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I Want To Innovate On Use Of Aso-Oke, Fabrics, Others ~ Helidiiam CEO| Abeke Mercy Ejibunu
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- July 18, 2020
My name is Abeke Ejibunu. I am a 29years old native of Arigidi Akoko in Ondo State, Nigeria. A graduate of Chemistry from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State.
I am the CEO of Helidiiam Couture, a fashion brand operating out of Ondo City.
Growing up was amazing with its ups and downs. I was born in my hometown, but spent most of my years in Ondo town which has become a home for me and my family. I grew up here with my nuclear family of 6 people.
I have always been a fashion lover since I was very young. From making clothes with needles for teddy bears and plastic baby.
I also love drawing then. And whenever I do any drawing, I made sure I designed the dresses to my taste. I started choosing my designs for my tailors at age 10. Because I always loved to stand out wherever I go, even among my age groups then.
*What influences would you say shaped you then?*
Aside the fact that I loved drawing designs at a very young age and making dresses for dolls, few things that shapen me back then was, watching fashion shows on TV and whenever my dad buys newspaper then, I always don’t care about the other news, all I wanted to see was the page for the fashion trends. I had a book back then, I would cut out different people who are on the newspaper with beautiful designs and paste on that notebook.
*What challenges did you face?*
Back then, while training, I had a few challenges which includes training as a part-time student then, because I have to also go to work. After the training, I went to the University. The very first challenge I had was having clients to sew from me. And the fear of starting on my own was also a challenge. And yes, finance was one of the many challenges. Ranging from buying equipments and fabrics.
How have you managed the situation to become a brand in present day?*
The first thing was to sell myself to the people around me. My mum got me my first sewing machine. So, I decided to start making beautiful designs for myself. I made sure I attend church every Sundays, events too. And I always wear what I made for myself. People began to like what I wear and all, that was how I was able to win majority of my coursemates back then and even people around me. As a young undergraduate, a lots of people know what I do for a living from the kind of promotion I gave myself. So, after my B. Sc. and service year, I came back to Ondo town. I used my room as my workshop. And then, I had my first student. From one student, we graduated to 4 and more. And today, we have produced 5 fashion designers and currently have 12 students. So, I had to upgrade my work space to a 3-bedroom flat. With lots of clients in Nigeria and oversea countries.
See that your industry has evolved so much in the last couple of years in Nigeria, how have you adapted to it?*
One thing is clear, change is the only constant thing in life. How we adapt to it is going to reflect on whatever we are building.
The fashion industry is constantly changing, as a brand, Helidiiam consistently stays on trend and sometimes, ahead of it.
This has been achieved via constant learning and relearning. One must be aware of the trends and do the best to stay in vogue. If you come to terms with the fact that the fashion industry is fluid and if you cannot keep up, you will lose out, it will put things in perspective.
*What stands you out, makes you unique, in a populated industry like yours?*
One of the things that made me stand out is the fact that I am versatile when it comes to dresses for women. Both the plus size and medium size. We run virtually everything related to women’s clothings
Moreso, the finishing on our dresses are topnotch. We don’t just deliver, we give the best to our clients.
We also run a fast sewing business for our clients, whereby you can bring in your fabrics and get it done in less than 48hours, depending on the designs chosen.
*What’s next for you?*
First, I want to relaunch the use of asooke, adire to make comfortable office wears. I once did that, but due to lack of funds, I couldn’t. So, that’s the next thing on the agenda
Also, I want to run mobile sewing. First thing to do, is log into our website if you have your fabrics, probably for an event. You’ll book an appointment with us. We come in with our team, make the dress, and deliver that same day, on the spot. Except for exclusive designs which might take more than 6 hours.
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Ayomide18 Jul 2020
Great ideas … More strength I pray for super woman
Ifedayo18 Jul 2020
This is beautiful. I pray your brand continues to grow in size and might. Amen!
Sobowale Kehinde18 Jul 2020
More wins dear, we’re proud of you. Keep on the good work 🥰
Peawealth18 Jul 2020
Nice one 💕💕💕
Oyekanmi18 Jul 2020
Wow , what an ambitious lady u are. I’m touched. And I pray God will continue to establish u as he always do for u ma. More win
Mutiat18 Jul 2020
Wow, inspiring, educative, and innovative….. May God help realize ur dreams all… I’m super super proud of you
Abisayo18 Jul 2020
Helidiiam couture to the world 🙌🙌🙌
Philip Evelyn18 Jul 2020
Wow,keep it up girl,God gat your back.
Ishola Dorcas18 Jul 2020
I’ve known you from University days and I can boldly say you’re a hard-working woman. The sky is your starting point. God bless you
Prince Kunle Alade18 Jul 2020
The sky is definitely your starting point dear…..YES YOU CAN💪
Ololade niyi18 Jul 2020
Gud job. Sky is just the beginning
Abimbola18 Jul 2020
Lovely sis more grace and power, ur heart desire will be granted
Seunstillz18 Jul 2020
I can vouch for her anywhere in the world. She’s the best in what she does.
Uzoma Marvelous18 Jul 2020
Good innovation, God bless your handiwork and the sky your starting point.
Oladeji fadojutimi19 Jul 2020
Good job dear, keep it up.
Olawale Precious19 Jul 2020
The baddest seamstress🥰🙌🙌..Helidiiam is going global💯
Emmanuel Odiase19 Jul 2020
She has proven her creative skills over time. I admire her innovative inclination and passion to be one of the few trail blaizers here. She is definitely going places.
BAMISE19 Jul 2020
I always know you are bigger than what people see outside Helidiiam…… Continue to win. The sky is your starting point. Shine on
OLUWAKAIYEKUNMI19 Jul 2020
Am always proud of u my sister boss and everything sky is ur beginning
Oguntuyi Daniel O.19 Jul 2020
Mercy…..no doubt, God’s mercy shall abound with you forever. The power of the Most Hight shall be your lever and fulcrum, and shall pilot you to your very aspired and desired destination. ……soar on and high dear.
Ilesanmi Mayowa19 Jul 2020
Nice one… Keep repping you n be glad of who you re growing into… God bless you more.
Eunice Friday.20 Jul 2020
More grease to your elbow dear. God bless your hustle.