As it is our custom to celebrate excellence and creativity, OYA meets with fast rising creative entrepreneur, the 2016 Winner Of LASU CHOICE AWARD FOR MOST ENTERPRISING STUDENT OF THE YEAR , she narrates her inspiring story; how the journey started, how challenging the journey has been and how she was able to conquer it.
The young entrepreneur whose father died some time ago tells of how she scaled through amongst thorns.
Enjoy the inspiring interview;
OYA: SO CAN WE MEET YOU?
ADAMS: My name is Adams Temitope Omolara, I am a creative entrepreneur, CEO and Creative Director of Adams Temi Creations. A final year student of Botany at the Lagos State University (LASU).
OYA: HOW DID IT ALL START?
ADAMS: It all started when I was in JSS1. A lady was invited to my school to teach us the art of bead making. From there, I discovered that I had a thing for beads and accessories. From Jss3, I started making money from selling basic accessories to family and friends. After I was done with my secondary school education, my dad (of blessed memory) saw the passion I had for making accessories and enrolled me for a six months course in textile designs at WDC (Women Development Centre) Agege. There I learnt about the art of bead making, wired works, bridal accessories, hats, fascinators, tie and dye, soap making, bags, antiseptics and many more. I also went for further trainings at Her Excellency, Ikeja, were I upgraded my skills to a different level.
Ever since then, I have been improving my skills by consistently practicing and most times when I see new stuffs I try to recreate it. Interestingly, I never learnt shambala. It was one of the things that popped out from what I learnt at WDC.
OYA: HOW WAS GROWING UP LIKE?
ADAMS: Well growing up was so much fun, except for the part that I lost my dad in 2013. I grew up in Agege, which I regard as the heartbeat of Lagos. I spent most of my growing up period at Agege with my family. I have always been this God freak and a music lover. I would sum up my growing up as awesome.
OYA: WHAT WERE YOUR MAJOR INSPIRATIONS?
ADAMS: Passion. When I see different accessories and materials, I just start thinking of how I can fuse them together to create something amazing. Based on my passion for the job, I can’t count how many sleepless nights I have had working on different accessory forms. Moreover, when I see other people’s work, it just makes me want to put in more effort into all my designs.
OYA: WHAT WERE YOUR MAJOR CHALLENGES?
ADAMS: The two major challenges I always had was money and time. I am always hooked up with so much school activities that I hardly have time to practice as much as I wish to, that is why I have lots of sleepless night. Also, the issue of financing. There are a lot of products I have always wanted to produce, but because of finances I am always unable to. I actually don’t see competition as an issue because it in a way strengthens and inspires me to be better at what I do. The market is actually open for every person to come in, it all depends on the person’s level of creativity.
OYA: HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO DEAL WITH THOSE CHALLENGES?
ADAMS: Like I mentioned earlier, I had to train myself to have countless of sleepless nights. It hasn’t been easy though, but it’s been worth it. Also, as regards the issue of financing. I create more demands for my clients and find a way of meeting them. This ends up bringing cash to my pocket.
OYA: WHAT IS YOUR DRIVING FORCE?
ADAMS: My customers are my driving force. I always love to create awesome things for them that would leave a lasting impression on their minds Whenever they come back with their amazing feedbacks, I am always pushed to do more.
OYA: WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO AS A ROLE MODEL
ADAMS: Well, one major person I really admire in this field is ELECTRIFY BEADS. Whenever I see her amazing jobs online, I am usually swept off my feet. She just has a way of blowing my mind. Some others are Tavin beads by Tiwabola, Urez culture.
OYA: HOW DO YOU INVENT CREATIVE STYLES?
ADAMS: I would sum this up like this; SEE, THINK, CREATE. Most times when I see materials, my mind is usually filled with the thoughts of how I can make something beautiful out of it. Some of the products that have emerged as a result of my constant thinking and practice are watchbala, shambala, choker, double strand shambala, crystal bead with charms. For example, at the point that chokers were trending for the ladies, I decided to come up with my own kind of choker which is a locally handmade choker. I would like to site another example from my very popular double strand shambala. As at the time people started ordering for it, I didn’t have any idea of how to make it. I had to spend several days practicing, before I came up with the perfect thing I could call a double strand shambala.
OYA: HOW DO YOU BALANCE ACADEMICS WITH BUSINESS.
ADAMS: I work during my free time (mostly at night). I don’t allow my academics clash with my work. I also had to put a team together to ease the workload on me.
OYA: YOU ONCE WON LASU CHOICE AWARDS, HOW DID IT FEEL?
ADAMS: When I won the LASU CHOICE AWARDS on September 1, 2016. I was so elated after receiving the award. Funny enough, i actually didn’t want to put in for it, but friends, family and customers encouraged me. It was a big surprise to me after scaling through all the stages and finally emerging winner.
OYA: WERE YOU AWARE YOU WERE GOING TO WIN?
ADAMS: I actually didn’t know I was going to win. In fact, I was very pessimistic about it considering the entrepreneurs that were in the same award category. But all glory to God, we still came out on top. Let me also use this opportunity to once again thank all those who voted for me back then. Based on the fact that I won the LASU CHOICE AWARD for the most enterprising student, it paved a way for my nomination at the Nigeria Entrepreneurs Award, which was to hold at Abuja. I was nominated for the category of YOUNG EMERGING ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR.
OYA: WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM YOU?
ADAMS: Presently, we just launched our official website (www.atc.com.ng) and on it, we are currently working on our ambassadorship plan which would enable people to apply as ambassadors and earn cash as a return. We are also working on some future projects which I won’t want to disclose now but definitely, something big is cooking.
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OYA: ANY WORD FOR UPCOMING CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS?
ADAMS: yes, all I would say to them is just keep doing your thing. If you are passionate about something and it’s what you really want, just go for it because one way or the other, no matter how small your business is, social media marketing would always play a vital role. Just because you are not popular and people around you aren’t using your goods and services, just because you don’t have as much likes as you wish to have on your social media pages, just because your products have not gone viral online doesn’t mean you are not good and you won’t achieve all your goals. Just keep doing what you are passionate about. Trust me you would get there someday. Lastly, learn to invest vigorously into your business. Invest your time, resources, passion and your all into making your products outstanding.