On this edition of Entrepreneur Of The Week, we are celebrating Tosin Oshinowo
Lead Architect & CEO of CM Design Atelier.
Even if you’ve Bom ever heard of CM Design Atelier, you definitely know a few of their accomplishments-
The Maryland mall (aka the big black box) , over three luxury beach homes in Ilashe and so much more.
That being said, Tosin Oshinowo is the boss babe behind it all.
Upon meeting Ms. Oshinowo for the first time, you’d quickly realise that she is the opposite of everything you’d assume her to be.
Nevertheless, anyone who knows her will agree that she is a light to be around
She laughs at numerous intervals in a day because life doesn’t have to be harder than it already is
She can turn any space into her personal corner when it comes to tackling business, no matter where she finds herself.
WHAT IS UNIQUE IN THE SERVICE YOU ARE BUILDING?
Tosin Oshinowo: We fully supervise all the work that is done to ensure that what I conceived is actually what is delivered.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD YOU BEFORE STARTING YOUR BUSINESS?
Get the right business registration for the business you want to run.
I really wish I had understood the different types of business reg you can have. It’s very common in Nigeria when you wish to register your business; a lawyer comes to your aid, takes your paper work, and they go to CAC and register your company. More likely than not its a limited liability..what they don’t explain to you is that depending on whether your producing a product or a service that might not be the best business reg you should go for because there implications on how much tax you pay.
IS THERE ANY BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU WISH TO SHARE?
Tosin O: We’ve produced projects which have become landmarks in Lagos e.g. Maryland Mall on Ikorodu Road which is fondly known as The big black box…also we have SENCILLO Beach House in Ilashe.
Also for Ile Ila we’ve had two very strong major media campaigns; the first with Adekunle Gold, the second with Chidinma Kille…the brand has been well received internationally, our furniture lines have been shown in Harpers Bazzaar, Elle Decor and Grazia magazines
IF YOU WEREN’T DOING THIS…WHAT FIELD OF EMPLOYMENT WOULD YOU HAVE PURSUED?
Tosin O: It was always going to be this for me, I’d have definitely stayed within the creative realm as this is my area of strength.
WHO ARE YOU OUTSIDE THE OFFICE?
Tosin O: I’m constantly surrounded by art, culture, creativity and design. So I don’t really feel like architecture is work.
WHAT’S ONE ITEM YOU CANNOT DO WITHOUT?
Tosin O: I need my eyebrows, I refuse to go anywhere without my eyebrow pencil.
WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO ANYONE THINKING OF FOLLOWING IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS AND BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL CEO ONE DAY?
Tosin O:I think it’s really important to have a dream set, have a clear direction on where you’re going to…but you must also pray for the wisdom to know when to change your plan.
First and foremost, you need to understand your journey. Come to terms with it, inspire yourself first then everything will follow.
Architecture in Nigeria has massively expanded over the years
A sector that was once ignored, basic and predictable has become intensely extensive and exciting due to style influence from other continents
One of the leading Nigerian owned architectural firms
pushing for change, depth and harnessed creativity is Tosin’s company
CM Design Atelier
Asides owning an architectural firm, Tosin also has an interior decor firm known as
(talk about complementary goods and services )
therefore Should you desire the full architectural meets art package, you can easily score both.
By: Joan K. Vincent-Otiono