2018 YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

TAIWO OLUSEUN AKINBOADE (AKA MOTAIYE)

Taiwo Oluseun Akinboade (AKA Motaiye) is a beautician and young entrepreneur of Motee signatures Pty- beauty and cosmetics company in Pretoria. She holds a Bsc Science in chemical engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Nigeria. After graduation, she started out as an entrepreneur in 2014 with makeup and beauty business.

Taiwo moved to South Africa in 2015 to join her husband and even though she was reluctant because of the fear of losing her client base she had just started building in Nigeria. With a dint of hard work and sheer determination and   in less than three years, she had built over 55,000 social media followers, most of which she has either worked with or influenced in one way or the other. 

Using that as a platform and template, Taiwo have been able to empower a number of people in South Africa especially women. She organizes workshops where she teaches upcoming makeup artists to brush up their skills or teach women how to make themselves look good. She also works one on one with a number of people teaching them from scratch on how to start careers in the makeup industry. 

In total, she has empowered almost 50 people who are now makeup artists and almost 100 women to make themselves beautiful .She recently just launched her line of cosmetics with just a product now which is the Motee signatures lashes. This is her brand of eyelashes and cosmetics line which she intends to extend by introducing more products as time goes by  “I am a young entrepreneur of 27 years old whose vision is to build brands, empower people, be influential and definitely do my country proud,” Taiwo says.