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.
I already got so many messages about an online version of Smash your wealth goals. So would be giving you and your friends the opportunity to be a part of the online class of smash your wealth goals. I would also include the asset building as a bonus class, all for N3500.00 in the month of February.
I want you to start your journey early, so if you are interested in the online class, kindly send a mail to email@example.com 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!
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.
Find out about the seven elements of the Wealthy Life and how you can smash your wealth goals! If you're serious about taking a walk on the wealthy lane, then don't hesitate to register for Smash your Wealth Goals Session. *Bonus: Asset Building Class *Visualization Exercise and much more.
Register by sending a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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”.
If you want to go beyond the limits to achieve extra ordinary results, turn impossibilities to possibilities, shatter every glass ceiling and go beyond the norms and standards! then don't miss this conference.
It is time to challenge your mental prowess and produce extraordinary results with tangible and irrefutable proofs. It is time to REthink, REdefine, REinvent and REposition yourself for greater exploits. Plan to attend!
It's here again, Success Stories Africa. I'm specially inviting you to be a part of this edition.
Being successful is a habit. Being a mediocre is also a habit. Young Nigerians will be empowered to cultivate new habits and change history at the 2017 edition of the annual Success Stories Africa. Widely acclaimed as the most impacting gathering of young people in developing communities, Success Stories Africa is focused on increasing the number of empowered youths above the weaklings.
According to the convener, Isaac Oladipupo, “As a people, if we don’t meet needs in the society, we won’t be needed, let alone relevant. It’s high time we stopped consuming and started looking inward to create products and services that will be used globally. We must turn around from being a consumer oriented economy, to a producer oriented economy.
Barrier-breaking speakers who will reveal their success stories at this gathering include Bovi Ugboma [Ace Comedian], Olakunle Soriyan [CEO, Olakunle Soriyan Company], Toyin Abraham [Award-winning Actor], Dayo Adeneye [Commissioner for Information, Ogun State]. This illuminating event will also feature a special panel session with Shola Okubote [Founder, woman.ng], Evans Akanno [Founder, Cregital], Kemi Filani [Nigerian blogger], Azeez Makinde [Nigerian blogger] and John Obidi [Founder, SmartBCamp].
Date: November 11th 2017
Time: 9am to 3pm
Location: TLC Auditorium, 599 Lagos Abeokuta Expressway, U-Turn Bus-stop, Abule Egba, Lagos, Nigeria.
Inquiries: Please call 08027855262, 07059612290, 08039612164
Save the date! See you there!
Today is my birthday! yea...words can't explain how grateful I am to God for the gift of life. This year came with it's own challenges and high points but It's being a year that's being worth it for me because God always comes through for me and for this, I celebrate the goodness of God in my life. ....Happy birthday sis! So on this special day, I'll like to share a chapter of my life with you which prompted the book SET YOURSELF FREE, a life changing gift from me to you.
Growing up as a child, I had big dreams and still do. I wanted a quality of life that was beyond just having money. I wanted to live a wealthy life that was full of rich experiences, quality friendships and have an
authentic lifestyle that was enriching, purposeful, sold out to God, emulative and with financial
abundance to explore life and be the most awesome version of myself. That's not too much to ask from life I guess. My reality was to have a great and fulfilling life that reflected all that God wanted me to be
I remember few years ago, precisely 2014 as I sat in my cozy room at my apartment in Reading, UK. I wrote a letter to my self which I shared in the book. At that time, I felt I was held down by my fears, people’s opinion and everything within me that won’t let the eagle in me fly. To be honest, I cannot clearly remember the scenario but one thing I knew was that I was holding back and needed to release myself to manifest! I had taken a long stroll and silenced the things that mattered to me.
Three years after, I’m living the life I love with awesome relationships, an authentic life that I enjoy with God as my source, the love of my life, running my own business and loving my dream job. It all didn’t happen just like that. It started with me understanding the place of God being my source and most important in my life, one of the non–negotiable values that I would not trade for anything in this world and other things of which I would be sharing a bit in the book. I want you to start the journey just like I did years ago but it starts with you taking the time to access wisdom and taking that leap of faith to get to where God wants you to be.
So the book SET YOURSELF FREE was written with you in mind, so you can give yourself the permission to go after the things that matter to you, don’t be afraid to explore, don’t hold back to the possibilities of your gifts and who you can become.
