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From Grass to Grace: The story of Aso-oke and Asoebi Merchant “Bimmms 24” will surely inspire you this morning


Instagram lovers , Fashion Enthusiasts and Wedding Gurus will surely know the name and face of Abimbola Ipaye popularly known as “bimmms24”.


The ever smiling and very bubbly lady is a Beads, Aso-oke and Fabrics guru and has catered for a huge percentage of Brides and Grooms across the nation and even abroad. We came across her story on Instagram and thought to share with you.

In summary, NEVER despise the days of little beginnings. Read on and get inspired:-


My name is Abimbola “Bimms” Ipaye. I am the Managing Director of “Traditions by Bimms”. I started 3/4 years ago but I’ve been on my own since I was 14 years old. I have paid my own way through since then. I would fetch water, run errands just to make money because at that time, there was no other way to survive. I had a very difficult childhood but I allowed nothing break me, I just kept pushing . When I was in the University, I still had to send money home to my siblings and mum. The business I did then was sew and sell ankara patched skirts to people. After I graduated, I got a contract job in a pension company but I got tired of the job. One day, I saw my then boyfriend’s mum making beads and felt she could do it better, so I went to the market with N15,000, bought materials and made 3 beads out of that. I wore one of the beads on myself and people started requesting I make the beads for them . Soon, I started hanging around a family friend who makes Aso-oke just so I can watch her work and learn. Even though I was running errands a lot, I still picked up all the lessons I could at every opportunity I got . Then, I left to start my own business. This was a very difficult time for me. I cried so much and almost committed suicide because I was working so hard but there was no result. But just at that point, things began to gradually turn around. I believe 100% in what the Bible says, that the gift of man makes way for him. Breaking boundaries with Aso-Oke is something I completely enjoy doing but I could have only gotten here with God’s help . I started from my room, then moved to a BQ and then here we are. I was not in a hurry, I never borrowed money but I started small from where I was. Today, I look at the outcome and I cannot believe what I see. The reward of making brides and their families happy is more than money though, It is the prayers I get from my happy clients. Because I’ve been cursed so much, these prayers give me calm and joy in my soul .

Some of her Clients/Jobs

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Credit:- Instagram/bimmms24

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