Hi everyone,meet Miss Ajewole Oyindamola; a final year Student of the Department of Microbiology at the University Of Ibadan.She is a confectioner and the CEO of Honey Cakes.Vasiti had an exclusive interview with her and she walks us step by step through her entrepreneurial journey.
Can We Meet You?
I am Ajewole Oyindamola Tosin; a final year student of the Department of Microbiology at the University Of Ibadan. I am a confectioner that is, I bake cakes,make snacks and small chops.My brand name is Honey Cakes.My business location is No 23 Adegbite street Agbowo, Ibadan.
What ignited the spark in you to venture into this business?
The urge to get extra cash and the low quality cake I got after spending 3k at ShopRite while I was celebrating my birthday with a friend in my 2nd year in school ignited the spark.I started attending baking classes after I realised the fact that I could actually mold myself into becoming a better baker who doesn’t have to waste money on cakes in subsequent birthdays.
Do you intend to go into the Business full-time after School?
Actually,God is the only one with a specific answer to it.It is of course certain that this is my legacy and it is a path that I have embarked on already and I find it fufiling. So, I wouldn’t let it die.
If you had the chance to start all over again, what would you do differently?
Well, what I would have done differently is to have been more patient to gather more money and get a bigger oven for my cakes.
Are you an adventurous type of person? What’s the most stimulating experience you have ever had in your Entrepreneurial journey?
Yes I am, most of my works are novel.I have had many stimulating experiences and the one I could never forget was my first job.I had my first customer on the 3rd day of my training because I uploaded a cake that was decorated by my boss as my profile picture on social media. My sister saw it and just chatted me up with a proposal from a potential customer.Without considering the fact that the dexterity of my boss was what brought out the uniqueness of the cake, I accepted sister’s request to make the cake for that person. I really thought it was an easy task, I didn’t know that I was heading towards a big mistake.I baked the cake but everything seemed clumsy.It was totally a mess.I had to rush to the market to get another ingredients to start all over again.I can’t really tell the fact that it came out well but I learnt a whole lot from my mistake since it opened my eyes to some hidden mysteries about cake decorations.It was in fact a stimulating experience I would love to rehash.
Who do you look up to in your business industry?Ashabie cakes in Akure,Ondo State
Tell me about a time you had to slog your way to get through tons of work from Class and Business. How did you get through it?
Just of recent,I had orders from my faculty and department in the same week.Test and Classes were really looming large alongside my work in that same week but then, I was able to achieve everything because I struck a balance between business and school activities.
In one word, to what do you most attribute success?
What piece of advice do you have for budding entrepreneurs?
Never say never and always strive to be better.
What do you think of Vasiti?
Vasiti allows hidden voices especially budding entrepreneurs to be heard.Vasiti! You are the best.