TEK Inclinations is a creative fashion and crafts enterprise focused on exploring and showcasing the beauty and style of African through bags, accessories, Notepads, souvenirs and beautiful clothes.
TEK Inclinations’ products are made from locally sourced materials and are great proponents of the Made In Africa brand.
Tosin Kayode is the Founder and Creative Director of TEK Inclinations. She shared her story with Alaba Ayinuola of Africans Building Africa on how her products are showcasing the beauty of Africa and geared towards empowering the less privileged in Africa especially girls and women.
- Tell us about yourself and your business?
My name is Tosin Kayode. I studied Accounting at the Lagos State University, I am a Chartered Accountant and the Creative director of TEK Inclinations. TEK Inclinations is my baby which I launched this year even though I had been working full-time before now.
TEK Inclinations is a creative fashion and crafts enterprise focused on exploring and showcasing the beauty and style of the African pride through bags, accessories, Notepads, souvenirs and beautiful clothes. We also provide corporate and Individual trainings on all our service offerings.
Our products are made from locally sourced materials and we are great proponents of the made in Nigeria campaign and proudly Africa.
- How much did you need to start your business and how were you able to raise that capital?
For the kind of products we make, a small amount as low as N100,000 would have been okay to start with but knowing my personal taste and preference, I needed a larger amount over half a million to start out comfortably which I didn’t have. So, I took things a step at a time. I signed up for further training in my area of focus from my savings and bought some materials for exhibition. I was also fortunate to get a good industrial machine on installment terms with a cooperative society. My mother’s friend also helped out with a good sewing machine.
- What are some of the challenges you face in your business and how do you overcome those challenges?
The challenges my business is currently facing are common to every startup. There’s the issue of skilled manpower in the area of market we serve. However, I believe with time to train the line up of Trainees at hand we would be guaranteed enough manpower to work on orders. In the meantime, I put in extra time to work to ensure that deadlines are met.
- Where do you see your business in 5 years from now and what steps are you taking today to reach that objective?
In five years time, TEK Inclinations would be on the international frontiers breaking new grounds and pushing the Nigerian image competitively in the world of bags and clothes production.
- What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs looking to start a business or invest in Africa?
You are in the right place. Africa is a fertile soil to plant and despite the myriads of challenges we face the market is huge.
My advice is for everyone looking to invest to brace up and not expect to win easy because the tides are high. However, It is important to have good knowledge of the terrains as this would help you avoid pitfalls. Take your figures seriously and be sensitive to the signals. Furthermore, embrace the beauty of Africa and be unique, leverage on the support of your network, and share your ideas with trusted friends. I would also suggest testing the waters every time before diving, be willing to take risks especially with new projects, and be flexible enough to adapt.
- How is your business participating to the development of Africa?
We are creating products that showcase the beauty of Africa and the possibilities in Africa. Our tagline is Rethink your style, the idea behind this is for you to reset your mind about limitations in Africa and things that can be done in Africa.
I am proud of my fellow entrepreneurs in Africa and I have seen lots of creative things happening with materials and I know that if we keep pushing this trend, Africa’s beauty will be greatly unravelled.
TEK Inclinations also supports projects that are geared towards empowering the less privileged in Africa especially girls and women. We are passionate about the female gender and are actively supporting the Millennium development goal 3 which is about promoting gender inequality and empowering women.