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Olubunmi Khadijah Otufowora is a trained Pharmacist and founder of Boomsky Smoothies Read more: Boomsky Smoothies a proudly Nigerian cold chain real fruit who started her career in a major telecommunication company where she spent 14 years in various functional and senior leadership roles and rose to become the Head of Relationship Unit.
When asked how she developed an interest in the fruit industry as a pharmacist, Olubunmi explained that she has always been a fruit lover and the journey to her fruit business started when she did smoothie fruit juice for her colleagues and they showed interest and was encouraged to do more.
I was paid to get more for them and that was how I got started with N3,000 as capital invested and I made four times my capital profit, she said.
She started Boomsky Smoothies from her kitchen with one blender, but now has an asset worth over N5 million, with a turnover of over N20 million.
Speaking on how it’s been like running a business in Nigeria, Olubunmi described running a business in Nigeria as extremely difficult especially in her line of business as the most challenging thing for her, saying that power is the most challenging thing for her business as its products are cold chain.
“I have two generators and also an inverter, just to ensure that the products are in good condition from cutting to delivery. I had to put chillers in all outlets that we supply. It is really difficult, for me its power”, she complained.
On what keeps her going in running the business and what has been her inspiration to continue the business despite its challenges, Olubunmi stressed that her love for fruits and being passionate about what she does. “I love it and am interested in it, my whole body is into it, I am committed to it,
I get excited by giving you the drink and your eyes speaks to me and you enjoy it”, she added.
Advising women who are business owners, she urged them to make research and proper findings before venturing into any business, pay attention to details with strong integrity as core competence.
She however charged women to brace up and conquer fear of unknown and be ready to take that step.
“Step by step, all the ideas won’t come once and another thing that they should discuss with thier spouse, if he is okay with it, don’t care about any other person.
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