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Meet Ganiyat Oyebola Odunlami, The Aso Ebi Exceptional Entrepreneur

Meet Ganiyat Oyebola Odunlami alias GhaneOye. GhaneOye International is an online fabric vendor specializing in male and female clothing, aso ebi for events, clothing accessories, jalabia, men’s caps, men’s shoes, and general merchandise. She started her career path after being asked by friends to procure fabrics, which led her to research and learn about different fabrics and eventually start her own business. She draws inspiration from her love for fashion and the desire to become a trusted name in event attire. She believes in herself through her experience in taking care of event aso ebi. She is open to the opportunity of having a walk-in store.

Read our full interview with Odunlami Ganiyat Oyebola alias GhaneOye

What is your full name?
Ganiyat Oyebola Odunlami

Do you have an alias (a.k.a.)? If so, what is it?
Yes, my alias is GhaneOye.

In one sentence, describe your profession.

GhaneOye is an online fabric vendor specializing in both male and female attire, providing services for aso ebi, clothing accessories, jalabia, men’s caps, men’s shoes, and general merchandise.

How did you start your current career path?
I developed an interest in business from a young age. Since 2004, I have been actively involved in the fashion industry. My journey began when I acquired knowledge about bead making from my boss, Yemisi Makinde. However, I had to pause this pursuit when I entered tertiary education. I officially started this venture after completing my National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 2013. I decided to turn bead making into a business. Initially, I focused on creating beautiful bead designs for brides and wedding guests. However, as time went on, I faced some challenges with the beads business, leading me to transition to designing women’s turbans. It began when a friend asked me to procure a fabric for him, while I was already involved in buying and selling female turbans. During a conversation with a fabric seller, she convinced me that fabric business was a lucrative opportunity, which prompted me to research men’s fabrics on Instagram, explore different options in the market, and eventually establish my fabric business. Last year, I expanded to include female fabrics.

Who or what inspires you?
My passion for fashion and the desire to become a trusted name in handling event attires (aso ebi) are my primary sources of inspiration.

Please share a project or activity that boosted your self-belief, regardless of its size.
Handling the aso ebi for an event gave me a significant confidence boost.

What opportunities are you seeking or willing to explore?
I am interested in opening a physical store to enhance customer experience.

How can readers connect with you online or offline?
Readers can connect with me on Instagram (@ghaneoye_fabrics), WhatsApp (+2348036882307), and through my Facebook page (Ghaneoye).

How would you like to be empowered?
I would appreciate financial support to expand my business and establish a physical store.

Written by Taiwo Afolayan

Taiwo is a multinational award-winning Art & IT Consultant and a Certified Management Consultant. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Fashionistar Africa, Founder of Argitech Limited, and an SDGs Advocate. He has over 10 years of experience in journalism, digital artistry, analytics, and photography. He enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and cycling.

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