BN Making It!: The Petroleum Engineer-Beauty Entrepreneur, Gbemisola Ogunyomi of the Aesthetics Beauty & Fashion Company

BN Making It! is a BN feature focused on young entrepreneurs. 

BellaNaija.com launched BN Making It! in 2009 and we are hoping to spotlight more upcoming entrepreneurs in 2011 and beyond. We will feature young African entrepreneurs both at home and in diaspora who are making an impact in their chosen fields. Technology, Non-Profit, Fashion, Media, PR, Music and everything else. From those who are just starting their first company to young Africans who have their companies listed on the stock market. The purpose of this feature is to promote and encourage entrepreneurship among young Africans. We aim to inspire the next generation to be enterprise builders.

For this edition of BN Making It!, we caught up with Gbemisola Ogunyomi, the CEO of the Aesthetics Beauty & Fashion Company.  Damilare Aiki conducted the interview and exclaims that “Gbemisola is a woman who doesn’t take NO for an answer. (She is) hardworking, skilled and will most likely be one of the leading women in the beauty industry worldwide.


25 year old entrepreneur Gbemisola Ogunyomi comes from a family of engineers. She is currently a senior petroleum engineer for a major oil company in the United States and is also the CEO of The Aesthetics Beauty and Fashion Company.
Her current career path and entrepreneurial pursuits were shaped by her education, personal interest and passion, starting with her primary school education at the Corona School in Victoria Island Lagos then Queens College Lagos and finally in the United States where she earned a Honors Bachelors of Science and Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering with an emphasis in Chemical Engineering, Engineering Management and Geology.

An Early Start
Growing up as a young girl in Nigeria, I quickly discovered that there seemed to be this unwritten law that all men were entitled to be successful Engineers, Lawyers, Doctors e.t.c and all women had a choice to be either teachers or housewives who depended fully on their husbands for income.  At a very young age, I decided that I would become an engineer and prove to myself and my society that women are intelligent and also have the ability to become highly successful.

Engineering vs. Entrepreneurship
What is interesting about my journey to success is that after making the decision to become an engineer, I later discovered a stronger passion and desire in me to become an entrepreneur. This desire sprung from my immense passion for beauty, color, art and design. I remember as a teenager I would take my mothers makeup bag, any beauty magazine I found around the house, lock myself up in the bathroom and try my best to recreate the makeup looks I saw on the models in the magazine. I must admit at the time I was terrible but I kept trying and very soon got much better at it.  As a college student, I always volunteered to do other ladies makeup for free and get them styled up and looking pretty for special events. While working as an engineer, I took time out on the weekends to go from one beauty salon/spa to the next and volunteer to do other women’s makeup for free to improve on my makeup artistry. I usually got tipped any where from $5,  $10 to $15 from each person.After a couple years I soon became sought after in my community and found myself participating in fashion shows, weddings, music videos, photo shoots e.t.c as the official makeup artist and stylist on the scene. I studied under two renowned professional makeup artists and highly successful entrepreneurs who also taught me the business side of things. This helped a great deal in the creation of my Aesthetics Beauty & Fashion Company and well, as they say the rest is history.

The Aesthetics Beauty & Fashion Company
The Aesthetics Beauty & Fashion Company is a Private Label Multi-Level Marketing Business Brand I created.  Aesthetics ushers in a new era in color cosmetics, organic natural skin and hair care products and custom made fashion apparel for women. The Aesthetics Cosmetics product line provides high performance quality makeup coupled with professional, durable, makeup tools that enable easy makeup application at a very affordable price. The Aesthetics Red Wine and Blueberries Organic Skin and Hair Care Collection is an organic and herbal extract skin and hair care product line developed from red wine extracts, blueberries and other wild crafted organic ingredients planted and harvested in the United States specifically for Aesthetics Cosmetics (our Spa Collection will be debut in New York on the 17th of September 2011). Our Fashion Label includes distinct custom handmade Rhinestone and Pearl High Fashion Shoes & Accessories designed by me.


Entrepreneurial “Push” & Inspiration 

Starting my own company was something I had thought about for a while. I put together the blueprint of the company a while back but never got the urge to just go ahead and start it up. As a freelance makeup artist, I got highly frustrated and disappointed in the deliverability of the cosmetic products available to consumers such as myself.  Most cosmetic products were either cheap and lack true color pigmentation and intensity thereby requiring consumers to stack layer upon layer of product to achieve desired results.  This was especially the case for my fellow dark skinned girls. Other products that delivered were just simply over priced in my opinion. In my frustrations, I decided that one day I would create a cosmetics brand that catered to all women but most especially my fellow women of color.

As fate would have it, in 2007 the great recession hit America. Millions of Americans lost their jobs and property. Privileged to still have a job during this major recession, I decided to use the resources available to me from my full time job to turn my long time dream into a business enterprise that will serve as the #1 “One Stop Shop” for women and also provide job opportunities for members of my community who were out of employment. This decision to become an entrepreneur gave me the opportunity to live out my dreams while helping others and also multiply my income while still working as an engineer. To me, that was definitely a win-win situation.

The Journey So Far
Surprisingly, since the luncheon of my company in 2010; The Aesthetics Signature Collection has been endorsed by Miss America 2010’s Summerlin, featured at the Harvard University Fashion Show, AfriPro Houston, MoyeenMusic’s “Follow my Dream” video e.t.c. The Aesthetics Cosmetics Line of beauty products are currently retailed at various salons and spas in the United States, online and directly by independent sales consultants. In February 2011, we launched “The Aesthetics Makeup TV Channel” to provide women with access to FREE makeup & beauty tutorials online sponsored by professional and freelance makeup artists and beauticians located in the UK, USA and Canada. With over 100,000 views by customers and subscribers in less than 6 months of its release, Aesthetics has gained very strong momentum and has definitely over exceeded all of my expectations.


A Day In The Life of a Budding Entrepreneur 

My day typically starts at 5:00 AM depending on if I have to supervise an engineering job at a field location or head out to the main office for work. Whatever the case may be I typically start my day off with my morning prayer, then I head out to the gym, eat, go to work and put in my 9 to 10 hr work day as an engineer. While I am at work, I receive notification on all orders placed by consumers on my website. All orders are completed and shipped out by the Aesthetics Sales Team. When I get back home from work, I usually give myself about an hour or two to relax. This 1 -2 hour period is considered my daily downtime for myself. Unfailingly by 8:00 PM I review updates from my team members on all things concerning Aesthetics and I work on my business from about 8:00PM up until midnight. I try my best to go to bed by midnight but most times I end up staying up as late as 2 or 3AM. I honestly don’t get much sleep on the weekdays. My weekends are when I typically catch up on rest. I have a very rigorous schedule but I love my life and what I do.

Finances – Funding, Revenue & Profits
Starting your own business is definitely not cheap. So when I started working as a Petroleum Engineer I decided to work really hard to make it to the top in a very short period of time as this will in turn provide me with the great amount of income I needed to invest in my own company. And that is exactly what I did to get the money to start up Aesthetics. Once I got the business up and running I started getting a ton of offers from venture capitalist firms, manufacturing companies, banks and other independent investors seeking partnership with my company.


Support System

My family which also includes my closest friends were very supportive of my decision to start my own company. My mom is my #1 Fan. She always says “Gbemi, my baby girl, You are a STAR”. She is my rock and I love her!. My dad is the “realist” of the family. We are  very similar in that character. He calls me “Gbemi, Ms. Billionaire” and sings the “Money, Money, Money, Money” song when he sees me. He says things like “Gbemi, now that you have made your own Beauty and Fashion line, what’s next hun?  Your own TV Show or Your own water?”. We always have a good laugh. As for my siblings, well we are the “FANTASTIC FIVE”!.

What’s funny is that my older brother and I decided to start our business ventures at the same time. He is currently an Advanced Geological Engineer who also works for a major oil company here in the U.S.  So when I started up Aesthetics, he also decided to purchase a couple T-MOBILE franchise locations and real estate spread across the U.S. We ended up learning how to run our businesses together and encouraged each other through it all. The rest of my younger siblings (excluding my kid brother who is still in secondary school) are all nerds like me. They are also engineers and they show me immense love and support with pretty much anything I do. Even when they have no idea what I’m up to they are like “Gbemi, you know we have your back”.  I always took it upon myself to be a good role model to them. We are all very close and very supportive of each other! I wouldn’t be where I am today without my family and that’s a FACT!.

The “Greatest Joy”
I would say my greatest joy is my “Travel Time”. I love, love, love to travel. I can find any excuse in the world to get on a plane. Aesthetics gives me the opportunity to travel frequently for business conferences, fashion shows, beauty events, weddings, e.t.c. This in turn enables me to meet great people, make new friends and expand my circle of influence. I also provide business consultation to other small business owners, which is very fulfilling. The Aesthetics Company is such a great blessing to me and I’m truly grateful to God for giving me the wisdom to establish such a great company.

Marketing & PR
Since I own a Multi-Level marketing business, a lot of the publicity for my business is done online through social media and directly by independent sales consultants.

The Aesthetics Beauty & Fashion Company Team
I work with a very large team which consists of my manufacturers, independent salon, store & spa owners, independent beauty sales consultants, my marketing team, lawyers, shipping agencies, e.t.c. We are definitely a large group and we are growing daily. I typically employ and recruit very hard working, smart, highly motivated and trust worthy individuals. I don’t like lazy people.

The Aesthetics Beauty & Fashion Company Woman
Our products are created for all women but I will say that majority of my regular customers are women who are very “Aesthetic” in nature. They are women who love looking fabulous, embrace their femininity, celebrate their individual beauty and are confident in their own skin. True Divas in my opinion!

Unique Value Proposition
That’s easy. One word, “Quality”.  We work very hard at Aesthetics to develop high performance, top quality products for our customers. This is what we pride ourselves on and it is made evident in the volume of our return customers and huge referrals.

