Nigerian graduate turns to akara frying business after years of unemployment, hopes to succeed

Nigerian graduate turns to akara frying business after years of unemployment, hopes to succeed

- A Nigerian man, Justice Emmanuel Onehi, took to akara business as a way to survive after he could not secure a job

- The man said all he needs to scale up his business is more funds, revealing he would take it to the next level

- Emmanuel disclosed the vision he has for his frying business is to attract many in the corporate world to his snack

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A Nigerian graduate, Justice Emmanuel Onehi, went into akara (beans cake) business after he could not get a job with his certificate.

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In an interview with BBC News Pidgin, the man said that being the firstborn of seven children, he knew he had to make ends meet the hard way to look after his siblings.

He revealed that he could never be discouraged from what he is doing, saying that he learned how to cook at home.

Nigerian graduate Justice turn to akara frying business after 3 years of unemployment
The man said he is determined to succeed in his akara frying business. Photo source: bbcnespidgin
Source: Instagram

The akara seller said he realised that the business is what puts food on his family's table.

With a voice laced with strong determination, the man said that he one day hopes to stop using firewood and switch to gas as soon as he gets funds.

He added that his business would one day grow to the level that CEOs who refused him employment would come and buy his snack.

Watch the video below: compiled some of the reactions his video got below:

ellesuu said:

"No work is to small for your light to shine. Shine in whatever capacity God has given you. I fry akara, puffpuff, buns and whatever you want I will do. Nothing is to small for you to do, don’t let people lie you and that glory from God through you."

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vuaclothing said:

"There is dignity in labour, God bless ur hustle bro."

toyin_toyin_la_la said:

"Fantastic!!! God bless your hustle as you’ve got a very clear vision of your business...stay focused."

sakwehelen31 said:

"Keep the faith, keep the courage God will do it absolutely."

symply_elohor said:

"God bless the work of our hands. He is an entrepreneur in the making better than some of them laughing him doing 9-5 jobs very soon just like he said he has big plans for growth and expansion that’s all he needs vision."

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that a lady with the Twitter handle @EduEle5 showed off her family business with great pride, telling tweeps about how she and her mummy fried garri on Sunday, January 17.

Edu said they both had to weather great smoke and heat in order to deliver a great product. People praised the young lady, saying that she is different from a whole lot out there who are waiting to be someone else's dependants.

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Joseph Omotayo writes for the human interest desk at He graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University with a degree in Literature in English. He loves basketball and books. He tweets @omotayome.


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