#LadyBoss Interview: “Having trained over 100 janitors and domestic staff professionally, we aim to change the Cleaning Standard in Africa and provide more employment opportunities” – Ejiro Agambi,, Founder, JEOVIL GROUP

Picture credit: Ejiro Agambi

Ejiro Agambi, a graduate of Computer Science from Lagos State University. She is a vibrant and enterprising Nigerian committed to adding value and creating job opportunities. She’s the Founder of JEOVIL GROUP which houses one of Nigeria’s leading cleaning companies; Jeovil Cleaning and Maintenance Services, LuxuryVox (The Gift Company) and other brands.   

A 2019 SME100Africa 25under25 Awardee for professional service, and an Alumnus of the U.S Exchange Program- Academy for Women Entrepreneurs. Her company is a market leader in the provision of detailed cleaning service for residential, commercial and industrial needs with operations in Lagos, Abuja and of recent Accra. Ejiro and her team aim to create a new clean standard in Nigeria and Africa at large. Our chat with Ejiro was fun and insightful at the same time, we are excited to bring this to you.

 

A brief Introduction to “Ejiro Agambi”

My name is Ejiro Agambi from Delta State, a graduate of Computer Science,  Lagos State University. An entrepreneur, Founder of JEOVIL GROUP. An Alumnus of the U.S Exchange Program- Academy for Women Entrepreneurs, SME 25under 25 awardee for professional service 2019.

Background story and Inspiration to Founding ” Jeovil Cleaning Services and Luxury Vox and what its all about?

Jeovil Cleaning and Maintenance Services started as a small house cleaning business.  I notice details a lot and sometimes when I visit friends and relatives, I end up helping them to organize and clean their spaces, so I said to my self  ‘why don’t I let other  people know what it feels like to have an excellently cleaned space’. I did more research, took courses and began cleaning all by myself. We’ve grown over the years and we are still growing with our services running across industrial, commercial, residential cleaning and maintenance. Having trained over 100 janitors and domestic staff professionally, we aim to change the Cleaning Standard in Africa and provide more employment opportunities.

Luxury Vox (The Gift Company). 

I started Luxury Vox out of curiosity to make use of my creativity.  Oh I love packaging gifts! From corporate gifts to party souvenirs/wedding favors to promotional items and hotel guest amenities. Using a highly professional and efficient process, we are able to serve our clients with excellent design and marketing options which has earned them increased sales, positive reviews from their guests and customers through our thoughtful, quality and affordable souvenirs. This has also earned us the interest of Nigerians and Africans in Diaspora.

Picture credit: Ejiro Agambi

What has been the Highlight for you since you founded Jeovil and how would you describe work for you during the pandemic?

The highlight of it all for me is always the moment when I get a feedback from a client saying how satisfied they are with the work we delivered. Work during this pandemic has been full of brainstorming on how to fit into the times and serve our customers better. I’m glad to say Jeovil is still standing strong.

How do you handle running your businesses successfully in this social clime and what Is your mission?

This social clime is actually of a great advantage to us and our mission to create more jobs and deliver top notch value to our esteemed clients.

 Your business is quite unique, How do you stay innovative? 

We grow according to the times and in some instances ahead of the times.

Picture credit: Ejiro Agambi

You’ve been successful in a short time, can you share your plans In Five Years?

I look forward to Jeovil being a household name across Africa and provide more jobs in the next 5 years. 

Challenges on your journey and Lessons learnt

Doing business in Nigeria can be quite daunting, no one tells you the pain you will go through as an entrepreneur, the hard work needed, the loses, the sleepless nights, the financial challenges, the many overtime but you see I’ve learnt that with God you can do it! Grab every opportunity you can, if you’re not allowed on the table create your table and strive to be excellent at what you do. 

Upcoming projects and what you hope to achieve

Lip sealed for now but keep a look out Jeovil will surprise you.

Picture credit: Ejiro Agambi

Tips on how you handle when the going gets tough? 

“When the going gets tough, the tough keep going” You have to be ruthless and decisive to an extent to make it through and believe in your God. He will never put you to shame.

Final words to women in our community   

I advise my fellow women to be decisive and know what you want, have a goal in mind and be focused on the bigger picture. Turn your goals into prayer requests, Like my Dad always say ” If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” but don’t forget that sometimes ” Failure is the stepping stone to Success” because if you don’t fail you’ll never know what you’re doing wrong and reset. Stay strong and support one another.

 

The Lady Boss Series is a weekly interview series that highlights the achievements and entrepreneurial journeys of African female entrepreneurs. The idea is to showcase the Leading Ladies who are transforming Africa and the African narrative through enterprise and business.

It is an off-shoot of Leading Ladies Africa, a non-profit that promotes leadership, inclusion and diversity for women of African descent.

If you know any kick-ass women of African Descent doing phenomenal things in enterprise, email lead@leadingladiesafrica.org, and she could possibly be featured.

 

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