Sales Model
We sell directly via our website and also via our representatives. Products can be purchased online at Aesthetics website . If  you are located outside the U.S, U.K and Canada you can contact us directly via their email address & Aesthetics BB Pins. Clients located in Nigeria can contact any of our  representatives by phone.

Education & Entrepreneurship
Yes, I believe a college education is very important. I don’t think I will be where I am today without my college degree. Your education will always be an asset to you and can never be taken away from you.  I learnt how to be a very sharp thinker and excellent communicator in college. With that being said there are people who have made it to the top as entrepreneurs without college degrees.  So it’s up to each person to discover what works best for them in life.

Number one beauty item
Honestly, some “tic tacs” or some other type of breath mints. I could easily say your foundation or lip gloss but they are not as important as having minty fresh breath at all times. Bad breath is a conversation killer. You may be forgiven for not applying your mascara on your way out of the house but funky breath is very hard to forgive and forget. And this goes for both men and women.

Upcoming Events
We have events coming up on Saturday 17th and Saturday 24th September 2011. The first event takes place in New York on the 17th. It’s a fabulous sales event with 35% to 50% discounts on cosmetic items, raffle draws, makeovers and lots more. We will also be launching our new Aesthetics red wine and berries skin Hair Spa Collection. On the 24th of September 2011, we be at the 2011 Houston African Business Expo (HABE). It will be another exciting event! Free gifts with every purchase, fantastic sales on all cosmetic items and lots more. You can RSVP for both events via facebook.

Beauty – In & Out
To me, beauty is the combination of both the inner and outer beauty possessed by an individual. I believe it is great to look fabulous on the outside but your beauty within is even more powerful than your outward beauty. When you meet a woman who has a great personality, is smart, charismatic, elegant, has integrity and respect for herself  (which are all attributes of her inner beauty), I believe these qualities make that woman even more attractive than what her physical appearance already exudes. That right there cannot be bought with money or covered with makeup and fancy clothes. It’s priceless.

Advice for Emerging Entrepreneurs
Believe in yourself and your ideas even if others don’t believe in you. Keep your eyes on the prize. Hold on tightly to your dreams. Work hard, remain focused, remember to be innovative and most importantly DON’T QUIT!

The “Quick Fire Round” (Basically, Random Questions!)
What is your favorite food? I love bread.
You will never be caught wearing? A fake leather jacket or a fake fur coat.
Your favorite movie of all time is? Men of Honor
If you were to be an animal which would it be? An Eagle
The two things you’ll never leave at home are? Blackberry and some cash
Your favorite beauty icon is? Mary Kay
What do you think of Bella Naija.com? Personally, I will say I am always the last to know what is going on especially about Nigerian affairs because I am not presently located in the country. So to me, Bella Naija serves as a daily online magazine which provides me with highlights on current events taking place in Nigeria.
Petroleum Engineering, Beauty Entrepreneurship, Makeup Artistry, What Else?
I also design exquisite couture shoes using pearl and rhinestone embellishments.

Oceanic Teal Rhinstone Shoes

Sapphire Rhinestone Shoes

Gold Rhinestone Shoes

Pearl Bridal Shoes

Makeup product reviews of Aesthetics Cosmetics done by Leticia (Miss Americas Summerlin), Linda (Makeup Artist) and Venus (Makeup Artist)

Aesthetics Beauty & Fashion Company
Website
: www.aestheticsbeautyshop.com
Contact Numbers:
 5735872397 (U.S) |  07033788067 (Lagos, Island) | 08102723716(Lagos, Island) | 07057575765 (Lagos, Mainland) | 08075130932 (Abuja).
BB Pin
: 22419924
Twitter Account
: http://twitter.com/AestheticsCo
Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=115562231801862
Aesthetics Makeup TV Channel:
http://www.aestheticsbeautyshop.com/aesthetics-tv.html

Aesthetics Products can be purchased online at www.aestheticsbeautyshop.com.If  you are located outside the U.S, U.K and Canada you can contact us directly at contact@aestheticsbeautyshop.com; Aesthetics BB Pin 22419924 | Call 5735872397 (U.S) .Clients located in Nigeria can contact any of our  representatives by phone 07033788067 (Lagos, Island) | 08102723716 (Lagos, Island) | 07057575765 (Lagos, Mainland) | 08075130932 (Abuja).

Aesthetics Job Opportunities for Independent Beauty Sales Consultants and Retailers
If you are a university student, if you are employed or unemployed, a retailer, a beauty salon/spa/store owner, makeup artist or simply someone looking for the opportunity to start up your own business with Aesthetics please feel free to contact the Aesthetics Multi-Level Marketing Team directly at contact@aestheticsbeautyshop.com | BB Pin: 22419924 | Log on to www.aestheticsbeautyshop.com

200 Comments on BN Making It!: The Petroleum Engineer-Beauty Entrepreneur, Gbemisola Ogunyomi of the Aesthetics Beauty & Fashion Company
  • missbonnie September 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    YAY!!!!! Gbemi :)

    • pelu gbogbostic September 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      yepa! this babe toh bad! ….senior engineer at25? nawa ooo…some pipo destiny pass destiny. my people, be inspired because her story just lighted a fire under my nyash. say no to mediocrity! you must to excel.

      • Nkem September 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

        LOL Pelu. Yes she has done such a fantastic job for herself at such a young age. CONGRATULATIONS GBEMI!!! CONGRATS!

    • aunty tawa September 9, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      lovely post. inspiring

  • Truth Teller September 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    “Growing up as a young girl in Nigeria, I quickly discovered that there seemed to be this unwritten law that all men were entitled to be successful Engineers, Lawyers, Doctors e.t.c and all women had a choice to be either teachers or house wives who depended fully on their husbands for income. At a very young age, I decided that I would become an engineer and prove to myself and my society that women are intelligent and also have the ability to become highly successful.” ………….that’s my story too.proud of you girl!!!may there be more focused ladies like you.

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      Yeap. Im so glad Nigerian women all over the world are doing great and wonderful things with their lives.

      • Teniolami September 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm

        So inspired to read your story Gbemi. Its such an encouragement, especially to those of us in the same beauty industry. I look forward to meeting you some day, am sure there will be something for us to do together. Cheers to you girl, you rock! Thank you BN for bringing Gbemi and her success story to limelight, you are the best blog ever!!!

  • Dee September 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    25 years old? YEAH RIGHT!
    She’s a hardworker that fo’ sure!

    • Rayne September 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      Yeah, I think She actually is 25. I remember she was 2yrs my junior in sec school and I’m 27 now so it definately makes sense.

    • Jade82 September 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Lol Dee….i agree more like 25-29
      Am happy for her and wish her the best……….#amjustsaying

  • Seun September 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Wow! How can you go to the same primary & secondary school as someone, be the same age as the person and still feel like the person has left you behind in this life? This has depressed me. What am I doing? IT IS THIS NIGERIA! THIS NIGERIA! I should have relocated years ago. This environment can just kill somebody’s dreams and aspirations. It’s to be buying bags and fixing weaves and going to the cinema and all sorts of NONSENSE events that I’ll be doing. See my mate now! Ehn! See my mate! Mtscheeeew…

    • Tiki September 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      LWKMDFH! and the sad thing is, it’s (to an extent) true…

    • Liz September 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      @ Seun i understand how you feel. I felt the same way years ago, but you can let such feelings bring you down. People blame society, but truly its what you do with what you have. I know some people in NIgeria that are more successful than people that traveled abroad. Its easy to blame society. But no matter how you blame society, we have a responsibility to play in achieving and aiming for greatness in life.

    • Verve September 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      At 25 you shouldn’t sound like that…Don’t be like that; Get on your grind today and Go! you have quite some time; B INSPIRED BY BEMI

    • kiki September 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      My dear,Its never too late to start.
      I just decided to leave my “job” to pursue my “passion” if you understand me.
      Its not been easy so far but im loving it and i know that very soon i’ll will look back and be proud of myself.
      Congrats Gbemi. GREAT JOB!.
      i repeat GREAT JOB Girl!
      I like.

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      • Gbemi September 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

        Thanks a lot Kiki. Have a great day!

    • Hot-Angel (Hottu Babe) September 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      I know, you probably mean everything you’ve said on here, but it cracked me up!! As in,, I’m laughing as I type this.

      Anyway, don’t let this girl’s success depress you. Rather, be inspired, and move on with your life. The end is not here yet. You can still make it.

    • louie January 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      awww… don’t think that way,whatever you have accomplished now is an achievement. WIth more effort and right decisions you will be bigger and even become better than her. Just stay positive and don’t give up! xoxo

  • tinu September 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    i love the shoes

  • Liz September 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Amazing! People like this inspire me to dream bigger and aim for the best!

    • Gbemi September 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks a lot Liz. God bless you!

  • oyinkan September 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    My darling Gbemi I’m so proud of you, you are an inspiration to all women, young ladies and little girls to dream big…….love you muchos

    • Gbemi September 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      @ Oyinkan. Awww Thank you. Its been a looooong time coming!!! I thank God for all his blessings. All the love and support I have received is sooo Amazing!! Thanks again hun! Have a fabulous day.

  • q September 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Seriously Seun???i can assure you that if she never left the shores of the country, she would have still being a success. Success starts first in your mind & then u walk/work towards the direction you want to go. If you need a bag,buy one. If you don’t have one, then you don’t need one,no matter how cheap. Stories like these are meant to encourage you & not depress you. Celebrate those who need to be & someday people will celebrate you too.Thanks Bella & Job well done Gbemisola!!

  • Nike September 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    This should inspire not depress and trust me no matter where you are it’s NEVER too late! get up and achieve!…… Gbemi as one of your closest friends all i can say is Well Done. Knowing the beginning of this journey makes me a proud friend and sister! xoxo

    • Gbemi September 9, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      Nike, Its been a looong loooong time coming!!! I remember when the journey started. Thanks for standing right beside me and supporting me through it all. Luv ya girl!

  • Fashion addict September 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Definitely a role model.. I’m inspired!!!

