Siyaka David is CEO Davehill Interior Decor. The company is into both interior and exterior decor such as Wall Painting, Stucco Painting, Pop Ceiling, 3D Panel, Stamp Concrete and General Contracts. Ediale Kingsley had an exclusive interview with him.
Can you briefly describe yourself and your business?
My name is Siyaka .A. David ceo Davehill Interior Decor, A registered business, we are into both interior & exterior decor such as wall paint, stucco paint, pop ceiling, 3D panel, Stamp Concrete and general contractor
What is it like being an entrepreneur, and why did you choose to be one?
It takes a lots of commitment, I chose to be an entrepreneur because I want to be self made, having the freedom to show my talent and also having that means to be creative
What innovations have you introduced into your business?
Learning more hands on experience and attending more exhibition, also creating social media accounts to promote my business
What will you say is responsible for your success so far?
Trust and determination
What values and principles have helped you so far?
I am more committed to my craft, and also create room for Trust between I and my Clients, in my working space everything is possible to me also diligent
Why did you decide to go into this line of business?
I love to be creative and because I have passion for creativity
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced, and what has kept you going?
Cash flow, time management, fund raising for establishment, stress and travelling from one state to another
What’s your five-year plan for your business?
I pray in the next 5 years I should be able to fully establish myself and be among one of the top paint manufacturer in the country
What do upcoming entrepreneurs in this kind of business need to do to be successful?
An upcoming entrepreneur just need to be self reliance and be determine
What is your opinion about interior design as an industry in Nigeria?
People are beginning to appreciate a beautiful space for living, working or commercial purposes. The industry is growing and the need to get formal training is on the rise. So with passion and dedication I believe there are going to be many Birth of giants from interior space in Nigeria
The current problem in the economy is having effects on almost all the sectors, how has it been on interior design?
Interior design is not exempted for instance, the cost of materials are very high and affect our jobs too because many clients don’t want to pay more but they want good and quality products. most of our products are foreign products which involves in exchange rate and others
What are your plans towards discovering and nurturing budding talent in interior design?
I have trained some boys and I have 15 boys as apprentice under me, almost all of them are students and in higher institutions. So we will keep on accepting as many that have passion for the craft
How about talent from the grassroots waiting to be harnessed; what plans do you have to reach out to them?
Those under me are mainly from grassroots, those guys in my area who always see me going to work and through that, they derived their Interest too
When did you start and what has been your greatest achievement so far?
I started over 10 years back and through the skill I was able to sponsored myself to higher institution, I am a graduate. I studied Architectural Technology at Nasarawa state polytechnic and I also I am able to sponsor some of my siblings to school too and provide for my family