NAME: George Oluwafemi Sunday
OCCUPATION: IT / SUPERVISOR at James Marsh and Associates
SOCIAL MEDIA ID: Instagram @gosattahmeh
Facebook page @gospelsgeorge
LIKES: MUSIC AND IT
EDUCATION: Studies Computer science at MAPOLY
STATUS: NOT MARRIED
IWMH: Once again you’re welcome sir.
In your occupation. Kindly give us the full meaning of the IT cus it might mean something else
GOS: Information Technologist
IWMH: Good……. Let’s start from here.. for how long have you been working as an information technologist sir?
GOS: For about a year now
IWMH: Hmmm…… Can you give us a brief description of you being an information technologist
GOS: Alright , what I do basically at my company is:
1. To manage all social media interfaces between the company and the public
2. And also to create awareness with whatever means possible for the company
How convenient is this to you?
GOS: A lot………. Cos I love music and I still have to work and all
Today I had to shuffle between programs and all .. now am on my way somewhere else
The company has their targets that must be met .. and all
But it’s better to have a job even as a gospel artist
IWMH: Hmmmmmm……….. Exactly sir.
How do you manage to fix these up
GOS: I only attend night programs , only week ends ..
No weekday program for me !
All Rehearsal for myself and the crew are done once in two weeks
So I have time for my job in the week days
IWMH: Hmmm… It shows the level of what you are facing at your place of work…
GOS: And I also try to meet my targets during the job hours so that nothing extends to my personal time
With God we manage it
GOS: I was at my producer’s place at magodo this morning for a 9am session
And also had to represent the company at an event later in the afternoon .. (I didn’t go) I sent my Collegue
I also had a program for 2:30-3 (you know it’s weekend) and it’s online .. so I could manage that ..I just plan ahead
That’s why , I don’t accept invites anyhow .. it has to be purposeful and at the right timing for me
GOS: My song is completed , just mixing and mastering .. (next week)
IWMH: How do you know its the right timing sir?
GOS: I mean if it fits into a time I will be available –
Because God gave me the job and He won’t want me to loose it ..
I know I can do 9-5 on a job and still do music (at least for now )
IWMH: Hmmmm…….. Can you take us back to how the music set in?
GOS: Started in my sec school
IWMH: How many years back
GOS: That’s 2006 ss1 I think ; I started getting conscious of my voice
I and my friends will sing in class
GOS: For fun then
IWMH: Smile.. composed songs or freestyle😂
GOS: The songs that were in vogue then ….. Anybody know styl plus then
GOS: They sang olufunmi……… And we will sing worship and praise songs on the assembly ground too
So as I grew up I joined the choir and the journey started
IWMH: Wow.. I’m enjoying dz
So when did you finally took it more serious?
GOS: Two years ago
IWMH: Wow… What challenges did you face as a young guy looking or pressing towards his dream
GOS: Wow……. That’s deep
The most challenge I faced was first to believe in Myself
IWMH: Hmmm🤔…….. Even after recognizing you had a voice.
How did you battled or worked on yourself to believe you can achieve this heart painted dream of yours sir?
GOS: I found a way to show the world what I could do, people discovered my talent and encouraged me to press on
GOS: And I used social media to make somethings happen for me
IWMH: I believe this was the fire beneath your pot…… Hmmm🤔
GOS: I tried using a promoter when I first started … but he told me I don’t have a name yet and that he could do nothing .. that was 3years ago
Today we met last week and we were discussing on how to release a single
IWMH: Hmmmmm……… So without a name, no promotion🤦🏼♂️
GOS: The issue is that some promoters promote people that don’t have a name , but it has to be with big money
IWMH: And what was the outcome… In or out?
