Metrowoman Entrepreneur of the Week: Princess Adeyinka Tekenah

Adeyinka Tekenah

Adeyinka Tekenah is the founder of one of Nigeria’s premier indigenous coffee franchises: Happy Coffee, and a recipient of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs Foundation award.

Adeyinka is a Bachelor of Arts graduate with high honors from the prestigious Harold Washington University, Chicago. She also went ahead to acquire a Business Management degree from the University of Phoenix.

Her career has traversed government, charity and business development. A life member of the Phi Theta Kappa honours roll call and Dean list, she serves as an advisory member of “Apple of All Nations Nigeria and UK” (a charity for the needy and fatherless).

She is currently the Business Designer for Ochaoptasia Limited and Lead Consultant for Reywal Ventures. Adeyinka previously served as a Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on CSR, PPP and MDG to the Amuwo Odofin LG Chairman.

She’s passionate about business designs and advancement leading to sustainable growth and development for African women.

What problem does your company solve?

We provide coffee related solutions. Through our platform, we re-educate Nigerians about the art of coffee drinking and provide access to the availability of Nigerian grown coffee.

What ignited the spark in you to start your business venture?

Over a decade ago, I read a book by Howard Schultz, Pour Your Heart Into It. He talked about how he started Starbucks. From then, I carried that spark within me to start a coffee brand in the future.

How did you respond to failure as an entrepreneur?
It’s about bouncing back as quickly as possible.

How long do you stick with an idea before giving up?

Till there are no more possible solutions that can be generated from the idea.

Describe your typical day

Quite busy. Lots of phone calls, emails and engaging people around for meaningful conversations.

What motivates you?

The possibilities that lie ahead and how the future can be shaped by deliberate and concise decision.

How would you define success?

It’s about creating a platform where we can all win together.

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