Kemi Ajiboye of Crystal Shine Skin Clinic’s mission to fix Nigeria’s bleaching menace

The name Crystal Shine struck a nice note with me. It reminded me of porcelain clear skin, or in my case, more like ebony wood or onyx. What I am saying is the name inspired thoughts of naturally beautiful skin. So when I got to the Opebi office of Crystal shine beauty care I knew I was going to learn more about skin than I had ever known. I mean, you don’t give your outfit that kind of name without knowing what you are doing, do you? My conversation with Mrs. Oluwakemi Ajiboye, who is the Founder and CEO of Crystal Shine was quite the eye-opener. The mother of three daughters has extensive experience in skin care therapy. Armed with a first degree in Biochemistry and post graduate degrees in Aesthetic Medicine, Cosmetic Chemistry, ...

SME Stories: First Choice Cleaning Services want to be the only choice

Cousins Olumide Salvador and Olajuwon Osinowo started First Choice Cleaning Services in January  2016. It wasn’t an ideal time for them to launch a new business venture, they were both fresh out of the University of Lagos where Olumide studied Pharmacy and Juwon studied English and International Relations. Regardless of the less than ideal beginnings, they took the plunge and the business has grown, with a ridiculously low price model and the promise of free pickup and delivery anywhere in Lagos, these cousins are challenging how dry cleaning should be done. We met with Olumide in Surulere (Juwon was not in town) to talk about those early days, the challenges they face right now and their plans for the business. Why a drycleaning outfit instead of a ‘cool’ business? You need to know that business depends ...

Kemi Robbin of Addurrah Creations: Turning a hobby into a thriving business

We walked in on one of the training classes at Addurrah creations and decided to sit at the back and listen in on what CEO and Founder,  Kemi Robbin, was teaching that day. While I was lost about the difference between an A-line skirt and a peplum skirt, what struck me about the class was its similarity to a formal tertiary education class. The students had training manuals and materials to learn along with the instructor, so when we sat to talk about Addurrah creations, it was one of the things I asked about. But first, we had to start from the beginning, the early days of the business. VConnect Blog: How did Addurrah Creations start? Kemi Robbin: Addurrah creations started officially in 2012, although I had begun ...