Opeyemi Otubu, 23, is the CEO of Optub Clothings, a fashion designing brand. In this interview with FEYISAYO POPOOLA, she speaks on her business
Tell us more about Optub Clothings. What services do you offer?
Optub Clothings is a fashion brand that creates different types of attire for men and women, ranging from corporate wears to casual and occasional wears.
The brand name was derived from my name.
What is your educational background?
I have a B.Sc in Home Science and Management (clothing and textile option) from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
Do you have any work experience?
I worked as an intern at a garment factory, Sam and Sara Garment Factory, for six months and I am currently serving in Home Economics Department at the Federal College of Education (special), Oyo.
When and how did you learn fashion designing?
I learnt how to sew initially in 2014 and was able to back it up with the help of the course I studied in school
Do you sew for male and female, or just for male?
I sew for female mostly and a little bit for male. I’m looking forward to perfecting my knowledge on male attire.
What motivated you to start your own business?
I’m not a 9-5 (9am-5pm) kind of person. I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur and earn my money directly to my pocket.
How much was your initial capital and how did you raise it?
I didn’t start with a specific capital. I started with a sewing machine which was given to me by my mum. I started sewing for friends and family and they referred others to me.
What are the major challenges you faced when you started? Do you still encounter them till date?
We all know how competitive the fashion world of today is. One of the major challenges I face is sourcing for clients. When you eventually get some clients, they want to beat down the price very low because they see me as a young and an up and coming designer.
How have you been able to overcome these challenges?
I have been getting referrals from friends and family and most importantly, I have been praying about them and God has been good.
If you could go back in time, what would you have done differently in the business?
I would have ventured into the make-up business.
Has there ever been any time you thought of quitting and seeking paid employment?
No. Even if I fail at one point in time, I will never stop trying to be better.
Is your business registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission?
Not yet, but soon
How profitable is the business?
It’s yielding enough profit, good enough for a starter like me.
Do you have any employee?
None for now
Where do you see yourself and your business in the next five years?
I see myself being a well-known designer, both locally and internationally.
Aside fashion designing, what other skills do you possess?
A little bit of catering
What do you think the future holds for entrepreneurship in Nigeria?
Entrepreneurship forces are very strong. Nigeria stands the chance to be a better county if 80 per cent of the youth think of creating job opportunities instead of seeking jobs around.
Do you think entrepreneurs are born or made?
No one is born an entrepreneur; you decide and work towards it.
If you had one piece of advice for someone just starting out, what would it be?
I will tell young persons like me that are looking forward to starting a fashion line that it requires a lot of patience and hard work. You can get there if you believe
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