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Kiki’s Sweet is a business that was born out of a hobby, Kike Williams – Iziogba is the CEO of Kiki’s Sweet

 

Kike Williams – Iziogba is the CEO of Kiki’s Sweet. Kiki’s Sweet is a business that was born out of a hobby. The idea of the business, Kiki’s Sweet, started when she started cooking and baking for her friends. Before establishing Kiki’s Sweet, she went for cooking classes and also learnt from online videos. Every business has its ups and downs but the power to overcome them is our secret weapon and Kike Williams – Iziogba has proved that.

There are sometimes that the taste she wants in her cake doesn’t really come out the way she wants but she doesn’t give up, she repeats it all over again till she gets her desired and satisfying taste. Currently, their target audiences are people between the ages 17 to 60, corporate organizations and basically everyone. Kiki’s Sweet is almost an all in one stock shop.

In the next 5 years, they are looking at owning an eatery, whereby you can come in and dine and there will be a cake store just by the side. Presently, they do deliveries to different banks on the Island and two more at Ikeja axis. When it comes to designs, her inspiration comes from a lot of places. She improves her recipes, making sure that they are better than the previous recipes.

As a baker she has the ability to work under pressure and solve the problem. Her best moment is getting the WOW effect from her clients after rendering her services. Her passion for cooking has taken her to greater heights which has helped her with the growth of her business.

Her husband also supports her when he can. She teaches women how to bake and cook and also start a business in cooking and baking.

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Voice for SME interview with Mr. Daniel Taiwo, Founder City Top School

He can be described as an interesting person, a catalyst for quality education in Nigeria. Holds his first degree in economics education from university of Ibadan and, a master’s degree in education and management from University of Lagos all in Nigeria.

Taiwo developed his nerve for entrepreneurship by overcoming his fears. He noticed that he has something more in him, this he observed when he was in a paid employment, where he was also engaging in educational consulting by the side; going to schools and train their teachers: “To the point when I think I was ready, then the opportunity came, and I grabbed it”. He says further “I have gotten a lot of encouragement from the person of Richard Branson”.

City Top started in July 2016. And with his experience of 7 years in the educational sector, he was certain that the school would run with quality and standard. As a matter of fact, it started not as a new school, but as a school that began somewhere and proceed thereof. It’s not a conventional school that runs what everybody does, rather with a goal of helping the child develop his/her creative ability. They believed that every child has creative ability, but not all develops it. The school carries out engaging programs that helps a child’s independence, which brings out what the child could do on their own. There are numerous testimonies and accolades to that effect. One of such is from Alimosho Local Government, and Prestige Education (through voting), which brought a lot of amazement.

Some of the activities in the curriculum includes etiquette & good manners, all in the elementary section of the school, also critical thinking as a subject, to help children solve problems, then a weekly creativity as a subject too through teacher’s assistance and help. These can be seen on their social media pages. The school also has a business program known as ‘Thinking Hat’, where children are thought about color and what each hat represents and how it enhances their thinking.

In City Top, they tend to disagree with the fact that when a child cannot read, write and/or solve some mathematical problems, that they are dull. Rather they have other areas of intelligence which they are good at, so the school focuses on those areas to help the child discover them.

Concerning business challenges, Mr. Taiwo acknowledged that the school is profitable, in spite of that, more funding is needed. “Most parents still want the fees to come down despite the level of value given at the rate it’s offered”.  He further explains “Compared to other schools that offer similar value, they charge much more higher. Though the school might be just 2 years old, the quality of its staff is over 30 years’ of experience.”

Mr. Taiwo identifies children as what makes him tick. He explains that most of the school programs are usually free of charge, only solicit for some support from willing parent & not on compulsion. For instance during the celebration of Valentine where exchange of gifts was necessary, kids whose parents could not afford gifts were supported by the school, so they become part of the celebration. Mr. Taiwo wants to see those children happy and smiling, that’s what makes him tick.

He believes that one can consistently run a sustainable business in Nigeria, according to him, there are schools who have withstood the test of time, like Green Springs which is about 33 years old.

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Taiwo said that much is not done in terms of Nigeria achieving the millennium development goals in education, however, the stakeholders are not having the right mindset and vision for it. Though Lagos state is doing so much for their teachers and the schools in involving consultants in helping them to come up with curriculum and lesson plans, with the teachers to apply and administrators to supervise. Now the question is, what are they doing, waiting for stipends to execute? To say the quality of education is going to improve, I say ‘Yes!’, because there are private organisations and foundations that are trying to help the government schools.

