Dr Etiobhio Samuel is a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur, a medical doctor and a fine artist entrepreneur who found his passion for drawing on a sick bed in his second year in University. Right after the 12 weeks’ training from the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, Dr. Samuel received a call from the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari. The call unveiled to him that they had found out that he’s a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur and wanted to invite him to Aso Villa for an art presentation. We caught up with Samuel to unveil his journey
TEF: How did you get the business idea?
Etiobhio Samuel: My business Idea came from suggestions from fellow colleagues who knew I was very good at this and urged me to turn it to a business outfit. Initially, I had taken it strictly as a hobby. I knew I wouldn’t have much time to follow my medical career and do art at the same time and so I began training young students in this field who are even better than me right now. I currently have 15 employees.
TEF: Tell us more about your art business, Magnum Arts
ES: Magnum Arts is strictly involved in Portrait painting especially using the pastel medium. We paint and frame accordingly and try to meet clients’ needs as quickly as possible. We are also involved in training young talents in this field and sponsoring up to university level. The company has made portraits for a couple of Nigerian Celebrities in the movie and music industry. Top for us is the portrait presented to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa.
TEF: How does your company help the community where it is located
ES: Magnum Arts is involved in the training and empowerment of young artists. We plan to establish art clubs in various secondary schools of the state where we are based- Edo State. We organize inter university art contests of which cash prices given out to winners.
TEF: The TEF forum this year was extraordinary for me. It was the best thing that happened to me this year. I learnt a lot! I would have used over $1500 to learn in various international business schools but it was all handed to me on a plate of gold. I learnt how to pitch better, which has helped me so much. Learnt better ways of rebranding, packaging and most importantly keeping my clients. The title ‘Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur’ opened business doors for me. After completing the 12 week intensive training, I was invited to Aso rock for an interactive session with Mr President and where I also made an art presentation to his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina on his behalf. They were so glad I was a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur. At the forum, I was wowed by the series of Master classes as well as the various success stories from previous entrepreneurs and I promised myself to be a part of it. I want to be a little Tony Elumelu in my state.
Magnum Arts is very social media friendly. Works can be ordered from the company directly via our mobile phone number +2348060676809,
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