Meet Kola: Tailored for the Future
Kola Olajide (25) is the founder and CEO of Clock Education – a business dedicated to solving Africa’s education crisis through technology-based solutions. This forward-thinking entrepreneur is blazing a trail for African entrepreneurs in technology in smooth, tailored style.
ON SMOOTH STYLE
My style comes down to the fit and the right color combinations; it should be appealing and connected. I always try to look sharp with different styles, whether I am in a well-fitted suit or a relaxed cardigan.
ON ODRIN FAVOURITES
At the top of my list would be the Odrin made-to-measure suits. The dress shirts are also great for work – especially when I am connecting with clients or investors. The chino pants are a great fit too, and I love to complete my outfit with one of their bags for my essentials.
ON THE ODRIN DIFFERENCE
I love Odrin’s customer experience – the way they interact with you to get you from the ideas stage to receiving your final product. Odrin is also really thinking about technology and artificial intelligence to redefine and shape men’s approach to shopping, which is exciting. Their innovative model to men’s retail has exposed me to the world of fashion, and how you can help people make the right choices using tech solutions.
IN HIS WORDS
“It is important to belong to the right networks – you cannot underestimate the value of surrounding yourself with the right people. “
ON CREATING SOLUTIONS
I am a victim of the current education system, and have experienced the same problems I’m trying to solve – anytime I went home from school, I was disconnected from my learning. And through the use of technology, that no longer has to be the case. At Clock, we develop learning technology for forward-thinking institutions. The technology we create tracks students’ learning experience, within the classroom and beyond.
ON BUILDING CONNECTIONS
It is important to belong to the right networks – you cannot underestimate the value of surrounding yourself with the right people. Relationship management is key to business success: the client is king, and if you’re not nurturing those relationships and ensuring your clients have the best user experience, you are not adding any real value to their business.
I never leave home without…
I most admire…
Tyler Perry – his style is so smooth!
My favourite holiday destination is…
Locally, Cape Town and, internationally, I’ll give it to Mauritius.
My favourite restaurant is…
My favourite food is…
The Pollo Giorgio pasta from Primi Piatti
Coffee or Tea?
Wine or Whisky?
Still or Sparkling Water?
Beach or City?
Depends on the time of the year, but I would definitely choose the city life.
Cats or Dogs?
On a Friday night at 9 PM I’m most likely…
Getting ready to hang out with friends.