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Izandu Media
10 Views · 7 months ago

This week, we had a long ride to Iju Ota in Ogun State, to feature the Wilson’s Lemonade Juice on the Startup Show.
Ever since we started the “Go There” episodes, it has never been this adventurous, first the long ride, the roads, the traffic, then the walk through the factory, this would be the first time I will enter a production factory and so it was like an excursion.
The first time I saw the Wilson’s Lemonade on the shelves at the Barcelos, I thought that it was a foreign drink and so I ordered it with my friend and we liked it, I looked through the bottle and found that it was a Nigerian drink, being a startup lover, I started digging for info about them immediately.
When I got to know it’s pure fruit juice, I thought it was just like the smoothies bar at the back of my office where I walked down to get fresh juice daily, but it was so different, it was a state-of-the-art modern fresh juice factory.
Walking through the factory, one will think it’s a multi-million naira business, but while sitting down for a few gist with Seyi and Seun Abolaji (Cofounders of Wilson’s Lemonade) I was made to understand that the whole thing started only with N2000, yes you heard right, two thousand naira only.
On the video, you will see how blank I looked, I could not understand, how do they keep doing these things, how can a factory of this magnitude be created out with 2000 naira investment, it still a misery.
We talked about their life as African-American kids, the return to Nigeria and their early beginnings.
Seyi and Seun said they were told at a very young age that everything in Nigeria were natural and fresh, but when they returned to Nigeria after their study they realized that most fruit juice in Nigeria was from concentrate, so they just wanted to make fresh juice for themselves but now they have built a premium juice brands, that would give every Nigerian an opportunity to drink healthy and to live a healthy life.
The Abolaji brothers disclosed that they have not spend any money on placement, on marketing or advertising but how did they get to where they are, secure partnership with Shoprite, Spa, Barcelos etc. It is all on this week episode of the Startup Show, tune in and be inspired.

Izandu Media
26 Views · 7 months ago

He left America with $10 to Sell Lemonade in Nigeria is another episode of my promoting Africa series where I feature black entrepreneurs all across Africa who have built successful businesses and they tell us how they did it.

Today I’m gonna share with you the story of Seyi Abolaji, a Nigerian Founder who built a drink company in Nigeria that has become a household name. He started selling orange juice at Covenant University then went on to create a bigger brand called Wilson’s lemonade in 2010. I am a consumer of his product and it was amazing to finally get the opportunity to share his story which is a really inspiring one so definitely watch this to the end.

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Izandu Media
29 Views · 7 months ago

Let's talk BIZ!! I have several different income streams and have learned a LOT as an entrepreneur, so I break it all down in this video. I hope it's helpful!





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58 Views · 7 months ago

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Izandu Media
18 Views · 7 months ago

Emma Grede spent her childhood saving spare change to buy fashion magazines. Now she’s making millions helping one of America’s most famous families start and run their businesses.

With many of these businesses taking off, Grede has earned herself a spot alongside Kim and Kris on Forbes’ 2022 list of the richest self-made women in the U.S. Forbes estimates Grede to be worth $360 million due in large part to her nearly 8% stake in Skims, which was valued at $3.2 billion in January. The rest of her fortune comes from owning about 23% of Good American, 22% of Safely and less valuable stakes in Frame and Brady, companies cofounded by her husband; the latter is a collaboration with NFL legend Tom Brady.

Grede may best be known to people outside the fashion industry as a guest judge on Shark Tank. She says she took the role to help bring attention to underfunded Black-owned businesses. She is also chairwoman of the 15 Percent Pledge, a campaign started after George Floyd’s murder in May 2020 that asks retailers to commit 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned brands (pledge signees include Nordstrom, Sephora and Macy’s).

In this video, Grede sits with Forbes' Maneet Ahuja to discuss her ever-growing empire, what dropping out of college afforded her, and the power of small, black-owned businesses within the retail industry.

0:00 Introducing Emma Grede & Maneet Ahuja
0:06 The Early Days & Dropping Out Of College
1:28 Juggling Multiple Businesses
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5:47 On Building A Household Brand
6:53 Explaining The 15% Pledge
8:49 Grede's Involvement In Shark Tank
10:21 Failsafe Advice To Founders
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Izandu Media
20 Views · 7 months ago

Meet the Nigerian Billionaire who started from Nothing is another episode of my promoting Africa series where I feature black entrepreneurs all across Africa who have built successful businesses and they tell us how they did it.

Today I’m gonna be sharing with you the story of Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo who is a Nigerian real estate billionaire who has built a successful Real Estate Development Business in Nigeria all from nothing. I came across him in 2018 when he was on the cover of Forbes Africa and since then I have been wondering when I will have the opportunity to sit down with this great mind. Today I finally got that opportunity and his story is really inspiring so definitely watch this to the end.

