HOW MODUPE OLUMEGBON STARTED MODUPE’S KITCHEN AGAINST ALL ODDS
Today’s interview is with Modupe Olumegbon, the Founder of Modupe’s Kitchen and fresh graduate of Caleb University, Imota, Lagos. Find out how she turned her idea into a booming business.
Hello Modupe. It’s great to have here today? Please tell us about yourself?
Well, my name is Modupeola Olumegbon, a fresh graduate (Bsc Accounting), presently serving and doing my ACCA. I love cooking and writing poems (I wrote a book of poems). So, you can call me an Accountant, a Chef and a Poet.
What was your background and how did you end up doing what you’re doing today?
Well, I never liked cooking cause I remember when I was in JS2, how my mum always forcing me to come to kitchen with her and I kept running away until one day I tried making Eba and it wasn’t all smooth and then she scolded me and the next time I made it it was way better and the same thing with Jollof Rice etc. With time, I got better and then when I graduated from secondary school I went to a catering school that’s when I learnt almost everything but then I realized you can’t learn everything in a catering school like the garnishing and food art I learnt that myself so that’s how I loved baking, cooking and garnishing meals, making cocktails, etc.
Tell us about Modupe’s Kitchen. How did catering start for you?
Modupe’s Kitchen provides intercontinental dishes and drinks; we cater for all types of events and deliver meals too. Well catering wasn’t fun at first till I started baking cakes and making snacks and Chin-Chin that was my favourite part of catering school and then the other parts got interesting with time.
How did you get financing to start off?
It wasn’t easy at first because my parents didn’t really support it at first for the fact I studied accounting and I’m still writing my professional exams was a bit disturbing to them. They couldn’t understand how an accountant who is yet to be chartered can decide to go into catering – something they saw as a low standard kind of job. But with time when they saw how I kept cooking great meals and how I serve my meals well garnished and neat and how my aunties and uncles complimented me, they had no choice but to support me. And as for me, I’m still growing but I’m sure with God, my family and friends; I’ll get to the top.
How was growing up like for you?
Growing up for me was fun and not fun at the same time because of the times when I was forced to go to summer classes, the times when I got scolded because I was naughty, the times when I had to stay indoors and watch TV and finish up my assignments and go for Arabic classes too. But then, I realized that it was all for me to be a better person.
It was also fun for me because of my siblings – we always play games and attend birthday parties together. I remember the annual parties for kids we always attend at Ikoyi club and the times I spent with my grandma (memories I can never forget – may her gentle soul continue to rest in peace) and so many other things.
Tell us, how profitable would you say your business is?
We’re still growing. We officially started in December 2016 when my aunties’ friends ordered different meals which they really loved. And then, I built a website for Modupe’s Kitchen and set up an Instagram page where people can order from. I want to specially say a very big “thank you” to my family and friends for helping to spread the news about Modupe’s Kitchen.
There are a lot of people out there who are into catering. How have you been able to stand-out and get attention for the business?
Yes, I agree there are a whole lot of caterers out there, but that doesn’t stop me from making mine different and unique. I’ve been able to stand-out and get attention for Modupe’s Kitchen because I tried making mine different by customers getting the ‘M’ signature with their meals and well garnished. Tell me, who doesn’t like a good well garnished meal with a little bit of food art (M signature)? With time, other things will come up.
You’ve been in business for how long now? Tell us about the journey so far.
Well I’ve been in business for about 5months now and it’s been stressful and good. But I thank God for seeing me this far honestly because it’s really not easy and I didn’t expect it to be easy because I believe difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life MEANINGFUL.
What are your goals for the next 3 to 5 years?
I expect a lot in the next 3-5 years – I look forward to having different branches and some other things I’ll like to keep to myself for now.
And how do you hope to achieve these goals?
I hope to achieve them with prayers, with God, family and friends by my side, hard-work and determination .
Tell us, what has been your greatest business success?
My greatest business success is growing this fast in 5months.
What do you, personally, spend most of your time on?
I spend most of my time cooking, writing poems, spending quality time with my family and few friends because I keep a small circle.
What are your company’s values and how do you communicate them to your target market/customers?
Modupe’s kitchen offers affordable meals that are highly nutritious and tasty. We believe that quality food is a basic necessity of life and therefore having access to it is fundamental.
At Modupe’s Kitchen, we have personal relationship with our customers, clients and suppliers. We’re transparent with our cost/quotations; we’re known for high-class delivery on all services; and we’re up to date with industry trends.
What are your top three tips for young people trying to build a business?
Here is what I have for them:
He who begins many things finishes but few – In other words, it doesn’t matter how many businesses or business you find yourself doing, never give up cause there are ups and downs and when there are downs it’s for you to keep going and never stop.
Also it’s fine to celebrate success but it’s more important to heed the lessons of failure because you don’t learn to walk by following rules you learn by doing and by falling over.
Lastly you don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful, you just need a framework and a dream. Also, don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.
What do you think about Under35CEO?
Well, I can say it has made it easy for young entrepreneurs to share their stories and encourage young entrepreneurs to become better in whatever they are doing and for that a big shout out to you guys. You rock!
Finally, how do you personally define success?
Success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success. If you love what you’re doing, you’ll be successful.
A little more persistence, a little more effort – what seemed like a hopeless situation may turn to glorious success. See your goal, understand your obstacles, create a positive mental picture, clear your mind of self-doubt, embrace the challenge, stay on track, be a game changer and lastly show the world you can do it!
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