While other young people’s passion are majorly in entertainment; Music, fashion designing, dancing, Olawepo Abiodun wants to plan and execute events. Though the journey has not been rosy but his flair for the job and the sentence impossible is nothing has been his major source of inspiration.
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HIP: How or when did you start event production?
OLUWACAPTAIN: It all started in 2009 as (Oluwacaptain Ent. now GIDICHROME) when I had to use my personal event as a test run on how to be a successful events producer because the flair has been there ever since I was a teenager. Right now, we have successfully produced 5 events and supported 12 events/shows/lifestyles in all.
This name change is being instituted to reflect the company’s recently enhanced role in the management of group operations.
HIP: What inspires you?
OLUWACAPTAIN: The sentence: Impossibilities are nothing.
HIP: What have you achieved as an event producer?
OLUWACAPTAIN: Talking about achievement, we have different definitions for it because to some, greatest achievement has to be the monetary aspect, but for me; I have been able to achieve recognition in the industry. Even though you haven’t seen me one on one; the name GIDICHROME is everywhere.
HIP: How many clients do you have on an average?
OLUWACAPTAIN: Apparently, we have 23 clients on our database; very active. It would have increase but the challenges with promising event producers in the industry can’t be joked with.
HIP: Have you ever been discouraged?
OLUWACAPTAIN: <Smiles> not really, though; the journey so far has never be rosy but there’s always a reason to thank the Almighty God.
HIP: How much do you make averagely from events production?
OLUWACAPTAIN: Well, we are not really making much but a successful event is like a million dollar in your wallet.
HIP: What are the challenges you’re faced with?
OLUWACAPTAIN: Categorically, I think the key element to be focused on is ‘support’ from the industry big wigs. If you have a good proposal blueprint doesn’t mean you’re going to earn their supports because you’re just a promising events producer looking for opportunity from their perspectives. Yeah! We’ve seen this several times, they tend to do business more with big names; not knowing that they were once promising producers like us.
HIP: What motivates you to continue?
OLUWACAPTAIN: Senior colleagues who have contributed immensely to the growth of events guide in the industry at large.
HIP: What makes your event different from others?
OLUWACAPTAIN: We are a skilled, professional and prolific team providing the highest level of service, reliability, and integrity. To create the best suitable program we focus on individual needs and business culture of our clients for tailor made solutions. The programs can be corporate, sportive, team building, cultural, top-end luxury, off the beaten track, to impress and be impressed, depending on your priorities.
HIP: What other businesses do you do apart from event production?
OLUWACAPTAIN: We are making serious progress on contents and media also we take care of ground services like venue sourcing, supplier contracting, hotel logistics, hosting, transportation services, tours and activities, entertainment selection etc
HIP: Where is your favourite place in Nigeria?
OLUWACAPTAIN: Banana Island, Lagos Nigeria.
HIP: Describe an average Nigerian Youth:
OLUWACAPTAIN: An average Nigerian should be able to discover his/her talent, build his/her strength and extract the tenacity to make his/her dreams come true.
HIP: When you look at the future of Nigeria with you in it, what do you see?
OLUWACAPTAIN: All I can see is EDGE, we are pouncing on productive and creative aspect any country could be proud of in years to come and these has been the cutting edge and soon, we are going to rule the world.
HIP: What do you wish to change in Nigeria?
OLUWACAPTAIN: Acceptance. The state of being accepted in the country is worrisome. We have to believe and encourage ‘state of arts’ in the nation. It determines the spirit of class.
HIP: Are you are proud Nigerian?
OLUWACAPTAIN: Very Much! I believe in the future of this great nation.
HIP: Describe you in a sentence.
OLUWACAPTAIN: Dedicated to details
CONNECT WITH OLUWACAPTAIN:
Twitter: @oluwacaptain/ @gidichrome