For weeks now you been hearing about 1Plify and getting useful articles from our blog but do you know how it all started? Who are the people behind the 1Plify brand? Find out all this and more in our Spotlight column as we take a step behind the scenes into the lives of the people who are committed to ensuring that 1Plify remains a success.
Today we have Adetola Ibrahim who is the co-founder of 1Plify. Read on and get to know more about him.
Can you tell us briefly; who is Adetola Ibrahim?
Adetola Ibrahim is a young Nigerian who is passionate about his country and sees a huge potential that can be harnessed for national growth and development.
1Plify has gained a lot of interest since its launch. What brought about the idea of 1Plify?
1Plify is a love child that was born in the heat of the passion that developed in the course of the interactions between three young Nigerians. We want to make it easy for Nigerians to get information on how to apply to different schools both in and outside Nigeria. Personally, I had to wait three years to gain admission for my undergraduate study here in Nigeria; this was not because I did poorly in my entrance exams. It was because I lacked access to proper information at the time. I remember one time I had to travel to Owerri to pick up an application form for FUTO, only to be told on arrival that sales of form had stopped. At the time the idea for 1Plify was conceived, all three of us were trying to gain admission to study overseas and our experience wasn’t too pleasant, ranging from deplorable services from representatives of institutions to being scammed by dubious agents. It then occurred to us that a lot more young Nigerians are and will continue to experience such if nothing was done about it.
Have you always wanted to be an entrepreneur?
I have always been surrounded by entrepreneurs since I was a kid. My father is an entrepreneur who has not done badly in his field and beyond being my father, he doubles as my primary mentor in my quest to become a successful entrepreneur. Two of my uncles who are very close to me are also entrepreneurs who have fared well. There are also stories of entrepreneurs on the local and global scene that inspire me and fuel my passion.
What are the things that drive you?
I am driven mainly by the desire to be part of the Nigerian success story. I want to be able to contribute my little quota to national development and help to reposition Nigeria as a globally relevant and respected country.
What makes you feel fulfilled?
Being able to achieve whatever I set out to do. I do not take ‘No’ for an answer. I don’t stop until I get results and when I do, there’s no greater feeling.
Can you describe your personality?
I’m naturally laid back with a gentle mien. But beneath that gentle approach is a will of steel that is hard to bend even under extreme pressure. I always have a positive outlook to life and strongly believe that with God, all things are possible.
What are your hobbies?
I read a few books; works of fiction mostly and books that teach sound principles of life and living. I’m not a big fan of motivational books though; I believe there’s enough motivation around me already.
What’s your philosophy of life?
Things don’t change until we challenge the status quo and act on our fears.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Add a few inches to my height.
Where are your favourite places to relax?
I live a quiet and private life with a strong connection to my family. I’ll rather stay home and make do with whatever relaxation I can find around, except of course for those few occasions when I visit friends.
What’s a typical day for you like?
I consider myself a late riser; I usually don’t wake up until around 6am, say my prayers and go about my business. Managing my schedule to ensure a productive day is a huge task in itself and I often don’t sleep until around midnight or later.
Can you tell us one memorable experience you’ve had recently?
The launch of 1Plify. Being able to conceive and implement an idea gives me joy.
Your best quote
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” – T.E. Lawrence