Ayokunle Maraiyesa is an English Arts graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye. The fashion entrepreneur who combines beauty with brain speaks with Gateway Times Nigeria on her upcoming events, the Ijebu Fashion Festival as well as some other interesting issues. Enjoy
Can you tell us more about yourself, viz a viz your educational background?
Maraiyesa Ayokunle is a an indigine of Ago Iwoye , Ogun state. She is a multi-versatile lady. She is a graduate of English Language with an M.A in English Literature from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State. She is a fashion Entrepreneur, a model; Miss Ryla 2019, a writer, an advocate for gender equity. she is a social worker who is actively involved in community and humanitarian service. As a public speaker, her speeches are centred on giving meaning to life. Her life goal is to live a life that inspires an ordinary African child to believe that dreams do come true.
At what point did you delve into fashion business?
I started learning fashion design as an undergraduate. I started a fashion business few months after my graduation, I hate the helplessness I felt waiting to be called for an interview or waiting for the employers to call me after the interview.
As a graduate, some of your mates would have opted for a white-collar job, why did you choose fashion ahead of others?
I also thought getting a white-collar job was the best option for me. After waiting for about 4months, I choose to opt for plan B which is fashion designing. At first, it was rough because nobody took me serious including my family. How do I plan to make a living with a #10 000 ready to wear business? That’s the question on people’s lips. It been 5years and I feel this is one of the best decisions I have made, I choose to be responsible for myself.
People see fashion in different ways, what is your own definition of fashion?
Fashion is the art of self-expression to me. It is as old as man himself.
Can you please tell us the details of your upcoming events?
Ijebu fashion festival is a compendium of different fashion event such as fashion show, trade Fair, master class, fun night, pageantry, gala/dinner night, auction and lots more. The event is coming up at Olutoyese parks and garden, Ago Iwoye, Ogun state. November 11 and 12 2021.
Lastly, where do you see yourself as a fashion entrepreneur in the near future?
Beyond the dream of creating a fashion brand that’s well known, my life goal still remains living a life that inspires an ordinary African child that dreams do come true.