GOS: Of course he is happy to work with me , cos I have worked with myself over the years
I didn’t let his rejection stop my dream
GOS: Hmmmm……. Hallelujah💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻
GOS: I pushed myself ……. Using social media as a tool
And keeping my circle small with only important people that I need
IWMH: As a young artist without a name what advice can you give unto such fellow assuming he has no big money to source for promotion
GOS: You have God and you have social media
Start branding yourself ; pray to God to bless you with a unique name ……. Make sure you are on most social media platforms available .. and use the right techniques to gather followers and people who believe in you and your music
With time you will grow
And people will notice you
Don’t expect commendations from people that are close to you
IWMH: Some of our audience who love to embark on the journey of music will definitely pen this Down
GOS: You biggest fan will be someone to don’t know .. and you biggest hater is someone you know
IWMH: Hmmmm. Wow… To all our audience.
This advice is coming from a man with an experience make sure you don’t lose this advice.
So, sir after working on oneself what is the next move?
GOS:Why I sent the house this is just to establish that sooner or later , compliments and encouragement will come
But don’t ever let it get to you
Let it even fuel you to be a better version of you everyday
GOS: As you are getting better , connect with people that make you feel good at what you do
And always challenge your self by mixing with people that will always make you be at your best
People you won’t want to make a mistake or do anything wrongly when they are Around
IWMH: Hmmm….. 🤔🤔🤔
GOS: Accept their chastening and work on yourself to be better
GOS: Please don’t ever forget the last statement of this that I sent —— DONT LET ENCOURAGEMENTS AND HAILINGS GET TO YOU
IWMH: Hmmm, Noted sir
From your journey so far, how many times have you been invited to perform on stage?
GOS: Wow .. I have lost count sir
IWMH: And how did you felt at your first stage ministration Wow…..
GOS: Controlling the crowd was the first problem for me .. I always wanted to make them dance or I always wanted them to feel the music
It was a big challenge
GOS: But I as grew up in the word and in music , I saw it was not about the dancing or the feeling or whatever , there was more to connecting with the crowd than I could ever imagine
IWMH: Hmmmm🤔🤔…….. Sir, how do you feel when you see ministers trying to do the crowd control and are not succeeding?
GOS: The real issue is … you don’t need to force it.. once you are filled with the Holy Spirit when ministering , things will work out well
I feel bad cos they don’t understand the concept yet
They forget that others can’t feel what they themselves have not felt
IWMH: Truth………. Intensive
Do you always try to correct them if you’re opportune to?
GOS: I correct my choristers in church , but if it’s someone I don’t know or met at a ministration, I don’t say anything to them
IWMH: Hmmmm….. But why sir
GOS: As you grow older, you see more , you talk less and become wiser ..
You might have a good heart, but the person might not and feel you are bossing or trying to lord over them or they may feel you are just trying to show off ..:
It’s been a while I have met someone not professional anymore …… I only meet people I am looking up to .. due to the kind of events I misinter at
GOS: Mikeabdul, sola Alyson , tope Alabi and some other upcoming but very great gospel musicians
So sometimes , I might even be the smallest in terms of fan base
But that doesn’t stop God from working
GOS: I attend other smaller programs too , but most of the gospel ministers are always very energetic and great
There is always something to learn
IWMH: How do you interact with them sir?
GOS: The first time sola Alyson commented on my Instagram page on a song i sang was the first time I chatted with her
And then the corona time
I contacted , bidemi olaoba , big Bolaji , Kenny kore , seyi Solagbade and a whole lot of celebs to make a one minute video of them saying “staySafe”
I then used one of my voicings as the background song ..
It went viral .. that’s was why I started communicating with some of them
Social media has made a lot of things easy
You can chat with anyone you want , and they will respond.. but at first you Have to be relevant
IWMH: That’s interesting
GOS: I actually got a repost of me singing on mikeadduls IG late this year
And it went viral
IWMH: So sir in total how many songs have you released Sir?
