Wednesday, 12 October 2016

“People want to be rich and successful for themselves alone but when you touch lives; that’s taking it ten steps forward”. A mind blowing interview with the CEO Happy Chap Cocktails; Damilola Esho A MUST READ INTERVIEW for Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs.

I had being thinking of having an interview segment on the blog and I had an opportunity to interview a very successful celeb but schedules and our different locations did not make it possible(though it’s still in the works).

On Tuesday while speaking with a dear friend of mine, an idea just popped in my head, why don’t I interview her (my friend) and I told her and she immediately agreed to it. Meanwhile this was already 9pm, the interview took 3hrs and it lasted till midnight. I really appreciate her humility and openness, the sky is just her starting point.

She’s Damilola Esho; a graduate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the CEO of Happy Chap Cocktails, headquartered in Lagos Nigeria. This interview is a must read for everyone especially those who are entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs. Without mincing words, it is mind blowing; you will learn a lot and be inspired. The interview is quite a read so I decided to make it into two (2) parts. Enjoy part 1. 

GL: Kindly tell us what you do?

DAMI: We are a small branded company that makes all kinds of cocktail drinks for every occasion. All our clients so far have given good reviews about our brand and services.

GL: How did you get the idea or concept for the business?

DAMI: it started with my passion for ice-cream and cool drinks. I can substitute food for drinks anytime, any day. Then I started mixing different drinks together and my siblings will taste it; and then when they saw the passion in me, they advised me to turn it to a business. I intend to have my own ice-cream shop by next year.

GL: What inspired the name Happy Chap Cocktails?

DAMI: Well I’m a happy to go girl, so I got the name from my personality. It’s funny but true.
GL: So we should expect ice-cream from Happy Chap Cocktails later in the future?

DAMI: totally… we intend to have our own franchise.

GL: What was your mission at the outset?

DAMI: my mission is to provide affordable cocktails services for our clients and ensure maximum satisfaction they cannot get anywhere else.

GL: Would you say having a supportive family is important for success in business?

DAMI: Yes it is.  When you have a family like mine that is supportive in what you do, you feel more confident and you will be encouraged to do more. As a matter of fact, my siblings assist with the planning of every event we do. It takes the pressure off you sometimes.

GL: If you could travel back in time to the day one of your start up and have a 15mins with your former self to communicate any lessons you’ve acquired with the intention of saving yourself mistakes and heartaches, what would you tell yourself?

DAMI: To NEVER give up in my dreams and to also believe in myself. I remember how many times I gave up on my dreams because I did not have the capital to start up and how I had to give almost everything to my business, just because I believed in my dreams. The only thing that kept me going was my drive.

GL: What is the Nigerian attitude towards cocktails?

DAMI: Well Nigerians, are receptive to it now compared to some years back.

GL: Some may say it’s an elite thing, what do you have to say about that?

DAMI: I disagree with that theory. People now realize that cocktail drinks are not only classy but are now affordable for everyone.

GL: What was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success? 

DAMI: the day I told myself not to give up on my dreams.

GL: Have you ever turned down a client?

DAMI: No… I try to have a good working relationship with all my clients; even the difficult ones.

GL: That’s very impressive.

DAMI: Thank you.

GL: How do you handle difficult and hard to please customers?
DAMI: Well, you have to learn to be patient with everyone. The truth is when you give your client a WOW service; they become very friendly and would recommend you to their friends. 

GL: What is your Competitive Advantage? Why should people patronize happy Chap Cocktails?

DAMI: We at happy Chap Cocktails provide excellent cocktail services at an affordable rate than our competitors. We see our customers as friends not just business associates. 

GL: What is the most challenging thing about running your own business?

DAMI: Every business has its own challenges, it takes up all your time; but if you love something, you keep pushing. 

GL: Do you have any employees and what is your hiring policy?

DAMI: I have five (5) employees for now. I love to hire people that are dedicated, people that are customer eccentric… I have being lucky so far.

GL: How did you make your first sales?

DAMI: I started by making free cocktails drinks for people, then one day I had a lucky break. This colleague of mine decided to give me a shot and I delivered by God’s grace.

To contact Happy Chap Cocktails
Number: 08039212800
Instagram Handle: Happychap_cocktails


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  1. This is totally awesome. It's surreal to me right now. Well done Joke. May God bless you

  2. Really inspiring.

  3. Really inspiring.

  4. Absolutely enjoyed reading this and eager for part 2. Awesome work gal! I see you going places😘