  • Yvonne Dennis September 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    As always…supremely proud of all that you are doing!!! Keep moving, keep growing, keep going!!!! Love you bunches!!!!!

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      @ Yvonne,
      AWWWWWW. Thanks so much. Thanks for taking the time out to post a response God bless you!

  • jd September 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    lolllll…@ seun..LWKMD

  • tatafo September 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Great great series BN. Please keep this up! The secret to success is SUPPORT. If people that surround you support your dreams and vision, you can go very far in life. Good luck in everything Gbemi, may you never be a “has-been” IJN. Amen.

  • lepa omo September 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    good job!!!

  • Funke September 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    WOOOWWW GBEMISOLA OGUNYOMI!! CORONA ALUMNI. I REMEMBER HER!!This girl went to Corona V/I Primary school with me. She was supposed to be in my graduating class but then SHE TOOK THE COMMON ENTRANCE EXAMS IN PRIMARY 4, PASSED AND WENT STRAIGHT TO QUEENS COLLEGE! Thats why she is soo young and has accomplished all this stuff in such a short life span!!! She left all of us behind her! Chei!! I should have known back then that she would end up as a highly successful woman. GBEMI I’M SO PROUD OF YOU!!! WOOOOOW!! YOU ARE AMAZING!!

  • ofilispeaks September 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I know her! I have even used her products…lol…congrats. multi-talented and focused entrepreneur, definitely worthy to be recognized and highlighted. Keep up the great work.

    • Gbemi September 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      hahaha Ofili you are funny!! Thanks a lot. I truly appreciate u’r very kind words. Thank you so much.

  • Lola September 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Very Impressive, keep it up!

  • T-i-t-i September 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I am so amazed by her accomplishment and continued success. I love the shoes (addict)Everyone has their season, I patiently wait for mine.

    • JC son September 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      @ Titi, true talk about everyone having their season i absolutely agree……..but at the same time never forget the number one rule of success………..”Succeed Deliberately”

    • Gbemi September 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks a lot T-i-t-i. I’m glad you love the bridal shoes! They are even more beautiful when seen in person. Thanks again and Have a great day!

  • Sope September 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Awwww. This is truly Inspiring. I’m so proud of you.

  • istidele September 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    The power of marketing

  • Lulu September 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Gbemi, you go girl!! I am so proud of you, keep doing it big!! I absolutely love the makeup palette.

    • Gbemi September 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      @ Lulu, Thanks hunny!! God bless you! Thanks so much.

  • Tayo September 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I drop my hat for this chic. She is definitely a hard worker. Also, Kudos to all ur siblings.You guys are ALL ENGINEERS! WOW! Keep up the good work.

  • 9jamom September 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Excellent feature! Kudos to Gbemi!

    Great to see young african entrepreneurs doing great things!!! Also seeing a highly successful woman is always a source of joy and inspiration!!!

    @Seun, everyone has a different path – please don’t let this get you down but instead tap into your inner strength and focus on what your passion is and what you could be doing to achieve it… Society has a huge impact and Nigeria is definitely not the best place for providing the best opportunities but you’d be surprised that it is very possible to beat the odds (even without relocation) … Cheers!!

  • 9jamom September 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Excellent feature! Kudos to Gbemi!
    Great to see young african entrepreneurs doing great things!!! Also seeing a highly successful woman is always a source of joy and inspiration!!!
    @Seun, everyone has a different path – please don’t let this get you down but instead tap into your inner strength and focus on what your passion is and what you could be doing to achieve it… Society has a huge impact and Nigeria is definitely not the best place for providing the best opportunities but you’d be surprised that it is very possible to beat the odds (even without relocation) … Cheers!!

    http://www.9jamom.com

    • Gbemi September 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      @ 9jamom, THANKS! THANKS! THANKS! God bless you.

  • RiRi September 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    This is exactly what i needed to hear today. very inspiring article. i’m going to keep pressing forward with my own ideas because i know its going to be a successs too amen!

  • Chris September 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    O_o

  • El Bee September 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I LOVE the Pearl Bridal Shoes!! Very pretty! Good job girl!

  • Uchechi September 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Inspiring, well done Gbemi!

  • moi! September 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Thumbs up to you beautiful!! Its always refreshing to see young girls who are focused and aim to be the the best. More grease to your elbows! To the rest of us back home, don’t ever give up!! Keep trying your best. God almighty makes a way where there seems to be no way.It is only when you stop trying that all hope is lost.

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks so much. God bless you. Thanks for taking the time out to read the article. Thanks for your kind words.

    • Gbemi September 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Awwww, Thank you very much for your very kind words of encouragement. God bless You! Have a great day.

  • yo! September 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    no beef. NO BEEF oh! I admire Gbemi for what she has been able to achieve.

    now i can talk! my question is how does she pack all this in 24 hours? It seems almost unrealistic.
    I work on the island, live on the mainland, and sometimes work on the weekends.
    I practically have no time for myself. Yet I have an entrepreneurial flair, I would absolutely love to have a small to medium sized business on the side. But I just dont have the time! Spending approximately 3 hours in traffic and jumping bus everyday in this hellish Lagos does not help matters. Any suggestions to make more out of my day?

  • Joyo September 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Congrats Gbemi!!! This is Huge, like Mr Big Huge! LOL. Soooo proud of you hon, and Im happy to have been a part of Aesthetics!!! You always use the word “Hustler” and look where it got you!!! This is only the beginning, theres more oppurtunites your way IJN! Love ya bish!! and Z girls fo life. heheh

    • Gbemi September 9, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      Joyo “I’m a HUSTLER !!. No need for sleep. I will sleep when I die” hahahaha LOL. You remembered. Love Ya Chica. Thanks for all u’r love and support. I’m sooo grateful. Thanks.

  • sisiekomi September 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Truly inspiring!we all can make it,with determination,passion, hard work and ” I can do it attitude”! Be inspired!

    http://www.sisiekomi.blogspot.com

  • sett September 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I can’t say what i really think before everyone comes here to call me hater. But i will say to Seun, just to encourage her… Girl,success is very very subjective concept. a skin care/makeup line is the easiest to start with just very little capital. there are generic manufacturers who make all these cosmetics and they will slap your name on it, viola, it becomes your brand. That’s how Toni Payne, Banke Mesida, Tara etc became brand owners. Same with clothing…hire a tailor who can sew, sketch for her and viola, it becomes ur fall collection and you are a designer. it’s not that hard folks just take the initiative and be willing to invest a little capital especially if that’s what you desire to do.

    peronally, i have not heard of this chic until now. if she is a senior engineer / senior manager with a top O&G company in the US, she will not have time for this . mind you online business is not even that time consuming. Load photos and ship orders from yoru basement. Back to her makeup…its all in the branding. Go to coastal scents and BH cosmetics and look at their 88, 120 palettes and tell me it’s not super super identical. this reaffirms my stance that most makeup and skin care products are made by the same manufactures who give you the options to customize your ingredients and pigmenation of course and they slap the different labels on it and that’s why there are so many consumer products on market, it’s mind-boggling. Learn for yourself. http://www.bhcosmetics.com/

    My point being, before you start beating yourself up, understand the relativity of success. Also understand that not all entrepreneurs / business ownwers are millionaires. trust me it aint that easy. You can be a manager at Oceanic and be making more dough than these “entreprenuers” that some of us ares so disillusioned about.

    • gbonju September 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      @ Sett, i thought the eyeshadow palette looked exactly like BHS cosmetics and a host of others out there.Even En Lise Balogun’s make up outfit has the same palettes. Chinese companies allow you to customize your logo and voila you have your own brand. It however, take courage and determination to become an entrepreneur .I dont know how she does it with a regular 9-5 job!More grease to your elbow

      • gbonju September 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

        I was actually going to make a similar comment earlier when i saw the article but i was like hmmn, these people will call me a hater

    • Purpleicious Babe September 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      I do applaud her for work though and its hardwork and determination to accomplish what she doing. But I have to agree with on that its not that hard, if u have a passion just follow it through… AND PPL stop comparing yourself with other people.. ALL FINGERS ARE NOT EQUAL including ur very own.. So lets be inspired and fulfill purpose…

      • Gbemi September 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm

        THANKS! THANKS! THANKS! God bless you.

    • Nkem September 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      @ Sett, clearly Gbemisola has been able to handle being both a Senior Petroleum Engineer and starting up her own business at the same time. She has executed this very well so please stop hating. The envy and jealousy you have portrayed towards this young lady is evident in the 2 Thesis papers you just wrote as your response to this article. Its so sad. If its so easy to do what Gbemi and others have done, then why dont you do it?? When you are done accomplishing this task then maybe BN can feature you. CONGRATULATIONS GBEMISOLA!!! GOD BLESS YOU.

      • Gbemi September 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm

        Thanks a lot Nkem. God bless you!

  • Gbemi September 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Hi guys. Its me Gbemi (CEO of Aesthetics). I will like to personally thank everyone for taking the time out of their busy schedules to read this article. I will also like to thank you all personally for your very kind comments. I am truly grateful and I’m glad this article has served as a source of Inspiration to most of you. Lets all keep working hard and remember to follow u’r dreams.

    @ Seun: Im so sad that you felt a little form of depression after reading this article. The purpose of this article on BN Making IT is to inspire and not to discourage you. Remember that No condition in life lasts forever; so wherever you find yourself today does NOT determine where you will be tomorrow. Don’t give up. Please keep pressing FWD.

    @ Yo: HA HA! You asked how I pack all this in 24 hrs? And my response will be, “Omo I no de sleep o !!”. LOL . BUT The truth is, when you truly LOVE what you do, going the extra mile and working really hard while others are sleeping becomes natural to you. You actually begin to compete with yourself by striving to be better and greater than your last accomplishments/victories. As you do this frequently, you will begin to unconsciously drive u’rself into greater and mightier successes. Also as you begin to reap the benefits of all u’r hard work, you will quickly find fulfillment. So what I do is not impossible. It may appear unrealistic because its very very time consuming but its NOT impossible at all. I do this everyday and I LOVE IT!

