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inspitories xvi: itoro okon

August 17, 2015 Leave a comment

Inspitories is my made up word for inspirational stories on young people I find interesting. They are usually interviews of other entrepreneurs, like myself, whom I have had the pleasure of meeting, stumbled upon online, or dug up that motivate me. Enjoy and get inspired!

I met this lady while she was still a student. She struck me as a study-really-hard-and-land-an-amazing-job go-getter, so it was no surprise when I caught up with her in 2011, that she had a really good job, at which she was already doing very well…though a bit of a workaholic (she still is). I had her pinned as a 9 to 5/job security kinda person. I’m not ashamed to say I was wrong.

Last year, I stumbled across a page called “Jewelry by Itoro Okon” on Facebook. I thought, “Itoro? No way.” I went through the page, and was stunned by the creativity. I concluded it had to be a coincidence or something, Itoro was living/working in Alberta, not Lagos. Wrong again. May, this year, I attended the wedding of a mutual friend of ours, and there she was, on the bridal train, Itoro Okon, in the flesh. I couldn’t believe it.

We met up for ice cream one evening the following month – we happen to live like 10 minutes from each other! Who knew?! Turns out she had always planned to move back to Nigeria. She also told me about her plunge into entrepreneurship, and then we swapped stories on our experiences with the NYSC program, police, and best business practices for Nigerian clients/customers.

I’m a man who appreciates beauty and creativity, so I simply had to tell her, what I’m sure she already knows – her designs are beautiful. No, Itoro is good. As soon as I saw her men’s bracelets line, I had to have one. Her creativity and talent are astounding. She still surprises me. She is the real deal, and she’s just so modest; I couldn’t resist tooting her horn.

Itoro Okon
Founder & Creative Director
Itoro Okon

Birth Name
Itoro Feyisayo Okon

Age
27 (as of 2015)

Skill(s)/Talent(s)
Creative Design

Art/Business Name
Itoro Okon

Business Profile

Itoro Okon logo

Itoro Okon is an artistically crafted, uniquely designed jewelry line.
I create statement pieces to embody style, elegance, and the passion for the art of jewelry making.

Itoro Okon Collage

I started this
May 2014

I’m driven by
God, Creativity, Translating creative ideas to reality.

Past Works/Portfolio
Uyai Collection (as seen on BellaNaija.com)

Contact me
email: info@itorookon.com
facebook: Jewelry by Itoro Okon
instagram: @ItoroOkon
telephone: +234-814-754-2409
website: itorookon.com

inspitories xv: diet234

December 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Inspitories is my made up word for inspirational stories on young people I find interesting. They are usually interviews of other Entrepreneurs like myself whom I have had the pleasure of meeting, stumbled upon online or dug up that motivate me. Enjoy and get inspired!

Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur. I’ve known this young man for over ten years, and he’s always been quite enterprising. Interestingly, this classmate-turned-close friend has a story quite similar to mine – he’s an FGCL alumnus, ex-medical school student and serial entrepreneur. The only different is he’s just a little bit taller than me lol. On a serious note, he’s quite ambitious, business-minded, intelligent, and constantly improving himself by learning a new skill. He’s quite charismatic and very passionate about health and fitness, and that sparked his newest venture.

Collins Akanno Founder & Chief Nutrition Officer Diet234.com

Collins Akanno
Founder & Chief Nutrition Officer
Diet234.com

Birth Name

Collins Chimezie Akanno

Age

27 (as of 2014)

Skill(s)/Talent(s)

Entrepreneurship, Social Intelligence & Networking, Nutritional Counselling & Education, Project Management, and Creative Thinking.

Art/Business Name

Diet234.com

Business Profile

Diet234

Diet234.com is a resource for healthy nutrition, information and inspiration – making healthy eating your way of life. We offer nutrition/dietary care services to individuals and corporate bodies, especially the vulnerable groups.

I started this

In August 2014, and so far, we have had a steadily growing online viewership on our blog and broadcast posts/feeds. We have also had the opportunity of speaking at quite a number of seminars and networking events to educate people on health and nutrition. Our clientele for nutrition care plans has been progressive since the launch of this service.

I’m driven by

God, Family, Creativity and Guts.

