Augustine Amuzie – ‘Mark Zuckerberg is my Ideal Mentor’

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We took a tour into the Tejuosho Market which is regarded as an ultramodern market. With so much activities going on, trade is definitely the order of the day. We came across several business owners but our attention was caught by a young man in his late 20s who is running a fabric warehouse also know as Popo Fabrics. Having featured Augustine Amuzie, he made it to the Entrepreneur of the Week.

What problem does your company solve?

Like the name implies Popo fabrics; we tackle customers fashion and outing issues.

What ignited the spark in you to start your business venture?

As an engineer with a first degree in Polymer and Textile Engineering, I had a desire to learn more on the end use of the various kinds of fabrics produced by textile engineers and manufacturers. So, it was just a matter of when before I started the business.

How did you respond to failure as an entrepreneur?

As an entrepreneur, I definitely know there would be obstacles and challenges on the road to being successful. So, I take setbacks as a stepping stone and just try to always learn from errors and failures for futuristic purposes.

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How long do you stick with an idea before giving up?

The length of time required for me to stick to a plan or an idea before dishing out, often depends largely on the plan and idea itself. But I’ll say generally for ideas relating to fabric sales improvement, often requires patience before it start heating; so I stick to an idea quite long before dishing out if not productive.

Describe your typical day

A normal day as a fabric dealer, I must say its quite stressful and tiring. But the turnout is usually encouraging in terms of sales and making new customers.

Starting small is always the sole plan of every entrepreneur, how small did you start your business?

To be honest, I didn’t start too small. I had backings from parents and siblings, and also had huge savings on my own. I started with an estimate of 750,000.

Do you have mentors or role models? If yes, how has your mentor(s) been helpful?

Yes, I do have role models. Mark Zuckerberg is my ideal mentor and has really thought me patience, determination and to always stay focused for what you believe would come good, especially not letting age and other depressing or oppressing factors hinder you.

How would you define success?

For me success generally is when a person or an entrepreneur reaches his intended goal for a particular idea or plan. Success for me isn’t only materialistic and tends to do with so many other factors like reaching required number of people, reaching required number of outlets or branches, long executed idea coming out good etc.

What motivates you?

Competition and mentorship motivates me. And I do like reading motivational books especially financial related.

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