He demands that government should have a consistent policy if that’s what the government would do for him. Because there’s no clear cut policy in education by government, we have schools who do what they think is right. Moreover, he said the government should have the stakeholders come together to obtain a road map, a written out blueprint showing what direction and vision of where to go. Because funding is usually not a problem.

The pupils are taught coding as the language of the future since they are being prepared for the future, which ultimately will become a subject of its own.

To encourage people who are looking up to Mr. Taiwo, he said that the school business is not about money, which he didn’t allow to discourage him, rather value, because money will come from value.

Daniel Taiwo, proprietor, City Top School, Akowonjo.

Click here for more information on the school.

Instagram/Twitter: @taiwo6617

Website is www.citytopschool.com

 

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Because he could not afford some shoes, he decided to make them, Gbenga Ogundimu Creative Director, Star Lane Classic

 

A former banker turned shoe maker, the founder of Star Lane Classic.

Mr Gbenga Ogundimu got tired of consulting, and decided to make use of his hands, part of the reason being that he could not afford some shoes, and then he decided to make them. Star Lane Classic produces hand-made shoes, bags, leather products. It has been a long journey for Gbenga, way back from the school days.

He is a 2.1 graduate of banking and finance, with certificate in Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). He had two years working experience with Terrijon Consulting, a foreign exchange training company for Access Bank. Very unsatisfactory with his career, he believed that he was limited with his space and time, and could do more out of it.

He makes more use of his time now and has fallen in love working with shoes. It gives him a lot of motivation to wake up every morning. However, for Gbenga, profit wasn’t his focus, rather impact and expansion. To him, the business by itself is profitable as it actually started with the sum of N10,000 and has been able to increase capacity and space and tool-sets.

Mr Gbenga stated that his major challenge is funding, and if he could make any change in the economy, it will be to advice the way banks about the way and manner they look at small businesses. SMEs could be turned into big industries given time and funding opportunities, with little consideration for interest rates and collaterals.

His major role model has been Pastor Sam Adeyemi, who taught him and encouraged him to go into business. His biggest challenge has been getting the youths to get involved in the line of shoe making business, as a lot of them are heading speedily into fast cash.

He has encouraged a lot of youths through his youth program initiatives, a free basic training for graduates and undergraduates. His concern is that these young men when they come will discover that they cannot make quick cash as expected, some turn down and cannot continue.

Perhaps what keeps Gbenga going is his vision to make the biggest shoe company in Africa, producing from the locally sourced materials, and his goal is to produce shoes for his immediate community: students, corporate workers, etc. and favorably competing with the Italian shoes, thereby reducing lots of shoes importation to Nigeria.

You can reach Gbenga Ogundimu:

@starlaneclassic

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While Other Children were Busy Asking Mum for Dolls, Sophia Ekenze, CEO Hekina House of Style was Sowing Dolls

 

 

For Sophia, Fashion Teaching is a Grace

Doing business in Nigeria is not a small feat at all, it’s never walk in the park, from waking up to the reality of epileptic power supply, to managing scarce resources, insufficient fund and a whole lot. If you are able to breakthrough these business challenges, you must indeed be a soldier to maintain a successful business in Nigeria, you deserve to be celebrated. And Voice for SME is spotting light on some business owners who are doing great things in the market place, so here is a fashion entrepreneur, Sophia Ekenze, CEO o

f House of Hekima, who as a child began making dolls of pieces of clothing she picked from tailoring shops. She is very good with her hands, and could make other things beyond just clothing, such as hair-do. As a child, she was tending towards making hair than clothing.

Like a shock, it struck her when she discovered herself making clothing out of a used telecomm recharge card, which kept everyone in wonder. Having discovered this unique gifting, she sought out for training with Safara Stitches. She pointed out that having capital is the biggest challenge for her. She led an initiative known as ‘Train the Orphan’. The idea is to train at least 2 orphans a year for free. Train for 6 months, and they work for 6 months.

She confessed that teaching fashion is more of a passion than sowing. And this brought about the second initiative known as ‘Sowing Made Easy’, one can learn how to make either jump suit, or pencil skirt in one week. It’s a platform for learning how to sow without breaking a bank, according to Miss Ekenze.  It’s founded in September 2017, unlike other fashion schools that take you from scratch irrespective of past learning. She desired to reach out to people who want to learn, but don’t have so much money as well as time. One could know how to make a skirt, but doesn’t know how to make jump suite, you can pay to learn exactly how fill in the knowledge gap.

Sowing for Sophia is fun. Her class usually is very friendly, and no differentiation in class between teacher and student, it runs like one family. According to Sophia, she would always be in the beauty industry, either modeling or making hair styles, anything that has to do with beautifying people, if she were not doing fashion

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Voice for SME TV interview – Running a gallery as an entrepreneur in Nigeria – Nayajo Hub

Running a gallery as an entrepreneur in Nigeria; a VOICE FOR SME interview session.

