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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Fayola Agaja

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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Fayola Agaja

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Fayola Agaja is general manager of Iyaaj Enterprises


Are you where you always wanted to be?

I am satisfied that I have been able to showcase IyaaJ Enterprises on the Bank On Me reality TV Show as well as provide Barbados and the region with natural and organic haircare products. However, I want to expand my product offerings from haircare to skin and personal care items.


What is your biggest professional challenge?

Currently, our biggest professional challenge is accessing funding.


What is your biggest life challenge?

Being a ‘mompreneur’. This has been my biggest challenge to date.


When you look to the future, what do you see?

I see Iyaaj Naturally Beautiful You, as the Caribbean number one green beauty cosmetic brand.


What is your favourite pastime?

Spending Sunday evenings quietly reading my book of the month and spending quality time with my family.


What is your favourite meal?

Yam and saltfish with a slice of avocado and a cold glass of grapefruit juice.


On Saturday nights, where are you likely to be?

At home helping my daughter with homework that was given at school or by me.


What upsets you the most?

Unecessary bureaucracy.


What is your guiding philosophy?

I am guided the principle of self love, which is a unique representation of true beauty. As such, Iyaaj is a lifestyle brand that encourages you to be the ‘naturally beautiful you’.


If you had the chance to manage Barbados for a day, what would you do?

As an agriculturalist and ‘beautypreneur’, I would improve the output of the agricultural sector by connecting it to seemingly uncorrelated industries like cosmetology, tourism and wellness. Essentially, enhancing the agricultural value chain of Barbados. (SC)