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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

inspitories ix: breakthrough

September 14, 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!

This is one of the most enterprising and innovative people I’ve ever met.
There’s always something brewing in Augusta’s mind.

I met her in October 2004 and we’ve remained close ever since. Every birthday card she gave me always had a peculiar smiley face in it. I thought it was some sort of signature. I must say, I never noticed her true creativity until after I moved to Canada in 2006. She sent me a proposal late that year for a column I could have in a new magazine she was working on. I was to talk about life overseas and portray it as not all fun and rainbows. I think it was going to be called D-411. Eventually, the appeal of the magazine was going to take off with was already in use by another group of people so she dropped it.

Next thing in 2008, I saw that same peculiar face on a hooded sweatshirt she had on and then a Facebook group called HappyFacez. Went unto the group page, and there were photos of tees and hooded tees with the smiley face printed. In 2009, she turns it up a notch…new brilliant designs, concepts and smileys. HappyFacez did an official launch in August 2009; and released more tees, more hooded tees plus new additions: polos and hooded sweat shirts.

I attended the event (as seen in this candid photograph with her) and of course, bought one of her products – a polo shirt.

and modeled in it a little later.

She’s enterprising and always on the go. It is 2010, and this summer she graduated from clothing into beverages with the introduction of Fluid with its a mini bar underway for business in December! She’s living the dream whilst constantly redefining it as well. In 4 – 5 years, she will mostly likely have a list of businesses under her belt. In her own words, “Just imagine putting on a HappyFacez polo while Fluid supplies you with every drink of your choice. Great, right?”. That’s her dream & vision; and that is exactly what she does! She’s Baby on ‘Hip on TV’ by day, and CEO Breakthrough Inc. every other time.

Augusta Bernard
Founder & CEO
Breakthrough Inc.

Birth Name
Augusta Bernard

Age
28 (as of 2010)

Skill(s)/Talent(s)
Business acumen

Art/Business Name
Breakthrough Incorporated

Business Profile

Breakthrough Incorporated is the management firm for HappyFacez and Fluid.

I started this
I started HappyFacez Clothing in Lagos, Nigeria in June 2008, but I got more aggressive with it in 2009. FLUID just kicked off in August, 2010. The brand “HappyFacez” started out while I attended University studying for my Masters. During boring lectures, I would draw little happy/smiling faces just to make me feel good. I also would draw some for some of my Colleagues who weren’t having good days. After school and making some money, I started out!

HappyFacez is all about feel good clothing.When you wear the brand you feel so good and just want to be happy especially when you have the logo smiling back at you lol. HappyFacez is all about forever smiles.

Fluid is a different ball game; in the sense that this brand is all about all kinds of drinks. Fluidis a company that supplies alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks of every kind. They meet up their Clients’ demands by delivering drinks to the events. We carter to all events, including birthdays, business meetings, get-togethers and weddings. As the name implies, we are also fluid. We’ll juice up your event(s) anywhere, anytime, anyhow in order to make it a friction-free experience. We’re working on a Fluid Mini Bar, opening December 2010.

I’m driven by
My clients’ reactions to my services. It makes me to work harder and improve quality of the goods and service we provide.

Past Works/Portfolio
• HappyFacez was part of an event tagged ‘Jeans for Genes’, by a charity organization in Lagos, Nigeria. It helped raise money for people living with sickle-cell anaemia as well create awareness on issues associated with the condition.

Contact me

email: thefluid@rocketmail.com

telephone: +234-806-139-7173

inspitories viii: yn music

August 23, 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!

It is often said that music is the food of the soul.
It sometimes dictates our moods. We can even induce a certain situation into an environment just by the music in the background.

Good music makes us happy, feel alive and well, feel good.
Unfortunately, these days, there is “good” music, there is good music and there is pure Genius.

The mark of a true musical Genius is enticing melody, unmistakable sound, and mind-blowing lyrical prowess. And that isn’t easy to miss amidst of all the nonsense today.

It is comforting to know we still have some people (and young ones at that) that still strive, sometimes effortlessly, to make music that’s more than pleasing to the ears.

This young man is one of those few.
He invents sounds and strings words in melodies to invent masterpieces.
He is: Swisslizz, the YN Music Beat Maker, Boss, Instrumentalist, Music Innovator and Rap Artiste.