I hope this book would be the gift that would inspire you to take responsibility for your life and give yourself a chance to not only dream big but experience the best of life. So let’s get started. I’ll be taking you
on a 28 day journey filled with advice on how to set yourself free as you truly follow your life’s calling
and prepare yourself to have and live the wealthy life. It’s going to be fun, intriguing and insightful!
Thanks to family, awesome friends and fans that have being here all the way! God bless you all.
When I look at this picture, I took three years ago, it reminds me of a lot of things. After a very funny experience, sleeping in a sitting room of a cottage in UK with one of my sweet and amazing friend Omalicha...and our hustle and bustle mixed with favour the next morning at the university's gym as I got ready to travel to USA for my friend's wedding.
In the midst of your helpless times, God always sends angels. I really appreciate Ene and one of the families at Porter's house for their amazing support.
I just planned to enjoy the trip to Georgia, have as much food as I could and also watch a lot of movies. It was British Airways, you can imagine..it was one of my best trips ever...so loooved the BA experience, unforgettable it was.
It was not as cold as I thought it would be, that was relieving. This amazing friend of mine, Tolu was at the airport to pick me up. I met Tolu in church at one of our services back in Nigeria. On seeing her, I knew she was different. She had an aura of grace around her and she is frankly one of the most cultured, decent, intelligent and disciplined woman I know. She is also very God fearing. So we got talking and I invited her over to my house, we talked about God, faith, marriage and life in general as well as our future plans. It was like I had known her for five years. As the host, I gave her a treat of my favourite wine and fried turkey.
She later told me, she would be travelling for her masters and kinda heard too she would be getting married soon. We kept in touch while she travelled to US and while I traveled to UK. I told her, I would come for her wedding. Little did I know that the words we speak have a way of being tangible and by God's grace, I was there.
She took really good care of me during my short stay at Georgia and went the extra mile before I traveled to Maryland.The family I stayed with and her husband, awesome people...plus giving me the opportunity to listen to their love story. This picture was taken on the first Sunday after her wedding. Thanks Tolu for being an amazing person and God bless your family. Keep shining!
We are still friends till today but most importantly I learnt that when we connect with the right people and make an effort to reach out to people we admire and invest in true friendship as well as be a true friend. It has a way of changing your life in a positive way and bringing you bigger, better and awesome opportunities plus sweet memories you never ever imagined.
So was just in my office this morning o...and all of a sudden, Google sent me a notification.
I was reluctant at first to check it but I kinda changed my mind in a split second and what did I see ....a picture I took four years ago on the 13th of July, 2013 at an event organized by Sam O Salau. It was my third or so speaking engagement after my NYSC. Guess how I felt when I saw the pic.. I was surprised, I smiled and then I laughed...a laughter of gratitude and as usual said what people would normally say 'how time flies'.
I must say thank God for my journey so far. It's been so enjoyable and worthwhile and it can only get better.
Thanks Sam O. Salau for this opportunity you gave me four years ago. I'm grateful. Thanks to all the amazing people that have influenced my life positively and contributed to where I am today and thanks to those who will also contribute to my tomorrow. Thanks and God bless you all.
If you know me too well, I don't take gratitude for granted. Its one of the values that have traveled with me through life and is one of my success secret. I even keep a gratitude diary.
So feel free to check out your own history and picture gallery, find out what you were doing on the 13th of July, 2013 and post your own #throwbackstory.
Enjoy your day!
So many people know about my first book, the Journey of a Higher Life , published first in Nigeria and two years later, a revised one was published in UK, but they do not know the story behind the book. I was divinely instructed to write the book after I passed through three painful years of my life. I would say, it was painful but gainful at the end.
I never planned to be a writer and I remember thinking to myself, 'who would ever publish this book ..'It's a Christian genre'. 'I am not a pastor neither am I a pastor's daughter'. 'Was I qualified to write a Christian book' were thoughts that garnered my mind at that time. I remember my publisher telling me 'that I should forget about publishing the book and publish something else in another genre' and his partner convincing him that it was a good one, he believed in it and they should publish it.
As a corper in the northern part of Nigeria, I had to come back to Lagos and planned the Book Launch, made all the preparations for the final book editing and printing within two weeks.