    • Tiki September 9, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      Yes o! when u love what u do, 15 hr days are not that big a deal. I’m about your age (nowhere near your success though…but I’m getting there! :D ) and I know that I have to pay my dues, so I’m putting in all I ot to make sure things work out fab for me. Kudos, girl! You inspire me.

      • Gbemi September 9, 2011 at 9:58 pm

        Thanks Tiki! Good job! Keep working hard and I’m sure you will accomplish great and mighty things. All u’r hard work will not be in vain. Have a great day!

    • yo! September 16, 2011 at 9:02 am

      Wow, thanks for making out time to reply to me. Im currently working on making the best use of my weekends, that should help some. Nice one!

      • Gbemi September 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm

        Cool. No Problem at all.! Have a great day

  • Toro September 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Awwww this is truly INSPIRING!! GOOD JOB GBEMI!!! And thanks for the encouraging words!

  • Kemi.A September 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    OMG!!! GO GBEMI GO GBEMI GO!!!! IM SO SO PROUD OF YOU! QC OL G!

  • AISHA September 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Gbemi, I don’t know you, and you have already become a lady after my own heart!
    More power to your elbow, and rock on.
    Peace!

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      @ AISHA, THANKS THANKS THANKS!! Have a great day. God bless you.

  • cutiepie September 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Awwww Nigerian women are doing great things. We should all be very proud of this girl. Her story is truly amazing. Gbemi i’m sure your parents and friends are so proud of you. Its great to see you got good support from your family and friends. Sometimes one may have an idea but it becomes difficult to execute if you dont have that self ambition and drive that you definitely have to accomplish all you have done so far. Im very proud of you. So proud of you. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GIRL!!!

  • Osa September 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    First off the fact that this girl is a successful Petroleum Engineer is enough reason for all of us to be Inspired. Petroleum Engineering is a male dominated Engineering field and so the very fact that she accomplished this is amazing. As a male who has strong ties in the Oil & Gas Industry, I can tell you all that there are hardly any women in this particular field of study (Petroleum Engineering). So I have to give her PROPS!! Then on top of that she runs her own business plus she is young, Nigerian and beautiful. GREAT JOB. we are all VERY VERY PROUD OF YOU!

    • Gbemi September 9, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      Osa,
      Awwwww, Thanks so much for your very kind words. When I studied Petroleum Engineering in college, I was typically the only girl and only black student in most of my courses. Petroleum Engineering is definitely a male dominated field. I’m glad you understand and appreciate all the work it takes to be a successful Female Engineer in this Oil industry and run a business at the same time. Im so grateful to God for the strength he has given me to do both things very well and i’m so glad for all the love and support I have been getting from all around me. Its been a fantastic ride so far!. Thanks so much for your very kind remarks!

      • Purpleicious Babe September 9, 2011 at 10:58 pm

        Am glad u said thank God not that am saying (i would have respected u less if u didnt).. I just appreciate people more when they give credit to whom credit is due.

        I have no doubt u are fulfilling purpose and I pray your success will continue to grow bigger and stronger and no evil will befall you.

        I like the YOUTUBE video featured as a source of promotional campaign.. really good and well done…

  • Miss P.H.C. September 9, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    VERY WELL DONE!!!!

  • thefuture September 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    GBEMI CONGRATULATIONS!! GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING YOU DO!!

  • Purpleicious Babe September 9, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    This is my first time of reading this part of article.. as in the inspired section..(Cos am naturally inspired, thank God). but will read more often, cos u never stop being inspired….

    WOOOPIIIIII…

  • ME September 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    WHAT A SMART GIRL! You have only just started dear! Pls Sett no offence but thats not true at all! Whether the product is stamped or photocopied or useless or tomato, a great person is great person. I am in the branding business and literally everybody does the same thing, yes exceptionally there are natural born creative people, but not all of them succeed. There’s an art to doing biz you have it or you don’t, whether you sell tomato in Mushin market or Estee Lauder in Saks. Its the reason why some people make and sell crap and everybody buy, TONS and fantastic creative people sell their creations and few or nobody buys. Like someone said earlier, the fact that she is an engineer at 25 is enough pride for anyone, I know a few highly intelligent people like her or even more intelligent and it has ended with their books which they love. If you have it you have it, find what you have dont follow follow, i know how many will go and start makeup now and shoe just like her without finding what and where their strength lies. Find yours, whatever it is no matter how minuscule or huge the world sees it, give it your best only that way will you succeed. In that respect yes, success is relative.

    Seun dont loose hope or focus, you are probably younger than me and probably ahead of me, but you know what?? I CAN NEVER see it like that because I am certain i am on track, I work hard(I calculated that a 25 year old sleep basically a max of 4hrs a night, thats something, I cant do that as habit, I need my 7/8hrs sleep to function effectively, when a situation calls for it I may not sleep for 3days but I want to make a habit of waking up at the most 6(being luxury time) everyday no matter how free that day is, its discipline) and as frustrating and tough as it is, I keep hope because, I know and I am certain that it will come in its own time. Gbemi is probably doing better than mannnnnnnnny 45 year old men( most of whom work hard), not only because she works hard but also because its her time. Keep the faith and your focus dear.

    • sett September 10, 2011 at 12:19 am

      No offence taken at all lady ME :). Being an engineer at 25 is still not groundbreaking if you school in the states. I am not sure why everyone is making this sound as though the norm has been defied here. People start college/university in the US at 17/18. 4 years of course with no strike and maybe 5 years for engineering courses you finish at 22/23 yrs so it;s a norm in the US. if you take no break after undergrad to work in between , you can go straight from undergrad, to masters to PhD and bag a PhD by 27/28 yrs old. I am not hating at all. however i am pointing out the fact that this is the norm in the US and if someone is in Nigeria where due to system issues they don’t have an engineering degree at 25, all hope is not lost. Google Dr. Funmi Olopade for more inspiration of the impact she made though she never schooled in the US and din’t even come to the US until after she had started practicing in Nigeria, already married with kids. Yet she paid her US dues in University of Chicago and totday is highly respected in the US Mediical society, Soooooo many kids earn their degrees by ages 22/23. Where are you guys from? Lol…im just not clear why this is award winning. Now google Orok Duke http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/904272478.html ..he was already an engineer at a younger age and by 27 yrs, had recieved world class recognition in the leagues of Michael Jordan etc. I just googled Gbemi and all that came up was this BN page featuring her. My point being she is heading the right direction but so far, she hasn’t broken any odds/grounds. To play devils advocate, i can argue that she is a retailer cos frankly, there is no innovation here. I can also argue that if the business is profitable, why does she still need a 9-5 gig? it’s a side hustle just like someone said she rightly so referred to herself. How is she different from my friend in Dallas who is a works at a law firm, yet owns an African STore that she pays someone to oversee? all these for argument sakes but i am sure you get my drift.lol

      It’s ok if you call me hater (the most misused word) , i am just not afraid to call it as i see it and nothing in this bio of hers suggests outstanding. She has done well for herself and i applaud her. Same way countless girls have done well, even so beating all odds. Corona, QC, opportunity to study abroad …errrm, heck yeah she better become an engineer and a lot more and she did what she was supposed to do just like many of us. No odds beaten here and nothign revolutionary here :)

      • Minnie’s Oso September 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm

        You spoke my very thoughts.GBAM and Double GBAM.Thank you sett- I absolutely concur.

      • Uhuh September 11, 2011 at 10:58 pm

        OMG Sett! You are such a Hater (Misused a lot? Yes, but fits Aptly with your post)!!!!!. Okay, so you see nothing grounding breaking? MOVE – ON!!! No need to belittle this success of this young amazing woman (Gbemi, I don’t know you but I am proud of your accomplishment!).

        I studied law abroad as well and got my second degree at 25 (you need undergrad deg first in Canada). However, I can still RESPECT Gbemi’s hustle. NO, it is not the “norm” for a female to graduate engineering (A MALE dominated field btw, home and abroad) and already make a success out of herself by 25! No, it is not the “norm” to hustle that hard and still have your own business. You honestly sound extremely pathetic trying to downplay Gbemi’s accomplishments. If you did not agree with the article, JUST KEEP IT MOVING! Dang! Na by force??? KMT

        Anyway Gbemi, I am just starting to article at my law firm and your story has really inspired me to be the best I can be, HUSTLE and live the rest to my creator and the universe. I pray you remain blessed and continue to succeed. I envy the fact that you can function well on a 4-5 hr sleep schedule that is impressive. I don’t know you but I am so PROUD of you. Female, Beautiful, Nigerian. What more can I say? Stay blessed babe!

      • El Bee September 12, 2011 at 1:45 am

        Chai!!! Nigerians know how to pour water in others garri sha lol! BUT you made some good points!

      • El Bee September 12, 2011 at 1:54 am

        Oops, I meant pour “sand”

      • fisayo September 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

        Sett,
        Chei ” dem don yap u finish fo this site o” hahahahah hahahaha hahaha. “Omo dem don finish u with some serious yaps”. I just read all the follow up comment and wow, Naija girls know how to do VOLTRON. Abeg Sett, no come back again o. Just go and hide somewhere. buaaaahhhhhhh!!!!! GBEMI BIG UPS O!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!! WE ALL RESPECT U’R HUSTLE. GREAT JOB. I am definitely INSPIRED!

      • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm

        @ Uhuh!!
        GREAT RESPONSE!!! THANK YOU! GOD BLESS YOU. Thanks for taking the time out to read the article. I’m glad you are INSPIRED. Have a fabulous day and thanks again.

      • maryam September 13, 2011 at 10:51 am

        I agree with sett, though i still believe in being happy for people in whatever they are doing with their lives, making millions or not. So CONGRATS Gbemi on your achievements and may you be blessed with many more.

