Oluwafunmilayo is a Fashion designer and fashion stylist.she came into the fashion world 8 years ago and has been working professionally for 7 years. She learnt the tailoring out of boredom during her WAEC holidays but eventually derived passion in fashion even though she has always wanted to be a banker since she was a child.
She styled the award winning Movie Director Jade Oshiberu to the AMVCA awards 2 years ago and two of her collections was also on the show this year.
She worked as an assistant costumier on the Sugar Rush movie…
She is passionate about self reliance,independency and industrious.
She is also a chef and a model.
Oluwafunmilayo is a 200 level student of National open university.
She shares her “Ruby Girl” story in this interview.
1. Let’s meet you. Who is Oluwafunmilayo?
My name is Oluwafunmilayo Anifowose; a 22 -year old fashion designer from the western part of Nigeria;lagos to be precise and i’m the Creative Director of Oprah’s cut.
2. What made you venture into the fashion industry?
I got engaged out of boredom after concluding my junior school certificate and the economic state of the nation triggered my action.
3. You fancied being a banker in your childhood days. What made you drop it?
The unemployment rate in the country and the issue of job security and getting a job in nigeria has become worrisome
4. Apart from Fashion designing what other things are you involved in?
Interestingly I’m a certified chef from self reliance catering school and also a certified makeup artist but basically into the fashion business
5. What are the challenges you faced when you started out as an entrepreneur. Do you still experience them? And also how were you able to overcome them?
Basically family members and friends wanting me to do free jobs and i will always work every time with no profit after all the efforts
a) i still experience that sometimes but i stand my grounds never to mix business with pleasure anymore
b)My upgrade in the fashion game and my new personality helped in scaring them from approaching me with free job offers
6. What has the Covid-19 pandemic taught you as an individual, brand and business owner?
It taught me to always have a plan B;to always save for the raining days and the pandemic gave me an avenue to advertise my brand more on social media because everyone was on social media at that time because of boredom and they view and see whatever you post; i took that chance and it increased my client base
7. Challenges young Nigerian fashion designer face? How can it be mitigated?
The major problem young designers face is financial aid to enhance and setting up their brand….it can be mitigated if the government can set up institutions or platforms to help in securing loans and grants
8. What was growing up in a Nigerian home like for you? Did it in anyway contribute to everything you do now?
I believe its a well known fact that we Nigerians are a group of hardworking and highly motivated people and we owe that to the background and nurturing we had from our homes. This notion is a big part of who i am, the values and morals instilled in me by my parents is the backbone of everything i do.
9. If you were to be the President of Nigeria, what would you change?
I would change a lot actually but i think the most important and urgent change is the amendment of the Nigerian constitution which i think is not inline with the need and the reality we face as a country.
10. How do you juggle fashion designing, modeling, chef and studies?
I try not to be overwhelmed by my numerous activities by finding a balance between each passion.
11. Mention 3 women who inspire you and why?
My Mother,Mrs Folorunsho Alakija and Oprah Winfrey, they are goal getters and true definition of strong women.
12. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I see myself already in my future,an international award winning designer, empowering and training thousands of people
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?
Never to relent and always remember you have gone too far to stop pushing.