Olawale Ajibike Oluwafunmilayo is young Nigerian baker who started her baking career from her mom’s kitchen at the age of 8; gathering basic cake ingredients (flour, butter, sugar, egg, baking powder and flavouring), mix in no particular ratio, set her mum’s stove on fire, fill a pot with sand, set three stones inside, place the pan filled with cake batter on the stones placed in the sand, cover with a newspaper and finally cover with the lid of the pot.
At the age of 15 she was used to measuring correctly. When she turned 20 In 2014, she registered her cake business JR Cakes with a start up capital of $9 USD ( N3,000 Nigerian Naira), currently the business records an average income of $1500-$2000 monthly with patronage from customers in 9 states (Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Sokoto, Edo, Kwara, Abuja and Ondo respectively) in Nigeria and Nigerians in diaspora.
The customer base of her business cuts across all ages and classes in Nigeria, some of the major customers recorded are First Bank Nigeria (a leading financial institution in Nigeria), Landmark University (a private agrarian university in Nigeria), government officials, schools and organizations.
Dedicated to pastries, fries and culinary services, through her company, she has trained several young people in cake and culinary, this includes a skill acquisition conducted for more than 20 high school students as a way of positioning them to be employers of labour in the near future. The success of the business has been aired on various media platforms including national radio in Nigeria.
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