        I think the gist of sett’s constructive criticism and analysis is that nigerians will always jump on the bandwagon when they read any interview (ostensibly PR) where the person ‘appears’ to be successful. Thst nollywood actress mentioned on Oprah had the same effect. How many of these people here calling Gbemi their inspiration will buy her products? Now that is the real question.

        I don’t believe sett is a hater, he/she is fully entitled to their well analysed opinion.

      • Gbemi September 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm

        @ Maryam, to ans u’r question, I will have to admit that the amount of people who have supported me & my business since the release of this article has definitely over-exceeded my expectations. Im so grateful to everyone!! Its so Amazing.

      • Nkem September 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm

        CONGRATULATIONS GBEMISOLA OGUNYOMI!!. IM SO INSPIRED!!

    • Gbemi September 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      @ ME.
      WELL SAID!! GREAT RESPONSE and thanks for referring to me as a “SMART GIRL”!. LOL! Have a fabulous day!

      • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm

        @ Fisayo. HAHAHAH HAHAHAH. HAHAHAH!!!! You are very funny!! HAHAHA

  • ME September 9, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Pardon all my typos please.

  • NNENNE September 9, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Great job Gbemi!!! Entrepreneurship, regardless of the size, is the answer to unemployment. The government cannot employ everyone. This should encourage and not depress people. Everyone has a purpose in life. Let’s all find ours!!!

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      THANKS THANKS THANKS. God bless you!

  • Uche September 10, 2011 at 1:56 am

    @ Sett,
    You are just a HATER!! If it is so easy to run a business like the Tara’s, Banke Meshida Lawal, Toni Payne, Gbemi (with Aesthetics) and all other designers, why haven’t you done it?? This Gbemi chic is not only an Entrepreneur BUT also a well educated, very intelligent female. She is a Senior Petroleum Engineer with 2 – 3 degrees at 25yrs of age. Did you not read the article and comments from others?? Please give respect where it is due. Give respect to those who deserve it. Your comment just shows how envious you are of all those women you mentioned who are doing great things with their lives. THIS GBEMI GIRL IS ON POINT!!! GBEMI YOUR STORY IS INSPIRING. GOD BLESS YOU AND MORE SUCCESS TO YOU!. And more success to all other women you were bad mouthing that you dont know what it takes to do what they do.
    @ Sett The sad thing about your life is that this girl is making her money in 2 different avenues (as an Engineer and as a business woman) and you are here trying to justify your jealous heart. You should be ashamed of yourself. Support your fellow Nigerian women who are out in the world working hard and making us proud. GBEMI KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!! YOU INSPIRE US ALL. And good luck to every other woman out there working hard to succeed kudos!!!

    • Uhuh September 11, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      THANK YOU!

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      oooooo la la!!! GREAT RESPONSE!! Thanks for your encouraging words. God bless you!.

  • D2 September 10, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Gbemi, we are all so proud of you !!!

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks so much. God bless you.

  • sassycassie September 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    @ SETT: I get your drift. I think Gbemi has done well for herself. but yeah,it’s true that there are a lot of naija women like her.It’s a pity that with all the strikes and negligence in the naija school system people end up spending more time in school than they ought to.
    sassycassie

  • Gbemi September 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Hi guyz! Its Gbemi (CEO of Aesthetics)
    AWWWWWWWWWW!!!!! Guys from the bottom of my heart I will like to thank everyone for all the LOVE and SUPPORT you have shown me since the post of this article. THANK YOU so much for all the kind e-mails, Facebook messages, bbm’s WOW!!! Thanks so much for reading the article. Im so glad this article has INSPIRED SO MANY!!. If you guys need any help or tips on how to start your own business please feel free to contact me. I would love to help!. CONGRATULATIONS to all those who have signed up to join THE AESTHETICS TEAM as independent beauty sales consultants and Retailers!! Whoop Whoop!!. Welcome to the Team!! And for all those who have sent in their requests don’t worry we are working on it all!!. Thanks to the BN Making IT Team for featuring me on here. I truly appreciate it! To all the BN readers out there YOU GUYZ ROCK!! YOU ARE AWESOME!!

  • ME September 10, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I am sorry Sett, I should have have been specific, about her position in career as a “SENIOR” Engineer”, its not beans, its not just about her obtention of a degree in a very exceptional field at least ( though I have 2 degrees even I can still acknowledge that) I am smart at least to know that any tom, dick and mariah can have a degree by 25 even in medicine. Its sad and pitiful opportunity doesn’t allow some people shine as they should but it shouldn’t hinder one from acknowledging an exceptional person when one comes across the likes, Engineer or tomato seller. Gbemi here is an exception take it or leave it even if these accomplishments were achieved by her at 35 or 40 !

  • To the people feeling sad! September 10, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Instead of feeling bad that she left you behind. Appreciate her success and get inspired from it. You also have to understand that some people are blessed with awesome family, or hit the family jackpot. Not everyone has the ability to have gone to corona VI, or schooled out of Nigeria. So in that case she does have a leg up. I have also heard of people had nothing but have in fact made it. Hold on to your dream and never give up!

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      THANKS! Great response. Well said. Have a fabulous day!

  • ME September 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    P.S- the people you have mentioned are exceptional, that’s why they been talked about, if you took time out to further convince yourself about this bright young woman and you saw just one write-up, ONLY from BN its a start, some people are not that rampant. Some people have also had their first write-ups on Forbes for the very first time! No one knew Mark Zuckerberg before FB, he is exceptional! Bill gates didn’t even have a degree he started off in his garage.we didnt know him then, we read all these stories after his success still He is exceptional. Please dear I may pretend to understand, the point you are trying to buttress but its not saying anything !

  • Afronubia September 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Gbemi congratulations and all, Sett is right though, Gbemi is doing what countless of us young women out there should be doing but there is nothing overly spectacular about it all. I’m sure she has and is still facing challenges and it took a lot of hardwork to get to where she is but hey lets face it, I’ll be more inspired by a rags-to-riches story. The chick went to Corona and Queens College then she jetted off to America, c’mon! This isn’t the life of an average Nigerian female! Can you imagine the exposure and chances this chick has been getting all her life? You can’t do mch if you dont know what is expected of you and even if you do we all know that in Nigeria its uber difficult to be “make it”. Most of us young women don’t even know what’s out there! While I applaud her achievements, I will always root for the woman who has made something of her life with zero chances of success! I’m sorry BN but I’m not inspired.

    • allofthelights September 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      At Afronubia, I will have to educate you on the fact that coming from a well off family does not mean you will become well off. There are countless stories of kids from well off homes who did not amount to anything. Gbemi has proven to be one who was/is wise enough to seize the opportunity life has given her to do something great with herself. Life is not perfect and yes fingers are not equal but that should not take away from the fact that this young woman is doing great things abroad and this should make all of us Nigerian Women proud of her. Yes our “Fellow Nigerian Sister” is in the states making us proud. This is NOT a Nigeria vs America contest or Rich Vs Poor contest abeg una relax your mind and get INSPIRED! The girl has even provided job opportunites for others. She is helping other women succeed. Did you all not read the article and her comments??. At her young age she is doing exceptionally well and we should all support her. Stop using her family back ground as an excuses to try and reduce the magnitude of her achievements. Its making you and some others look bad. Use you gifts and talents to achieve!!

  • Afronubia September 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Show me a chick who made it without having rich parents, and a foreign degree and I will feel challenged (I have a foreign degree so I no dey beef). Show us a typical Naija chick that is like the majority of us trapped in a system that is limiting and has made it through! We the common people want to know that there are normal people out there making it. I would be shocked if you didn’t publish this. We need to know you take us your readers seriously. People should be given the right to voice their opinions!

  • Istidele September 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Sett – ITA with u
    Ladies – believe in God and yourselves and u can achieve ur dreams especially before motherhood sets in.
    Gbemi – I do hope the shoes are lined with good quality soft leather bc the attached crystals could harden the shoes and cause painfully feet.

  • sndra September 10, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Bella Naija,
    As much as I admire Gbemi’s hustle, she is still quite young, with a relatively unknown brand. If her company was already extremely successful and well known among Nigerians, and we were being told about how she made it, then it would make more sense, but she’s been in the entrepreneurship game for too short a period of time to call her successful or inspirational. She is obviously a success to herself and should feel proud of her achievements, but from a business perspective, I have no idea what her profits and returns on investment are like and in fact, I have no clue about the quality of her products.

    However, your hunger is very evident, and I am sure God shall reward all your efforts. Your marketing is pretty good.

    • allofthelights September 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      At Sandra, excuses, excuses, excuses for jealousy. Woman, this is so sad!. If you are concerned about her return of investments and profit margins why don’t you contact her and ask for details. Sebi u are a business woman. Do you expect this chic to come on BN and start discussing her finances?? If she did , im sure everyone will say she is full of herself. Like “Uche” said, Gbemi is somewhere enjoying her life. She has developed a very INTELLIGENT strategy to make good money for herself by working as a Senior Engineer and running a business at the same time. As Uche said, “GBEMI IS MAKING MONEY FROM TWO DIFFERENT AVENUES!! As “ME” said, ‘GBEMI IS A VERY SMART WOMAN” . So if you like sit down by ur computer and be looking for reasons to justify why she is doing “average” stuff instead of figuring out how you can better ur own life mschewwww.

      • Liz September 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm

        Lolll, i wonder o. Please tell her. Besides this is BellaNaija Making it! abi? I tire for some people.

      • Gbemi September 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm

        LOL LOL LOL!!! THANKS!!

    • NKA September 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Sandra, Gbemi is doing a fabulous job as a young woman and deserves to be recognised for her hard work and determination. As you can see from the comments so many people have been inspired by her story so there is nothing wrong in saying CONGRATULATIONS to Gbemi. Remember its easier to hate than to congratulate. Have a pleasant day.

