By David Ibemere (Guardian)
Times are hard, no jobs, many complain, but some smart Lagosians are making a good living nonetheless
With determination she started, preparing akara for her teeming customers who swarm around her to buy every morning and evening.
She mixes and fries enough quantity before her patrons start lining up to be served. While a couple of them eat at the kiosks, a great number of them prefer to take the beak cake home.
According to her, she resigned as a receptionist in a private company in Ikeja in 2009 to start the job, which has now endeared her to her numerous customers.
"I started with the last salary I collected from my office. Initially, it was not easy since I was not yet known and could not make enough money to take care of my family. But I persisted because nobody forced me to do it. I started with only akara but when I later added 'dough nut,' fried yam and potato, I could not cope with the number of customers. My daughters were coming to help me before leaving for school in the morning," she said.
Mrs. Nnadozie observed that every business needs perseverance before it could succeed. "Had it been I relaxed when I started newly, I would not have been here today.
With this job, I have been able to train three of my children through university. Many people do not believe that it is only with this that I am able to achieve all those things," she said.
According to her, the only problem is the constant harassment from the miscreants popularly called area boys who come in different groups to collect money. She added that members of the Lagos State Task Force have demolished the place several times, forcing her to use a canopy now, saying: "I dismantle the kiosk each time I finish for the day."
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"Funny enough, when we meet a banker who earns N60,000 a month in a beer palour, because he is well dressed and wears a tie, he buys us drinks, unaware that I may be making as much, if not more than he earns monthly."
He advised young graduates who roam the street looking for white collar jobs, to look around and harness whatever opportunities the huge population in
offers and through which they can earn a decent living while waiting for their applications to be honoured. Lagos