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It is far easier to work for people than to run a business- Nosa Solomon Ehigiamusoe; Principal & Director Final Lap Events

It is far easier to work for people than to run a business- Nosa Solomon Ehigiamusoe; Principal & Director Final Lap Events

Give us a brief introduction of yourself, educational background and what you do professionally?
My name is Nosa Solomon Ehigiamusoe, I was born and raised Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. I am a very easy going person and I used to be shy may be I still have some traits aside from my personality I have a special gift from God which I have been able to train and work on. So basically I am a smart guy!!! (laughs) but very reserved, I like to keep to myself before I come out. My elementary schooling were at Greater Tomorrow Group of Schools and Word of Faith College all in Benin City and subsequently graduated from The University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria with a degree in Microbiology even though I wanted to study Medicine.

Microbiology and Event planing don't go hand-in-hand, how come you are here?
My second year in school was when my eyes were truly opened and that was because I met Toyosi Akerele of RISENETWORKS now my mentor and after I met her, I literally shed tears because just there I realized I was wasting my life not because I was useless rather I just realized that I was just going to school to read and pass.
It is far easier to work for people than to run a business- Nosa Solomon Ehigiamusoe; Principal & Director Final Lap Events
I suddenly realized your education is supposed to make you relevant and useful and in that moment was when I realized I was going on with a course that meant nothing to me even though I was doing well in school and passing in flying colours but it was not relevant. I got to meet Toyosi Akerele and was able to work with her and attended her trainings; my perspective changed and I finally concluded in my 200level Microbiology and I had to part ways; I knew well to just study it and of cause I finished very well (with a Second Class upper even though it was supposed to be a First Class). 
I understood schooling in Nigeria deals well with the test of preparedness not intelligence; when you come out with a first class it as though you had a 1st class preparation, the case also applies for the 3rd Class; doesn't really mean you were intelligent. Now haven known that quiet early, I took advantage of it and from my 200 level I knew business was what I was going into.
It is far easier to work for people than to run a business- Nosa Solomon Ehigiamusoe; Principal & Director Final Lap Events
How did you go into event planning and baking?   
Events started before I got into school; I had an elder sister who was into the event business for fun and I happened to be her errand boy seeing I was the last born of the house (he laughs) I virtually handled everything that had to do with the mechanical part of the job and in the process of working under her I learnt alot. I got into the University and the “big boy syndrome” got me and I dropped it and by the time I realized myself from 200 level I knew I had to go back. It was easy for now me seeing that I had worked with my sister and at a young age (14years) I was already baking and cooking in the house and for other people. So the event thing started because of my elder sister and I wouldn’t have looked that way if not for her.
It is far easier to work for people than to run a business- Nosa Solomon Ehigiamusoe; Principal & Director Final Lap Events

How did the name Final Lap evolve?
*Singing Faze Alone song in no orderly manner* we be four we later become three and later become one (we both laugh). Actually one of the four suggested the name and we agreed and it stock; FINAL LAP.
How did you go about getting finance to start-up?
We basically started on sweat equity; everything we got went in. We had big dreams but no money to fund the ideas and those trying times showed those that really believed in the dream. When we became two I was serving in Delta State and basically everything I was getting went into Final Lap. I could not imagine myself spending on myself expect for offerings; if you gave a fan, it went into Final Lap, give me anything and it went into Final Lap straight up, it was that high of a zeal I had for the course until break through started coming in from corners and some that left wanted back in and I said naah!! (laughs).
It is far easier to work for people than to run a business- Nosa Solomon Ehigiamusoe; Principal & Director Final Lap Events

When did Final Lap officially start?
Final Lap officially started off May, 2010.

Is Final Lap into event planning and baking alone?
No; Final Lap also has an academy that is dedicated to training and instilling the art of baking and event planning in those interested, we have graduated some batches and it has  been a joy ride.
It is far easier to work for people than to run a business- Nosa Solomon Ehigiamusoe; Principal & Director Final Lap Events

How many staff do you have on your pay roll?
I started off Final lap with a staff and now we are thirteen (as at the time of the interview a staff was employed making the figure 13).

What is the profit margin; is it a profitable business?
*Laughs* the Bible says there is profit in all labour right? Of cause; at a time I remember I had been praying for God to give me a one million Naira job and when it came I was like hey!! is this it?. Basically whatever we earn goes back into Final lap and we are still undergoing development and I don’t judge us to have achieved anything. Final lap like Etisalat as the CEO said in a function they had not started making profits in Nigeria because they are still putting in (meaning everything they earned goes back). Bottom line, the earning is good.

Final words for the up and coming start ups
*Laughs as he says; I will break your hearts*; I personally think passion is not enough to run a business, of cause you need passion but knowledge of the business is very vital, that is why you see someone will have passion but have a very shallow knowledge of the what they are into and then again it’s not everyone that can run a business.
It is far easier to work for people than to run a business- Nosa Solomon Ehigiamusoe; Principal & Director Final Lap Events
It is far easier to work for people than to run a business; a staff can close but the CEO doesn’t close even though he leaves the office first. 
Basically if you have a passion for something go for knowledge, learn something about cash flow, advertising and everything you can lay your hands on for your passion. For me Microbiology didn’t do me justice and I had to go acquire knowledge of my business and that helped me a lot.

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