth ₦12,000 from the company and I decided to sell for ₦15,000. When a customer sees that that same product goes for about ₦8,000 somewhere else. People won’t know the quality stuff until they try them. So the risk is too high.
How can people invest in your investment forum?
The minimum is #100,000. And they will receive a discount of 30% in a duration of 4months max. It will be a team of ten men. Because the budget is #1M on each category of goods. But if I don’t have close to 30 entries.. Then I know how to split the money on different categories of goods.
How do your investors benefit from the investment?
30% of 100k is 30k.. Meaning they are receiving back ₦130,000 in that duration. And that is the minimum.. It can be more if the profit made on the goods are up to 100%. But in business, one just needs to play safe. So that one won’t be in trouble and debts.. And this thing is a lawyer agreement.. So I have to be extra careful.. Considering the hazards in business.. I might think I’m gonna make up to 100% profit and turning out not to be so. Then I’m in debt
What mistakes have you made in this business that you regretted ever making?
Hmm… Let me see. Yes.. There was one.. I got a product for a customer who hasn’t paid. The product was for a Nigerian but the customer is yet to pay, till now. Since then, I stopped payment before delivery. That’s the only thing I can say I consider as a regret.
Well… Business is a game of risk. So stop thinking of the possibility, just do it. You won’t know until you do. While you are still busy thinking people already do what you keep thinking about and they are making it. And before anything, put God first and be religious about it. I’m a Muslim. I pray very well and do my things Islamically. I believe if we put religion in everything we do, we will surely succeed. Then they should know what they want to venture into very well before doing so.
Do you think Nigeria is good for business?
wow!. That is an understatement sir. Nigeria’s economy can never be
consumed by businessmen or businesswomen. Just get your marketing
strategy right and you are good to go.
What do you want people to remember you for?
Do you think people need to hear about stories like yours to be motivated to do stuffs?
I’ve always being a motivational speaker and an orator. So why not ?
Like I said – I love impacting lives.
How can people contact you?
If my story can change lives, I will be super happy. My active line is +23470-6822-4976