Epiphanie is a God-fearing, ambitious, self-driven, loyal, adventurous, and dedicated visionary whose creative genius has yet to be untapped. Epiphanie’s infectious and humble confidence usually makes her an unwilling center of attention, and she continues to learn how to use such platforms to demonstrate the empathetic leader, coach, and mentor she naturally is.
Why are you so passionate about helping others?
Too many young women and men of afro descent are often encouraged to get an education, identify a profession, and secure their place in a corporate or other professional environments. This mindset has crippled the innovative landscape of our world today, and I’m passionate about affecting a change by helping young entrepreneurs, especially females, achieve their dreams of converting their God-given talents/gifts into a product or service that the world may not even know it needs. In doing so, I hope that each successful venture will breed another by inspiring younger professionals to harness the power of their talents to deliver the innovations needed to power all industries for the future.
What would the 21year-old Epiphanie tell the Epiphanie of today?
Don’t be afraid to take more risks in growing the idea of building a business. Owning and running a business is in your blood and all you need to know has already been instilled in you by your grandparents (Opa and Oma) from their days aseducators, farmers to their side gig selling fruits and vegetable in the local marketplace. Remember, FEAR is a liar, so don’t let any form of fear deter you from getting started because the drive to succeed. Jump right in!
Tell us about your ministry/businesses?
Ayoka Candles Co. is a female-owned and operated company providing a suite of luxurious handmade coconut-soy based candles made with the highest quality, environmentally sustainable ingredients to provoke all of your senses and create a pleasurable experience in any environment.
At Ayoka, it is our continued passion and love for helping others show gratitude to their friends and loved ones in a simple form of luxury that drives us to create our suite of products.
Where do you see yourself in the next two years? Five years?
• Build the Ayoka brand and enterprise
• Expand to consulting to help educate and empower other young female entrepreneurs through the sharing of best practices and lessons learned.
• Lead a consultative enterprise that leverages all aspects of my creativity and skillsets
Check out her website: https://www.ayokacandles.com/