Past Works/Portfolio

• Nutrition screening & survey of preschool children and administration of Vitamin A supplements in Surulere LGA (Lagos, Nigeria).

Nutritional Screening

• Branding Consultant and Business Development Assistant for LagMarket.com (Online grocery store in Lagos, Nigeria).

• Nutrition Expert and Healthcare Consultant for Vikram Hospital Bangalore, India (Medical partners to Kanu Heart Foundation and OJB Foundation).

• Social Media consultant for the Nigerian author of International repute – Ifeoma Theodore Jnr., author of “Trapped In Oblivion” and “My Daughters and I”.

Contact me

email: hello@diet234.com
facebook: Diet234
telephone: +234-701-704-6776 l +234-803-323-2216
twitter: @Diet_234
website: Diet234.com

inspitories xiv: the24sevenclub

March 1, 2014 Leave a comment

Inspitories is my made up word for inspirational stories on young people I find interesting. They are usually interviews of other Entrepreneurs like myself whom I have had the pleasure of meeting, stumbled upon online or dug up that motivate me. Enjoy and get inspired!

A few years ago, a young man approached me. He had an exciting business idea. The way he talked about it, I got excited too lol. I liked the idea, but I loved it more because of the passion. Not to mention, he reminded me a little about myself in 2008 – young, Nigerian, McMaster student with exciting business prospects. I signed up with his venture for his first week and offered some feedback. I couldn’t continue because I cooked my own meals and supported another home-cooked meals venture, 1108. That didn’t stop him from reminding to sign up again and again every chance he got lol. You’ve got to love the enthusiasm. I’m very impressed the venture is still forging ahead and evolving, while being profitable too!

Toby

Toby Laleye
CEO
The24SevenClub

Birth Name
Oluwatobi Laleye

Age
22 (as of 2014)

Skill(s)/Talent(s)
I’m a fast learner. I also have unwavering focus on validated learning (learning on the job).

Art/Business Name
The24SevenClub

Business Profile

The24SevenClub is a subscription-based African meal delivery service. The objective at The24SevenClub is to foster happiness through culture; as a result, we aim at building and growing a united community through the shared experience of our services. This shared experience is accomplished by providing members with a convenient outlet for delicious meals.

I started this
The24SevenClub was launched October 2011. It started in Hamilton, Ontario, and this is still the only location we service currently. We hope to open up in multiple locations in the nearest future.

I’m driven by
Entrepreneurship and creativity. I have witnessed and been a part of several ventures that have grown and transformed from simple ideas into things that are way bigger than was imagined. The process of creation continuously drives me.

Past Works/Portfolio
• 24SevenClub Quarterly Buffets.

24SevenClub Quarterly Buffets • McMaster University & University Of Toronto Mississauga African Associations’ Buffet.
• Provided services to Candor Foods Ltd.
• Gidilounge group was an active sponsor during the infancy of the business.

Contact me

email: the24sevenclub@gmail.com

facebook: The24SevenClub

telephone: 1-855-7-THE247 l 1-855-784-3247

twitter: @LalzToby l @The24SevenClub

website: The24SevenClub

inspitories xiii: todun designs

May 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Inspitories is my made up word for inspirational stories on young people I find interesting. They are usually interviews of other Entrepreneurs like myself whom I have had the pleasure of meeting, stumbled upon online or dug up that motivate me. Enjoy and get inspired!

As an entrepreneur, sometimes you might have to try a couple different things until you find what works. Successful entrepreneurs and business people never give up. Perseverance is key.

One person that knows this all too well is a certain young lady I’ve known for close to six years. She started a nails service business called Nail Tha Occasion, worked at it, but eventually closed it. About a year later, she started a freshly cooked meals delivery service called 1108 Catering, I believe. It was a success and I was a patron lol. I’m not quite sure if it has been re-branded or on hold for now, but mid last year, she shared her plans with me to launch an accessories line. She showed me some of her creations and they were pretty good. They are even better now. It may seem like she bounces around, but I believe she has found her niche. She works extremely hard at it and invests in quality materials; without a doubt, Todun Designs is here to stay.

Lajipe Faleyimu
Founder & Creative Director
Todun Designs

Birth Name
Omolajipe Ifedayo Faleyimu

Age
22 (as of 2012)

Skill(s)/Talent(s)
Cooking, dancing and sewing

Art/Business Name
Todun Designs

Business Profile

Todun Designs deals primarily with afrocentric-based accessory designs inspired by African fabrics and the unique, rich African culture. As a self-taught designer, all Todun Designs products are handmade from carefully selected materials from a convenient home workshop. Over the next few years, Todun designs aspires to establish itself all over the world as a brand familiar to both individuals interested in that personal touch as well as those looking to create an identity on a large scale.

I started this
January 2012

I’m driven by
My love for creativity. The ability to imagine concepts and see them transformed to tangible products.

Past Works/Portfolio
• The Fashion Show of Africa Unveiled.
• The Fashion Show of Afrobeat IX.
• For more past works, please view the website.

Contact me

email: todundesigns@gmail.com

facebook: Todun Designs

tumblr: Todun Designs

twitter: @Todun Designs

website: Todun Designs

inspitories xii: andrea iyamah

March 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Inspitories is my made up word for inspirational stories on young people I find interesting. They are usually interviews of other Entrepreneurs like myself whom I have had the pleasure of meeting, stumbled upon online or dug up that motivate me. Enjoy and get inspired!

I think we exude passion when we’re doing things we absolutely love. After CollegeTix was launched late September last year, I started to talk to everyone and anyone who cared to listen about it. One of such people who cared to listen was Hannah B. A couple of days later Hannah pings me and tells me a friend of hers was looking for an avenue to sell tickets online for her fashion show; she thought of me and referred her to me. I added her friend, we discussed and a couple of hours later The Andrea Iyamah Fashion Show & Cocktail Party was live on CollegeTix. The power of networking lol. I was out of town at the time, but by chance, we met in the flesh a few weeks later.

I first knew of Andrea Iyamah after I stumbled across her brand new site and read her brief bio. I also watched this video that showed her at work, and I have to say Dumebi is possibly one of the most creative people I have ever met. She is very talented. You can just tell from the detail in her sketches that she has an eye for detail, meticulous and passionate about what she does.

I attended the fashion show and I think her work is absolutely brilliant. I keep tabs on her new creations now lol. I’m not a fashion fanatic, not even close, but I don’t even need to be one to be convinced and positive that if she continues undeterred, she’s on her way to becoming a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry.

Dumebi Iyamah
Founder & Creative Director
Andrea Iyamah

Birth Name
Dumebi Iyamah

Age
20 (as of 2012)

Skill(s)/Talent(s)
Cooking, dancing, drawing, painting and sewing

Art/Business Name
Andrea Iyamah

Business Profile

Andrea Iyamah is a custom couture clothing and apparel line which creatively exhibits African/Nigerian culture and embraces royalty through its range of simple to elaborate designs.

I started this
March 2011

I’m driven by
My passion to exhibit my creativity in the best way possible.

Past Works/Portfolio
• Andrea Iyamah Fashion Show.
• The Loud On Sound (LOS) Fashion Show.
• Afrik Couleur Fashion Show.

Contact me

email: admin@andreaiyamah.com

facebook: Andrea Iyamah

telephone: +1 (289) 489-1655

twitter: @AndreaIyamah

website: shopandreaiyamah.coml andreaiyamah.com

inspitories xi: tubi films

September 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Inspitories is my made up word for inspirational stories on young people I find interesting. They are usually interviews of other Entrepreneurs like myself whom I have had the pleasure of meeting, stumbled upon online or dug up that motivate me. Enjoy and get inspired!

There are few people who know just exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives once they discover it. The charismatic and ever cheerful Mr. Tubi is one of such people. Barely a year after boldly venturing into film editing and production, he has made a name for himself in his community and is slowly building Tubi Films into a brand.

I ran into him (not for the first time) a couple of weeks ago at a Redeemer’s Leadership Institute (RLI) leadership seminar and we got talking. I was intrigued by the passion he has for what he does, his dreams, his vision for his company and the giant strides he is taking to get there. After that meeting, I couldn’t wait to feature him. Here is his story:

Laolu Tubi
CEO & Executive Producer
Tubi Films

Birth Name
Olaoluwa Tubi

Age
20 (as of 2011)

Skill(s)/Talent(s)
For one, I have my video-editing skills. I also love to play the piano and I do so for my church. I don’t think this is a skill or talent, but I also love electronics; although I honestly hate reading manuals and I do get round fine without them too! I guess those all the skills I have lol.

