Chairman Access Group, Oluwatoni Oladiran, in this interview with Faruq Oluderu At the Access Group Headquarters in Lagos Nigeria talks about his business Life.
How did the idea of your business come about?
I came about this idea the day I decided that I wanted to make an impact and build up a brand big enough to put a huge some of Nigerian youths out of the street and impact lives
What was your driving force to become an entrepreneur?
Wealth. You’re lying to yourself if you say you’ve never thought about the money and the thrill of a flexible schedule and work environment is key
How did you come up with the name of your company?
Hahahaha I came about the name ACCESS cause I’ve always loved to be the connect to everything I’ve always wanted everyone to be able to access their every need through things I created I’ve had that urge since I was a little kid, I remember back then I was the go to guy for everything my siblings needed to do or get.
How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
Its been really amazing, sad that it takes a whole lot of my time on many days I get back home as late as 12am and I barely have the time to keep in contact and connect with family and friends but asides that its been a very great ride for the past 13 years.
Can you describe/outline your typical day?
My days are always very unpredictable somedays I have early starts, some days I work round the clock and some days I’m totally free,
How do you define success?
If you believe you can, you will succeed. Self-belief doesn’t come naturally to everyone, so if you’re able to tell yourself that you can achieve the goals in your plans, you’re doing great.
When people don’t believe in you, you still need to work on your own confidence! Here’s how: Work without passion creates undue stress and empty achievements. Focus on what excites you. If you’re happy doing what you do, that’s great. However, even if you aren’t, you can balance what you do with hobbies or volunteer work you’re passionate about. Remember to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others
What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
The flexibility, The Vision & The Establishment
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
ABILITY TO LEARN MUST BE HIGH
YOUR FOCUS MUST BE 100
AND YOU MUST BE ABLE TO STRATEGISE AT EVERY SINGLE POINT IN TIME
If you had a magic stick, which are the three things you would change in the world?
The Chain or governance, show there’s more to life than just the fun the could have now, lol turn the world economy around to favor Nigeria hahahaha
Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My Parents & siblings
What was your mission at the outset?
The mission has been the same since the very beginning: to effect social and global impact through everything I do. To go even further, we want to create materials that allow other rising entrepreneurs catch up with our dreams
What service(s) or product(s) do you offer/manufacture?
We have a active producing soap factory in Lagos Nigeria (TONI TONI LAUNDRY SOAP), A shoe producing factory in Ibadan(ACCESS WEARS), A LIVESTOCK Sales and processing factory in Agege Lagos(COWTIVATE), home and office interior design firm(ACCESS FURNITURES), furniture home amenities sales(ACCESS FURNITURES), a car rental service that runs in Lagos and Abuja only(ACCESS CAR RENTAL SERVICE), an entertainment firm that consists of a media house, Photography hub and magazine(ACCESS MAGAZINE), a travel and tourism brand thats all(ACCESS TOURISM), We run diesel and petroleum supplies, and we do haulage.
What’s your company’s goals?
To Make Everyone happy and comfortable
What is unique about your company?
We do not copy & everything we do and own are straight out of the access brainstorm room 100 original
What made you choose this types of business?
I chose this businesses because they are things we all can’t do without and I want my brand to serve humanity.
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Never follow the trend you the only one that knows what you are going after, try as much as possible to acquire wealth and not riches, in everything you do never try to chase after the quick and illegal sources of wealth, never bite more than you can chew, stay true to yourself work hard and very smart you are just one step away from archiving all you’ve every wanted
You have series of businesses, why if I may ask?
Cause I WANT TO BUILD AN EMPIRE SO BIG EVEN THE HEAVENS WOULD GIVE ME APPLAUDS