SHINE THE SPOTLIGHT: TOYIN LAWANI

 

It’s another beautiful Wednesday and you know how we roll, we want to celebrate another woman who is doing well for herself and beautifully mastering her craft. Today, we shine the spotlight on the beautiful and talented Toyin Lawani.

 

Toyin Lawani is a successful business mogul whose brand Tiannah’s empire has become a household name in Nigeria and even all over the world, she is a business mogul, fashion designer, creative director and a fashion stylist.

EARLY YEARS

Toyin was born into the Lawani family of Ekiti State in the South West of Nigeria on the 1st of March 1982 to her father, Yisah Lawani a former commissioner of Police and her mother, Princess Atinuke Babalola, a serial entrepreneur (also royalty).

Toyin’s grandfather was Pa Elijah Are Babalola, who was the first Minister of Works in the Western Region and her grandmother was Chief Justice E.A. Babalola and also the Adele Oba of Ikole Ekiti. She attended Ebire Nursery and Primary School in Ibadan, Oyo State and in 1992 she was admitted into the prestigious St John’s College in Lagos. Having passed the West African Examination Council and being named as the overall best student in food and nutrition in her final year. She was admitted to study English at the University of Lagos in 1998.

Her father wanted her to be a lawyer but she sure had her own plans, she got her business lessons from her mom who runs a textile company, all the ideas put together to create Tiannah’s empire was gotten from her mother’s input.

CAREER

She ventured into business early, at the age of 16, and it began with the trading of clothes, shoes, bags, hair attachments to her fellow mates in the University. She sold her items and wares in a boutique, located in Hall 36- of her university accommodation, but within months, the boutique expanded to include a supermarket and a hair braiding salon. A year later, a Spa was opened along Akoka Road, in Yaba, a suburb of Lagos, and the clientele flocked towards the extraordinary seventeen-year old entrepreneur who eventually went on to study in Los Angeles School of Fashion for a Diploma Course, Exodus Hair School in india and Johnyim Fashion and Beauty Institute in Korea.

Her fashion side started just by giving fashion advice and styling her friends for events. She has since then developed her own styling outfit and grown become one of the most sought after stylists in the Nigerian Fashion Industry. As a stylist, she has worked with celebrities such as WizKid,  Banky W, Niyola, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Dr Sid, Wande Coal, D’Prince, Terry G, Mercy Johnson, Emma Nyra, Juliet Ibrahim. Trybe Records, 3LiveChicks, Waje, Stephanie Okereke Linus, Sean Tizzle, May D, Funke Akindele, SamKlef, Pasuma, Vonne Vixen, Tipsy, Iyabo Ojo, Toyin Aimakhu,Lami Phillips, AY the comedian, DJ Baggio, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, Korede Bello, LAX, Skales, Samklef, Mocheddah Olamide, Lil Kesh, Adekunle Gold, Style Plus, Denrele Edun, Goldie, Kenny Blaq, Blacky, Jazzman Olofin, Dare Art Alade, Fathia Balogun, Eniola Badmus, Senator Ben Murray Bruce, Senator Florence Ita Giwa, Madam Haba Folawiyo, Victoria Kimani, Emma Nyra, Toke Makinwa, Ariyike Akinbobola and other foreign superstars like Keri Hilson, Natalie Nunn, Ciara and many more.

 

MOTHERHOOD

Toyin is a happy mother of two, she has a beautiful daughter Tiannah and an adorable son Tenor, the proud mother is playing a good role in giving her kids the best life has to offer.

BUSINESS MOGUL

Toyin has done well for herself in her business, she has a business empire-Tiannahs place empire, which consists of over 20 divisions -Tiannah Spa (Spa Treatments), Tiannah’s Dance Studio(choreography), Tiannnahstyling Music Video (Shoots, Directs and Styles Videos), Tiannah’s Glow (Cream and Consultation), Tiannah’s Hair Goddess, Barbing Saloon, Nail Studio, Tiannahstyling (style outfits, Elegante Boutique, Fashion Academy, Elegante by Tiannahstyling, Elegante Kids, Amala Dot.Com, Tiannah’s Travel and tour, Tiannah’s Makeup Studio, Tiannahs Photography, Tattoo Parlour, Tiannahs Home&Furniture Company and more. This woman is really doing great and she is a Philanthropist, she believes in helping others.

 

Toyin Lawani is the creative director of PayPorte and she has really designed some great outfits for PayPorte especially during the big brother season, she designed the valentine’s day party and the rep your culture amidst others.

She is such an inspiration to every young person, hers is a story of perseverance and dedication and that is why we are shining the spotlight on this talented and creative woman.

image source: @tiannahsplaceempire

story source: Wikipedia

 

 

 

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