- Ayobami Ogunmoroti is a Nigerian graduate who proudly makes his living by selling bean cakes (akara) on the street
- The political science graduate from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka said he is happy with his means of livelihood
- The 31-year-old man born in Ekiti said he turned down many job offers and has never worked for anyone in his life
A Nigerian man who sells bean cakes (akara) as a full-time job said he had turned down numerous job offers.
According to The Whistler, Ayobami Ogunmoroti took to selling bean cakes after he had searched YouTube for ideas on things he could sell.
The idea of selling akara had struck his mind and he hadn't looked back ever since.
Ayobami said he has never worked for anybody in his life
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Ayobami who graduated from University of Nigeria, Nsukka with a degree in political science also revealed that he has never worked for anyone all his life.
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“I have never worked for anybody in my life. So, employment, was never in my calculations. To start with, I don’t have anyone to look up to. In my student union days, I had a lot of rapport with politicians because I did a lot of projects.
"I even went in to publishing a magazine. I was able to pay school fees for indigent school pupils, buy sandals, school uniforms for them from my solicitations to Professors, Politicians and businessmen in our communities.
“So, on graduation, people expected me to capitalize on those networks of relationships. But the point was that, by the time I graduated, I had already put a lady in the family way. So, I thought to myself that I needed to be responsible and looking for non-existent job was not wise at all."
With his akara business, the 31-year-old is able to save between N80k-N100k monthly after subtracting business expenses.
Ayobami rated the business above public sector work
Ayobami, the last born in a family of seven is of the opinion that his akara business is way better than a public sector job.
According to him, while the akara business affords him passing an inheritance to his kids, a public sector job leaves one at the mercy of pensions only.
"My ambition is to build a business around frying Akara such that my children will have something to inherit unlike my father that could not bequeath any such thing to me.
“I reasoned that if I secure a civil service job, it would not be something that my children can inherit. The best that can come from it is my pension which will be personal to me."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a Nigerian graduate had turned to selling akara after years of unemployment.
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.
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.