Happiness International LLC is a business creating Happiness by Design. Happiness Design Studio & Bubalapa brands are subsidiaries of Happiness International LLC, a specialty printed merchandise producer based in New Jersey. Some of our popular consumables includes our Bubalapa apparel brand, art supplies for paint party businesses, DIY and Coloring Books and home decor. You can find these products on Amazon also at Etsy market place under the bubalapa brand name.
Project Director: Happiness Akaniro
I enjoy doing art and equally enjoy entrepreneurial pursuits. I am an artist, business person, arts entrepreneur, and curator. I use my artistic sensibility as an added benefit skill and differentiator in my business ventures.
I encourage people to participate in one art form or the other because of arts’ inherent therapeutic benefits hence, making it a priority to encourage young people and non-artists to adopt making things as a hobby, this I have done for over 14 years along side other projects I engage in. I feel greatly fulfilled to have been given the opportunity of this service. I have great happiness in seeing the impact and transformations engendered in these people when we create art together and seeing how it influences their life choices. I am also thankful that my creation is able to satiate needs and in return get rewarded for doing what I enjoy – It doesn’t get any better.
Happiness International LLC is an initiative to formalize business-wise my art and provide a platform to expand the scope of my operations and art offerings into other areas of interest, thereby becoming a service provider, less about me as an individual artist, but building a brand that provides jobs and elevates the art as a sustainable practice.
With this mission in mind, I am constantly creating programs to engage my local community including virtual audiences in community led initiatives like Sip and Paint Happiness art parties where 90% of the time, the audience consists of individuals who for the first time engage with art and enjoy every minute, and wanting to come back again.
Other initiatives includes organizing art exhibitions, curating art collections, public speaking and giving talks to inspire youths and young girls for future leadership roles including becoming art business gurus, and living their life as a worthy examples. This makes me happy.
Sometimes it takes others to discover you – How it began
In my quest to discover myself and hopefully make an impact in my own little way, after everything I have tried, and every skill I gathered along the way; Teacher of Art, Lecturer of Web Design, Animator, Video Editor, Software content producer, Business Woman, Artrepreneur etc, I am most proud of being an artist because that is who I have always been and knowing that help put the finesse in every other thing I find myself doing.
My story isn’t that no one supported me because they thought there were more lucrative careers and things I could be doing with my time than art, my story is that everyone around me except me thought my future was in the arts.
Then, you’ll ask “What did you really want to be?” The truth? I just wanted to play. I was a fun-loving kid that just wanted to play and be happy. If you think you’re laughing at this fact, wait till you see me cracking up every time I remember my life ambition. Oh well, believe it or not, kids just wanna be kids. Thankfully I pursued my love for creating and sort formal training in the arts for both my first degree and masters. I am adept at both the traditional and digital arts.
My curiosity leads me to work with any available media, hence you never know what is going on in my studio at any given time. I am one happy experimental artist. Doing art continues to be rewarding. Interestingly, it is almost the only thing I do now and I love every moment of it. I believe one should pursue their interest even if just as a pastime. The benefits are immense.
I believe that every dream needs work to live, and living through your works takes consistency and dedication. When you work hard at something you love, you are bound to succeed. Success brings fulfillment. Though success is relative and what one person considers success might be different from other people’s evaluation of success, but whatever success means to you, strive to ensure it fulfills the yearning of your heart. Even when I didn’t consider what I was doing special, knowing the yearning of my heart was to create, I created with passion and I poured my heart into every single thing I found to do.
Over time, I found a way to apply my skills to whatever other work I am given to do – design related or not – be it art or a mundane task, thereby, indirectly creating and finding happiness in my daily life and livelihood. It takes work and putting everything in perspective – knowing you got to do what you got to do, but what you got to do shouldn’t steal your happiness.
In the real world, your passion may not be sufficient to provide you with the lifestyle you want, but the inherent skills that you could develop from juggling and balancing passion and work that must be done are skills that will help you through life and elevate you above your peers. So, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. One such skill is called DISCIPLINE. I believe discipline is what is keeping me in the game and I’m enjoying the journey.
This journey began at a very young age while in school in Africa. My early schooling was in Lagos, Nigeria. Today, as life happens, I remain an artist. I am now based in New Jersey, U.S.A where I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from William Paterson University and making every minute of my life count while creating Happiness every day.That’s it folks…
Yes, Happiness is an artist and Happiness is a brand. #HappinessTheArtist #Happinessisabrand