ARABEL Islamic Clothing Boss Explains•What SHERIFAT ABIOLA ANDU Told City People
Who says you can’t be conservatively dressed and still be stylish? This is what Mrs. Sherifat AbiolaAndu the pretty boss of Arabel Islamic Clothings, has been preaching all these years.
This is also what she has done beautifully well and she has everything to show for it. Her Islamic shop offer bridal accessories- gowns, scarves, veils, al-Quran, both oriental and western-centric that appeals to many muslims.
Born on June 7th, 1962, the accomplished businesswoman and philanthropist is the founder and managing director of Arabel Nigeria which also deals in Books, Bridals,
She is a native of Abeokuta, Ogun State and her mum, a native of Ogbomosho, Oyo State both Western
She is the first of two daughters to late Abdulsallam Ademola Akintola and Hajia Shifau Adebimpe. Losing her dad at a young age, she was particularly influenced and trained by her mother.
Her mother made sure she imbibed the ‘’I Can’’ spirit into her daughters which inspired her interest into
Arabel started trading in Islamic materials On Thursday November 5, 1998 and ever since it started operations, substantial growth has been recorded. She supplies of high quality Islamic materials and the shop has over the years grown beyond just been a retail outfit. She has diversified into publishing and manufacturing.
This woman makes her company not to compromise on quality. They have fast selling
With dedicated branches to cater
This beautiful woman recently spoke to City People Society Editor, TAYO FAJORIN OYEDIJI at Prince Bisi Olatilo’s 65th Birthday during which she spoke about how women can look stylish without exposing their body and how she has built the biggest brand in Islamic business.
At what point did you venture into business being a corporate person and how did it start?
I am not so much into productions except for my Hijabs because most people say light but it is a challenge but not really for me because
There is a huge number of people that
There were so many
That is me. I want to wear my hijab and still wear it nicely and stylishly and I am sure there are so many people who
Then I ventured into Islamic bridal because of our
Service to humanity. We keep bringing in different things to spice up the way moslem ladies and women look. You can as well cover up your body and still look chicky and stylish.
That is why at Arabel, we come up with
That is what we preach at Arabel. You can decide to add a twist of embroideries, stones, pearls
You can wear all those dressy Abaya, kaftan and the likes and still look trendy. We even do wedding dresses so that tells you that fashion has come of age that you dress decently and still look beautiful and appealing.
This is the best way I can describe it. People tell me often that I look good, I don’t know whether I look good but I just have an idea of how I want to look, Nice of course so I just put things together, look into the mirror and tell myself I like what I see and I am off.
There were times when
I grew up wearing gold. I tell people that I was born in
When I come back from school sometimes, I will help her arrange her wardrobe, her gold box, clean them one by one, wear them one by one, and put them back so since then I just love the feel of gold.
Were there any objections from your mother when you wanted to do fashion business considering your level of education as at that time?
She was like, ‘’why don’t you do something that is broad or wide instead of just boxing yourself in a corner doing Islamic marketing? That people will get tired and I told her that the world is changing.
There was a renaissance about Islam then, people were getting more involved with Islam and want to be identified with it and also want to have a symbol of Islamic thing in their home and they don’t have the opportunity to get a good quality one so I gave them the opportunity to do that, then what I did what I like to do most, I traveled a lot to different Islamic countries, unique things for them and seeing what I have become she definitely love it.
How dear is Arabel brand to you?
I thank God where God has brought me so far, Arabel has really gone places. My biggest challenge in all my years of business is learning to let go, that I have so much personalized Arabel that it is like a baby, I have 3 kids, it has become my 4th born.
So letting it go is a problem. For people who want to do business and do it well, I will just recommend that they should try to make it business, don’t get too much attached, I am too attached to Arabel then get a very good governance, get a board, so that for me I am still trying to learn how to do that.
You are one of the celebrity women who has been around for a while, how do joggle between many social events?
Hmm, I am not a society woman oo, but I think it is duty when you grace people’s event.
There are some people you can’t just say no to even if it is for few hours or minutes, I will still show up so I am not that of a party person.i think it is just about sewing seeds.
Just to show that you like people and you care for them not that I really like going for parties. I love to eat at home before going, I don’t like to dance, I don’t even know how to dance,
Even my daughters party, I did not know how i did the dance, i think I was happy, overwhelmed, but I just danced because my joy is full.