GOS: I have lots of demos and all … but MY OFFICIAL SINGLE WILL BE OUT NEXT WEEK .. (not for download yet though)
I couldn’t move without getting a conviction first .. that’s why it was delayed
IWMH: Wow that’s intriguing
IWMH: Hmmm…….. So Sir
Do you have any advise for the upcoming ministers?
GOS: We all are upcoming
Am also and upcoming
Believe in your self , find define your own path , learn from others but have a unique pattern that people can identify with ..
Don’t forget the giver of the gift and reverence him always
IWMH: Also Sir, how do you see the issue of mentorship in this mission?
GOS: Hmm……..This is quite deep
It’s great to mentor and groom … as Long as limits are set and purpose for mentoring are achieved
I mentor A LOT of people and happy to see them shine
IWMH: All glory to God……How do you react when your mentees misbehave in the public space?
GOS: Most of my mentees are in my choir , and those that are not are those I met online …
Since I have developed interest in trying to build them up and all , I just keep trying to shape them ..
It’s a process
And everyone makes mistakes
There is nothing they want to do , or no mistake they want to make that I have not made ..
So I’d just keep working on them , after all , I met and am mentoring them for a purpose
IWMH: Wow! That is wonderful
If you were to change one thing about our gospel music space in the world, what would that be sir?
GOS: The greed, pride and hatred amongst the made ministers … and also create an avenue for upcoming like us to grow
IWMH: Hmmm……..Thank you so much Sir for your time and for honouring our invitation.
God bless you sir.
Intimate Worshippers Face for This Week
NAME: ADEBOYE TIMOTHY ADESOLA
OCCUPATION: INVESTMENT OFFICER AT BRIDGELANES LIMITED
SOCIAL MEDIA ID: ADEBOYE TIMOTHY ADESOLA (FB, TWITTER AND IG)
LIKES: READING, MEDITATION, LISTENING TO SONGS, CONDUCTING RESEARCH
EDUCATION: GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS, WHERE I STUDIED POLITICAL SCIENCE
STATUS: IN A RELATIONSHIP
IWMH: Once again you are welcome
How was your day Sir?
ATA: Thank you very much for the privilege🙇♂️
Fine and demanding
ATA: Yes Sir
IWMH: Kindly, give us a brief description of your work sir
ATA: Ok, so I work with a company that is into Real Estate, Consultancy, Insurance, and a Multipurpose Coorporative Society.
Amongst these four subsidiaries, I work under the Multipurpose Coorporative Society Limited, the financial arm of the company that encourages income earners to save for a minimum of a year or six months, and then get 7percent Interest of all their Savings for either six months or a year
As an investment Officer, I market my company’s Financial products or savings package to prospects who when convinced would become clients and member of our Coorporative Society
IWMH: Wow.. that’s cool
ATA: Thanks so much Sir😇
IWMH: For how long have you been working for the company Sir?
ATA: Two and half months🙈😂
With a solid track record and soft skill exhibition😎
Or should I say an outstanding soft skill exhibition
ATA: Yes Sir🙇♂️
IWMH: Do you have any experience before joining the company
Or have you worked somewhere else before?
ATA: This is actually my first job. Although I’ve building myself on professional certifications to understand the rudiments of the cooperate world, work ethics, you hard and soft skill
IWMH: hmm interesting
ATA: In Understanding the Coorporate world, during the pandemic, I engaged on a free course on Personal effectiveness and Human Capital development which earned me a Certification of the 21st Century Outstanding Worker
But I got other professional certifications while serving as a corp member
ATA: Yes Sir
An all these were influenced by the Holy Spirit in my heart
IWMH: But while in school, you studied political science sir…
ATA: So He takes all the Glory🙌
ATA: Yeah… I’m building intellectual capacity, not just in my field. I think as a graduate, I’ve understood the rudiments of politics, what I need to learn is financial literacy, you know… Just updating myself in what the next phase of civilization would bring
Moreso, I’ve not loosed focus on my political career, I just applied for my MPIA Program at Unilag. MPIA means Masters of Public and International Affairs, which we all know as International relations
I studied Political Science, but I’m majored in International relations
Okay… Brief us on how you managed to acquire all these even as a copper
IWMH: Was there any challenges you faced?
