It is that time of the month when we celebrate Entrepreneurs! So, here is all you need to know about our Entrepreneur of the month.
Full Name: Cyrus Michael Chijioke Okoro
DOB: 2nd October
Educational background: ECWA Nursery and Primary School, Mission Road, Kano, Kano state.
ECWA Baba Alhamdu Secondary School, Kano, Kano State.
I studied Medical Laboratory Science at the University of Jos, Plateau State, then transferred to College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State. Where I rounded up and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Haematology and blood transfusion medicine. (BMLS)
I hold a medical practising licence from the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), and I am a member of Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN).
Occupation: I make exotic cakes.
Business Name: Cyrus Cake Empire Ng.
Year Started: August 2015
Location: 10 Kwai close, Nomansland, Kano State, Northern Nigeria.
What made you start the business and how did you start?
I picked interest in baking from my elder sister who is a lecturer and a hobby baker, she bakes like once is 4 months at that time. I started by simply helping her write ‘Happy Birthday’ on the cake after she is done baking and decorating the cake. From there I started mixing, till I could do all on my own. Then I made a few cakes for friends and saw it was a profitable venture and decided to make a business out of it. I chose to explore baking because it gives me the liberty to express my creativity in diverse ways.
What are the problems/challenges you have faced in your business?
The Nigerian educational system sadly educates to employ instead of educating to empower. Which is why most graduates go to school so they can get a good job. And Nigeria as a nation, is orchestrated to administrate and not produce. Which is why we have very few who are into production and a whole lot of others who want office jobs. Entrepreneurship is a major tool for Industrializion as it creates an avenue for production which in turn creates job opportunities. I remember closing from work at the hospital and running home to go make cakes and some nights when I’m on call duty(night) at the hospital I’ll go home in the morning to bake and report to work the same afternoon. It would interest you to know that I haven’t attended any formal or professional cake training schools yet, all I do is watch videos on the internet and practice till I get them. Today I have trained 97 people in cake making, some have started their own brand and even opened up training schools.
The challenges are like every other business venture. Getting clients to know and patronize your product, getting positive feedbacks; but even though the negative feedbacks can be very displeasing and may even make one consider abandoning the venture, it has been a fuel to improve and get better.
I solved the problems by continuous learning, improving and upgrading. I also joined a lot of baking groups on social media, where I learned from the questions other bakers asked and answers other professionals gave.
What are your hobbies? Basketball, dancing and music.
Instagram handle: @cyrus_cake_empire_ng
Facebook page: Cyrus Cake Empire Ng