How did you begin the journey that begat ReiVon? : Ok, it's always been there. As a child I always was the one people ran to for opinions and counsel. But, the major rush came in 2014. I just couldn't bear the manipulation. So I birthed RV. We also have a working campaign #helpyouthsfocus. There's a lot of distractions you know and a lot of young folks are confused, low self esteem issues and personality and identity crisis. The campaign is to inspire young folks to achieve the most of what nature tossed their way and make living a lot better.
So how exactly do you go about empowering the youths and getting them off from the manipulations? : I already hinted you on that. Basically a lot of youths are naive and blind. When a man gets wise counsel, he progresses. Basically by talking, one on one meets. Give them a reason to get involved in something worth doing. I won't settle for less when I have more. That's the idea. A few of them have got the talents but no level ground to develop or harness them. RV has done that.
How have you been able to put all this together? : Our modelling agency, Our talent management, The ushering team, as well as our partnership with businesses run by young innovative minds. We've achieved a feat.
What challenges do you face and how do you cope? : Wow. That's a big one. A lot of youths have been so hurt they don't want to open up. So many have given up on their dreams and are so bitter. A lot have been misled and have fallen easy prey, so they find it hard trusting people. Then, there's the economic crisis. It's taking a toll on every business owner. And as a genuine management that we are trying to become, we make money when our models do and these days have been tough. But as a leader, I can only lead on inspiration. As we inspire others, we inspire ourselves. So, basically it's all about time. How willing you are to go at the pace of a particular individual, client, colleague etc. But with faith in God and perseverance on our part, we keep excelling.
How do you combine RV and school? : RV is school. I learn some new things everyday. There's really no difference. So it's not like a surreal experience for me. Plus most of the people I work with are students. It's easy.
How do you react to people giving school or finance as an excuse to follow their passion? : We do not charge our models or the individuals under our management. So no excuses. Except for the lazy ones and we know how to beat them to focus.
What words would you give to other young entrepreneurs? : Stay inspired. It's not easy for any one. But it can only get better. Be in the company of people who believe in your brand and wish the best things for you.