If yes what are they?
ATA: As a Corp Member, I was chosen by NCCF to go to the State Family House. Another regimented barrack where Spiritual exercise takes place😂. I was the Asst. Brother’s Cord, Asst. Evangelism Secretary and Bible study unit secretary. All these combined with a desire to pursue my career objectives
It was not easy for me, before allowee was changed to 33k, I was feeding on 19,800 at the family house (monthly feeding subscription), sending little money home, catering my myself with 4k or 5k monthly, and also payment for my professional certifications in bit
Had to get a teaching job that made me earn extra 5k, that supported my payment for my professional Certifications. Also, at the institute where the Certification training is being Conducted, we were told to refer other corp members and 1k would be given to us. For me, I referred 4 corp members which made me earn 4k, I just told them to add my professional Certification payment. The payment was 21k for 5courses for 2months training
I had Financial challenge because I could not save, needs at home as well as at the Family House came, and I had to serve the fellowship as well as my family, then settle myself later
Want to appreciate everyone that stood by me Financially and in the martha ministry. A shout out to them. The Sisters are so awesome
ATA: So, I got my certifications, and started thinking on the next line of action in my career journey
ATA: Really, I need to emphasize that Sisters are the most wonderful and beautiful creatures God ever fashioned in the life of a brother. Sisters!! You’re the Best😃👍
IWMH: Interesting… But you sisters don’t let your head blow oo
So sir, brief us about your spiritual background
ATA: Hmmmm…. Ijinle🤔
IWMH: Yes sir…
ATA: Well, as touching this….. I surrendered to Christ at 2015 where the desire to know My Lord Jesus burned within me
As a Baby would always be inquisitive and ask questions, the same applied to me. Questions like who is God, where did He come from, how did sin came into the world. I must tell you, I sentenced myself to life studying of the Word for more and deeper truths be revealed unto me
After I graduated, I saw critically the scaredness of the Scriptural, and how by contextually analysis, the Word need must be understood
Then I assessed how I knew that Bible from when I graduated and saw that I was lagging behind. You need to see how I was hailed in my Fellowship for dispensing mysteries, but the Lord really opened my eyes to the simplicity of scriptures
I must tell you Sir, God was concealed and mysterious in the Old covenant, but in this dispensation, He has been Revealed by the Holy Spirit and the Apostles are custodians of this revelation of which the Church need to read and understand ( 1Cor.2:7:12, Eph. 3:1-4)
I Bless God for who I’m becoming, the Holy Spirit is Teaching me on Spirit Truce and how it can be made visible from the Spiritual to the physical
ATA: Yes Sir
IWMH: How did you balance the equation
ATA: Hmmm… Should I say on this, I was kinda immatured in this. Though I learnt to Love God in my immaturity. While in school, I believed that stabbing class for prayer meeting was the way to Love God…. You know I missed class one day in statistics and I had a D😂😂😂, I still thought that was how God works, you know serve him more, loose grades and know that your future is bright. That’s actually false
God’s gift is pure and perfect.
There were times I stabbed class for prayers from 8:00pm till 12:00 midnight. And would have 2 tests to write. I would now have to cram to pass
I am very intelligent person, but I did not understood what it meant to serve God fervently and still be outstanding academically
But as Scriptures have established, all things works together for the good of them who are THE CALLED according to His purpose.
It was in my finals the Holy Spirit revealed to me that He wants me to be resourceful in HRM, CRM, PMP etc…
ATA: It was in final year that the Lord really had to make me understand that He wants me to gain academic qualifications as well as be fervent in His ways
IWMH: Yes oo
ATA: Then I realized I have not been balanced for 3years
ATA: Yes Sir
Like I said, I learnt to Love the LORD, and learnt sacrifice, but not accurately
ATA: Yes Sir
IWMH: So sir, how do one serve God fervently and still be outstanding academically sir?
