The entrepreneurial skill and business intelligence being emphasised in schools nowadays may be paying off after all.
Knowing that Nigeria is ravaged by unemployment and economic slowdowns, students are finding ways around how they can survive the hard times by the time they graduate.
Such students are Funmi Adeniran, a 400 level students of Zoology, University of Ilorin, who is looking forward to receiving her call-up letter for the one year compulsory service to her nation, and her younger sister, Eniola Adeniran, a 200 level student of History and International Relations of the same university.
For them, creativity, ingenuity, and business intelligence is what can bail them out and prepare them ahead to stand on their own rather than search for unavailable jobs.
They are making use of their business intelligence and smartness to shore up their stipends in the school, as well as revive their mother’s fashion business.
What the two students do is look up for trendy and fantastic designs on the net, take some screenshots of trendy and fitting outfits and send them to their mother who will source for quality fabrics, make some designs and sow them.
Their mother will send the picture of the already made cloth back to them while they place those pictures on Instagram, Tiktok and Youtube where customers will make requests.
By this, their mother will make her money, while the children too will make theirs in addition to whatever they would obtain as their stipends or allowances. According to Funmi they make nothing less than N500,000 monthly.
The attention they paid to their mother anytime she was making cuttings, taking measurement, knitting and sowing garments when they were younger is paying off as they are engrossed in the thought of how to make their mom’s business look better rather than the raw way it was being done all of 25 years ago when their mother started her tailoring.
When Funmi got to the university, she was not pleased that her mom still was adopting the old method to carry out her fashion designing work, so she brought up the current concept of Ready to Wear three years ago.
The new concept led her to search for inspirations that match their aesthetics, where her mom, who is the creative director in the new concept, would make some sketches and create her own design.
What the two students do is to look up for trendy and fantastic designs on the net, take the screenshot and send it to their mother who will source for quality fabric and make the sowing.
Their mother will look for models who will wear the new designs. She will take their pictures and send them to the children who will place them on Instagram, Tiktok and Youtube where customers can make requests.
By this, the mother makes her money while the children too make theirs in addition to whatever they would be given as their stipends or allowances.
“My mother goes to the fabric market to shop for the best quality to make some outfits. She has other stylists who work with her to make exclusive designs, Funmi says.
“After the designs are made, we book models to wear the outfits so we can take pictures and videos for our social media platforms.
” We are currently active on both Instagram and Tiktok as Mayaki Fabrics. The business is also outsourced to the UK through the connections my mum, the Creative Director, has in the country,” she adds.
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