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Izandu Media
8 Views · 7 months ago

He is one of the biggest names in world business and he came to Africa to give a masterclass on becoming an entrepreneur. Jack Ma entrepreneur extrodinaire worth more than $42 billion dollars and listed by Forbes as one of the most influential business people in the world. He was rejected for 30 jobs before coming into his own and founding Alibaba the Chinese based e-commerce giant Alibaba – he was in Johannesburg to tell entrepreneurs his story.

Izandu Media
12 Views · 7 months ago

“Building Atlanta: The Story of Herman J. Russell,” a documentary film about the inspiring life and legacy of Atlanta businessman and founder of one of the United States' largest black-owned commercial real estate development and construction firms. The nearly hour-long film took more than a year to produce and features interviews with notable Atlantans, who knew Herman J. Russell well.

“For our family, having our father’s and grandfather’s story told through the eyes and words of those who knew him best is a particularly impactful approach the filmmakers use,” said Herman J. Russell’s son, Michael B. Russell, CEO, H. J. Russell & Company. “As humble as he was, I think he would enjoy seeing what his friends had to say about him in addition to seeing his life story on television. He would hope this documentary will inspire people, particularly young people, to strive even harder to reach their personal potential against all odds, and that’s what we hope it does too.”

Herman J. Russell, the founder of Atlanta-based H. J. Russell & Company and Concessions International, LLC, is known for helping build the Atlanta skyline as we see it today as well as for shaping the airport dining experience for travelers throughout the country and the U. S. Virgin Islands since 1952 and 1979 respectively. However, his beginnings were humble. The Great Depression was a challenging time for most Americans, but particularly for a young African-American boy who was born in 1930 in the segregated South. As early as the age of 8, Herman J. Russell was inspired to build and own real estate, and to be his own employer. Through watching his father run his own plastering business, and feeling the urgency and necessity to create jobs during the hard economic times, his entrepreneurial spirit was born and lasted throughout his life until his passing in 2014.

“Our family felt it was important to document the legacy of our family patriarch in film for generations to enjoy and be inspired by, as we were all of our lives,” said Herman J. Russell’s daughter, Donata Russell Ross, CEO, Concessions International, LLC. “We’ve always been proud of our father’s accomplishments, but to see his life illustrated so beautifully in this film is so rewarding for our entire family. We are grateful ATL PBA was supportive and interested in sharing his story with a larger audience.”

The “Building Atlanta: The Story of Herman J. Russell” documentary, is produced, written, edited and directed, in coordination with the Russell family by Emmy Award-winning father and son co-directors, David and John Duke of Living Stories Film & Video. “John and I met Mr. Russell in his later years, when we interviewed him for our documentary on former City of Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen,” said Duke. “Of his many qualities, the one that stood out the most was his warmth. As we worked on Mr. Russell’s own story, we quickly saw that he built more than buildings: The relationships he formed with Atlanta’s white business community became lasting friendships. The trust and confidence he inspired enabled a new generation of Black entrepreneurs to move into the mainstream. Herman Russell not only left his mark on the skyline of his home town; he helped to make real the legacy of a city too busy to hate.”

In the documentary, the voices of Herman J. Russell’s proteges are heard, along with business partners who witnessed first-hand his challenges of the times. For example, Robert “Bob” Holder, Founder and Chairman of Holder Construction, expressed, “Herman and I were born within a month of each other, and within three miles of each other, but the two worlds could not have been more different. Everything I was born into was designed to make sure I succeeded; everything he was born into was designed to be sure he did not succeed. And Herman, in his lifetime, overcame all of that.”

As a lasting legacy to Herman J. Russell, the Russell family has created the Russell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, designed to encourage and support generations of entrepreneurs, especially Black entrepreneurs, as he did throughout his life. “The documentary is the inspirational back story on which the Russell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RCIE) is being created,” said Herman J. Russell’s son and namesake, H. Jerome Russell, Jr., Chairman of the Board, RCIE. “We want current and aspiring entrepreneurs to come to RCIE to reach their potential as entrepreneurs, and this film will help our members understand the legacy and foundation on which RCIE is built.”

Izandu Media
12 Views · 7 months ago

In recognition of Black History Month, Bloomberg News and Bloomberg’s Black Professional Community hosted a panel discussion in New York to explore what it takes to create and build a sustainable business and brand.

Panel participants: designer Shanel Campbell; Don Cornwell, partner with PJT Partners; Teri Johnson, founder and CEO of the Harlem Candle Company; and Andrew McCaskill, a senior VP of Global Communications at Nielsen. Karen Toulon of Bloomberg News moderated the discussion.