Established in 1975, Quintessence initially began business selling state-of-the-art hi-fi and audio equipment and furniture. In the early 80’s, the business shifted its focus by creating a cultural platform to showcase the talent of local artists, artisans, musicians and designers. Our ethos is to promote local content and create an enabling environment for cultivating local craftsmanship and creativity.
Quintessence is the foremost gift and art and crafts company that stocks premium African merchandise ranging from art, fashion, jewelry, music, literature and crafts. We previously occupied a space in the Falomo Shopping Center and after almost 40 years, recently relocated to Park View Estate, we also have a location on Admiralty Way in Lekki Phase One.
Over the years we have established an excellent reputation across the region as a leading purveyor of quality products with exceptional craftsmanship. Our collection is a result of our experience, fieldwork and research. Prominent in our stock are textiles of all kind including woven fabric like Aso-Oke, cloth from Okene and Akwete and other fabrics from Nigeria and other countries with a culture for exquisite creativity in Africa.
Chief Mrs Aino Oni-Okpaku a designer with a flair for textiles, has been the guiding force behind Quintessence with the support of a highly disciplined management team. Our well-trained staff, offer excellent personalized services including corporate gift consulting and branding, event planning and personal shopping.
Community development and giving is deeply entrenched in our mission, we have a number of initiatives and are currently embarking on a mentoring program where established designers, novelists and artists that stock at the store will host workshops and mentor the aspirants to develop their skills.
Proceeds from our sales also help to support Ebunoluwa Foundation, a charity for special needs children that has played an invaluable part in saving the lives of many orphans and abandoned kids. The Foundation also runs a home for special needs children in Ijebu-Ode called Eruobodo House.