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Turned down an admission to study Medicine in Year two to continue in Fine and Applied Arts- Vovwe Omoko, CEO OVEMS Fashion


Turned down an admission to study Medicine in Year two to continue in Fine and Applied Arts- Vovwe Omoko, CEO OVEMS Fashion
Can we know a little about your educational and professional background?
My name is Vovwe Omoko, I am from Delta State, Nigeria. I studied fined and applied arts in Delta State University Abraka and specialised in textile designing even though two years into my Fine and Applied Arts study I gained admission into the College of Medicine to study Medicine and Surgery which was my intended course of study at the University. After the university I took up a diploma in Fashion and design and higher diploma in fashion and design respectively.

What inspired the name “OVEMS"?
OVEMS is an acronym; each letter stands for particular special persons in my life.

So now the idea was ready to execute, how did you get funding for OVEMS Fashion?
Started off the business through sweat equity and as time went on, we get funding from BESPOKE LINE (funds came as a result of jobs we get from them) and from our ready to wear clothing but officially our funds come from BESPOKES LINE.

When did OVEMS Fashion start off officially?
June 2014.

Turned down an admission to study Medicine in Year two to continue in Fine and Applied Arts- Vovwe Omoko, CEO OVEMS Fashion

As a business does OVEMS Fashion make profits?
Yes we do, we make profits and in turn put back our profits into areas of the business that needs funding as it is a new outfit and needs all the funds it can get at the moment.

Is OVEMS Fashion into event planning alone?
No, OVEMS fashion is also into training, styling, wardrobe designing and we are currently on air (stylist cooltv and wazbio tv)

What are the challenges so far?
Lots! Production cost in Nigeria is expensive; tailors are overpriced in Nigeria and Africa in general, then you have the situation with power, labour (human) which is difficult to get as you want competent hands who can deliver on what you have in mind.
Also, in this business there are lots of competitors hence you are tasked with the job as an up and coming to quickly find your niche so you can stamp your mark.

Turned down an admission to study Medicine in Year two to continue in Fine and Applied Arts- Vovwe Omoko, CEO OVEMS Fashion

Tell us about some of the recognitions you have gotten so far?
So far it’s being blissful (Thank God); 
I won The Most creative designer for the Nigeria Student week 2014
No. 2 top 12 emerging designer 2014
No. 6 top 16 merging top designer 2015
Winner of the David Wedge fashion competition
Nominee for the West African fashion Awards 2015.

What are your goals for the next 3-5 years, both personal and for OVEMS Fashion?
For OVEMS fashion to be a household name; as a renowned label and personally be a voice in the fashion industry and be a top designer in Nigeria and Africa.

Turned down an admission to study Medicine in Year two to continue in Fine and Applied Arts- Vovwe Omoko, CEO OVEMS Fashion

Do you have any advice for young people who want to start their own business?
Study before you hop into anything you want to do; I say so because often folks make mistakes in the course of work and such mistakes would have been avoided if they had done a little more research. Once you are in, you are in the pressure to fit in sets in, it is then what you have researched and studied comes to bare.

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