Student Entrepreneur Of the week
Hi everyone,meet Mr Jermaine Okpe; a 300 level Law Student at Bowen University.He is a very versatile person.Imagine a young student mixing up photography,show promotions,online publicity,event coverage as well as online blogging all in one outstanding box.Jermaine Media have all the above listed beautiful crayons in the box.It is a feat that shouldn’t be brushed aside.Jermaine is the CEO of Jermaine Media.So,Vasiti had an exclusive interview with him and he walks us step by step through his entrepreneurial journey.
Can We Meet You?
Hello, my name is Jermaine okpe. I am a 300 level Law Student at Bowen University and a twenty year old Entrepreneur. I am the CEO of Jermaine media. Of course,Jermaine Media is an entertainment company that deals with show promotions, online publicity, event coverage as well as online blogging.We also have branches at almost all the Universities in Nigeria.
What ignited the spark in you to venture into this business?
Well…It all started in 2016, which was a year after I finished secondary school education. The zeal to succeed regardless of my circumstances spurred me into action and the result of my action then was Jermaine Media.Jermaine Media was birthed on March 25, 2016.Its aim was to be a viable link between producers, products and customers.Surprisingly,it turned out really well.
Do you intend to go into the Business full-time after School?
Yes , most definitely. The media industry in Nigeria is growing everyday and I feel like I have contributed in my own little way. So, I intend to go into it full time after school because entertainment/Media is my passion.
If you had the chance to start all over again, what would you do differently?
First of all, my media house will be 3 years by next year March and it’s been so hard getting to where I have reached now.So, the answer to this question is a question, why would I want to start all over?
Are you an adventurous type of person? What’s the most stimulating experience you have ever had in your Entrepreneurial journey?
Yes, I am. I had a prom tour between July-August of this year; this project was aimed at connecting and showcasing the beauty of Nigerian teens to the world. We went to over fifteen secondary schools all over the country most especially in Lagos , Osun , Ogun and the likes.We offered exclusive packages such as event coverage, red carpet interviews, video coverage to this schools . It was like some fun stimulant when we started initially but the whole thing started to show some daredevil stunts when we found out that most of the proms were clashing. In summary,we had to be at two events or even more at a go; that’s kind of an herculean task really.Notwithstanding, I would say that this project was my most stimulating experience in my entrepreneurial journey.
Who do you look up to in your business industry?
As a photographer, I look up to TY Bello and Kelechimadiobi. Also, I look up to an entertainment company “the plug ng” owned by Davido’s manager, Asika.On the International domain,I look up to media houses like MTV Base , E-news and the likes.
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?
It is not a pot of stew to be a law student and the CEO of a media company at a stretch but passion wins at the very end. I have had days when my presence would be needed in Lagos but then, I had classes and test here in school;it’s difficult because I know the amount of money I could be making if I wasn’t in school but at the end, it will all be worth it .
In one word, to what do you most attribute success?
Passion and hard work
What piece of advice do you have for budding entrepreneurs?
Stay true to yourself.
Do what works for you.
Don’t follow the crowd.
Discover your talent and venture into it.
Then you will be the best you can be .
What do you think of Vasiti?
First off,thanks to Vasiti for having me here. You guys have an amazing platform that promote Young Entrepreneurs. Much love.