Kiki Osinbajo is an entrepreneur and the daughter of the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo. On this interview, she tells TIMILEYIN AKINKAHUNSI of The Punch about her life, motivation and what she thinks in regards to the criticisms towards the federal government
For a younger girl underneath 30 years previous, you appear to be fairly industrious; what motivates you?
My mom and my sister; I’ve two lovely, hard-working and robust ladies in my nook that hold me going. They’re my largest cheerleaders and generally once I really feel like I’m getting overwhelmed by work and wish a break, I take a look at how arduous they work and I do know I’ve to do the identical.
You handle about three magnificence manufacturers, what’s your weekly schedule like?
One phrase, robust! Managing three completely different firms isn’t straightforward however I like what I do and I do know that is only the start so I’ve to maintain working.
Do you’ve plans to enterprise into one other line of enterprise quickly?
Sure undoubtedly! I’m at the moment within the retail line of enterprise however I’m engaged on going into the farming facet of magnificence. Sure, farming, I do know which may sound unusual however all my merchandise are literally plant based mostly, so sourcing uncooked supplies generally might be fairly tedious. I’m wanting into the agricultural market, which is out of my consolation zone, however I’m prepared for the problem!
What motivated you to develop into very industrious?
I feel my background performed that function! I used to be at all times taught that if you would like one thing, you need to work arduous to get it. I undoubtedly need our nation to be placed on the map within the magnificence trade and what higher means to try this than engaged on it for myself?
You’re very specific about beautifying ladies, what’s your magnificence secret?
I wouldn’t say I’m specific at beautifying ladies; I’m specific about making ladies really feel snug of their pores and skin. I imagine all ladies are naturally lovely and I’ve merchandise, which don’t alter their lovely tones however make their pores and skin glow and provides ladies the arr.nce they want. My magnificence secret helps individuals glow the pure means utilizing pure merchandise.
You appear to be impressed by your mom’s love for gardens, is there a chance that you just’ll personal a backyard at some point or spend money on flowery enterprise?
Effectively, I undoubtedly love her ardour for nature and I like how completely satisfied she is when she is in her backyard or when she talks about crops. Perhaps at some point, I’d have a backyard of my very own however I’d undoubtedly want her assist with it as a result of I don’t know the essential issues about crops.
How would you describe your childhood?
Cherished, completely satisfied, and insightful! Because of my two superb mother and father and my fantastic siblings.
Rising up, what had been a few of your childhood goals?
I grew up pondering I’d develop into a health care provider however the second I watched somebody get an injection and couldn’t sleep for 3 nights, that dream grew to become a nightmare.
It’s evident that you’ve got a really cordial relationship along with your dad, what are a number of the enjoyable reminiscences you had with him as a baby?
My dad is the most effective! I imply I acquired his center identify ‘Oluleke’. I feel the most effective reminiscence was once I was about 18; we went to Abu Dhabi, UAE on vacation, I had a minor accident and was hospitalised for a few days. After I acquired again house, I used to be in ache and was crying. Everybody tried every thing they might, however nothing labored. My dad got here in, stood by the facet of my mattress, singing worship songs. He sang for about an hour and a half until I fell asleep. After I wakened, he was proper there beside me even then I used to be in ache, however I didn’t wish to wake him up as a result of I knew if I moved an excessive amount of, he would’ve woken up. I at all times knew he cherished me however this made me realise how a lot.
You’re devoted to your small business; however when you’re not working, what do you do for enjoyable?
I watch reveals and hang around with pals.
How do you pamper your self whenever you really feel the necessity to?
That is one thing I want I might do extra typically, my schedule may be very tight however I like to go to the spa or get a therapeutic massage.
What’s a typical weekend like for you?
Work, work, work and a bit enjoyable.
How typically do you store for brand spanking new vogue gadgets?
On a regular basis, however I suppose as a result of I personal a clothes and wonder retailer that homes completely different manufacturers, I find yourself simply buying from the manufacturers now we have there.
Between cellular devices and jewelry, that are you a fan of essentially the most?
I’d say jewelry, though I’m very choosy with my jewelry. I don’t put on earrings; I feel I’ve gained earrings twice within the final 5 years. Nonetheless, I like bracelets, anklets and rings.
The place is your favorite vacation spot?
It is a tough one, I’d say I’m fairly effectively travelled; nonetheless, with regards to having enjoyable, Lagos, my metropolis, is the most effective on the planet.
What native Nigerian delicacies can’t you do with out tasting in every week?
Amala, Ewedu, and Gbegiri.
Are there some particular directions that your mother and father gave you which have lived with you until at the present time?
‘We have worked hard and have been able to stand on our feet; we have made our name; one day, you will have to make yours.’ I feel that’s my motivation. I’ve watched my mother and father make not only a identify, but additionally a very good identify. I wish to be remembered for good issues and never simply because the daughter of the Vice President, but additionally as somebody who made a distinction.
As a magnificence entrepreneur in Nigeria, what are a number of the challenges you’ve confronted?
I feel as a result of it’s an rising market, many issues aren’t already established in my trade; however I take a look at it as each a problem and a bonus as a result of it means I’ve the chance to carve out my very own area of interest and develop it precisely the best way I would like it to be.
Some individuals might really feel you’ve every thing on a platter of gold because the daughter of the Vice President; how would you react to this assertion?
My mother and father gave me the most effective life even earlier than they acquired into workplace; sure, I used to be born with a silver spoon in my mouth however I imagine that pushes me to work tougher, to not show something to anybody, however as a result of I do know they gave me the most effective life and I’d wish to give my youngsters a good higher life.
Because the daughter of the Vice President of Nigeria; you might be very lively on social media, how do you react to a number of the criticisms towards the federal government?
I’ve watched my dad work arduous, tougher than ever! It’s a democratic authorities; criticisms are certain to be there.