Guys, I am not pleased. I am actually pained. In fact I am H’angry. You’re wondering why, yeah? Ok, I’ll tell.
So they said GT Fashion weekend was coming up.
Me I was jejely sitting down on my own, minding my business, working on my beautiful clients’ clothes, sipping water, when GTB sent me a mail telling me to come and apply for a free retail stall; that they have a vision and that they want to help promote small enterprises. This vision is to provide over 130 small businesses with free stalls to showcase and sell to a larger audience at the GT Fashion Weekend .
They even gingered our swagger by asking the sweet question of “Why sell small, when you can sell big?” you know, the vibe! The “Jí, má sùn!” kind of vibe. Ah, I was charged-up!
So that is how me too I carried my two-fine-left legs and went to apply; spending such precious moments on it. You needed to see me the day I was applying, I was serious like “let us pray”…
I went all Pra-Pra-pra-pra —- Space Bar —- Pra-Pra-pra-pra —- Full stop, Space Bar —- Pra-Pra-pra-pra —- ENTER —- Praaah-Praahh — SUMBIT!
I received a pop-up and a mail confirming my application, I had already worked-out the value we were bringing to the event, in form of our clothing pieces, that would be showcased. #Bandadadang ehn, GTFashionweekend, here we come! Y’all will actually know Folabomi. Folabomi to the world, Folabomi is about to add extra colour to GT Fashion Weekend …… or so I thought.
And then we started waiting, we waited, and waited and we waited. Retail-Stall Confirmation email, where are you keh? I was refreshing my mail everyday, all I was seeing were mails from Godaddy, HotNigerianJobs, Pinterest update, Dropbox update, “plix, who are all these ones?, are you GTB? is GTB you? I don gerrit”
and then… finally… I got the mail! 💃🏽
Now, was it a “Congratulations-Folabomi-House-of-Fashion!!! This-is-to-happily-confirm-that-a-retail-space-has-been-reserved-for-your-brand, we-can’t-wait-for-you-to-share-your-magic-with-us” kind of mail?
No. No. No no no. It was a:
“Dear Folabomi House Of Fashion,
Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend. We appreciate the time you took out to apply for a retail stall and we certainly have no doubt about the quality of your product offerings. This year, we received close to…”
Yah, you know the rest.
Well, I didn’t feel too bad; we are all here to support each other, bah? Maybe my fellow-small businesses got the slots just as GTB is trying to rightly promote. And yeah, that’s totally fine and highly commendable. 👏. Well done GTB.
Day 2 of the Fashion Weekend came and I decided to make an appearance; as my people will say, “at all at all, na ihn bad pass”.
So I’m here, so excited and looking forward to seeing small brands like mine showcasing and selling the finest ensemble of apparels and fashion accessories, but wait, it’s like I’m still far so I can’t see well,
… but it’s like I’m seeing brands that I know are not small keh. Ahn ahn, GT, small businesses? Mai Atafo, small businesses? You say? MaJu, small businesses? MOOFA, small businesses? Ahn ahn, Uncle GTB, I am not understanding o. Wawu-est.. wehdone sirsss 👏. What’s the scoreboard saying? 1:0? 1:0!
Well, seeing that I obviously seemed to have misinterpreted GTB’s interpretation of promoting ‘small businesses’, I accepted my lot and proceeded for the masterclasses to learn how to actually rise to the level of a small business 🤣😂🤣.
And yes! I did learn a couple of things which I’m excited about. So yeah, GT 1:1 , we are on draw now 😁👏 These are the tips I picked:
- Be original. Your authenticity— will speak for you, it will take you where your legs can’t.
- Mistakes are bound to occur, vision can get blurry. But just keep going; stay focused.
- Do not underestimate the power of networking…. it is an assured way to get to the top…. well, obviously 😉.
- Be organised, have a plan towards success.
All in all, it was a fabulous event, I don’t even want to start talking about the super-remarkable decor of the entire event, before GT’s head starts to swell now 😂😂😀😁.
I took amazing pictures, networked, and I picked out Folabomi’s exhibition-spot for next year; because I suppose that the Committee in charge of this must have made a tiny lil’ bit of a mistake in the definition of “actual Small businesses” and I’m certain that by next year, that would have been resolved. 😊.
GTBank! GTBank!! GTBank!!! Don’t let us joke this joke next year o. Ehen.
P.S: I’m sure I didn’t cover all that was learnt o, please share with us in the comment section, what you learnt or are still learning from moving from Small to Medium to Large scale.
P.P.S: Special thanks to TIXELS , they shot these amazing pictures!
Most special thanks to Oluwatomisin Odunsi, for helping out with this blog post; we literally gisted this post into existence 😂🤣. Thank you, Bruv ♡.