ATA: I’ll sum it up as Spiritual Intelligence. The Holy Spirit is not oblivious of the fact that you need physical prosperity, of which your academic career is one. Matt. 6:33 is a Scriptural principle that must be applied to our day-to-day life. In the Place of Seeking the Kingdom, that is, CHRIST JESUS, we need not to shut our heart to the directions of the Holy Spirit on academics
ATA: There’s nothing like Spiritual, physical, mental, relationship life or what have you…. We have only one Life, THE LIFE OF CHRIST.. And it is in this Life that Believers receives coordinate on how to operate on earth
IWMH: Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
ATA: As we give ourselves to intense study of the Word and Prayer, we should also seek direction on how The Life can affect our academics… O Lord, give me the intellectual principle to know how to understand my books in school. Then the Holy Spirit would begin to give you plans and strategies of reading
ATA: Loving your lecturers no matter the generational accumulation of F’s he has piled up for people in time past… There should be no excuse for academic excellent in the Body of Christ
Some would say, its the fellowship that is taking my time… Hello!!! Fellowship starts by 6pm and ends by 7pm or 8:30pm if there are special programs which comes occasionally
For one to say it’s the fellowship that’s responsible for my failure is pure insult against the Body of Christ and unscriptural. Don’t mind me… I’m an advocate of the Body of Christ, I speak for and defend the Church outside no matter the offense a believer has committed,whether sex scandal, malpractice etc.., but when I’m within the Body, I scold such persons.
We such not expose ourselves to the philosophy of this world for them to ridicule
I rest my case on balance of spirituality and academics
IWMH: Smile.. thanks so much sir
So what is your advice for those involved?
ATA: First, Love the Holy Spirit so much, and entrust your needs to him. Secondly, be so fervent in personal and corporate communion. Join a unit in the church ( as this is Scriptural), Thirdly, as a student, seek the Holy Spirit direction on how you are to go about your academics, have a written plan or chart, or a to-do list on how productive you would be in class. Attend tutorials with an intelligent person, don’t stock around with people who will bring negativism on your academic journey
ATA: After reading and assimilating, access yourself, if it’s that you’re not good at essay writing, I mean theories, learn how to write, Understand the lecturers pattern of explaining events in class and adopt it to be the pattern at which you would answer questions
These are Strategic principles I strongly believe the Holy Spirit gives when we *LISTEN*. All the time, we pay less attention to how the Holy Spirit is set to make us prosperous, we think it’s the devil speaking. It will be if such Believer has not built Spiritual sensitivity to the Holy Spirit
Let’s learn to be still, and let Him talk, let Him tutor you and intellectual principles on how to be excellent
IWMH: Wow.. 🤔
ATA: I normally say this thing, though its funny. When a believer is *excerising* Spirituality, as well as Intellectualism, such an one is Spirittellectual😂😂😂
Just simply Spirituality + Intellectualism= Spirittellectualism
That’s the advance of Balance
It’s at equipoise
IWMH: It is Indeed🥰
ATA: Yes Sir
IWMH: Thanks so much for this wonderful and strategic advice.. it will go a very long way to help eradicate the ignorance about this viral challenges student are facing expecially those on campus who are struggling on balance in this regard
ATA: Christ is Glorified Sir
IWMH: There are more questions to be asked but time wouldn’t permit.
We just have to release you now sir.
Thanks so much for your time sir…
And for honouring our invitation🥰🥰🥰
ATA: Christ is most honoured Sir
Bye for now
Intimate Worshippers face of the week
NAME: Ogundare Olayinka Davids
SOCIAL MEDIA ID
Fb: Ykdavids Empire
LIKES: Great things
EDUCATION: HND, Mass Communication
Intimate Worshippers Interview Session
IWMH: You are welcome sir, how was your day today sir?
