10 years as a pioneer in event decoration has earned Favour Essang a place amongst Nigeria’s industry leaders and innovators. Dexterity Events, Favour's flagship brand has a long enviable list of clientele spanning across different sectors and continents, a feat only few in the Owambe industry can boast of. Despite being a veteran of the event industry, Essang's passion for planning still comes through in everything he does. In this exclusive interview, he sheds light on his journey and the events industry at large.

What is Dexterity Plus all about?

Dexterity Plus was born out of the desire to raise the bar in the world of events decoration. We have been in business for over a decade and have lent our professional services to an enviable list of clients spanning different sectors. We specialise in creating stunning and unique decorations that will bring the event of your dreams to life.

What was your primary motivation for going into event decorations?

It all started in 2005 after finishing my secondary school education. I wasn’t one of those people that lay idling about. My mum was into decorations and so I offered to help her out. It didn’t take long for me to realise that I actually enjoyed doing event décor. After some time, my mum started sending me in her stead to handle decoration jobs and that only encouraged me more. Gradually, event décor turned into my passion and I decided I was going to do it as a full-time job.

How did you handle being a man in such a gender sensitive line of work?

I discovered that when you hear people say stuff, you just need to ignore these things. Move on and be focused on your vision because people will always say what they want to say whether you like it or not.

What’s the most challenging aspect of working in the Owambe industry?

The greatest of the challenges I have faced has to do with the human side of this business, especially with staff. It takes a whole lot of work to inject your vision into other people and when you are not around, they may do things how they see fit and that can affect the image you are trying to build for yourself.

Which event do you prefer working on the most and why?

Weddings! Because it can get demanding especially in the creativity aspect. You have people that come in asking for a theme they saw somewhere on TV and you as a professional have to find a way of making it work. Unlike birthdays and other events, weddings put your brains to work and that for me is pretty exciting.

What would you say is the secret to your success?

Anytime I’m asked this, I tell people that it just depends on what you envision for yourself. If you are determined enough, you will find out what works for you as I have. You must also do it consistently and tirelessly. I spend more time working on events than in my own house and that is what happens when you are passionate about something.

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