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CEO Asmab Clothings, Ibadan
Here is a man who is driven by the passion and love for his
job. He is one of the youngest CEOs we have seen and
every word from his mouth filled our hearts with the
assurance that Ibadan is indeed blessed with great men.
Enjoy our conversations with him.
Ibadankiniso: May we meet you please?
Asmab: My name is Moyosore Ahmad, my nickname is
Asmab, and I am the CEO of Asmab Clothings.
Ibadankiniso: What exactly do you do at Asmab Clothings?
Asmab: We customize T shirts, mugs, face caps, and
anything that can be customized. But, basically, we focus
more on clothes.
Ibadankiniso: When did you venture into this business?
Asmab: I started in the year 2008, and as at that time,
technology was not as advanced as it is now. I kicked off as
an artist, I was drawing and I was also designing banners,
stickers and so on. I wasn’t really serious back then, but I
believe one will always excel in whatever he or she is good
at. I stopped for a while and concentrated on other things,
then in the year 2011, I went back to it and trained properly.
Ibadankiniso: Of all business options available in Nigeria,
why did you decide to choose this one?
Asmab: Well, I believe as time changes, we should also
make necessary adjustments. Like I said earlier, I love
drawing and painting. But I noticed the business is not
lucrative enough. You work really hard and get very little
gain. I noticed customizing clothes is more lucrative and I
have a flair for fashion, so I decided to learn one or two
things about it and here we are.
Ibadankiniso: What challenges did you experience when you
Asmab: There were so many challenges and I cannot
mention all. You could get a contract and run into debt in the
process of its execution, you could struggle so hard to meet
up with a customer’s deadline and still not get paid and
there are times when there will be no contracts at all and I
will be on the verge of giving up.
Ibadankiniso: How do you see your company changing in
two years, and how do you see yourself creating that
Asmab: In two years’ time, I see Asmab Clothing becoming
the biggest fashion company in Ibadan. I also see us being
on the frontiers of the use of technology in fashion. This is
because there are so many big machines that are used in
this business and they are very scarce in Ibadan. They are
more available in Lagos. The places where they are
available in Ibadan are choked up already with demand. So,
I am hoping in two years’ time, Asmab Clothings will have
her own machines also.
Ibadankiniso: Give me one word that describes you best?
Asmab: I am a very research oriented person. I try my best
to be up to date with trending designs and technology. I
make good use of the internet and this keeps me on top of
my game always.
Ibadankiniso: What are your goals?
Asmab: I have plans to register my company, do
advertisements in radio stations and on billboards. I also
have plans to recruit professionals, people who are efficient
and are good at what they do and train youths who are
interested in learning.
Ibadankiniso: What are your three biggest accomplishments
in the year 2016?
Asmab: 2016 started rough, but I thank God for the way it
ended. One of my biggest accomplishments is the contract I
received from a renowned Yoruba Nollywood actor, ‘Ijebu’. I
executed the contract and he loved it. That motivated me
and made me move closer to celebrities. Two weeks after,
famous Rap artist, ‘Olamide’, signed ‘Da Willy’ into his
record label. Da willy also patronized us, he ordered for caps
and shirts. The third one is this interview with Ibadankiniso.
I feel blessed and I am assured I am progressing and the
future is really bright.
Ibadankiniso: What other CEOs do you look up to?
Asmab: Number one is Primax. He has a lot of big machines
and seeing his works motivates and encourages me to work
harder. Number two is Mankind, he also uses advanced
technology for his works.
Ibadankiniso: What are the three things you like and dislike
about your current position?
Asmab: Well, number one is money. I love money and I
always have the fear of going broke. I love the fact that I
have a job, I am passionate about what I do and I am quite
comfortable. I also like the fact that my company is
recognized and my customers are pleased with my services.
I do not like the fact that some people don’t pay for the
services rendered. I tell them there is a strict payment
before service policy but they plead and I eventually do it for
them. But they still refuse to pay! It discourages me a lot
sometimes. Some people also price my services
ridiculously. Another thing is, I am a student and it is very
difficult to balance both. When I am in school, people keep
on calling me from home to work for them. When I am at
home, I keep getting calls that there are so many
assignments on ground. I sometimes get discouraged and
confused and I begin to wonder if it is wise to drop one and
focus on the other. But, something keeps telling me that I
can do both. This is one of the reasons why my company is
not yet registered. I don’t want to register my company and
I won’t be around to monitor it properly. So, by next year, I
will be a graduate and I can focus on my business then.
Ibadankiniso: Explain the rationale behind each of your
Asmab: I don’t like rendering a service that my clients. will
not be pleased with. Every move I make is always to ensure
that I please my client and I offer them the best.
Ibadankiniso: What has been the biggest letdown in your
career so far?
Asmab: There was this time I did some work for one of my
friends, they did not pay in full but because I am always
after my clients’ satisfaction, I agreed to do it for them
expecting that they pay me my balance after. The job was a
huge one and I did it efficiently and the way they wanted it.
They came for the clothes and started begging that they
needed them urgently and they will send the money the
following day. They have not sent it till now. And it a huge
amount of money, funny enough, he was even threatening
me over the money. I just decided to let go.
Ibadankiniso: What advice do you have for the youths?
Asmab: My advice for them is that they should always have
something they are doing. They should learn a craft and be
independent. For those in school, they should not be
intimidated by people who can afford more expensive
things. They should work hard and they will surely be able to
afford those things too. Uniqueness is also very important in
See some of ASMAB work below