A young Nigerian CEO son Twitter has used the social platform to share his grass to grace story with a businesss that many have under estimated.
Read his story below:
Let me tell you a story.
A story of how I became a millionaire with wheel barrows.
In 2015 I was living in Delta as a houseboy in the Igbo apprenticeship system. One of my duties every weekend was to buy and have processed two old layer hens at abraka market asaba.
There was a man, Boniface, who sold polythene there. He had a small kiosk & I’d often buy the bags to package my already cut up chicken from his store.
I had no idea the man has been admiring me. One day he opened up. He told me he just liked me and that he wanted to be friends.
I was wary at first but I thought, what could possibly go wrong? So I gave him my number and we became friends.
Every saturday I’d sit at his shop as my hens were cut & we’d talk. He looked poor & ordinary, but mentally he was a genius. A treasure trove of MONEY MAKING IDEAS!!!
He was way older than me but we developed deep respect for each other.
During our discussions we talked about converting the many opportunities that abound in this country, but the nearest to attainable one was starting a small scale barrow rental business around onitsha markets
We wanted to help people out and of course also make money to better our lives. Being the trader amongst us, I did my research. Ran the numbers, sought & got permission from my then master and thus we went into the business of making & renting out barrows.
I registered and became the youngest member of the Anambra state barrow owners & pushers association – yes thats an actual union that regulates the barrow business and it cost quite some money to sign up into. 😅😅
We started small with 6 barrows. I owned 5. Boniface owned one. We charged our employees; The barrowmen 200 naira (51 cents) per day for renting the barrows. It seems small but it’s tiny, consistent drops of money like these, if properly channeled that creates oceans of wealth!
For people who just left prisons, okada riders who were banned from operating, poor farmers from rural areas, young people without jobs, wheel barrow pushing is somewhat of a last resort. It doesn’t require much skill. With just strenght & stamina a person can make money daily.
Alot of these people go on to raise capital from this job to buy tools or vehicles or machines for other labour intensive jobs and thus improve their standard of living and rise a step higher in the ladder of society and above poverty.
We marketed them as polite, professional pushers to the market to encourage people to always patronise & them in particular and It worked!!
“GEMDECONQ” barrow men started getting more jobs and started making more money than they did before.
Truth is Nigeria has too many problems. Problems create a need for solutions. Providing solutions creates value and value is simply what makes people wealthy.
You don’t need juju.
Look for problems & needs around you. Solve one or two. You too will count in milli milli. 😅