Mayowa Kareem popularly known as May Kay, is the founder of Recess Brand, an up-and-coming entertainment company based in Lagos, Nigeria. She’s presently studying psychology and sociology at Lead City University. Let’s meet her…
Describe yourself in a few words.
I’m easy going, focused, understanding, practical, quite emotional, and very helpful. Also I’m modest, ambitious, young, organized, warm and active, I’m Mayowa!!!!
Why and when did you start your own business?
I’ve always been a huge lover of entertainment, especially when it involves music & events that was my motivation. Initially, I wanted to start a radio show shortly before I returned to Nigeria, spoke to few people about it but I realized I wasn’t cut out for that considering my shy personality. Though I still have intentions of doing that soon. I officially started April 4th 2011 with a small entertainment blog site but later ventured into artiste & event management, social media & entertainment promotions full time.
What are some of the challenges you face running a business as an
Having enough time to focus on school without having to think of new ideas for my business, resolving piled up issues, making appointments, and trying to update the site regularly. Financially, I’ve been fighting a tough war. And lastly, getting more people to support the movement hasn’t been easy- those are my greatest challenges so far.
When did you start your first business and what was it?
The recess brand is my very first business
What kind of kid were you in high (secondary) school?
First of all, I wasn’t the biggest nerd in class. I barely participated in sports because I was extremely “shy” and with my height I felt I’d suck at them. I was very daring, highly controversial and I totally wasn’t anti-social. I always loved meeting new people especially from other places (schools).
How was growing up like for you?
I wouldn’t say I had the perfect childhood but growing up so far with the family God has given to me was and is still the best thing anyone can ask for. We’re 6 kids from the same father & mother and like any other family, we’ve had a bit of ups and downs but they didn’t stop us from being the set of determined and hardworking individuals that we all are.
How do you balance school and business?
Basically when I started I had a lot of free time then because I was out of school and there was enough time but ever since I got into school it has been hard trying to put things in order and so I decided to have a team in order to make things easier. But honestly it hasn’t been easy because even at that I still have worry about how my team handles my business. So far it has been great working with them and I’m hoping to work with more hardworking individuals like them as I progress.
Tell us about your journey into entrepreneurship.
Well, I believe I just began my journey into entrepreneurship, where I am today is just an evidence of my first step but so far it has been rough. I’ve had to meet a lot of people and also tolerate their different ideas and beliefs but I find it interesting because it only makes me feel better about myself and the whole experience serves as a source of motivation.
How old are you?
I just turned 17years, July 19th
What’s the one lesson you learned from entrepreneurship?
Never to feel discouraged whenever there’s a difficult situation and it feels like there’s no way out, instead push harder and believe in the possibility.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
So far, the recognition of my movement but really the greatest is yet to come.
Who are your role models?
Wow!! This is easy. First of all, God, then my mother because she was one of the people who pushed me this far and always encouraged me to stay focused and make a living out of life and the rest of my family. The kind of support and love they show towards my hustle is unbeatable. * smiles*
What’s your No. 1 indulgence?
Hmmm…… “GOOD” MUSIC!!!!
What do you do when fear hit you hard?
Screammmm!!!…. Lol! Just kidding, I just try as much as possible to keep calm and carry on. Mistakes are bound to be made, we can only learn from them.
How do you overcome fear?
According to Eleanor Roosevelt, you gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror, I can take the next thing that comes along”.
I simply just do whatever it is I have to do having this quote in mind, in the process all fear is gone.
What project(s) are you working on at the moment?
Great things! Great things! Great things….. The Underground Chronicles Tour & Mixtape. For more details visit : www.theundergroundchronicles.co.nr, also The Official TeamRecess Theme Song. More details out soon & Also The Grand launch of “RECESS” as a brand.
What are your success tips?
Easy… do what you love doing. Secondly, do not be afraid to try things no one has ever done. Just be radical. Another thing is you should know how to manage your time. For me I’ve developed a comfortable management system which has helped me perfectly. And lastly, take out to chill and relax…Like it is commonly said: all work and no play makes one a dull individual.
What’s next for you?
For now, school is my priority after that, other things can follow. But asides school, I have recess to also focus on. As I earlier said, we have 2 major projects my team and I are working on at the moment before we begin plans for our official launch.