OO: It was alright and yours?
IWMH: Mine was fine sir. Thanks
IWMH: Let begin from your education sir.
Give us a brief educational background
OO: My primary schools: *Emmanuel Primary School, Ojota.*
*Bashua Military School, Somolu*
Secondary School: *Igbobi College Yaba*
Tertiary Institution: *The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
How did you get to swift into music sir
As an occupation?
OO: Music for me is a talent. I have God to fully thank for that. Like everyone else, God made music a talent for me. But *passion* makes it an occupation for me.
My mother likes to sing too, I know I took after her😊
How did u discover this talent sir?
OO: I noticed I started getting carried away by every good sounds/music from a very tender age. I got arrested by songs on radio, tv, cartoons soundtracks, movie sound tracks, choir presentations…and I started mimicking them. Unconsciously, I would be singing… forming songs with everything that came into my mouth. Lol.
When did u stopped mimicking sir
OO: While growing…I did unconsciously.
Tell us about your life as a musician
OO: Okay. I started precisely in the church choir. The head of my church then instructed my parents to make me join the choir in the church based on what he saw in me. Reluctantly, I joined becauses I was shy and afraid to meet the choir members.
I joined. I began to learn in the choir. But I learned more joining other choirs, learning under Music Directors.
OO: I fell in love totally with music when I discovered the power of music.
Music has great impact on my emotions
IWMH: And what was the power of music you discovered sir
OO: Music is life and God is life.
Ever since you discovered your talent how did you made it happen?
OO: I started by learning and creating a niche for myself gradually.
Did you have the privilege to learn any musical instruments?
OO: I wanted too when I was younger. The choir members were being sponsored to learn musical instruments but the people in charge said, my talent is to sing and they only want me to sing. So I was denied the opportunity. So, it’s been just feign idea on musical instruments, practically but can do well theoretically…lol.
So for how long have you really settled down with music
OO: Since my time in the tertiary institution… gradually.
But fully after my time in school but you know you can only do music when you have the necessary resources. The resources are hard to come by hence the need for support. Lack of support actually hinders musical progress.
IWMH: Hmmm true sir
What Atmosphere really makes you flow in music, especially when you are in the spirit of drawing out melody
OO: A quiet environment where I can listen to my spirit…my inner-man for great tunes and impacting lyrics.
Also, an environment where we have spirit-filled instrumentalists setting divine sounds for inspirational compositions.
How do you know when the spirit is trying to give you a sound to the world🤔
OO: That’s when God comes in. He does things in a beautiful and mysterious ways through His Spirit. He can speak to you through reading of the Bible, historical events, unfolding events, through meditations and all. The atmosphere would set and be designed in such a way I would know the spirit is at work again.
IWMH: 🤔 okay sir
How many songs have you released lately?
*Celebrate the Comforter
*Comforter the Wonderful Gift
IWMH: Okay sir
By what year did you drop your first single?
OO: year 2019
IWMH: okay sir
Who is your role model?
OO: I don’t really have one in particular because I don’t want to be anyone else, I want to be me but I’m cultivating good attributes from many real *good models* in the music world locally and internationally. I follow them and I learn from them.
IWMH: okay sir
Who do you like to feature among the top gospel musician?
OO: Whoa…that’s one of my dreams. So many! I know God will do it…He will make it happen. I would like to feature legends like Don Moen, CeCe Winans, Israel Houghton, Sinach, Nathaniel Bassey, Tope Alabi, Frank Edwards, Shola Allyson, Mike Abdul, Johnny Drilled(Lol), Mercy Chinwo…I can go on and on so many because I love what they do.
IWMH: Hmmn okay sir
What are your aims as a gospel artist.
