The founder of Bellafricana, Bukky Asehinde, was amongst the entrepreneurs in technology that was selected to attend the GIST Women’s Village Workshop in Lagos, Nigeria on the 18th of May, 2016. A workshop by the U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative, in cooperation with the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, which was organised for 25 science and technology entrepreneurs to promote women’s access to entrepreneurship resources.
The workshop in Lagos, was implemented by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which was part of a series of workshops – GIST Women’s Village Workshops – holding throughout Africa in 2016.
I want to start this article about 5 entrepreneurship lessons I gained working in Mcdonald’s with one of my favourite quotes by Steve Jobs “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
Sometimes you go through your journey in life and wonder of what use the experience is to your future.
It’s taking me a while to write this article, simply because I didn’t know how to put it in words and translate the journey to an experience that will encourage you. Sometimes we spend so long thinking about doing something and we never get around doing it. Some call it procrastination; I just call it pure laziness and excuses to not do.
I spent over 6 years in the UK for studies right after Secondary School in Nigeria. This is a really long story and as you may know I can talk for Africa, so I will try to keep it short and straight to the point. After spending a year supporting my aunty who I was living with at the time, she finally got me a job working with Mcdonalds (Brimsdown, Enfield London to be precise).
The journey to becoming a Jeweler in Nigeria continued. Going to Central Saints Martins College of Arts still remains top Ten one of the best things that has ever happened to me because my real journey into goldsmithing started from there. I got introduced to different techniques that I was clueless about and this was a different ball game entirely.
I understand the urge to pursue your passions and that many entrepreneurs have limited funds, but you can’t do it alone. Creating a startup and growing a business is a hell of a task and one that will require an entrepreneur to have many roles. No one person has a skill set for every role and trying to take on everything yourself will hurt your company, especially if you don’t build the right team around you.
Oluwatosin is the Creative Director at Jedidiah’s Place and has a City and Guilds Certificate in Creative Techniques in Textiles, a Diploma in Jewellery Design and Repair and was tutored privately in designing and making leather handbags in the United Kingdom by Katherine Pogson. She is at present working on another diploma in Jewellery design, which has a business module. She has handmade and sold accessories over a five-year period. She is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and has practiced law for over 20 years. Let’s meet her…
Based on a research and survey we carried out recently amongst creative entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, we have come to the conclusion that to sustain an online community of African made products and services, an offline community will strongly enhance the growth of the online vision. Bellafricana (a company that promotes African made products and services) hereby presents “The Bella Community”.
Hello Bella readers, it’s been such an interesting journey and I can’t wait to share the first few months. My name is Bukky Bello, the CEO of Bellafricana and I will like to share how Bellafricana started and the journey so far. I love all my Digest readers, so if you are reading this, you are part of the success so far. Happy Reading and have a Beautiful Week!
Montgomery West Africa is excited to announce the Women of West Africa Entrepreneurship Festival (WOWe) 2015 which is now less than 3 weeks away. The conference is dedicated to meeting today’s challenges for the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
Welcome to Lagos, the city of hustle, of opportunities, of chaos, Nigeria’s heart of commerce where if you are not street wise you could get left behind. The average salary is not enough to start and raise a family, thus having more than 1 job is inevitable and is becoming an even stronger trend here in this city. No unemployment benefits so everyone understands that if you do not work, you do not eat. Here it is most parents dream for their kids to study what they deem as the more prestigious courses. But with the ever changing state of the economy people are relying less on salaries and more on entrepreneurial income. Meet 4 of such entrepreneurs who have taken the bold step of starting a business in the city of Lagos.
Hello beautiful people. I bring to you a beautiful friend from Ghana. I haven’t met her just yet so I guess I should call her an e-friend. I have been stalking her instagram page for quite a while now and I really wanted to hear her story. She is creative, friendly and a mother of two adorable kids. She responded to my questions very eloquently and despite her busy schedule, she took out time to answer all my questions. Join me and let’s meet Yvonne Bakuri, the CEO of Bayabs accessories.
Hi, my name is Bukky Asehinde (née Bello). I am a huge lover of Africa and a passionate entrepreneur. My team and I would provide you with information about the beauty of Africa and her people through this interesting fact finding blog. Get access to Afrocentric Brands at www.bellafricana.com