Joe Osawaye, Owner of Kiza Restaurant and Lounge
Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Joe Osawaye and I’m originally from Nigeria. I am the owner of Kiza Restaurant and Lounge in Dubai. 

I come from a business-centred family. I can trace my first entrepreneurial experience to when I used to help my mother with her bakery business. Later on, I also helped my father with his automotive business. 

I am a father, husband, friend, and entrepreneur. I see myself as a creator. Joe is an expression of a creator.

What was your key driving force to become an entrepreneur?

To be honest, I truly do not know. I don’t think I set out an initial plan; I didn’t dedicate serious thought to becoming an entrepreneur. It just happened. I guess what I carried inside me was a restlessness of some sort: not wanting to settle for the usual or the ordinary. The driving force could have been myself, what I could become and my imagination with things I could do creatively without certain limitations.