Nigeria’s foremost bespoke gifts company, O’lavanda Signature is one: the story of the business delivering awesomeness.
How it all Started
Exactly one year ago, I started operations with the brand name O’lavanda Signature, Nigeria’s foremost bespoke gifts company; curating, packaging and delivering exciting lifestyle product and experience gifts for all occasions. I never knew that I would own a gifts business. I started out just trying to solve a challenge the company I worked for had. It was in May 2016 before Children’s day and I was looking out for ways to sell off some of our products that had a very short shelf life, I discussed with a friend of mine by name Kester. He suggested I take advantage of the Children’s day especially since it was a food product suitable for children. I went out of my way to reach out to some schools to persuade them to buy the products for Children’s day. Some schools already had their own plans whilst most schools suggested I introduce it as a package to them with other products rather than just one product. Of course, I had to give my superior the feedback, and they told me to go ahead. I remember delivering my first order to a school at Lekky County, I was really excited about having to do this... felt good I could gift these awesome kids and as well make some money as well.
Was it what I wanted to do!
I wasn’t so sure if this was what I wanted to do for a long time, but somehow at every point in time when I asked God that I needed to start a business and I was looking for wow business ideas, he kept referring me to this business and that I already had what I was asking for. From May 2016 to November, 2016. I hesitated starting. I felt it was pedestal. And I remember a word I received one day while I was driving back, that I could create something extraordinary out of the ordinary and that’s when I started thinking, writing and putting down my thoughts about O’lavanda Signature.
Yes! We started anyways
We officially started out in February 2017 under the brand name O’lavanda signature with bespoke birthday gift and wedding souvenirs. It’s being an interesting journey. As we turn one today, our core aim is to keep delivering awesomeness all over the world, one gift at a time.
For every gift we curate, we like to ensure that it has the awesomeness factor from the gift selection to curation to branding and packaging. If you ever receive a gift and it’s awesome, then it could just have been from O’lavanda Signature. Most of our packaging are designed by us and are eco-friendly as we adopt green practices in our business value chain.
A life full of Awesomeness
I wake up every day excited not just about the work I do but the opportunity to gift thousands of people and inspire happiness in a way I could never have done if I hadn’t taken the bold step to start this business a year ago. I sit in my office sometimes and my heart is full of gratitude for this gift of being in a business that summarizes the kind of life I would like to live, a life where I don’t just gift people things but experiences that would change their lives in ways they never imagined.
I truly live an awesome life and I’m going all out to create an awesome company that would change the concept of gift-giving in Nigeria not just today but in the future. Starting O'lavanda Signature has been one of the most interesting things that I have done in my life. I feel myself growing each day, have made some mistakes but learnt from it all the same and for me, this has made the journey priceless. I stretch myself each day and ensure that I go the extra mile to learn all I need to in order for me to be the best at what I do. I'm doing the things I never thought I would do and this makes it more exciting! Life is an opportunity to truly live out and maximize one's potentials. In permitting myself to truly live an awesome life, I'm discovering the many opportunities available to me and a version of myself and life that I truly love because I started anyways.
The Journey so far
We keep our vision at the top of all we do which is to be the most preferred gifts company for exciting product and experience gifts. We have gifted over 360 people including awesome individuals, celebrities and people in government, top companies and Organizations since we started and have our turnover in seven figures.
We are looking at having our own gifts studio and launching our own signature products that inspire happiness and signature experiences that promotes total well-being. We don’t know how to think small, we are big thinkers: we want to change the gift- giving narrative in Africa, blending the art and science of gift giving with extreme creativity to create gifts that truly make an awesome difference.
So what’s #the365challenge about?
As O’lavanda Signature turns one today, we are marking it with the #the365challenge. We recently opened our Instagram page and we are looking to grow the page with your help for a chance to get an awesomeness goody bag from O’lavanda Signature and a dining experience and more… with the co-founder of Speedmeals Tobias Igwe. 365 represents 365 days making one year. All you need to do to enter the challenge is to share the post on Facebook as many times as possible and like our Instagram page @olavanda_s for us to hit and even surpass the 365 followers mark.
The challenge runs till March 15th and the winner would be announced on the 19th of March, 2018.
Get a chance to win big by sharing this post as well as following us on Instagram @olavanda_s
Thanks for being Awesome!
