Students of Lagos State University party with one of them an entrepreneur and a fashion designer. Our Correspondent, Nurudeen Yusuf (a 200 Level Law student) report that the event was not the usual one but a stimuli to other
The silence in front of the faculty of management sciences, Lagos state university paved way for a momentous celebration of inventiveness and distinctiveness of a young entrepreneur and an astute fashion designer Adeyinka Adebunmi a 400 level student of Banking and Finance also known as Fresh.
These students gathered in their numbers while passersby could not afford to miss the clue. They rally round Adeyinka in celebration of his birthday on Thursday, 23 February, 2012 and his adventure as a successful young entrepreneur.
Adeyinka is the CEO of Fresh Clothing, an outfit dedicated to making clothes for guys and ladies alike. Last year, he was the first runner up at the Dynamics Fashion award. He said “sewing and printing of customized shirts, jeans trousers and shoes is what has brought him to the lime light”
What inspires him? “To me, fashion is one way you can communicate to the world, my appearance speaks for me and most times people admire my dresses, from then on, they choose to call me Fresh and I see it as an opportunity to start my own brand”. Also, I got inspiration from the dresses of artiste and celebrities.
What has he achieved with his outfit that calls for celebration? “In my enterprise, I have about ten people working with me whom we together do the sewing and printing of clothes. Again, my life has changed; there have been a lot of popularity, innovation, connection and probably cash. At least, I am financially independent”.
He told our correspondent that he discovered his talent by doing, that is, craftsmanship. “I started with one or two clothes made for myself and with little personal contributions, I got one sewing machine. Now, I can count on many”. As well, I see my designs as the choice of at least 80 percent youths in Lagos, Nigeria and the world at large.
When asked how he felt students coming to be recognized with him, he replied “I felt honoured because I do not expect much crowd like this. I don’t event expect it to be glamorous the way it is now, my expectation was just to celebrate with my classmates and some friends but see what it turns out to be”.
On dynamics fashion awards nomination, he revealed to this correspondent that he never expected the nomination, but it serves as a call to do more because “if I can get the nomination doing this little thing and the world applauds it then, if I do more it is an assurance that greatness lies ahead. Despite the fact that I did not emerge winner, I so much appreciate it”.
The president department of Banking and Finance Rabiu Isaac said he has come to celebrate with Adeyinka for it good to live a fulfilled life. “For Adeyinka, he is a good guy, humble and a hardworking one. I am very happy to have someone like him in our department. Looking at the Nigerian situation, most of us graduate from school in search of white collar jobs but what he is doing as a entrepreneur by is what others should do if they have the potential and passion”.
“Currently, he is an employer of labour and in the next five years, am very sure that he will employ more. In that case, trying to reduce unemployment in Nigeria. What he is doing is actually good and I will encourage him not to derail from this path” he added. Abdul Azeez Abiye 400 level Industrial Relations and Personnel Management who happens to be Adeyinka’s roommate said he is very happy for him being a friend and I believe he should be supported in what he is doing.”
Speaking further, he said “Adeyinka as an entrepreneur is self determined. I could remember when he started, he was actually determined. It was that determination that keeps him moving till this moment from when he started in about three years ago”.
Ife Ololade 300 Sociology was of the opinion that Fresh is very humble and creative. “As an entrepreneur, he is creative in doing his things and very body who had patronised him could attest to that. He has a lot to offer the country. Am very happy being part of this celebration. Celebrating him today his just to show people love him and what he does”.
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