Swisslizz
Founder & CEO
YN Music

Birth Name
Akan Orok Ekpenyong

Age
20 (as of 2010)

Skill(s)/Talent(s)
Making beats and rapping. I also play the drums and the piano too.

Art/Business Name
Swisslizz YN Music

Business Profile

Young And New (YN) Music is a Canadian record label which produces hip hop and rap music.

I started this
Back in high school, since I was about 11. I started by making beats on a keyboards, and then, I upgraded at age 15, when I bought my very first music software, FL-3. It’s been history since then!

I’m driven by
My sister is my number one; she gives me all the motivation I need daily.
The fans make me do what I do also…I mean,there’s nothing as good as people singing your song when your on stage. It’s the best feeling ever. I get my energy off of the crowd.

Past Works/Portfolio
• Swisslizz, The Mixtape: The Genesis.
9-5, a collaboration with DatBoiYC: . It is now available on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube…I mean you can listen to me everywhere lol!
• I have also opened a couple of shows for Karl Wolf and the likes.
• I’m currently working on my major album, which is set to drop later on this year. Watch out for it, it’s definitely gonna be a big deal.
• Visit link for free downloads!

Contact me

facebook: YN

myspace: Swisslizz

twitter: @Swisslizz

inspitories vii: najim team

July 10, 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!

I always say whoever said jack of all trades is a master of none was either unambitious or lazy! Berkshire Hathaway, GE, P&G and a host of conglomerates and companies are Masters of many and multi-billionaire dollar Corporations because of that! I believe they must be doing some thing(s) right, right? Well, soon to join their ranks is Najim Team Inc; and the combination of animation, clothing, comic, graphics and music is their trade.

In the Animation and Comics world dominated by The Walt Disney Company, he is bringing a new twist in creativity and flavor that attracts all ages and ethnicities. In the Comic Book World, with him, it is not just about entertainment using superheroes and villains, but also the application of comic in the real world as well as daily living. As a detailed Graphics Designer and perfectionist, he brings his creativity into art. Did I mention he is the one responsible for all our colorful and well-designed business cards, posters and logos?

It’s not about bragging, cars, parties, sex and women with his music. He tells stories with the kind of lyrical mastery of real hip hop music.

Najim Zafir is most certainly not the average Joe by any standard.

Najim Zafir
Founder & CEO
Najim Team Inc.

Birth Name
Najim Zafir

Age
23 (as of 2010)

Skill(s)/Talent(s)
Design, drawing, and poetry

Art/Business Name
Najim Team Incorporated

Business Profile

We are into Multimedia – print, web and motion pictures, graphic comics – YODELL web comic strips, clothing – tees and music – M.I.S.T. The MistryKiDD. I write poems and I transfer that skill to writing songs. I like to tell stories and I do so either in text or in rhyme. When I’m not writing, I’m drawing both digitally and traditionally. I draw the web comic strip, YODELL. I’m also working on another project which I will be announcing as soon as I sort out some wrinkles as well plans to venture into print media with videos.

I started this
Because this was where my heart led me. I just do what I love to do and I hope that people like it.

I’m driven by
The idea of creating something that hasn’t been created before. If not that, then doing what everyone else does in my own way.

Past Works/Portfolio
• T Shirt designs: Gooogle MistryKidd

mistry kidd tees

• The YODELL strip on my blog. For a peek at a few other comic strips, please view link.
• Infantry Rules: A street album featuring M.I.S.T. The MistryKiDD. It was put out in Europe with collaborator, F Tune.
• I have an album called M.I.S.T. The MistryKiDD: Quizzes, Tests & Exams (QTE). It is due out between now and 2011.

Contact me

blog: MistryKidd

email: najimteam@live.ca

facebook: M.I.S.T. The MistryKidd

music: MistryKidd

inspitories vi: gidinoize

June 15, 2010 1 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!

Make some noise! It’s GidiNoize! GidiNoize is an exceptional blog with the sole purpose of showcasing young talent and to me, that’s amiable. It’s one of the most a reliable source of news & information especially for the Nigerian Public abroad. Her piece on me gave me a lot of recognition in the Nigerian Scene, and apparently, also landed me the Future Nigeria Awards 2010 “Business Owner of the Year” Award Nomination.

