One of the students fronting unusual entrepreneurship at the University of Ibadan is Ifeoluwa Olatayo Tryphena; an English major and CEO of Soupah Kitchen. She’s been able to make good use of her opportunities, ideas and leverage. As a student entrepreneur model, She shares with us her journey so far in sprouting a mountain from a magma.
What in the world inspired you to start a business like this?
Well, first is that I’ve always wanted to do something very relevant. Let me take you on my memory lane: When I was quite young, before I sat for WAEC, my Dad bought Robert Kiyosaki’s book, Rich Dad Poor Dad and gave it to my brother, my brother in turn handed it over to me. I think that book was the spring board. I read it and never remained the same again. I just got hungry from then on. I think that was the genesis of my inspiration.
So your quest for relevance started then?
No. The thing is I’ve always had it in me from a very young age. My Dad is an entrepreneur. When I was about the age of 12, I’d sneak into his office, sit on the desk and act like the boss. I’ll pretend to press the caller bell and call for the secretary, I’ll re-arrange the files on the table, speak to myself as though I was having a meeting with some people, and all sort. So it’s been there all the while. My background and the book just exposed me better.
Is this your first venture?
No. While I was in secondary school, my aunt who was a caterer used to fry meat for me, and we’ll sell them. I also sold cakes for her.
While I was studying Public Administration at Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, I didn’t necessarily sell anything, but I handled some responsibilities that have been very helpful in my business today. I was Administrator at Saxifrage Company, and was in charge of managing over 300 singers. There, I learnt Leadership.
After my Program at RGP and before I gained admission to study English here in U.I, I learnt to make knapsack bags for kids, and I sold many bags. That business was a joint venture and we made some good money.
So what’s up with the bag business?
I stopped the bag business when I got admitted into U.I because of logistic purposes and I ran a pay phone business. The pay phone business didn’t really work out very strongly and I also didn’t feel fulfilled or satisfied with it. So I stopped that one too.