#LeadingLadySpotlight: Gbemi Elekula, Founder of DreamHome, a full-service  interior design and styling company,  and HUMANx—a fashion brand committed to tackling period  poverty. 

Gbemi Elekula

Gbemi Elekula is a multi-disciplinary  creative entrepreneur. She is the  founder of DreamHome, a full-service  interior design and styling company,  as well as HUMANx—a fashion brand  that is committed to tackling period  poverty. 

Prior to these enterprises, Gbemi had  a stint in the construction and  banking sectors, where she  developed skills and competencies  relevant to her current vocation. As a  quantity surveyor with Gimba &  Partners, she worked on several  construction projects and built 

proficiency in project design and  management. Her five years  experience as a retail banking and  customer care executive with Oceanic  and Ecobank helped hone her  networking and communication skills. 

From early childhood, Gbemi had a  strong fascination for colours and a deep love for design of all forms. So, it was no surprise when she quit  her job at the bank to pursue her  passion for design and creative  services. Leveraging natural-born  artistic talent, strategic vision,  business acumen and an extensive  network, she has advised many-a client on interior styling for  residential and commercial buildings,  and created myriad designs of décor  and fashion items. 

Gbemi not only champions the vision  for DreamHome and HUMANx, but  also oversees the creative design and  production processes, directing and  supervising the functions of internal  teams and external suppliers, and  ensuring adherence to timelines and  quality standards. Each space,  decorative piece or fashion item  designed by Gbemi feels cozy,  eclectic, and unique. Her works are  elegant and timeless—the kind you  will want to keep for the long run.

For Gbemi, design should always be  about people and their deeply-rooted  desires. She has a remarkable ability  to bring clients’ ideas to life, creating  beautiful, functional spaces and  pieces that are tailored to their  personal style and practical needs.  Gbemi prides herself as being an  artistic visionary who is not afraid to  push the boundaries of creative  expression—building consensus and  ensuring projects meet all  milestones, deadlines, and budget  requirements. 

Beyond personal gratification and  commercial gain, Gbemi sees her  creative ventures as a medium for  addressing social issues. Through  DreamHome, she has organised a  number of cultural initiatives—the  most recent being an art exhibition  themed “United in a Pandemic &  United as a Nation”, which was aimed  at building solidarity and promoting  joint action to stop the spread of  COVID-19. Her fashion brand,  HUMANx, strives to tackle period  poverty, each sale unlocking access  to better sanitary products for  females in rural Nigeria. 

Gbemi holds a Bachelor of  Technology (B.Tech.) in Quantity  Surveying, an MBA in Strategic and  Project Management from the Paris  Graduate School of Management, as  well as a Professional Diploma in  Interior Design from the British  College of Interior Design, Oxford,  United Kingdom.  

 

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