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Smash your wealth goals held recently at Radisson Blu Hotel in Victoria Island. Lagos. It was an awesome time sharing with these awesome people about how to smash their wealth goals and also held a bonus class for them on asset building.
This is an experience note form one of the participants!
Smash your Wealth Goals Session was great, I am happy I was a part of it.I learnt a whole lot from the talk to visualization exercise and asset building.
I will start small and take practical steps consistently to bring my dreams into reality. I will keep visualizing.
Thanks for yesterday!
Our special guest Julius Osimen, did not only share great wisdom at the session but also had a great time. Thanks for hanging out with us.
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I want you to start your journey early, so if you are interested in the online class, kindly send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject 'Smash your Wealth Goals Online Class' with your full name, whatsapp no, facebook name and location.
The most important factor in living on the wealthy lane is starting - Onyinye Etoniru
Have an amazing February in advance!
I attended Future Leadership conference last year and early this year, I got a mail about the event Thinkation organised by Ubong King Foundation. I just knew it was one conference I had to attend, although it was scheduled to hold on a week day; I made up my mind to at least attend for few hours and guess what! I attended not just for a few hours and more but waited to listen to Alibaba who was the last speaker. My first conference I attended this year and I would simply say it was worth it. My biggest take home was a statement made by Ini Abimbola, ''Critical thinking is important, learn to question people's analogies and basis; when you do so, you'll begin to see things from another perspective.'' I'll share with you nuggets from two of the speakers. Alibaba Akpobome- Comedian of the Federal Republic and Ini Abimbola M.D Thistle Praxis Consulting. Enjoy!
8 THINGS YOU NEED TO BE CLEAR ABOUT IF YOU WANT TO DISRUPT THE BUSINESS SPACE by ALIBABA AKPOBOME.
1. Know who you are.
2. Decide on what you want to do.
3. Decide on where you want to do it.
4. Why you want to do it.
5. When you want to do it.
6. What strategy you want to adopt.
7. Whom you are going to sell to.
8. How are you going to sell the value you intend to offer.
4 THINGS INI ABIMBOLA SHARED THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO HER SUCCESS.
1. Be selective of who you listen to.
2. Be strategic about life and what you want, don't forget that life is like an hour glass. The sand keeps dripping.
3. Be voracious about knowledge.
4. Stop dreaming, start thinking and start working.
Let me know what you think, share your thoughts and the things they mentioned you are in sync with. I'll love to hear from you.
Hi, hope great? this January, seems a little bit slow for my liking. Not sure if it's just the fact that I started work on the 2nd of January or ....Anyways, as slow as this January seems, you can still benefit from the pace by taking out time to attend these events. Here are three events, i'm recommending to you this month that I think you shouldn't miss!
The Ubong King Foundation Thinkation2018 Conference will be coming up on the 19th of January 2018 at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Speakers at the conference are Former Ghana President Jerry Rawlings who will be visiting Nigeria for the first time, Deaconess Omolewa Ahmed- 1st Lady of Kwara State, Mrs Ini Abimbola-MD Thistle Praxis Consulting, Mr Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome ALIBABA - Comedian of the Federal Republic, Ubong King Chairman The Ubong King Foundation.
Here is a secret, You can now attend the Thinkation event for FREE, but, you must endeavour to be there on time as seats are very limited and the event is over sold out. Try to be there before 8:30AM as accreditation starts at 7:30AM.
If you love the freedom you have when you have so much money in your account to take care of yourself, give to others in need as well as invest in God's kingdom but not just about the money in your account but you aspire to live a fulfilled life, an emotionally balanced life, an authentic life filled with enriching experiences and worthwhile impact; then don't miss the Smash your Wealth Goals Session-The Wealthy Life with Onyinye Etoniru.
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Lofty Heights Conference is an inspirational gathering designed to empower participants to be the best in their chosen fields and live a purposeful life that is built on excellence.
The event seeks to create a meeting point between Achievers & Would-Be Achievers, Mentors & Proteges and Superiors and Subordinates. The theme for the year 2018 edition is “Rethink”.
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About the Author
Onyinye Etoniru is an author, lover of God and entrepreneur. She teaches life and home management from God's perspective. True Lessons With Onyinye is a mixture of true inspiration, true stories and true lessons on #WealthMatters #LifeMatters #SoulMatters #BusinessMatters #HomeMatters.
The 70 Nugget quote collection is powerful and deep. Its message is compelling; revealing relevant truth to start your day, go through your day and end your day in victory.