Adekelu Ogunleye better known as Kelu is a serial entrepreneur who runs Kelu Cooks, a business venture that majors on delicious African and intercontinental dishes. The astute entrepreneur also runs an alteration business, known as ‘international obioma’. Her passion for cleaning, creating order and staying organized inspired her to start Kelz Cleaning Services.
Kelu has a BA in English literature from the University of Lagos. Her passion for humanity made her enrol for a diploma in developmental service work program from Cambrian College in Sudbury Ontario, Canada. The stylish mother of two is currently studying Indigenous Social Work at Laurentian University, Canada.
Filling the vacuum
Shedding light on why she started Kelu Cooks, she said: “Kelu Cooks started as a hobby. Honestly, not that I liked to cook but because there were lots of bachelors and young male students in Sudbury who needed Nigerian food. So I decided to venture into the business to cater to them. It’s a side hustle where I make extra income”. She saw the business opportunity and decided to fill it
Kelu the risk taker
In the same vein, she started Kelz Everclean during the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I started the cleaning business during the heat of the pandemic. A lot of cleaners quit their job due to the risk involved. But I saw it as an opportunity and keyed into it. I mean life itself is a risk”.
Kelu’s sterling qualities hasn’t gone unnoticed. As a student at Cambrian College, she has gotten two awards, ‘Building Momentum Award’ and a ‘Leadership Award’.
‘Building Momentum Award’ is an award for single parents who juggle their academics with parenting yet have good grades. The leadership award is for students who demonstrate leadership skills both within and outside campus”, she said.
Kelu was twenty five when started her fashion styling business in 2008. Never satisfied with being ordinary, Kelu decided to be a certified style consultant in 2010. Her love for humanity, providing emotional support and being a listening ear ignited her passion for social work.
“My love to provide emotional support, to be a listening ear and to advocate for those who can’t speak for themselves motivated me to study social work”.
The single mother of two believes having passion and a dream alone cannot run a business. Her business growth can be found in her ability to embrace consistency and effective business strategies”.
On the lessons she has learnt in the cause of doing business, she said:”Effective communication is key. I have learnt never to undermine the smallest job. Even if my profit is $5, it has to be done properly. All communication must be documented and agreements must be done properly for clients signature to avoid any issues in future”.
The fitness enthusiast
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things one can do for one’s health. Kelu doesn’t miss out in this department. She works out in the gym two days a week. At home, she works out three times a week.
Kelu noted that the joy of nurturing another human being, to see oneself in one’s kids, cannot be overrated.
” It’s a joy to be intentionally diligent just because you have little ones who look up to you”, she said.
She believes strongly in being
her own biggest competition.
” I like to do better than I did. So if I accomplish a project, I make an effort to do better in the next one”.
The former fashion stylist loves to dress according to the occasion.However for her, it has to be comfortable and classy.
When she is not working, Kelu loves to practice self-care. She goes for pedicures and massage.She finds it refreshing and rejuvenating.