Tell us about yourself and your business?
My name is Jecinta Keshy, I am the CEO of www.abujaeventsandplaces.com.
What are you working on now?
My team and I are currently working on our website- with a focus on expanding our reach and "readership".
How can you describe your organisational culture/style of business?
We are poised to inform, educate and enlighten Abuja people and the world about the events, businesses and happenings in and around Abuja. By daily posting event information in Abuja, we are poised to make our site a one stop shop for Event information and businesses in Abuja .
What have been your biggest achievement as a business brand since inception?
This blog started from a Facebook group EventsAbuja (we still kept the name) and posted events there regularly- the highlight of all this was when I got an inbox message on Facebook from a diplomat who had just resumed at the American embassy and his message read in part ".....I was advised by my colleague who served here in Abuja before me to connect with you and your facebook group on information on happenings in Abuja.....". After that message, several have followed and we are glad to be of service to all.
What have been the recurrent challenges?
I personally feel we are not doing enough to give people what they want from us- the blog.
How do you deal with times of low patronage or uncertainty?
Word of mouth publicity has always worked for us in those times.
What are your other interests apart from this business?
Wow, I am so glad this question was asked- apart from my love and passion for blogging and events, I'm also a fashion designer at Kitua kollections.
Where do you see your brand in 5 years?
In the next 5 years, it is my desire that www.abujaeventsandplaces.com becomes not just a household name in Abuja, but in Nigeria and also the world. We plan to have our site visited by every and anyone even planning a trip to Abuja.
What do you love about doing business in Nigeria?
The people, the cultures I will say.
What don't you like about it?
NEPA (laughing), Power can be such a bummer in Nigeria.
What's your advice for budding CEOs?
1. Be focused, 2. Be determined 3. Do not give up. 4. Be prayerful
Any other thing we need to know about you?
I love to sing, I have found out that its very therapeutic. One of our major events- The Total Market (TTM for short) is coming back- bigger and stronger and in 2 major cities- Lagos and Abuja in October 2015.
Thank you Jecinta for Talking to Us.