Surprisingly, this is GidiNoize’s & the CEO’s very first interview; and I’m honored to go down their history as the first “interviewer”. I’m especially honored because within a short time (less than 5 months), it has gained such popularity with over 30,000 hits since inception and a “gazillion” interviews under its belt! Something really impressive, GidiNoize recently launched its Apple iPhone Application! With all this going on, she’s still a student and also a Civil Engineering Intern at ARUP.

Did I mention she’s just 18?! If for nothing else, she’s an inspiration and that makes her inspitories-worthy.

Bunmi Adeyinka
Founder & CEO
GidiNoize

Birth Name
Olubunmi Aduke Adeyinka

Age
18 (as of 2010)

Skill(s)/Talent(s)
Blogging and writing

Art/Business Name
GidiNoize

Business Profile

GidiNoize  is a news website that aims to advertise and showcase the ventures of young, upcoming entrepreneurs, artistes, actors and so on, and also to inspire other young people. It aims to make noise for them.

I started this
First, I’ll like to say its a privilege being here on Inspitories. This is my first interview/write up ever. For those who don’t know me, I’m Bunmi Adeyinka, and I’m the Founder & CEO of GidiNoize. GidiNoize was born on the 19th of September, 2009 out of a yearn to own something/be an entrepreneur. I was 17 at the time.

GidiNoize which started off as a wordpress blog wasn’t/isn’t my first blog as a matter of fact, it is my 3rd actually; not even 3rd (I’ve lost count). The post that brought me to limelight was that of on Annette Begg, who won the Elite Model Look. I got hundreds of views and after that, there was no stopping me. I kept doing more posts and the views kept multiplying. This just goes to show that even if at first it doesn’t work out, you should keep trying.

When I started GidiNoize, my aim was to make noise for those who can’t (e.g helping upcoming entrepreneurs, artistes, actresses etc) make NOISE, but with a Z (hence NoiZe) lol. And also to inspire other young people. There’s a part of GidiNoize called: Gidis Young Enterprise (G.Y.E.) where I do interviews with young Nigerian Entrepreneurs and amongst these young Entrepreneurs was the CEO of The SKA Group himself, Mr. Sly Kay-Adade, and I must say, his interview was one of the most educative and inspiring interviews I have ever done and I recommend that you read it. I myself learnt a lot.

I’ll not bore you with all my rantings, but I’ll leave you with just a couple of things I’ve learnt and that have helped me a lot: “You being here reading this means you are either an entrepreneur already or you’ll like to be one. I’ll start by saying your first capital is your mind. If you can think it, you can achieve it. Impossible is Nothing, I tell you. Look around you, everything around you/us was JUST AN IDEA by someone JUST LIKE YOU. From the chairs to the tables – every single thing! Don’t let anyone tell you your ideas are stupid; you never know that IDEA just might be another addition to the things around you. GidiNoize was born on out of a yearn for owning something…you know having your own thing going on.

I’m driven by
My drive basically is wanting to leave a mark on this earth…you know, not just passing through it silently.
I once read somewhere that the greatest motivator is recognition, and as corny as this might sound, recognition is my drive.

Past Works/Portfolio
Blog – GidiNoize, now it is GidiNoize.com, but the blog is still operational.
GidiNoize iPhone Application.
• Interviews on various artistes, actors/actresses, and entrepreneurs.

Contact me

email: gidinoize@gmail.com

website: GidiNoize

youtube: GidiNoize

inspitories v: gidiculture

May 18, 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!

Hustlers are usually self-employed people who make creative use their brains to make money. They are consistent and always on their grind (active). They have an edge and out smart the competition. They are sometimes cunning, but definitely street smart. They know how to get money and are skilled at it.

Urban Street wear Extraordinaire, Gidi Culture™ is the Lifestyle brand for the Independent, Young and Flashy; and becoming one of the Fashion Industry’s most rapidly recognizable brands with its simple, yet unique logo.

Gidi Culture™, the brand, the lifestyle, shows great potential with no signs of slowing down. These two young men are the definition of true definition of hustlers and original Nigerian grinders. Their passion, Apparel; their business, Gidi Culture™.

The Innovator

Okwuehi Ogboi
Founder
Gidi Culture

Birth Name
Okwuehi Ogboi

Age
25 (as of 2010)

Skill(s)/Talent(s)
Designing, skateboarding and managment

The Advancer

Mobolaji Rufino
CEO & Creative Director
Gidi Cultire

Birth Name
Mobolaji Rufino l Soluade

Age
24 (as of 2010)

Skill(s)/Talent(s)
Marketing, styling, singing and rapping

.

