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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

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