Published On: Wed, Dec 14th, 2016

I Met Dangote, Other Successful Nigerians Inside Market Where I was Selling Foodstuffs – Ooni of Ife Reveals

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While speaking with members of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ede, Osun State, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, narrated how he became an entrepreneur at a very young age to survive.

The influential monarch who addressed corps member on “Skills acquisition and entrepreneur development” at the NYSC orientation camp organised by NYSC coordinator in the state, also urged the corps members not to be disappointed in the leadership of the country.

“I met Aliko Dangote, Dr Deji Adeleke and other successful Nigerians inside the market where I was selling foodstuffs. I used my background to redefine the way I was selling the foodstuffs,” he said.

“I made up my mind that I would be an entrepreneur. I was selling rice and sugar. At the age of 19, I fathered a child, which made the matter more complicated. Life was very tough because I had to cater for my child, but that made me to work harder,” he added.

According to Nigerian Tribune, Oba Ogunwusi also disclosed that his daughter is currently undergoing the compulsory one-year NYSC programme in Abuja.

“Today, I am proud to say that she is one of the present batch deployed to Abuja. That experience shaped my life and made me to keep starving. I started going to Benue to bring yam tubers, which I turned to yam powder. I want to encourage you today, whatever you are selling or doing, do it with zeal.”

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