17 May 2017

Beauty, Brain and Brawn: Toyin Lawani CEO Tiannahs Place Empire

Toyin is the queen of hustle as she is popularly called. She is a king of queens as she calls herself, her story will inspire you.

She attended Ebire Nursery and Primary School in Lagos and in 1992 she was admitted into the prestigious St John’s College in Lagos. Having passed the West African Examination Council, she was admitted to study English at the University of Lagos in 1998.
As a student of the University of Lagos, she also enrolled at the Opral Benson training institute, a decision that helped pin point her lifelong career path. At the age of 16, her business career kicked off; and it began with the trading of clothes, shoes, bags, hair attachments to her fellow mates in the University. She sold her items and wares in a boutique, located in Hall 36- of her university accommodation, but within months, the boutique expanded to include a supermarket and a hair braiding salon.
A year later, a Spa was opened along Akoka Road, in Yaba, a suburb of Lagos, and the clientele flocked towards the extraordinary seventeen-year old entrepreneur who eventually went on to study in Los Angeles School of Fashion for a Diploma Course, Exodus Hair School in India and Johnyim Fashion and Beauty Institute in Korea.
Toyin’s mum played a huge role in shaping her daughter’s pathway; from the age of 17 to her mid-20s, she introduced Toyin to a number of dealers in fabric and hair products all across the middle east and Central Asia where she mastered the art of hair processing, colouring, hair treatment, and wefting.

Many years of hard work and perseverance has earned Toyin Lawani, a business empire-Tiannahs place empire, which consists of 20 divisions -Tiannah Spa (Spa Treatments), Tiannah’s Dance Studio(choreography), Tiannnah styling Music Video (Shoots, Directs and Styles Videos), Tiannah’s Glow (Cream and Consultation), Tiannah’s Hair Goddess.