With four stores in Lekki, Yaba, Abuja and Accra (capital of Ghana), Delphi Metals, the designer jewellery brand known for luxury accessories especially rings, has grown from a startup to become a model business for aspiring and young jewellers.
The CEO of the brand, Awe Olutayo, in a recent interview avowed that the success of Delphi Metals was “built on dreams, hard work and patience.”
Speaking of his long-term dream for Delphi Metals, Awe Olutayo said: “I know the importance of daring to dream, but in my own case, I dared to dream big. And concerning Delphi Metals, I dream of nurturing it to become a top brand beyond the shores of Africa over the next five years. And of course, the way to get there is to keep our clients happy and satisfied for as long as we remain in business.”
With a background in computer programming, Awe Olutayo, whose favourite International business brands include Harry Winston, Tiffany and Cartier, said he has no misgivings for the decisions he took in the past. “I am proud of every decision and mistake I have made which has moulded me into who I am today. I honestly wouldn’t do anything differently,” he affirmed.
Awe Olutayo nonetheless offered some nuggets of advice to young Africans, especially Nigerians, who are looking forward to becoming entrepreneurs. “Believe in your craft, be credible and focus on authenticity and delivering quality results if you intend to stay in business long term,” he counselled.
And to governments at all levels, Awe Olutayo also made an appeal for assistance for young entrepreneurs. “Government could make life easier for young people going into business by providing low-interest loans or grants, by reducing taxation rates on small businesses and by cutting down on the plethora of policies frustrating entrepreneurs,” he stated.