-Lagos Socialite,Mopelola Adamson
Popular Lagos socialite, Mopelola Adamson is the very hardworking and charming woman behind cocktails and small chops outfit B-NEXT COCKTAILS.The soft spoken woman of style took over the business from her daughter and has been able to transform it into one of the biggest in the catering services sector of events planning and management in Nigeria.In this interview with Qismat Yinus,she speaks on why she took over her daughter,Bisola's business,her success story,and a lot more.
As an expert in this business, do you train people?
Most of the boys and girls working with me have decided to be on their own. I am always very busy,so I don't have time for training.Some of these boys and girls working with me,watch, learn and end up starting their own businesses. I am always very busy and I love partying.
Now that you mentioned partying,what do you think about the Aso- ebi trend in Nigeria?
People always say Nigerians are happy people all over the world. We love to party whether there is money or not. I don't see anything wrong with it.If you have money you buy,if not nobody can hold you for it.
What sets you apart from others in your line of business?
That is my blending. My smoothies are special. When you take my water melon smoothie,you can taste the difference.My sunset drink is also very special.
What inspires you as a business woman at your age?
The inspiration actually comes from my daughter. I am a workaholic. I have worked all my life because that was how we were trained. I was abroad for about eight years,before coming back to Nigeria. I got back,and found my daughter doing this business after she had graduated. I supported her,and when she decided to settle down in America, I took over from her.
Do you have any advice for people who want to go into this line of business?
Yes. If you have an opportunity,do it. It may be rough initially but with time you will get there. Also make sure you are hygienic with it. Hygiene is essential in this business. You need to be focused and tolerant too. Don't talk to people anyhow.