Chidinma Aaron on Sunday defeated 12 other finalists to win the 2018 Miss Nigeria beauty pageant crown.
The contestants were Ntan Nton, Egede Lagele, Thomas Mseve, Ameh Munirah, Otunba Ifunaya, and Shitta Remilekun. Others are Tizhe Usa Miriam, Okudili Odinaka Doris, Agida Stephanie, Ugwu Ijeoma, Aaron Chidinma Leilani, and Dunu Chisom Olivia.
The final five were Dunu Chisom, Ntan Sharon Nton, Ameh Munirah, Agida Stephanie and Aaron Chidinma Leilani. Dunu Chioma became the first runner-up, while Ameh became the second runner-up.
Chidinma Aaron who winner of the pageant will take home N3 million, a luxury apartment and an automobile. She takes over the crown from Mildred Ehiguese who won the 2017 edition.
David Messan, a business strategist, and investor held a masterclass in the 360 Creative Hub as part of our Fashion Business Series. The masterclass was an intimate, roundtable of 15 young entrepreneurs.
The topic centered around growing a successful business through partnerships.
He started by talking about the importance of vision and how important it is to have clarity in your business. And in addition to financial capital, the strength of people capital. For one to be able to get the right profit they need the right people.
To sell anything, talk about the benefits of your product. Copy a popular style and when you get customers slowly migrate into your personal style.
For a strategy to manifest, you need to know how to strike: never stop talking about your business, don’t be too humble to be stupid, learn to talk.
When things aren’t going well, learn to take a break and re-strategize but not quit. The customer should influence your strategies and your business model.
Part of a brand strategy is keeping imagery in mind. The brand logo should be simple, relative and memorable.
Chuks Ogene (Sunesis), is a creative entrepreneur (one who makes creative ideas profitable). He is known for his endeavours in design, fine art, brand communication, creative/art directing, fashion photography among others.
On the four brand quadrants to know where your business lies and how to effectively brand it are:
These are products that are highly needed like drugs, technology etc. Customers are drawn to these products because they need them and are willing to pay a lot of money for them.
These are products that are not really needed but wanted. The products are primarily luxurious and expen
sive. Examples include: Versace, Apple etc.
These are products that are needed but also not expensive like notepads, pen etc. Low emotional
These are products that are neither expensive nor needed, they include Limca drink, Zara brand etc.
To effectively brand your company, ask yourself these questions:
What is it about?
Why should you do it?
How do I make it happen?
Where/who will t impact?
You also need to keep in mind that to design you need to go through a series of processes beginning with learning, asking questions, thinking before finally applying.
The fashion industry is encompassed with glamour but beyond the red carpet, the five-minute runway shows and photo shoots is an industry that needs funds to run just like any other.
Taking a peak behind the curtain, one would see that a lot of fashion entrepreneurs sway towards the creative part of the industry and neglecting the business side of it – which is the most important if you want to have a sustainable business.
To educate the young fashion enthusiasts is Rufai Oseni; a broadcaster with over 15 years of experience, an author and an all-round business man.
“Entrepreneurship is moving from one venture to another, consistently failing but without losing your sense of enthusiasm,” Mr Oseni said. He emphasized on the importance of not being afraid to fail because failing when starting a business is almost a guarantee.
“Timing is everything.” Mr Oseni gave examples of some technology that would have been rejected if they actually came decades earlier. To break into your market, one must know when to do so.
On innovation, he gave a few sources where an entrepreneur can get one, with the primary focus being the customers. Watching trends, peer review and branding also being on the list.
After speaking extensively on the business side of fashion or any other business, he ended the session by giving a piece of advice: “business is a rational venture that needs an emotional fuel.”