Engineer Turned Event Planner Takes Tkbesh! Deep Into Her Roots.

                         EXCLUSIVE

Bisi Mawuton Padonu, better known in the event world as BusyBee, talks passionately about her journey into the world of Events and Planning. Here she shares her journey from Chemical and Polymer Engineering to Event Planning with Tkbesh! 

BISI PADONU, A CHEMICAL ENGINEER TURNED EVENT PLANNER TAKES TKBESH! DEEP INTO HER ROOTS DURING AN INTERVIEW AT HER LAGOS OFFICE. YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO MISS THE EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS...

BISI PADONU, A CHEMICAL ENGINEER TURNED EVENT PLANNER TAKES TKBESH! DEEP INTO HER ROOTS DURING AN INTERVIEW AT HER LAGOS OFFICE.

Tkbesh! : Who is Bisi Padonu?
Bisi Padonu: Bisi Padonu is a young, independent, and focused lady.

Tkbesh! : The name Padonu sounds more of an egu name:

Bisi Padonu: Yes it is from Badagry Local Government of Lagos State.

Tkbesh! : Can you briefly tell us your educational background?

 Bisi Padonu:  I studied Chemical Engineering in Lagos State University, Epe, also a Goldman Sachs Scholar from the prestigious Pan-African University and I have undergone several training at the Covenant Capital, Faith Foundation, Albert and Benjamin Ross Project Management, NI M, LEAP Africa, and Rise Business Academy.

Tkbesh! : Being an Engineer turned Event Planner; at what point did you realize that event planning is your calling?

 Bisi Padonu I have always had good administrative/organizational skills. I got into event management during my students’ Industrial Training, working on a part-time basis with an event management firm; that was when i uncovered my passion for the business.

Tkbesh!: Ok. So how did the name BusyBee evolve?

Bisi Padonu: Uuhhhh! Actually I’ve always been as busy as a bee, always been on the move so at the point of finding a good name that will stick to mind, i thought of the bee known for its social organization and being “busy” as pronounced /bizi/ emphasizes care, thoroughness, diligence. All these are qualities found in me.

Tkbesh! : When did the big break come for you as an event planner?

Bisi Padonu: April 2000 when I handled my classmate’s wedding and we pulled it off exceptionally well. It was at this point that people began to recognize my competence

Bisi with a copy of Tkbesh!

Bisi with a copy of Tkbesh!

Tkbesh! : With the calibre of clientele you have, you have really done well for yourself, any secret behind this?

Bisi Padonu: Ehhmmm! God, focus, passion, support from loved ones, and the “BusyBee” personal touch

Tkbesh! : Can we go personal a little, (laughing out), where do you worship?

Bisi Padonu:  I attend Covenant Christian Centre headed by Poju Oyemade

Tkbesh! : You have trained quite number of people, tell us about this…

Bisi Padonu: Our platform, BusyBee Academy has empowered over 27 participant run their business in the area of event management and decorations

Tkbesh! : Who are the people you admire

Bisi Padonu: In the industry, Ibidun Ighodalo of Elizabeth R events, Yewande Zaccheus of Eventful and of course my mum, Mrs E.U Padonu who has been very supportive

Tkbesh! : Wow! So who is one person that you can name, who has had the greatest influence in your life?

Bisi Padonu: Hmmnn! My Pastor, Poju Oyemade of Covenant Christian Centre. I have been able to apply his teaching into my business

Tkbesh! : You’re all over in the media, how have you been managing stardom?

Bisi Padonu :  Aaahh! We are trying and I’m still the same Busy Padonu (the girl next door)

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Tkbesh! : We know many public faces try to keep one thing to themselves, their relationship, Are you single or in a relationship?

Bisi Padonu: I’m in a relationship

Tkbesh! : What’s your dream wedding like?

Bisi Padonu: Hmmnn! (chuckles) I would love to have an elaborate and classy wedding where i have all my family and friends come share the long awaited day

Tkbesh! : How soon are we hearing the wedding bells?

Bisi Padonu: It’s in the pipeline (lips sealed)

Tkbesh! : What’s your typical day like?

Bisi Padonu: Phew!! I resume at work at 10 and don’t leave till 6pm. From meetings with clients, training with student, to receiving visitors, it’s a busy day

Tkbesh! : What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs who look up to you as a mentor?

Bisi Padonu: The key things are discover your strength, passion, get skilled in that area of interest, the need for focus, determination, consistency and diligence in one’s choice of business.

21 1-3Tkbesh! : Any Final words from you?

Bisi Padonu: Be consistent at what you do and aspire to become a master in it. 

Interviewed by Tokunbo Adebesin

 Photography by Photosynthesis Media

 Make-up by Just smiley makeovers

 Location: Nigeria

Copyright © Tkbesh!, 2012. All Right Reserved

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10 thoughts on “Engineer Turned Event Planner Takes Tkbesh! Deep Into Her Roots.

  1. A rather heart warming chat mission here with Bisi! I like beauty and brain in women and you have got both! 🙂

  2. Great one Bisi, I’d say it’s a journey that has just begun and will lead you to greater heights, keep doing what you know how to do best. The skye is a stepping stone from you!

  3. Great one Bisi, I’d say it’s a journey that has just begun and will lead you to greater heights, keep doing what you know how to do best. The sky is a stepping stone for you! *corrected version* Hahahaha

  4. Busybee,you are a great person,am so proud of you.the little I read about you now,I know that there is something out there for me,in Coodinating and in every area of Event.
    Am the kind of person that likes planning,perfecting things,putting things in place,and making everyone around me confortable.So Busybee,from now,am following your footprint. Expect me Busybee. ‘Winks’

  5. i am a first hand testifier of all Aunty Bisi has said.She’s all that!!!
    Hardworkin,brains,u jst name it!nd plus,she doesnt take her work 4leisure.work is work,play is play…tank u ma’am 4all u’ve done 4me.
    Incase ur wonderin,i am 1of BusyBee’s beautyful Hostesses…love you

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