  • iknowitall September 11, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Kudos to Gbemi – it takes a lot of determination and self-discipline to start a business. I should know this – been talking about starting my business since forever so I definitely admire Gbemi for the will to start her business while holding down a full-time job. However, I have to agree with an earlier comment – this is a lot of people’s story who travelled abroad to study. I finished uni at 21, did engineering btw – only girl in my class in my particular engineering discipline. Almost all my friends finished uni at 19 – 22 so if they have been working since then, they should have reached a decent level in their careers. This is not to remove anything from Gbemi’s achievements but to encourage others. She certainly doesn’t have 10 heads. Personally, she has inspired me to get started on my business. Btw, business is not for very one. You can still be successful being a doctor, banker etc. Good luck in finding your purpose in life.

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      THANKS! THANKS! THANKS! THANKS!! God bless you.

  • Omo9ja September 11, 2011 at 5:31 am

    I do not see any thing exceptional here. It is sad that we Nigerians are so easily impressed. I hope Gbemi does not start believing the hype that has been given to her here at BN. The moment she starts believing the hype she may start thinking she is something special and this may work against her.

    Yes there are very few of us female Engineers in the field, but that does not mean being a female Engineer is a big deal. If she had started an Engineering consulting firm and provide engineering services to renowned companies around the world at the age of 25 yes, that would be inspiring even for a person with her background. But a beauty line…any average person can do that.

    It is time that Africans in general starts comparing themselves to the best of the best in the world and not jumping up and down when one of us does something average compared to what others are doing in the world (we are basically insulting ourselves when we behave like this). Given Gbemi background and upbringing, what she has done is not a big deal.

    But I wish her well and I think she will do something great if she keeps her momentum up. It is always nice to see a sister calling the shots!

    • allofthelights September 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      At Omo9ja, Abeg go and sit down somewhere jo. Stop hating on the chic. Jealousy will not kill some of you. Why is it so hard for Nigerian women to accept other Nigerian womens success. Is it paining you?? The girl is doing great period. Whether you are inspired or not is NOT going to remove any of the grease on her elbow. Whether some of you haters like it or not she is doing much better than you so just accept it and move on with your life. Im sure this gbemi girl has believed in herself long before she was featured on BN Making It. For it takes hard work and determination to do what she does.. She is definitely going places. GBEMI CONGRATULATIONS!!!. She is such a classy woman. I have been watching how she has has been making some of you look stupid by ignoring some of your negative remarks. She has gracefully thanked all her supporters and is not moved by your comment. GBEMI I am so INSPIRED AND IMPRESSED AT U’R CLASS. Thats the attitude of a WINNER!!!

      • toriola September 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm

        Omo9ja is not hating…she is right on the money. if you live in the states you will know that Gbemi’s case is nothing to be jealous aobut. no one is knocking her hustle…but i don’t get why this is on BN. Gbemi has done the least that anyone who has had money and opportunities handed to her should have done. Period!

      • NKA September 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm

        Toriola, so the truth comes out finally. All this jealousy is due to the fact that Gbemi was blessed to be placed in an environment with wealth and opportunity right. What you fail to recognize is that even though her tuition may have been paid by her parents, Gbemi herself put in all the hard work required to become a successful engineer. Then she took things further and decided to start up her own business on the side. All these things shows the character of one who is determined to succeed. There are others like her and kudos to all of them. If you are jealous at the fact that maybe life served you a more difficult hand, then well use what is in your own hand to succeed. like someone else said here; This is NOT a Nigeria Vs. America or Rich Vs. Poor article. Can we just be happy and supportive of our fellow Nigerian lady?? I read this article and I was definitely INSPIRED. Congratulations Gbemisola and may God continue to bless you.

      • Gbemi September 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm

        Thanks NKA well said. God bless!

  • Neeka September 11, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I AM SOOO INSPIRED! GBEMI KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. GREAT JOB. WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF YOU

  • allofthelights September 11, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Woman to Woman, Gbemisola, I will like to applaud you for all your accomplishments so far. You have achieved a lot at a very young age and this is only the beginning. May God continue to bless all of your achievements. I do not support the note that this chic is successful only because of her family background. Haven’t you all heard that majority of the “well off families” have kids who find it difficult succeeding in life (we see this abroad and in Nigeria) because they clearly were not brought up to learn how to work hard and value money. Here is a young woman who has clearly used the opportunities that have come her way wisely, worked hard and is making something of herself. Also, BN be informed that the idea of “BN Making IT” is to promote up and coming entrepreneurs. She is definitely one who has started well and deserves to be on BN Making It. Hence, “up and coming”. So instead of worrying about her return of investment or her family background or anything else that really should’t matter, Lets support her. I’m glad majority of the BN readers have done that already. We should all be INSPIRED without showing minute signs of envy and jealousy because of her achievements. Women should learn to stand together as one and be supportive of each other. Gbemi, well done. I’m sure you will continue to do great. You will continue to prosper and shine IJN, Amen.

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      THANKS “all of the lights”. Thanks for all the LOVE & SUPPORT! God bless you!

  • ME September 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    All of the lights God bless you, someone sees where I am coming from. Cant believe all of the things some ladies are actually saying. Limitations have always been the order of the day, its the main hinderance in many lives! Rich or poor, she didn’t place her self in that family or such opportuned situation, but she has realized the blessings of her opportunity and is making the best of it!
    Some folks I know are far wealthier and have gone to better schools and are completely useless( I dont think anyone is though but you can choose to be that way) and some have grown up in stark poverty even as orphans, worse or no schools at all and have made it! This girl like many others are blessed, the fact that her life has played out like this, shouldn’t be used a judgemental tool to her achievements. I have heard unheard stories of success that I find remarkable. Having being in a business school I can categorically tell you, there is a fundamental difference between a business owner and an entrepreneur, many fall in the latter in disguise that they are entrepreneurs. Success is relatively measured, find your gift like i said and give it your best, look for ways to be innovative and strategize and maximize those potentials yes even as a teacher. Enough with this she studied abroad thing, how do you define onitsha traders with no ounce of education or knowledge of the English language but can drive sales and increase turnover? they could be far better-off yes, if they even took time out for self- development going to school etc.( which they see as unnecessary) and those in posh offices doing nothing than paying high expenses in relation to their sales rev? Abeg you have it or you don’t, business school or not, even business schools will tell you that! Even though people may see it otherwise, I can’t begin to tell you the limitations and hurdles I have had to overcome and still struggle with but I refuse to allow them define me. Gbemi has just started, she hasn’t said this is all of it and yes if she decides to keep her job and you think its because she ain’t making cash, then here’s news for you: SHE’s SMART!!! asides from the fact she emphasized on the fact that she’s finances her biz with her salary, it should be no news to even a layman that starting up a business isn’t easy and as such very risky especially with finances, reason why investors will churn you around and sometimes refused to be involved no matter how juicy looking that cash flow of your biz plan looks.
    She believes in her self enough to invest her time energy money and sleep to do this only because she wants the best out of it! She’s testing the waters, if she’s thriving well its her prerogative to take it further as she pleases. BTW some people are blessed with the gift of multitasking! I can’t stress on the advice of finding where your strength lies and giving it the best, don’t be afraid to dream, do a “personal” SWOT(strength weakness opportunities threat) analysis FIRST on yourself and make a conclusion, work on it and work towards it! Even a vulcanizer I am telling you can maximize his potentials far beyond his expectations or those around him. That’s success, forbes or no forbes, QC or no QC. Enough already girls!

    • allofthelights September 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      At ME, Well said!. Well said bravoooooooo! Thank you. Some women on BN find it so hard to support others. This is not a Nigeria Vs America article OR Rich Vs Poor Article. Im sure this article was published to INSPIRE and ENCOURAGE everyone. So lets do just that. This gbemi girl is a hard worker and a go getter period!!. End of story!. Yes, there are other women who are also doing great so why dont we all join the plane of women trailblaizers and achievers and get of the bus of woman haters. Again Gbemi kudos to you and ur family.

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      THANKS! THANKS! THANKS! THANKS!! God bless you “ME”. I dont know you but I appreciate the fact that you along with many others have taken it upon u’rself to stand up for what is right and set the recored straight with the 1 or 2 naysayers. Your character is truly Amazing!! Thanks for all your kind and encouraging words. Thanks for showing me love and support!! I truly appreciate u’r positive remarks. God bless you.

      And to all other BN Readers, thanks for all the LOVE, SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT. THANKS EVERYONE FOR CHEERING ME ON! IM GLAD YOU ARE ALL INSPIRED. GOD BLESS!!

  • ME September 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Plesae just forgive all those typos again, you people can make someone talk:-)

  • ME September 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    * many fall in the FORMER* i.e (business owners) in the disguise that they are entrepreneurs. I had to singularly fish this mistake out. very important.

  • ITK September 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I usually do not comment here often – but there’s nothing new under the sun – so Sett do you want her to create a new black pigment or ??? do you want her to graduate at 16 for it to be ground breaking – that too has been conquered – it may not meet your standards so all you need do it click the ‘x’ button and move on – I believe if you really do not have anything constructive to add or if the intent is not to lift but to belittle then you should carry and deposit that energy else well – be mindful of the energy you put out there – she maybe selling Pure water but the point is that she’s doing her thing -extremely brave to out there- Entrepreneurship is not for everyone – granted Corporate probably pays more but the whole idea is doing what you love, if Corporate is your thing then do it – and do it well – we can’t all be business owners – but do not knock someone else’s work – you have absolutely no right to do so – so you can do better then do it – Why are you busy following the likes of Funmi and Orok so what he was compare to Michael Jordan – who set that standard? how do you know Gbemi cannot be compare with Bobbi Brown or Mac now or in a few years?- why don’t you leave your name here so we can google you and see what you’ve done – Infact I’m getting more and more angry the more I think and write this – It’s Sunday today and Sept 11th – i rather not spend that energy her – Infact BellaNaija – I really suggest you moderate your comments here – granted everyone should have an opinion but it is your site, your house – you don’t open doors for negative energy, it may be entertaining or increase readership but I think enough is a enough now . Anyhoo Gbemi well done – you already know that no one can make or break you – you write your own story and keep repping – you’ve inspired me to do just go out there and do it – -you can only get better dearie – keep doing your thing and learn from the best and grow –
    Everyone else do you – and do it well – if you’re on that Corporate ladder then be the best at it , if you’re an entrepreneur be the best, if you’re unemployed or live in place that is tougher than the US then use that to fuel your drive to succeed – look for people who have conquered in your chosen field or environment – study how they did , look at what is in your hands and do it –lastly do not compare as you will always be bitter or vain – and God doesn’t like either – Jah bless ! Happy Sunday – apologies for any typos – inna hurry
    my 5cents -

    • classy September 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!! THIS ARTICLE ON GBEMI HAS INSPIRED SO MANY WOMEN!! The positive remarks from most BN Readers make this very evident. And for those who don’t like the article or find this chis achievement to hard to accept abeg like “ITK” said , please click the “x” button and move on to the next one.