A day to the book launch, I remember my Dad sitting on the dining chair at the sitting room in my brother's house asking 'where is the book you said you wrote' ...obviously it was a day to the book launch and the book wasn't yet ready.
On Nov 4th, 2012....The Journey of a Higher Life was launched, an event that changed my life significantly and my life's story.
In few weeks, I would be launching the audio book of the Journey of a Higher Life. The story behind the book is a walk to remember.
I'm specially inviting you to join me at the Lagos Christian Book Chat Meet Up as I share about the story behind the book, writing and publishing tips and much more. So sorry that is strictly for ladies though but the audio book launch would definitely be for both 'guys' and 'girls' . So stay close!
What's going to be happening at the meet up!
* Book Chat
* Book Reading
* Q & A
* Meet Up & Networking
*Spicy Tips for Living True and Full
* Book Club Meeting
Date: Sunday 26th, March 2017.
Venue: Mint Lounge
Plot 5A No 33 Grace Anjous Drive,
Off Adebayo Doherty Road. Lekki Phase One. Lagos.
To attend, click the link to register
The Lagos Christian Book Chat meet up is an initiative of TJFC platform, an online Christian social platform and book club which equips women and teaches them life and home management from God's perspective.
The Lagos Christian Book Chat which is one of its kind is aimed at celebrating christian women authors and helping them project the message God has given to them.
Don't miss this for any reason! Plan to attend.
N/B: Limited Spaces Available. Please register to book your seat.
An inspirational audio collection of the book, The Journey of a Higher Life by Onyinye Etoniru.
As the year draws closer to its end, I decided to look back at my life and share some of the exciting and adventurous things I did in 2015 and the lessons I learnt. First of all, I want to deeply than God for an amazing and supernatural year. I feel very spoilt by God. Everyday has been a miracle day for me, like seriously. God is the reason I am alive and I am where I am today, It's all because of Him and of course a big thank you to YOU for reading my blog and supporting me. I appreciate plenty plenty. I'll leave you to enjoy my pic story.
CANOEING WITH FRIENDS
I had a really amazing time at PGL in UK. it was my first time canoeing, My friends and I didn't take any practical class on canoeing. But as usual, I was determined to paddle all the way. After few times trying to get the trick behind it. I finally got it and my canoe partner and I won most of the games we played with other teams , like canoe racing, catching the ball. It was all fun and laughter but also learnt a lot about team work and the fact that if you're really determined, you can learn anything you want.*smiles.
THE MASSAGE OF A LIFE TIME
I've been pretty busy this year. I've always wanted to have a massage, but never had the time to do it. One day, when I knew I couldn't take it any longer, because of the stress. I booked a physiotherapy session with a lady, Ify at home and took a day off.
My conversations with her
Me: Ouch, this is so painful, i thought it was supposed to be soothing
Ify: You have a lot of stress lumps, that's why. I'll have to massage it so it can dissolve.
Me: Shocked, i managed to reply ''I guess it's because I used to be an athlete.''
Ify: It's necessary to have massage often as it helps in reducing stress and aging symptoms, relaxing the muscles, helps you to be more active physically and keeps you healthy.
Me: Thanks. wow! didn't know that. I'll consider doing it often.
I was glad I finally took out time to do the massage, Though it was painful at first but rewarding as I felt lighter and better after few days.It's almost like part of my #Dare2do for the year. I'll like to recommend that you take out some time and try out a massage. You can call Ify on 07034550768 for a refreshing massage, treat yourself or a loved one. I learnt that it's important to take out time to take care of your health, you'll reap the benefits now and in the future.
THE WEDDING ROAD TRIP
I've always been in love with road trips. It was a refreshing time for me on a road trip from Lagos to Akure in Ondo state. Nigeria; as I travelled to grace my dearest friend's wedding -kester. I met a lot of amazing people from Germany and Nigeria whom I'm still friends with till today. Dorcas, Domain, Vicky, Toba, Emeka, Glory, Angela,Was-nee, Toba and others.
One thing, that really surprised me about my friend, was that on His wedding night, he brought together all his friends and we had discussions on how we could play a part in solving the issues in Nigeria and we shared & prayed to wrap up the day's activities. What he did, not only inspired me but really got me thinking about how many people would do that on their wedding day. I knew it was a very selfless act and I believe it's one of the attributes of any great person.It pays to be live a selfless life. *Lovely coupl
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