Voice for SME is a show that showcases unique entrepreneurial adventures and their success in spite of the challenges and how they connect it with revenue and business sustainability.

This is a show by Coinbox Limited. The interview session is anchored by Presenters Ayo Emakhiomhe and Bukola Oyedokun

Interview session with Mr Emmanuel Omoniyi Taiwo on how he founded and developed NAYAJO Hub; a gallery in Ikeja GRA, Lagos, Nigeria.
He started his transition from Quantity Surveying to the business side of Arts after his first degree by setting up a Gallery at a time that such a business is not known or understood as a business sector in Nigeria.

Nayajo Hub is an organization which fully represents excellence in creation, delivery, experience and propagation of the arts; primarily the visual arts and from the African perspective.

We exist to empower artists create original works of art, give maximum exposure to original artworks, help individuals and institutions source, organize and document original artworks and preserve names and works as legacies for future generations.

Our spaces are hubs where creative minds interact.

SERVICES

  • Increasingly making raw materials more easily accessible to artists via innovative delivery channels.

  • Giving maximum exposure to artworks via improved traditional channels and every other available channels

  • Helping our collectors source good quality artworks with potential for increase in value over time.

  • Helping our collectors organise and document their collections ensuring works are well preserved and also facilitate sales at premium value in the secondary market.

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for more details or contacts to Nayajo Hub/to reach Emmanuel Taiwo; reach them below

WEBSITE: www.nayajohub.com.ng

EMAIL: info@nayajohub.com.ng

PHONE: +2347032605331, +2348056500403

ADDRESS: 42, Oduduwa Crescent, Ikeja GRA, Lagos State, Nigeria.

facebook.com/nayajohubpage

VOICE FOR SME

 

COINBOX LIMITED

 

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For Sophia Ekenze, Fashion Teaching is a Grace, an interview on Voice for SME

Doing business in Nigeria is not a small feat at all, it’s never a walk in the park, from waking up to the reality of epileptic power supply, to managing scarce resources, insufficient fund and a whole lot. If you are able to breakthrough these business challenges, you must indeed be a soldier to maintain a successful business in Nigeria, you deserve to be celebrated. And Voice for SME is turning the spotlight on some business owners who are doing great things in the market place, so here is a fashion entrepreneur, Sophia Ekenze, CEO of House of Hekima, who as a child began making dolls of pieces of clothing she picked from tailoring shops. She is very good with her hands, and could make other things beyond just clothing, such as hair-do. As a child, she was tending more towards making hair than clothing.

Like a shock, it struck her when she discovered herself making clothing out of a used telecom recharge card, which kept everyone in wonder. Having discovered this unique gifting, she sought out for a training with Safara Stitches. She pointed out that having capital is the biggest challenge for her. She led an initiative known as ‘Train the Orphan’. The idea is to train at least 2 orphans a year for free.  They train for 6 months, and they work for 6 months.

She confessed that teaching fashion is more of a passion than sewing. And this brought about the second initiative known as ‘sewing made easy’, one can learn how to make either jump suit, or pencil skirt in one week. It’s a platform for learning how to sew without breaking a bank, according to Miss Ekenze.  It’s founded in September 2017, unlike other fashion schools that take you from scratch irrespective of past learning. She desired to reach out to people who want to learn, but don’t have so much money as well as time. One could know how to make a skirt, but doesn’t know how to make jump suits, you can pay to learn exactly how to fill in the knowledge gap.

Sewing for Sophia is fun. Her class usually is very friendly, and no differentiation in class between teacher and student, it runs like one family. According to her, she would always be in the beauty industry, either modeling or making hair styles, anything that has to do with beautifying people, if she were not doing fashion.

House of Hekima office is at 4D Omofade Crescent Omole Phase 1

you can reach them on FACEBOOK as Hekima House of style

Follow us on Instagram @hekima_hos

You can reach them on phone at +2348065424319

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RELATED: Cake making is a passion for me

About yesterday???

So we went for a shoot yesterday for our program – Voice for SME.  Our host was the MD/CEO of Jadore cakes. I must say that her cakes are nice and tasty.

it was a fun session and the video will be up here in about a weeks time.

See some of the behind the scene pictures below.

 The happy crew

 her clients keep calling

 Bukola Oyedokun  our OAP/Presenter

     Temitope Jimoh MD/CEO

Ayokunle Komolafe – our lead camera man and editor

  She is obviously getting tired  by now

 talk, talk, talk

 silence ! On air please!

connect with them on Instagram @jadorecakesng and Facebook jadorecakesng.