So many businesses closed shop during the lockdown and one of the most affected businesses was the bar business which saw some owners change their mode of operations while others sold them off.
With Club Silk Naalya and Bugolobi branches closing off, many thought Elvis Sekyanzi was headed for failure but it was far from over as he channeled energies to producing masks (Silk Masks), Sanitizers, and sanitizer dispensers. Not the perfect business for someone who has been making billions in entertainment but it earned him some money and more importantly, it kept his workforce together.
“I have very many valuable staff members with whom we have worked for the past several years. I didn’t want to lose them on account of having the entertainment industry closed,” he said.
He admits that although his name is synonymous with entrepreneurial success, it hasn’t been too rosy.
His past experiences have led him to develop a philosophical approach to life. “I believe life is a series of near-misses. A lot of what we attribute to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see and pursuing that vision,” he says.
According to Sekyanzi, successful entrepreneurs set ambitious goals and act on them and also have mentors. He admits that tapping into the best minds on each subject for perspective and insight pays off.
He however is driven by one mantra- never being afraid of failure. “After the lockdown, I fully understand the benefits of learning lessons through failure,” he adds.
Sekyanzi jokes that two years were so long, that he was worried they had forgotten the events.
He returned with the first edition of Jam fest that was held at the Zoe Grounds Lugogo with more editions coming ahead. The Jam Fest was intended to provide a platform for budding talent that had been locked down for the past 2 years to entertain their fans.
“You need ingenuity and not the industry to survive such catastrophes,” he concluded.
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