OO: Primarily, my aim is to honour and exalt God always. Others are to spread godly values, to instil right behaviours (morals) which helps in curbing social vices and increase kingdom-minded persons, to enrich life, to lend a hand in nation building, to add value to life, put smile on faces, help people find their purpose and to enjoy the greatness and faithfulness of God.
IWMH: Wow nice one sir
We have come to the end of the interview sir
OO: okay sir
IWMH: Its such a nice time with you here sir
OO: Yes with you too sir
IWMH: Bye Bye sir
Intimate worshippers face of the week
NAME: Alonge Ifeoluwa
SOCIAL MEDIA ID:
Face book: Alonge ifeoluwa Ololade
LIKES: Worship, business, talking
EDUCATION: BA English
Intimate Worshippers Interview Session
IWMH: Good morning ma
How is everything ma
AI: Thank you so much, pleased to be here
Very fine thank God
IWMH: Can you briefly tell us about you being an entrepreneur?
Firstly, thank you for having me and although I’m still learning and growing, I do hope one or two people learn a thing or two from me.
AI: I’ve been a business person since as far back as secondary school. I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon infact, there was no spoon at all😂. So hunger forced me to learn business. Hunger is my no1 motivation for venturing into entrepreneurship.
Back then I sold stockings to my colleagues, then stayed back on Fridays to make their hair just so I could support myself in school.
In the University, I was a hairstylist, jewelry namer, bag maker etc sold a few other things majorly to support my mum because at the time I was growing up, my father was absent so she had to take care of me and my other 5 siblings alone.
Although I worked in the corporate environment for a while, I had come to realise that entrepreneurship was my thing and so I resigned from the corporate world and went fully into business in 2016.
Today, I run a makeup company known as Gleemakeovers where we offer beauty services to women. I also run 2 online stores, one on jumia and the other on my social media platforms.
How do you feel when you resigned from the corporate world?
AI: I was very scared and BROKE!!!
AI: No end of the month money coming in anymore and that was very scary. I was also scared cos I didn’t know what else I will be doing.
But I was hopeful. I had resigned because I was not happy going to the office every morning. I didn’t enjoy the corporate setting and I was very sad with my job even tho the pay was good. So I had to leave.
But like I said, I was hopeful and I knew I was a business person so I was very sure I will do well and so I got to work on my makeup artistry almost immediately
I also started selling stockfish(panla) for my mum and made money from that too. I gradually started picking up from there and then I won the Tony Elumelu entrepreneurship program where I was awarded some money to support my business. This helped a great deal to set the business up.
IWMH: Hmmmm. Wow
You have had alot of experience
So when you eventually ventured into yours now what are the things you faced ma?
AI: When you say things I faced, do you mean challenges?
IWMH: Yes ma…
After forsaking all and now fully settled with yours..
How was the strength of your business ma?
AI: Hmmm…there are sooo many challenges with running a business esp in Nigeria here
AI: I got a studio for my makeup but there were always bills to pay. From Lawma, to rent, to fuel, to nepa etc, it was so discouraging
How do you managed all this challenges?
AI: It was really tough and very discouraging but I was able to learn how to adjust.
I came to realise that to start a business, the first thing you need is not a physical location, online is the way forward now. So since my studio was taking almost all my profit, I had to close it down
I started working from home
AI: But kept my social media accounts very active so people could see my work. That way, they started inviting me to come work for them. I started making so much profit.
I was able to buy many other things my business needed
AI: Another mistake I made at the beginning of my business was not taking proper account of everything that came in and everything I spent. This affected me cos I was just spending all my profit on personal needs.
So I learnt to always separate my business from my personal needs. I pay myself a salary from every money that comes in. This also helped improve my business greatly
Actually, this mistake is always viral.. untill one comes to the mindset of separating business from personal affairs
AI: The third issue I had was competition. The makeup world is so saturated, so many makeup artists out there. So I was wondering, how will I even make it? Who will patronise me?🤦🏽♀️
So I had to first understand my competition. Who are they? What are they doing differently? Why are they patronised by so many? I had to know this and to do that, I paid to learn from them.
