Titilayo Tima Adewunmi describes herself as the 3rd child and 1st daughter out of 5 children of her parents. Born into a military family, growing up was almost regimented but this paved the way for so many adventures for Tima and her siblings!
She recalls being one of those kids who after secondary school struggled to settle down into the university. She was because of this, enrolled into different training schools by her mum where she learnt how to decorate and also discovered she had a beautiful way of connecting with people from various fields and background. With time, She started meeting lots of people and started decorating events and in her little way planned parties or meetings for both family, her church and friends. By the time Tima’s admission came through to study accounting, She had already gotten a few clients because of her outstanding delivery.
After University, Tima knew what She wanted to do even though after her NYSC she had been enrolled by my parent to start my professional course to become an ACCA certified accountant. However, In other to start her own business, she worked and resigned twice! gathered funds, got more training, got registered and acquired assets to start her own company WittyLiz Events. Read, Enjoy and be inspired by our Q&A Session with Her.
What is your star sign? I don’t believe in star signs
What are three words that best describe you? Godfearing, Beautiful, Strong
What experience inspired your decision to go into events planning and decor? I went to a private university which was very strict on movements and student activities but I was able to plan and execute a surprise 21st birthday party for my closest friend, without her even having an idea of what I was up to. The moment she grabbed me and busted out in tears hugging and beating me at the same time, I just knew this was IT!
Can you tell us a little bit about being an events planner and how you have been able to impact lives/businesses through your job? As an events planner I’ve been able to experience both sides of the coin. I mean the fun satisfying part and also the not so good part people don’t talk about… it’s been extremely exciting from meeting people, getting to read their minds, interpret their thoughts and then execute dreams and desires beyond expectations…putting smiles on faces of people that would otherwise not afford an event planner… or classy décor. bringing out the best of services with the leanest budget ever! Working with clients from other countries with a different view on the business and getting to change their perspective on the way they think about Nigerians when it comes especially to timing. But O My! The price we pay… from sleepless nights, brainstorming, negotiations, meetings, the insults, backlash, resistance to discipline in coordination. and then sometimes harassments but I am most satisfied and pleased when our clients get to appreciate all our efforts.
If you could go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would offer a younger Tima? If I go back in time I’ll tell my younger self that she is a super star shinning bright for others to see clearly I’ll tell her to be more outgoing to take more risks to venture more into helping others and be sure Gods plans is far bigger than she thinks.
What / Who inspires you and why? Who or what inspires me…. truthfully, I have so many. Starting ultimately with God, my husband, my Mum, all the successful women in my life and all those I come across everyday including you Nkem. Every one of them except God faces challenges, have shortcomings even cry but always push forward never giving up, breaking boundaries and bagging success and victory one after the other… I just love them all.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you so far? The most important lesson life has taught me is to never depend on the short sight of what people think you can achieve but to always look and strive for all the mind blowing and unimaginable things God wants you to achieve. you’ll be surprised at the heights you would attain!
When you are not working, what are you doing? When I’m not working, I’m tending to my family needs. Especially my husband and daughter. *Happy Times*
What is your take on “Women Supporting Women”? My take on women supporting women is that it is long overdue… I wish this has been in place before I even ventured into business, many women would not want to share their secrets to success and help other women excel. but this has changed and would continue to improve, they say the sky is big enough for everyone to shine but I say sparking the light in others doesn’t make you shine lesser. it makes everywhere brighter!
What is one bad habit you are committed to changing? One habit I’m committed to changing is letting more people handle more responsibilities for me. letting go… it’s a risk I have to take more often.
If you could recommend one woman for us to interview next, who would it be and why? Mrs Adepeju Dinyo. She is passionate about children and has established herself in her field of teaching, has won best teacher awards in corona school and now teaches at grange school ikeja. Founder of MTD consult.
What would you like to be remembered for? I would love to be remembered for my love for God and desire to be a blessing to all he sends my way.
What is your definition of Greatness? Greatness is …. Becoming and being what your creator created you to be! Everything!!! Loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and to have self-control. I tell people to put their names into it… Tima is loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and has self-control… if you have these, you’ll be humble, forgiving and a happier person.
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*Images from; Klala Photography