We had the good fortune of connecting with Monalisa Okojie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monalisa, how do you think about risk?
In my opinion, risk is taking a step above your normal and building plans to be better at your new normal even when challenges arise. It’s like assuring yourself of certainty in the midst of uncertainties.
As a designer, risk have somewhat been inherent in my life decisions, I mean leaving behind a promising career in law to take on an already saturated business of making jewelry, and not just any jewelry, high earned jewelry. I had to learn a lot, make mistakes, understand the rudiments and intricacies of gemstones and jewelry.
The struggles that came with getting the perfect pieces, that are beautiful and also affordable, while staying afloat in the competition through networking, exceptional customer service, marketing, cold calling etc. All these has been one bold leap I took in my life that has pushed me and my brand to be better, as we derive satisfaction in knowing that our clients get the best timeless jewelry. So far, the risk I took has proved to be a great journey, as I was able to set up Upward African Woman, a non-profit foundation, which has been one of my dreams, to empower women, girls and children through education and entrepreneurship programs.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The most important factor behind the success of Nehita has been its reputation for its sophistication, uniqueness, class and timeless jewelry designs. Nehita creates a luxurious collection that accurately pays attention to detail that delivers a natural splendor, using only the finest of handpicked exotic stones, gold and conflict-free diamonds and precious stones. Our customer service is top-notch with a goal to deliver the best and ensure that our clients feel confident when wearing a Nehita jewelry piece. I like to think of Nehita as an exemplary ingenious brand in the Jewelry industry.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Mastros in Malibu The Village in Woodland Hills
The Commons in Calabasas
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family Every manufacturer I have worked with especially Mimi and Mr. Jamshid
Upward African Woman for teaching me more about helping the needy,
Photonimi Moshe Levis