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      THANKS ITK for taking the time out of ur day to set the record straight here. God bless you. Great response. Very good. I like it! lol.

  • toriola September 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    allofthelights and ME….do you guys have any vested interest in this story? Sett was the only one bold enough to call this as she saw and then others echoed her sentiments that Gbemi has done well, just like manyNigerian chicas abroad but hasn’t broken any grounds. What;s the noise gan sef? She doesnt work for Conoco, Chevron or Exxon and those are the 3 major US oil and gas compnay. Plus slapping senior in front of your title doesn’t necessarily command a fat paycheck in the US and in most companies…a title is a title and has nothing to do with compensation. I was at the Audi dealership yesterday and you know what they call their sales men? “Client Advisor”. some fields in the banking world for instance will give their MBA bankers titles such as “Associates” and these dudes are raking the same as MBAs in brand management/marketing with titles such as “Senior Brand Managers”. why are you guys automatically equating Senior to success? it so well depends on the company’s overall pay compensation/remuneratory structure, which is often driven by your skills adn work experience. oh let me add that O&G isn’t that prestigeous in the US like it is in Nigeira. Chevron, Exxon, Shell are the highest paying employers in Nigeria and perhaps other developing countries but not in the US. Working for an oil company in the US is not the same as working with an oil company in Nigeria. finally, peteroleum engineering is not even near Electricial engineering or computer science or pharmacy, medicine when you compare course work difficulty rankings in the US.

    • thesasyone September 14, 2011 at 11:05 am

      Toriola, Clearly you have no idea who this Gbemi girl is. I will definitely support her because when I was jobless 4 yrs ago and going from one career fair to the next looking for a job, this same Gbemi girl helped get me a job as a Petroleum Engineer in one of those companies you mentioned. Yes she did. Infact, she has very very very strong ties in 2 of those companies you mentioned and has helped many people get internships and job opportunities so you clearly are clueless about her and her achievement. You are sooo off in u’r analysis its ridiculous. So yes i will always support her!!! When she went out of her way to get me a job I did not even know the girl but she was kind enough to go the extra mile for me. Im totally irritated by some of the comments made here. Anyway I can assure you that this girl has such a high self esteem, is very intelligent and carries herself so very well so ur comments on BN can never affect her. If only you knew her personally you will know she is a go getter and yes she should be recognized as one well on her way to the top!. GBEMI CONGRATULATIONS!!! You may not remember me, but I will always remember you.

      • Gbemi September 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm

        Awwwwwww, THANKS THANKS THANKS!

  • classy September 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    GREAT JOB GBEMI!! WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF YOU!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I AM SO INSPIRED BY YOU!! GREAT JOB!!

  • fela September 12, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I’m proud of you girl, and knowing you is such a blessing…. and yea u have done well for yourself!!!!!!! kip the fire burning…
    go Gbemi, you rock…

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks darling. You are such a darling!! Thank you.

  • yellow chick September 12, 2011 at 11:07 am

    na wa for people o
    ground breaking or not , i’m inspired. Its amazing that yesterday having lunch with the husband i was telling him how i wanted to start a business but will have to wait at least two years because of my job since i would not have the time . But coming o n here to read this , i’m surely motivated. i get off work at 4pm, takes me about 10 mins to get home then sit on my sorry behind watching Days of our lives, naija sings and all reality tv in sight. till like 9pm!!!!!! every frigging day. Surely i can use that time more productively.

    So Gbemi thank you, i will take that plunge and set things in motion. THankyou

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks. I’m glad you read the article and i’m glad you got INSPIRED!! God bless you as you jump start u’r own business and as you work hard, may God bless the works of u’r hands. Amen.

  • pynk September 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Goodluck to Gbemi. Truly wish her the best.

  • FlashFlash September 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Well done Gbemi you have done very very well. I’m actually very proud of you because i know how difficult it is working 9-5(senior level) and running your own business (i’m speaking from experience). and age has nothing to do with it. I’m sure its not been so easy so i wonder why some people cant just appreciate a success story and stop trying to downplay Smart & Hard work. @ Sett i don’t know whether to call u a hater or ignorant or maybe u have a bit of self esteem issues cos u haven’t accomplished so much at your age. For you to say she’s had a privileged background (corona, QC, school abroad) is just low mehn… no need for that. If you read the article, u’ll see she has always been a goal getter and i don’t think she would have been any different if she schooled in Nigeria. Don’t know why we are making her age an issue, who’s fault is it that you didn’t school abroad? And pls don’t make it about the country and our educational system (we know its terrible) but a lot of people are still Hustling and doing well. We need more success stories like this (Nigeria or Abroad) to encourage each other. Well done again gbemi, i also like that your responding on the blog and also using this opportunity to thank your sales consultants and retailers on. (another smart marketing strategy *wink*)……lol.

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      Awwwww. Thank you so much for u’r very kind comments. I truly appreciate all the love and support!! Thanks. And good job at noticing that lil marketing strategy i threw in there hahaha lol. Very Smart hun!

  • FlashFlash September 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Also @sett, we aren’t discussing “the odds beaten” we are just celebrating young African entrepreneurs both at home and in diaspora who are making an impact in their chosen fields. So please learn from what she’s done by starting something that would make a difference or improve on whatever you are already doing by putting in more Hard/smart work like she has done and tell other people about it to encourage them…..

  • Nkem Morah September 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Yay for you Gbemi!. God has blessed you and i wish you more success. I’m a PE myself.

    • Gbemi September 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks a lot Nkem. You are a PE, Awesome. Thats fantastic. God bless you and good luck as you make it to the top in u’r career!

  • ME September 13, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Toriola please lecture us on world class companies, job positioning and titles, you know we are not knowledgeable and as such very fickle by such terms as senior, teach us somethings we didn’t learn at corona or QC or forgot to take notes while at uni or what any average open mided educated person knows! Get a makeover on your GREEN shrinking hearts girls and be lifted! Rid your hearts of this unjustified negativity darlings, it speaks a lot about your esteem.
    P.S- on the contrary this is my first time ever commenting on BN my friend’s hanging at mine and I have commented through her page, don’t even have a clue how it works. I don’t know Gbemi, I am much older than she is, but I am woman enough to acknowledge a smart woman who’s not only afraid to dream but to actually bring her dreams to reality.

    • Gbemi September 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      @ ME. LOL Toriola is a very funny individual!! I laughed so hard when I read that response because he/she has no idea where I work and clearly the article states I work for a Major Oil Company in the U.S Hint! Hint! Wink, Wink, LOL. There is no direct info on my employer because I’m wise enough to know NOT to include my employers information on BN duhhhhhh. I blv some ppl didn’t even take the time out to read the article b4 they jumped right in with their negative remarks. hahahahahah its truly amazing!!!! But im laughing and still laughing hard as my sales continue to increase!!! Praise God! THANKS GUYS FOR ALL UR LOVE AND SUPPORT!!

  • Princess Ada September 13, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Ore mi BIG UPs and Congrats!!!!!! The sky is ur limit girl and I am sure u ll fly that high <3 u much!!!

    • Gbemi September 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Awwwww, Thanks so much Ada! Congrats on u’r new business venture also. God bless ya hunny!

  • NYAZIVEA September 13, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Just curious. about These BN making it articles. Is it the individuals that go to Bella (as a marketing strategy )or does Bella find out about their product/brand and decide to feature them (of course with permission)?

    • Gbemi September 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      @ Nyazivea, to answer u’r question Bella finds out about you and then they make a decision on if they want to place you on BN Making It. Thanks.

  • sumby September 13, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Gbemi God bless you so much….u just inspired me with this piece….its awesome and God will continue to bless the works of ur hands

    • Gbemi September 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      @ Sumby, Thanks for that fantastic pray and I will have to say a very big AMEN!! Thanks and have a fabulous week ahead.

  • lustre September 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    delicious

  • Namesake Gbemi September 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    To all Gbemi’s friends commenting, we understand, she is your friend so off course you have to support her. I however, agree with Sett 100%. Gbemi has achieved something but she has not done anything outside the norm for a typical middle class Naija girl .It is amazing that she is recognized here, but let us be truthful and call a spade a spade!

    • thesasyone September 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

      “Namesake Gbemi” Please read below and educate yourself on the purpose of this article and purpose of BN Making It. Stop using setts comment to justify u’r jealous and envious heart abeg go and drink some cold water and get over it!!!

      BellaNaija.com launched BN Making It! in 2009 and we are hoping to spotlight more upcoming entrepreneurs in 2011 and beyond. We will feature young African entrepreneurs both at home and in diaspora who are making an impact in their chosen fields. Technology, Non-Profit, Fashion, Media, PR, Music and everything else. From those who are just starting their first company to young Africans who have their companies listed on the stock market. The purpose of this feature is to promote and encourage entrepreneurship among young Africans. We aim to inspire the next generation to be enterprise builders.
      End of story. Have a nice day.

      • Gbemi September 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

        THANKS THANK THANKS. LOL!!