Art/Business Name
Tubi Films

Business Profile
Tubi Films (TF) is a privately-owned film production company based in Windsor, Ontario which offers expert filming and video editing services.

I started this
In September 2010, although the idea to start came that summer. I initially realized I had the flair through the help of a young lady named Mariam. She had a fundraising program which I helped edit and finish. I also helped put the videos she shot with her ipod together. She was impressed with the work I did and suggested I take video editing a bit more seriously, and thus, Tubi Films was born.

I’m driven by
Perfection. I always want my next shot, video coverage or cut I show the world to be better than the last. That’s what drives me.
My passion for editing also drives me; I want the editing to be spot on and look so effortless that people ask, “Who directed/edited/produced that?”

Past Works/Portfolio
• My short films and clips are available for viewing on my youtube channel. They will soon be available on the website as well, which is coming soon.
• We also recently introduced personalized covers for both on the case covers and disks for our DVD products.

Contact me

email: tubifilms@gmail.com

facebook: Olaolu Tubi l Tubi Films

telephone: +1 (519) 567-9949

twitter: @TubiFilms

website: Tubi Films

youtube: Tubi

inspitories x: cotta red

October 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Inspitories is my made up word for inspirational stories on young people I find interesting. They are usually interviews of other Entrepreneurs like myself whom I have had the pleasure of meeting, stumbled upon online or dug up that motivate me. Enjoy and get inspired!

Female entrepreneurs have recently become an interest of mine because I honestly admire their drive and innovation. I recently learned there are more female entrepreneurs than male. I can’t remember the exact ratio, but it was staggering.

Although a number of them go into business because of the unfairness in the corporate world, to support their spouses/families or simply out of necessity; nevertheless, I believe they should be applauded as the effort is still commendable.

First of all, it is tough enough being an entrepreneur. Secondly, they’re young with little or no experience in business. Thirdly, in a world where women earn eighty-three percent (83%) what a man in the same position would, the odds aren’t in favor of women.

That is why those ladies who take the initiative to be independent and self-sufficient, deserve to be celebrated and encouraged. Most of them are in the clothing industry, daycare business, event management, food industry and interior design. Just maybe a handful of them venture into unusual markets like technology and actually establish themselves and stand out!

One of them is Jeti Olafimihan of Cotta Red Creative Studio, a new and innovative company that develops animation, graphics and websites, manages events and involved in some consultation. She’s brilliant and quite the think tank!

Jeti Olafimihan
Founder & CEO
Cotta Red Creative Studio

Birth Name
Jeti Olafimihan

Age
23 (as of 2010)

Skill(s)/Talent(s)
Creative thinking, design and events management

Art/Business Name
Cotta Red Creative Studio

Business Profile
Cotta Red Creative Studio is a one-stop consulting and full design service company. It is engineered to provide its clients with the best and most feasible solutions to effectively implement and market their ideas, products and/or companies. In a nutshell, Cotta Red Creative Studio is into Multimedia Design (Logos, Business cards, Folders, Stationary, Brochures/ Pamphlets,Posters/Flyers, T Shirts and Memorabilia), Events Management and Creative Thinking (for businesses, products or promos). For more insight into our business, please follow link.

I started this
As a freelancer in 2004 and eventually registered my company in 2009 as JaeOlaf Creative Solutions. I recently rebranded the company into Cotta Red Creative Studio.

I’m driven by
Ambition. The thirst to achieve more or better keeps me going at 110%.
Life is short and thus should be lived to the fullest. The great feeling of fulfillment when one achieves set out goals is a clear example of why ambition is my key ingredient for my passion.

Past Works/Portfolio
link

Contact me

email: jaeolaf@cottared.com l info@cottared.com

facebook: Cotta Red Creative Studio

telephone: +1 (613) 265-5384

twitter: @CottaRed

website: Cotta Red