Inspired by her mother-in-law to delve into the business of making luscious delicacies, confectioneries, and pastries, Mrs. Queen Nonyelum Olisa-Abutu has a mandate to improve and create unique concepts in the Catering and Baking industry.
In this exclusive interview, she speaks on her journey thus far in this field. Mrs. Olisa-Abutu, a native of Onitsha, Anambra State began her journey in this field owing to her mother-in-law who gave her the courage.
According to her, her mother-in-law is a lecturer at the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), specifically the Catering department. With inspiration from her, she gradually developed a passion for catering and since then has been working in that field. As stated earlier, Mrs. Olisa-Abutu seeks to ‘‘improve and create certain new concept in the catering industry in the baking sector’’.
Speaking on her mission from the outset, she stated that her aim is to give total satisfaction to all her customers, as well as to empower youths in becoming entrepreneurs of their own in the catering industry. Furthermore, she attributes her ability to be creative when rendering and delivering her services; as one of the things that make her business and brand unique.
In terms of the challenges she has faced, she stated that customers at times, come with a fixed price which is way below the value of what they request for, hence a problem for her. Counting her successes and achievements irrespective, Mrs. Olisa-Abutu has acquired more knowledge in the field, she has professional certificates in Bakery & Confectionery, Food Preparation, Advance in cake and the most recent one is a Master’s in Wedding & Traditional Marriage cakes.
At the moment, she has no employee under her. However whenever she wants to employ, things she will look out for include; diligence, hard work, honesty, and loyalty.
In making her business gain traction, she utilizes social media to advertise her business.
Her two cents for up and coming entrepreneurs is: ‘‘they should be dedicated and passionate in whatever they do. They shouldn’t go into any business they are not passionate about, for without the passion for that business, the zeal and determination will not be present to achieve success in that business’’.
Mrs. Queen N. Olisa-Abutu is married and blessed with a beautiful daughter. Aside from the fact that she is into general catering services and training especially in the baking sector, she is also an Educationist.