For our July 2020 alumni entrepreneur spotlight let us introduce you to Mutiyat Olaniyan. Her journey is inspiring to say the least, it shows how one can overcome the darkest days of their life through massive strength and determination, and turn things around to lend a hand to others in similar situations. Let’s hear her story in her own words.
My name is Mutiat Olaniyan. I have Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Accounting & Economics from University of Lagos, Nigeria, as well as a Post-graduate Diploma in Fashion Design and Techniques from George Brown College. I founded and currently run a modest fashion brand called May9 here in Canada, amidst a couple other engagements.
I am a widow with four kids and my journey through widowhood has made me discover some other inherent gifts in me. I run a small NGO for widows and I also socially connect with widows via my writings on social media platforms like Telegram & Facebook. I love meeting people, creating impact in my own little way. I am a firm believer that our blood and breath are only for our temporary use, hence maximizing our life to impact is of paramount importance to me. I know its not easy sharing ones story but I love sharing stories because in sharing most times, comes healing.
What made you want to become an entrepreneur?
Fashion has always been my passion and the drive to further my entrepreneurial journey was borne out of my personal loss.
Why did you create your business?
To make an impact for myself and other vulnerable women like myself, and also to fulfill and obvious need in the market.
What successes have you enjoyed so far with building your company?
The idea of registering a business in Canada is a huge success for me in itself. Also taking part in some prestigious fashion shows and putting the brand in a spotlight is also an achievement for me.
What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Start, don’t stop and be consistent!
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