Hi everyone,meet Miss Akinwande Foyinsola; a 400 level student of the Department of Botany at the University of Lagos.Foyin is a great entrepreneur with a unique flair for fashion and simplicity.She is a model and the CEO of a fashion brand ‘ Niyof Azure’. Vasiti had an exclusive interview with her and she walks us step by step through her entrepreneurial journey.
Can We Meet You?
My name is Akinwande Foyinsola. I am a 400 level student of Botany at the University of Lagos.I have a huge passion for fashion and style. I make bags,face caps and denim clothing. I am a fashion designer cum model.
What ignited the spark in you to venture into this business?
The thought of doing that stands out from what other people do.Hence, keeping it trendy, simple and comfortable.
Do you intend to go into the Business full-time after School?
If you had the chance to start all over again, what would you do differently?
Are you an adventurous type of person? What’s the most stimulating experience you have ever had in your Entrepreneurial journey?
Of course, I am.One of my customers requested for a particular color of denim which I haven’t come across before, I could have told her “sorry, that color isn’t available ” but I thought of the way the design would come out later. So I made a fruitful risk; I searched the whole of Lagos market to find that color and it turned out really nice.
Who do you look up to in your business industry?
Sarah Smith and some others I can’t remember their names now.
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?
I have gone through stuffs like that umpteen times. Recently, I went home to sew bags on a weekend and had it in mind to go back to school on Sunday with the bags because I have a test on Monday Morning by 10 but the person who was supposed to print on the clothes disappointed and asked me to come by 7;00 am on Monday . So I took the risk, reached her place around 7;00 am and till 7:30 am, she wasn’t still there. I left for school to write the test I barely read for and went back home to get the bags printed. It wasn’t a good experience though.
To what do you attribute success?
What piece of advice do you have for budding entrepreneurs?
Start the business that always make your mind flutter.Do not fold your arms waiting for something to happen,just take a huge step.
What do you think of Vasiti?
Vasiti is rich in great and committed teams.They deserve some accolades from what I have witnessed from this great interview at least.