This taught me that in business, no matter how small you are, never be scared of competition. Don’t let competition stop you from pursuing your goal. There is always a way around it
IWMH: So ma, after separation what happened ma?
AI: Other challenges were sometimes external like transportation, increase in prices of quality makeup products, give policies etc. But once you are sure that entrepreneurship your way and you have God in your corner, there is no challenge you cannot overcome
AI: I opened a different account for business. Then I pay myself a salary(a certain percentage from every amount that comes in). I pay my salary into a different account. That’s the one I use every now and then. The one in the business account is only used for business needs. It greatly improved my business I tell you
That was a good one
How do you manage your customers ma
AI: Well, for my customers while I try to maintain a professional streak, I still ensure to be cordial and very welcoming. I make them feel like family and I ensure to always be punctual to all my appointments, so they know I will not disappoint them.
I also never stop learning. I keep learning and improving in my art so my customers keep coming back. If you do not get better at what you do, others are getting better and would easily poach your customers from you. No matter how small your business is, be professional with it. Treat it like a multi-billion Naira business; respect your business so others can respect it too.
IWMH: Nice one
Is there any spiritual means you make use of to enhance your business seeing you are into competition
AI: Ahhhh… before anything can happen in the physical, it must first be sorted in the spiritual
AI: I don’t joke with my communion time with my Father in heaven. The Holy Spirit is my business partner. To excel in whatever we do, we must have a strong bond with the Holy Spirit. He teaches us what to do per time
IWMH: Mm wow…
AI: There are so many business decisions I have made solely bcos He ministered it to my heart and I obeyed, today I am enjoying it. The grant I won was because God gave it to me.
Just make sure you do your bit in business, improve on your skill, learn your craft well, have integrity, let your yes be yes and your no be no and be honest. Once you are doing your part God never fails to do His part.
The bible says finders a man diligent in his work, he will sit among kings. Be diligent and trust me, God will raise you up
Kindly take us on a journey of how you met Christ man
How you became born again?
AI: I’ve always been a Christian cos I grew up in a Christian home. But I truly gave my life to Christ for real in august 2009 on Oau campus. Daddy GO peached a message of Gods love that day and it really struck me. When he called for altar call, I came out and been growing since then thank God
IWMH: Wow. Hallelujah
How do you feel after returning from the alter call ma?
AI: There was no particular feeling. I was just more excited for the journey ahead. It was shortly after this I received the gift of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
IWMH: I’m loving this ma
AI: It’s not like everything was smooth after that or I never made mistakes, but there was alway this confidence of Gods love that just kept me going. Knowing God more and more each day made me desire to please him more. He has been a great God to me and and giving my life to Christ was one of the best decisions I ever made
In your likes ma, I saw something that drew my attention and I want you to briefly tell us about that…
AI: Yea. I enjoy worshiping God with everything i do but particularly through songs
I have tons of foreign and local worship songs on my phone and most times my ears are usually plugged just listening in, in the bus, on the road, in my room etc. It’s one of my favourite things to do
IWMH: Hmm. Interesting!
We have come to the end of the interview ma..
But before we release you kindly drop an advice for the audience based on business and spiritual business attachment, expecially to those in your business field
AI: Thank you so much
I will just like to say, not everyone of us is meant to be an entrepreneur. Some of us, God has created and wired us to be corporate workers, no one is better than the other. Just know yourself and how God has worked you and stick to the one you know you are excellent at. Don’t let anyone pressure you into what you are not meant to do.
Above all, never joke with that relationship with God. I’m not talking just the one you do in church, I’m talking about that personal one-on-one kind with your Heavenly Father. Take time to build your personal altar, there is no lasting success outside Him.
Thanks so much ma
AI: You are most welcome and it’s been a great time here
IWMH: Bye ma
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