Art/Business Name
Gidi Culture

Business Profile

Gidi Culture

Gidi Culture is the lifestyle brand for the limitless.

I started this
This started back in 2007 by founder, Okwuehi Ogboi. Gidi Culture, today, has evolved from its early stages of plain t-shirts emblazoned with witty slogans like “You Go Wound Oh!” to its current level. His partnership with Mobolaji Soluade in 2008 transformed Gidi Culture into a brand/lifestyle almost synonymous with unfathomable swag. Even some Nigerian celebrities are on the Gidi Culture program.

Notable Nigerian Rap Artiste & Entertainer
eLDee, the Don

I’m driven by
Brands like LRG who stated small and are now on a global scale.
We’re steadily elevating to near international status, with individuals rocking our threads from Canada to the United States to Nigeria. We are not attempting to distract from the various designs, but rather, complimenting them, making the overall effect aesthetically pleasing to the eye and instilling a sense of immeasurable confidence to the wearer (and I can attest to that lol).

Past Works/Portfolio
• Partnership with Pearl Kreations; they made logo buttons for our 2009 campaign.

• The introduction of headgear in 2009 – the “+234” and “Gidi” series.
• The official 2009 Gidi Culture Catalog.

• Forging new significant partnerships.
• We’re presently planning for a dinner for summer 2010 in Toronto for Fashion Street Wear brands owners and enthusiasts living/working in Toronto and the GTA.

Contact me

blog: Gidi Culture

email: gidiculture@gmail.com

facebook: Gidi Culture

website: Gidi Culture

inspitories iv: willyverse

May 1, 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!

In a time where every youth wants to be, or rather, is struggling to be in the music entertainment industry, one has to wonder: is there talent anymore?
These days, it either about making beats, singing or raping! It is the same thing everywhere you turn! The same sounds and/or wordplay! Save for the few talented ones, this “music-making” syndrome just makes one norm!

That’s why it is always nice to see a youth with a fresh talent/gift who is increasing in creativity by the day. Initially, I thought he just liked taking pictures, mostly in black & white. They were pretty good. His photos were actually pretty nice and bold. Then, there were the “Got Milk?” imitations, which looked pretty authentic, only I knew he wasn’t a model. And of course, the initial photos in the “Focus & Blur” Series on his facebook page…nothing short of genius!

His additional passion for making video clips recently caught my attention. There’s always something new, an added touch, and he seems to be constantly evolving. The first I noticed was his rather disturbing imitation of the Joker as played by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. It was actually pretty interesting and well done. Then I recently watched a couple of his new clips, and now, I like to think of him as the next Hype Williams. After seeing one of his latest works, which is a variation of Kanye West’s “Street Lights”- “Street Lights on BXD”, one would be forced to agree with me. One thing I like the most is, not only are they creative, but very entertaining!

The world is his board; and the camera, his palette & brush. Very few people make photography or even videography an art these days. Allow me to introduce…

William Ukoh
Founder
Willyverse

Birth Name
William Ukoh

Age
21 (as of 2010)

Skill(s)/Talent(s)
Not sure if it’s a talent, but I just try to display what goes on in my head through video.

Art/Business Name
William Turner l Willyverse

Business Profile
Willyverse is a provider of quality images and film. It is the parent company of YV (photography) and WYVE (videography).

I started this
I can’t say exactly, but probably after high school.

I’m driven by
I keep doing it because I enjoy it. Of course I do hope to get major recognition someday, but that isn’t really a driving force for me.
My major inspiration is Good Music & Talent. People like Michael Jackson, Guy Ritchie and Kanye West (specifically 808’s & Heartbreak) inspire me.
I just appreciate major talent in general, and I try to apply the same expression through any video I do.

Past Works/Portfolio
Well, recently concluded one called Lhuna. Others are mostly just fun stuff I put together, but some of the best so far are: Joker (2008), Say You Will (2009), Best I Ever Had (2009), I Need (2009), Street Lights on BXD (2009), Lhuna (2009) and Stand Up For the Champions (2010). Tumblr and Vimeo are good ways to find out more about what I’ve been up to.

Contact me

facebook: William Turner or Willyverse

tumblr: WYVE

vimeo: Will Turner

youtube: William Ukoh