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Adelabu Oluwaseun
Growing up, for Adelabu Oluwaseun, was a mixture of the good and the bad. She has had it both rosy and rocky but still maintains an independent outlook in achieving things that she sets her mind on. One of such that she set her mind on is being an event planner. 

Event planning for me didn't start when I was in my mother's womb because you'll hear a lot of people say, ‘I have been doing this since I was a child.’ For me it has always been my desire to have things
organised. I like a properly planned event or journey… anything well planned. That way you save time, energy and resources.”

Oluwaseun’s desire for organizing and her eye for perfection did not escape the notice of her friends as they often invited her to be at their event to assist them put things in order and to coordinate because they knew that leaving her in charge of organising and coordination would equal to a successful event.  

During the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) year, Oluwaseun stumbled upon an opportunity offered by the NYSC run Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) to broaden her knowledge base by being trained in event management. According to her, “That's one thing I am grateful to GOD and NYSC for; the SAED platform and am glad I didn't turn it down. I attended the training and while I was at it, the thought of capital was another thing I had to think about. Already my friend's from school had told me about starting a contribution to save and I didn't think twice about it because with that I can easily start up the business with the basic things needed. The contribution thing is something we have been doing while in school and that's why I always say to people, surround yourself with friends that want you to grow and succeed.”

Even during the training, Oluwaseun confessed that there were moments that she would be in high spirits and would want to venture out immediately to start up an event management business but this was easily dampened whenever she thought about how difficult it was for beginners and the process of growth, which to her was rather slow. She said, “I kept on and didn’t quit because my boss would always invite us out for events and that lifted my spirit because I always felt like it was my job and she particularly would always want me to be there because of the way I work.” 

Oluwaseun got her first job while at training because she had started spreading the news already among friends and family. One of her friends connected her with her first client. She confessed that all she thought about during the meeting was that she was a novice but the determination to excel kept her positive. She had support from her boss at Sellrite Events and the event was a success. She said, “…anyone that sees the job didn't believe it was my first.” 

Oluwaseun is still mindful of the challenges in the business. “There were challenges and there still are because nothing good comes easy, but once you are focused and determined you will make it. Also I already knew as a beginner it won't be easy because like it or not, there are lots of people in the business with you and to make it to the top you need a lot of patience, perseverance and hard work.”

Oluwaseun concludes by acknowledging that although she is not where she wants to be yet, she would never stop learning and growing.

The Executives Entertainers Team
Oluwaseun's outfit is called The Executives Entertainers and is located at 30 Oluwole Street Finbarrs Road, Akoka Yaba Lagos. Phone numbers: 08030903258,08058000328

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