I’ve always wanted to contribute the little I can to better myself and the economy at large’
Rustic, vintage, modern, Picasso, neutrals, marigold yellow, those are the words and world of Mabel Makun- a passionate lover of arts, music, fashion who redefines residential and commercial spaces.
The CEO Midas Interiors Limited with a portfolio of interior designs comprising residential apartments fashion boutiques, offices and workspaces, the company seeks to bring freshness and top-notch quality to delightful customers. She is also well known to have the Midas touch and sustainable elements that can enhance lifestyle beyond spaces.
Mabel Makun is a graduate of Business Administration from Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. She recently completed a short course in Interior Styling for Residential and Commercial at the University of The Art London Central Saints Martins. She is also actively involved in the lives of young Nigerian Entrepreneurs through education and financial support to help them attain new heights in their education and future careers. Mabel discusses the impact, productivity and what being a Lady Boss in Nigeria has taught her with Leading Ladies Africa (LLA) in this interesting interview.
Can you briefly describe yourself and your business?
My name is Mabel Makun. I am an interior designer who recently completed a short course in interior styling for commercial and residential at The University of The Art London Central Saints. I also graduated from Delta State University Abraka where I studied Business Administration. I am very passionate about my work because I love what I do, my passion leads me to challenge myself daily and that helps me do better with every project that comes my way as the MD/CEO of Midas Interiors.
What is it like being a female entrepreneur, and why did you choose to be one?
Being an entrepreneur has nothing to do with gender identity or sexuality. It is an honourable calling that requires great responsibility in every field. I have always wanted to contribute the little I can to better myself and the economy at large. So, becoming an entrepreneur has provided me with the opportunity of using my skills to grow the economy and in creating bigger impact.
What innovations have you introduced into your business?
We all know that learning and innovation go together. Like I mentioned earlier on, I just completed a short course in interior styling for commercial and residential at the University of The Arts London Central Saints. That alone has served as an incentive for improvement in my creative abilities. I am presently working on a new product line that would be launched next year.
What will you say is responsible for your success so far?
I would gladly give it to hard work, consistency and the grace of God.
In your opinion, would you say that there are any unique challenges that female entrepreneurs face?
In my own opinion, I don’t think so. Challenges have absolutely nothing to do with gender. If you are in business, challenges will come your way from time to time. When I just started, I used to let challenges weigh me down. But over the years, I have grown to thrive on challenges. People should learn how to stand up to challenges and overcome them. Our ability to handle life’s challenges is a measure of our strength of character.
What values and principles have helped you so far?
Knowing what to do at the right time, staying focused and embracing opportunities to contribute the little that I can.
Why did you decide to go into this line of business?
I was driven by my passion for interior decoration. Focusing on what excites me usually gives me energy.
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced, and what has kept you going?
Getting most of my goods into this country. There is also the challenge of working under pressure from clients who want you to deliver within a ridiculously limited time.
What’s your five-year plan for your business?
To have a factory of my own and develop two-thirds of my product lines.
What do upcoming female entrepreneurs need to do to be successful in this path?
You need to have passion for interior decoration. You also need to be focused and be very consistent.