Months after graduating from the University of Benin in Nigeria, Adetola Adesegun Babatunde, popularly known as Stickz, landed his first job in a bank.
After six months in the banking sector, Babatunde felt something was missing. He quit his banking job and went to what could be described as his first love. What? Hairstyling.
A development he says came with resistance from family and friends. After years of apprenticeship, Babatunde decided to start his own beauty parlour.
Months after a successful start, he lost it all through a fire disaster – a situation which would compel Babatunde to relocate from Nigeria to neighbouring Ghana – the place where he would get his much needed breakthrough.
17 years down the line and fully based in Ghana, Stickz, as he is popularly referred to is making waves in the Lifestyle and Entertainment space.
He has styled celebrities and artists in UK and US produced movies and series such as Treadstone, popular Nigerian series, Tinsel and a host of others.
From styling the wives of Heads of States to working with the Africa Union and an endless list of celebrities in Ghana and Nigeria, Stickz is redefining the game in otherwise unfamiliar territory for a gender like his.
Today, Adetola Adesegun Babatunde (Stickz) is not only a celebrity hairstylist managing @stickzbeautyplug.
He has also gone into the production of hair products, set up a training hub for young people and consulting for startups.
Watch the full story of Stickz on The Business Edition of 21 minutes with KKB below: