Temitayo Johnson-Laleye is a final year student of Sociology at the University of Ibadan. She is the founder and lead creative director of TJL Signature, a 21st century bizzare fashion brand.

TJL Signature focuses on creating bags and jewellery from everyday materials and upscaling them to irresistible accessories.


Her Instagram handles are: @temitayojohnsonlaleye


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1. Let’s meet you. Who is Temitayo?

I’m a final year student of Sociology at the University of Ibadan. I’m the Founder and Lead Creative Director of TJL Signature, a 21st century bizzare fashion brand.

2. What are your hobbies?

I love trying out new things. Finding different uses for basic materials. I enjoy watching movies and reading sometimes. Discussions with people, to understand their views on topics I’m interested in also make me excited.

3. Can you tell us about TJL Signature?

TJL Signature is the confidence and attraction that we offer youths who desire to stand out in the Fashion accessories they select. We focus on creating bags and jewelry from everyday materials and upscale them to irresistible accessories.

4. Who exactly are your target customers?

Students between 15 and 25

5. When did TJL signature come into existence? What motivated you to venture into it?

TJL Signature started, June 2017. There was a strike action in my school and it got me thinking about what existing business gaps I could identify. I found that the bag making industry then lacked spice and promptness. So we introduced both to the market and they grabbed our products with open arms.

6. What keeps you up at night?

Thoughts on how to progress.

7. You are the Creative Director of TJL signature. What working experience can you share as regards that? Any major challenge?

It’s been an interesting ride. The major challenge has been balancing the brand with school. However, against all odds, we’re excelling.

8. You seem to be passionate about fashion. What other creative fashion business ideas do you have and may want to venture into in the nearest future?


It’s all about fashion accessories for me. The mainstream fashion industry is saturated. However, trainings are currently in the works and expansion is in view.

9. If given the chance to be the President of Nigeria for a day, what will you change?

I will increase import duties.

10. How do you juggle your academics with fashion business?

I have ad hoc staff who keep working when I’m busy.

11. Mention 3 women who inspire you and why?

Ife Durosinmi-Etti – She’s a burst of energy who would stop at nothing to empower other women.

Mofoluwaso Ilevbare – She’s a humble woman who is unstoppable in her career-family-social life balance.

Adekunbi Adeoye – Founder of Sesewa who has given herself to helping young female students gain equal representation in their careers. She helps us achieve our professional dreams.

12. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I see myself as an international youth ambassador for Entrepreneurship and empowerment.

13. If you were given the opportunity to address a group of girls five years younger than you, what will be your advice to them?

I would tell them to fade out society’s voice and thrive to be the women they aspire to because they can.

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