  • ME September 13, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    My dear just imagine the cheek of it! Lol …. keep on laughing my dear, your joy shall be constant. Make sure and I trust that you don’t have such minute minds in you entourage. I have no doubt you will make it, indeed you have a very good head on your shoulders. Walk tall and keep up the positivity and the focus . xoxo

    • Gbemi September 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      THANKS THANK THANKS @ ME, AMEN!. I definitely surround myself with very positive people who inspire and encourage me to do my very best in everything I lay my hands upon. I have a GREAT support system. So, It is very well with me and this is definitely only the beginning!. AMEN!

  • Bukola September 13, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Some of you lot are too damn sentimental and melodramatic!
    In my opinion, Sett is very apt in her thoughts. I commend Gbemi, but really, i know tons of laways doctors and engineers at 25, with side businesses and are doing pretty much the same thing. Must every one agree?? Please people learn to respect others’ opinions. Sett never said anything to belittle Gbemi’s efforts or anything negative at all sef, but yet shes been tagged a hater.

    • Bukola September 13, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      *lawyers

    • thesasyone September 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

      Hmnnnnnn Bukola, I don’t see an article on you. And yea, maybe one day BN can do an article with all those people you have mentioned in it but until then get over it!. BN and others have acknowledged Gbemi’s achievements regardless of how big or small you may think they are and there is no need for jealousy. Besides she is still so young and Im sure she will accomplish much greater things in the near future. The question you and sett should be asking yourselves is What exactly are you doing with your own life??? You say you Commend Gbemi. Great. Leave it as that and move on to the next one.
      My people on BN abeg lets continue to Celebrate this young woman’s success and achievements. Lets not forget that regardless of where you are from success takes hard work and determination period which clearly this Gbemi chis has displayed. Abeg Lets applaud her efforts. Enough is enough with all this sugar coated bad bele. GBEMI I AM SOOOO PROUD OF YOU!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

  • afro September 14, 2011 at 1:16 am
  • Omo9ja September 14, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Gbemi, my comments were not intended to be negative or belittle your achievements or hard work. My first degree is in Electrical Eng and I know it takes effort to graduate in Engineering with honors. You have to be determined and have good time management skills in order to succeed in working as a full time Engineer and run your own business, all of which you have successfully done.

    My issue is with how a majority of BN readers have responded to the article. A lot of people think your achievement is exceptional. I have issues with people thinking like this because it suggest they expect less from you. To make my point, I googled the word ‘exceptional’ and I found 3 interesting meanings of the word.
    ‘Surpassing what is common or usual or expected’ , ‘Far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree’, ‘Deviating widely from a norm of physical or mental ability; used especially of children below normal in intelligence’

    I refuse to believe that Nigerians or Africans that have done what Gbemi have done are going far beyond what is expect of them or have done what is beyond normal in intelligence.

    My comments are not intended to belittle your hard work but to tell my people to set high standards for themselves. I expect at least the same level of success from an average Nigerian (with Gbemi’s background).
    It pains me when I see young African girls jumping from one night club to another trying to ‘fit in’ when they should be burning the midnight oil trying to make something of themselves.

  • Glow September 14, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Gbems!!! I cant believe you are causing all these drama, if only people realise that its not the schools and the opportunities that have gotten you this far but the grace of God…for us that are your close friends we know the p…I am so proud of you boo..love you

    • Gbemi September 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks Glow. I love you too. Yes, everything I am, everything I have and everything I have become has been by the Grace, Mercy and Power of God. To him be all the glory IJN. Amen. Have a Fab day. Cheers

  • prettygirlrock September 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    GBEMI CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  • NKA September 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    This is such an Inspiring story. TRULY AMAZING. Well done young lady. Well done. Please keep rising to the top and remember to take others up with you as God continues to bless you.

  • Gbemi September 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks everyone for your very kind comments. I am truly grateful. I’m also extremely glad this article has inspired so many. If you are in the New York area please don’t forget to come join the beautiful Ladies of Aesthetics Cosmetics for a fabulous MAKEUP SALES event at Stir Lounge (NY); from 4:30 -9PM SEPT 17TH. you can log on to facebook and RSVP on the link below http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=184966671568812 Have a Fabulous & Blessed day!.

  • BNC September 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    U guys hating on sett don’t get the drift……reading sett’s post alone inspired me ..yes!! Kudos to Gbemi ..no doubt you’ve gone the extra mile…but people plzzzzz I want you to understand certain facts about business .. firstly, no business Man /woman will tell you how easy it was to accomplish a given task they’ll only tell you how difficult ,time consuming,neck breaking and life threatening it was to get there .all sett is tryn to do is break the jinksss.. I am 26 and own my Event management business , make up studio and bridal outfit and still dream of having 100 businesses…. you don’t have to see the physical to believe the impossible !!! every1 is unique in their ways…you just inspired me Sett God bless you…

  • show some love September 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    If nobody talks abotu you then you are a nobody. Gbemi ignore all teh haters. they are just jealous tha its not their story up there. Wledon and Kudoas to you. You have inspired me

    • Gbemi September 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      AWESOME!! THANKS SO MUCH!! Have a great day

    • Gbemi September 21, 2011 at 12:04 am

      LOL! You are so right! Well said. Thanks a lot and have a fabulous week ahead!

  • Zegzy September 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Gbemi, congrats on your accomplishment. It definitely takes hardwork to keep a full time job and run a business at the same time.

    That being said, I am an engineer also working in the U.S. and I question the “senior engineer” title at your age of 25. No, I am not hating, just based on my many years of experience, senior engineers job descriptions require at least 7 – 10 years work experience. Please can you explain how you got to senior engineer so quickly in 2-3 years. Maybe I can use the same method to jump ship in my company?

    FYI, I also have a master’s degree in engineering from the U.S. and finished my masters at the age of 23. Your advice would help. Thanks.

    Congrats once again.

    That being said

  • Gbemi September 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    @ Zegzy LOL!!! THANKS HUN! Yes Yes Yes, I am one of the youngest Senior Petroleum Engineers at work . hahaha Its awesome. It definitely feels good to boss your former bosses around. hahaha. LOL. Just kidding!. I am aware it is a very big title for such a young woman as myself and that is why I thank GOD everyday for it. But I know this is only the beginning for I have not fully arrived at all. So Hmnn why don’t you contact me at ceo@aestheticsbeautyshop.com so I can help teach you how to make it to the top faster than those you compete with at work!! I would love to help you. Now, in response to u’r comment I will say the biggest mistake anyone can make is thinking your number of years of experience has anything to do with your job title or promotions. Thats A VERY BIG MISTAKE!!. Constant Job promotions are based on your constant outstanding job performance NOT u’r # of years of experience. Please dont fall into that trap. Hunny, there are people with 7-10 years of experience who are now my peers because they got too comfortable with their number of years of experience, title and FORGOT about their PERFORMANCE. So hence, while I kept getting promoted at every promotional cycle, they missed a couple and today they are all my peers and tomorrow by the grace of God I will be their boss IJN, Amen. LOL. Ohhh, And btw I was definitely younger than you when I completed my masters degree. My masters degree was also sponsored by a major oil company so I definitely didn’t become a senior engineer overnight or perform “juju” in 2yrs to make it to the top but it definitely did not take me the usual/average 7- 10 yrs to accomplish like most. LOL!! PRAISE GOD!

    • Zegzy September 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      I know that years of experience does not always equal title but a senior engineer at 25 is spectacular, I must say. I will definitely e-mail you so you can pass the juice along. I’m also interested in speaking to entrepreneurs. Expect my email soon, thanks!

      • Gbemi September 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm

        Excellent. I look fwd to talking to you!! ciao!

  • Gbemi September 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Hi BN readers for all other career related questions/advice, please feel free to contact me directly at ceo@aestheticsbeautyshop.com. I will definitely do my best to help you in anyway I can. God bless you all and have a fabulous day.

  • Papa September 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Hi Gbemi, congrats on your efforts (both in the oil industry and otherwise). Sorry to digress but I have a question: how long have you worked in the oil industry and do you work in a service or E&P company? I am a subsurface RE.

  • Gbemi September 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Hi papa. I work for a major E&P company in the U.S and NOT a service company. If you have any further questions please contact me directly at ceo@aestheticsbeautyshop.com as stated above. Great, you are a subsurface RE. That was actually one of my very 1st job assignments as an intern many yrs ago; way back in undergrad. Anyway we’d chit chat later. ciao!

  • Gbemi September 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Please BN Readers for all other questions feel free to contact me directly at ceo@aestheticsbeautyshop.com. I will not be engaging in question and answer sessions on BN!! Please contact me directly as stated above with any further questions you may have or any advise you may need. Have a great day. God bless.

  • Chris September 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Hey Gbemi am sure when you think real deep you would know who this is,one who always knew and said you will make it.wink wink,people aint seen nothing yet and have no idea the cloth you cut from. proud of u

  • Gbemi September 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Awwww Chris, Thanks so much. Im Blushiiiing from ear to ear. Wink, Wink!

  • Dee September 17, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    welldone girl!

  • Tamara September 18, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Wow! Thats all I can say… Gbemi is solid and true inspiration! As a Nigerian female engineering student myself I feel even more motivated…sky is the limit!

    • Gbemi September 20, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      Thanks a lot Tamara. I’m excited to see my fellow Nigerian women doing very well for themselves! Good luck with all you do and may God bless you 2.

  • toni September 19, 2011 at 2:43 am

    super duper proud of you gbemi. more and more the career section is becoming my fave so sick of people who only wanna be fashion designers so they can make rounds at parties and wear trendy clothes and tons of lipstick mchew i need me a career-minded role model i can look up to.

    • Gbemi September 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      Thanks a lot Toni. God bless.

  • Eve October 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Hey Gbemi, I just read thia article about you. Congrats girl!!!! So happy to see young “black” women like yourself climbing not just the corporate ladder but also the entrepreneurial ladder. You go girl!

    A

  • heidi March 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    awwsommme….wanna b a petroleum engineer too…..but i really dont know what they do………just got inspired from you…….
    anyway congrazzzz and best of luck……..

  • Africanbeauty April 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Inspiring. Proud of Gbemi.

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