Meet Ayodeji Bibi, the brain behind BiBi’s Kitchen
Food is one the 3 major necessities of life, which means no one can live for long without eating. While some casually cook for their belly only, others have decided to make a business out of it. One of such is Ayodeji Bibi-Anne (CEO, BiBi’s Kitchen).
She learnt how to cook by watching Youtube videos out of boredom and lack of new meals to eat in school. YC had a chat with her recently and here is what she had to say.
Femi Daniels (FD): How was your childhood growing up?
Bibi: It was beautiful, lots of childminders picking up things around the house. I was protected, carried everywhere, catered for, no worries, no cares in the world. Maids did everything, drivers dropped us off and picked us from every outing. That was my life growing up.
FD: What were your aspirations growing up?
BB: I wanted to become a mathematician as a teenager. I found out mathematics was a fancy word for playing with numbers.
FD: So you where the “omo get inside” type, how did you feel with other friends, did you feel left out?
BB: Well, my siblings were always ‘enough’. I didn’t feel left out then until my university days. During high school,
dad sent me to the boarding school so that I can learn a few chores. It was just 5 minutes drive from the house.
I had a mobile phone and he visited every two weeks.
FD: So anything you regret or learnt from high school?
BB: Wishing I could blend in when girls talk about boys. I used to bore them out with football and taekwondo talk. Envy sets in because you can’t talk about boys. Because you look like a boy then you find out years later your friends wished they had your stature. Contentment has great gain, it helps you to erase unnecessary worry.
FD: So what did you think could have made your university experience better?
BB: Maybe someone constantly yelling at me saying these words; “You are enough”. I became a coward in the University in a bid to ‘feel among’.Peer pressure was higher and I was constantly lost, being teased for being too tall and too skinny.
FD: What do you think young undergraduates lack?
BB: Young people lack focus, they find it difficult to remain glued to something for too long. They want to “blow” fast, doing anything that can get them to blow.
FD: Post University what happened? How did you come about Bibi’s Kitchen?
BB: I started watching Youtube food videos in 2014. The fire was fueled by working with a British Montessori school and I noticed that kids were always bored during lunch as their meals were not colorful.
FD: How did you decide to start Bibi’s Kitchen
BB: In 2016, I was done serving and I started a mishai/ewa aganyin shop (Noodles Avenue). I noticed that people wanted to eat more than noodles and egg, bread and eggs and ewa aganyin. In 2017, I re-branded the business into a food delivery and catering business known as Bibi’s Kitchen.
FD: So what do Bibi’s Kitchen plan to offer?
BB: Our meals are ‘crafted’ not just cooked, colorful delicious meals, unforgettable catering for events. We are eager to help every young individual who has some ‘free hours’ make side money. We are looking at weekly pay on hourly jobs for young people that need side money.
FD: When you say help young people make more money, how do you intend to do that?
BB: There’s a system that I noticed in the US where young people (high school and college students) work during free hours and earn some money. They can focus on their studies, work during their free time and never have to consciously worry about funds.
FD: What are the problems you have encountered working with young people?
BB: No regard for time, they mess up the recipe sometimes, e.g. overcooking some delicate ingredients. Well, we have 0.3% that stay true out of those who say they want to work. They can’t handle the heat from cooking, can’t show up early enough, are not neat enough, not warm enough for customers.
The issue is that people who were raised comfortably don’t want to be stressed. The ones that lacked a lot while they were raised can’t wait to make a lot of money.
FD: So finally, what are your future plans for BiBi?
BB: I would go back to school to study Industrial psychology or Mathematics. Hand over the business to a new CEO in my forties, supervise from a distance while travelling the world with my family.
FD: Your advice to young people out there?
BB: No “market” is “full”, chase your dreams with “streamlined” fire.