By Ayandola Ayanleke
Whoever said Nigerians are entrepreneurial hit the nail right on the head. On the surface, it might not seem like the case, what, with the constant discussion about the unavailability of jobs for the high number of graduates Nigerian tertiary institutions churn out every year. It is easy to conclude that the graduates are wallowing in self-pity somewhere or getting occupied with other vices, after all, Nigerian youths are lazy. But the reality is far from the above because for a thousand youths waiting for a white collar job, there are a thousand others who have looked within themselves to create value. They all deserve to be celebrated but time and space has limited us to 5 startups who are doing amazing things in their own space and who are going to keep soaring and breaking the glass ceiling.
Iseda Clothiers IG: @isedaclothier
Iseda Clothiers is a fashion label committed to creating tastefully crafted apparels for the classic stylish woman. The brand was founded in 2015 by Damilola Abolarin; a B.Sc Microbiology graduate from Bowen University. She has worked with over 200 women, bringing out the individual uniqueness and style in them.
Iseda Clothiers is geared towards creating couture attires with focus on bridals, party guests, dinner, events, etc; ensuring we help you make a statement on your special day, as well as that of loved ones. An Iseda woman is one who’s strong yet poise, exuding simplicity in the most refined way.
The Lifestyle Brand Consult IG: @thelifestylebrandconsult
The Lifestyle Brand Consultis a Public Relations and Brand Communication Agency, founded in 2017. We cater to Start-up businesses and Existing Brands by Offering Media Relations, Digital Marketing and Strategic Brand Communication services. We are a growing team of content creators and Strategists that communicate Start-up Brands to their target audience and the media,using the right tech and communication medium.
The Lifestyle Brand Consult was born because lack of visibility is one of the reasons start-up businesses don’t scale and start-ups reportedly accounts for up to 60% of a developing nation’s employment rate.
Nenis Auto Care IG: @autocarechic
Nenis Auto Care is a female owned automotive maintenance centre committed to rendering professional services in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Our services are built on excellent customer care, respect and honesty. We understand that our work bothers on personal safety thus we take it seriously ensuring that there is no compromise in standards and that optimal value is enjoyed for every service.
Our comprehensive approach is one reason why our customer retention ratio has remained above 95% in our 4 years of operation. At Nenis Auto Care, we do much more than automobile maintenance, we provide peace of mind.
Awa Bike IG: @awabikeng
In 2017, Ifeoluwa Ogundipe, Ibukun Tunde-Oni, Damilola Bayo-Olugbemi teamed up to start AWA Bike, driven by a passion for creating innovative solutions to environmental sustainability and healthy living in African cities. The trio – with backgrounds in Finance, Medicine and Law – are providing sustainable mobility solutions to the basic transportation needs in Nigeria.
Built to be a lifestyle companion for users, AWA Bike is a smart bicycle sharing app for a platform that offers a healthy, convenient affordable and environmentally friendly way to move around busy cities and university campuses. We have made it super easy for people to use AWA Bike, all you have to do is download the App, find a bike within your community, unlock a bike and ride.
LammysPieces IG: @lammyspieces
LammysPieces is an African inspired Nigerian fashion brand which focuses in the designing and production of handcrafted bags, shoes, fashion accessories, corporate gift items with Ankara. LammysPieces works with young gifted individuals to develop chic African inspired fashionable items for chic Africans as well as foreigners.
Our products are made from quality locally sourced materials, we partner with local suppliers for our raw materials and produce to reflect a unique unwavering quality and great artistry. Our pieces are not only fashionable they stand out in the crowd and make bold statements which reflect what the African woman stands for.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in The Spark Magazine. Find the magazine here to read other articles.