StudentHub TV met with Eniola Sekoni of 1kthriftshop, to discuss business, academics and the successful emergence of this beautiful student entrepreneur!
SHTV: Hello! Please introduce yourself and your business.
ES: Hi! My name is Eniola Sekoni, a final year law student and an Entrepreneur.
My brand, 1kThriftshop is an online thrift shop that sells trendy secondhand clothes and has its target market in the average Nigerian who wants to look good without spending so much.
SHTV: What were some of the challenges you faced as a start-up?
ES: The major challenge was actually getting started, although we (my business partner and I) had the idea conceived, there were so many things to be put into consideration.
The profit margin was an issue and so was the fact that there were a lot of people who were already selling thrift so, we had to think about the best way we could rebrand our business. One day, we simply decided to just go for it anyway and here we are!
SHTV: How do you maintain your level of consistency?
ES: I am a staunch believer in consistency and growth. I usually take out time once a month to measure my growth and put deliberate effort in maintaining my pace.
Due to the fact that I started my business during the new year holiday, I had also feared that I may not be able to keep up with my personal life and academics when school got back in session. However, I learnt that when you make money out of something you loved (shopping for me), you would usually always find a way to get balance.
Also, I have to give credit to my sister (earlier mentioned as my business partner) who helps in making everything easier.
SHTV: Achievements so far?
ES: Some of my achievements have included being able to keep my headspace in my academics, winning a Pageant, winning in a web development hackathon and leading a campaign centered at sensitizing young girls to participate in the maritime sector.
I must add that all these have somehow added to my stream of knowledge and molded me into who I am today.
SHTV: Goals, dreams, aspirations?
ES: Every year, I make sure to set up a goal which would help me grow. I am very ambitious and because of this, my goals usually seem too overreaching for others.
One of them is to own the biggest thrift brand in the world because I believe this industry still has a lot of untapped potential that people overlook.
Another long term goal would be to create an organization which would be aimed at encouraging young girls to pick up careers on “male dominated” paths and challenge the status quo.
SHTV: Any advice for other start-ups?
ES: My advice to other start-ups is to go for it anyway
There would definitely be a lot of factors to consider but, if it is something you really love to do, go for it!
Be deliberate and watch yourself grow!
At StudentHub, our aim is the empowerment of students and young adults. That’s the reason we recognize young entrepreneurs for choosing to rise above other limitations.
We celebrate you, Eniola Sekoni and wish you the best going forward!
ES: Thank you!!!