My name is Ibinabo Moses Agbai – Ib for short.
I studied hospitality management and I am a caterer by profession.
My journey into entrepreneurship started in my primary school days when I used to lived with my aunty that is a caterer – she studied abroad by the way. Back then we would spend most nights baking and making chops and spend our weekends cooking for parties. It was fun but hectic for me as a little girl. I felt punished with the endless chores and cooking 😁 . But as I grew older and started secondary school, I started enjoying it and fell in love – even with the chores. That was basically how the fire for cooking came to be lit in my heart.
I later went along to attend trainings and take catering related courses and then went on to register my company as Spicehouse catering limited.
So far, the journey has not been easy but I must say its been worth the ride. I have moved from cooking and baking for free which I still do every now and then, to catering for private firms. I have also managed the canteens of banks like Gt bank and fidelity bank.
At some point, when I freshly started, I had to stop a while because I was funding my advents myself and embarking on such a journey without support is not so much of an easy gig.The competition out there is also quite stiff because it is really not the kind of business where you can really carve out a niche. Everywhere you turn, there is a caterer waiting to offer services, so finding myself in the business began to give me a lot to think about and I almost gave up the struggle. But then, I found courage in my passion for cooking and catering to people – and I told myself there was a place for me and I could do anything I set my mind to. So, tadaaa 😁. Here I am getting paid to do my thing and loving it.
I would love to share one risk in particular but the details might be a little too personal to divulge. But I can tell you that it affected my health and almost ended my career but I thank God for coming to the rescue like he always does. Taking risks is a part of our everyday lives as entrepreneurs – it is what we do basically, so we never let it hinder or stop us.
I have big dreams to own a catering institute where teenagers will be trained in the art of catering. I also intend using the platform for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I look forward to owning restaurants all over the world, starting here in Nigeria.
From my view, five years from now, I cannot tell what God has in store. His ways are always mind blowing and I trust in him. But I am positive that five years from now spicehouse will be a household name in Nigeria, having restaurants in many parts of Nigeria.
For fun I like to cook, sing, go swimming or boat cruising.
Shout out to my family for their support and specially my bone girl…my kid sister Praise Sam OGAN…. And to the best man in the world; my hubby of life, my sponsor, my backbone…thanks
There is room for everyone to rise, someone does not have to fall for you to rise. Your rising is not in anybody’s hand, there are too many opportunities.The earth is created to accommodate us all successfully…
The fact that I do not need the downfall of any to succeed, I will succeed because I am designed to succeed keeps me going.