If you know me and follow me on social media, you would have seen my posts on an incredible little girl called Simisola Gbadamosi, an esteemed client of Lifestyle Hues who social media pages we handle.
Simi’s Bakehouse is a cookie business owned by this 5-year old. She currently offers a wide range of homemade cookies including Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Chip, Sugar, Oatmeal, Oatmeal Raisin, Sprinkle, Chewy Cornflake and much more. Her cookies are loved home and abroad. She bakes in Lagos and offers delivery across the state and its environs. A portion of Simi’s BakeHouse profits go to charities for children.
She was recently nominated in the Best Creative Kid Entrepreneur Award in the BellaAfricana Ace Awards 2017. I sat down with her this week for a fun, light-hearted, informal and inspiring interview. Enjoy…
Me: I will be recording what u are saying. So tell me about yourself.
Simi: My name is Simisola Gbadamosi and I’m the Chief Baker of Simi’s Bake House
Me: Wow! How old are you?
Simi: I am five years old.
Me: Wow! So, how did you start baking?
Simi: On the night of my fifth birthday, my mummy asked me if I wanted a business and I said yes and I also told her that I wanted a baking business then I found out the name inside of my head.
Me: Oh wow, you created the name yourself? That is so cool. I understand from your mum that you started by helping your aunty to bake.
Simi: Yes my aunty used to let me help her bake.
Me: great, what do u enjoy must about baking?
Simi: (Sigh), I like baking because baking is fun and what I bake is really yummy.
Me: Do you do all the work yourself? Do you do everything yourself?
Simi: Nope, my mummy helps.
Me: Ok, that’s nice
Simi: Thank you
Me: Your cookies are very delicious and everyone is talking about you. Have you heard
Simi: Not really, I haven’t
Me: Ok, now you know. And do u know u were nominated for an award?
Me: How does that make you feel?
Simi: Just like, too happy
Me: So when your mummy told you, what did you do? Did you you do a dance?
Simi: Of course not
Me: You didn’t do a dance? Why not?
Me: You told us something earlier, you said you give some of your profit to the poor.
Me: Why did you do that?
Simi: Because, I love to help them.
Me: Have you ever seen any poor kids somewhere?
Simi : Yes
Simi: On the road, that’s all I can say
Simi at the Kid Entrepreneurs Fair, 2016
Me: Ok, so what do you want to do when u grow up? Do you have an idea?
Simi: I want to be a doctor of course.
Me: That’s nice. Will you still bake then?
You: And you will continue to give some of your profit to the kids?
Me: That’s good, ok so I know you, recently, went for like a kid’s Business class kind of thing. Tell me about that.
Simi: It was too much fun and I didn’t want it to end.
Me: What did you learn there?
Simi: I learnt how to save my money.
You: Ok, what else did you learn?
Simi: About branding,
Me: Ok, tell us something fun about you. What do you like to do for fun?
Simi: Gosh, I just love to read
Me: You love to read, wow! What is your favourite book?
Simi: My favourite book is The Tortoise and the Hare.
Me: (Laughing), What else will you like to do for fun?
Simi: I love writing
Me: Oh good, Do you write stories?
Simi: I’m starting to write them. I started writing a cookie book.
Me: Oh, so soon we are going to see it?
Simi: Oh yeah
Me: That’s nice, so what will you like to say to other children that would like to be like you who want to have their own businesses and give to the poor kids?
Simi: Hmmmm, so I will tell them that they have to work hard to make a business.