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GUO@75: How I Became a Millionaire at 21

 

After the Nigerian Civil War ended in 1970, people were scrambling to rebuild their lives. Fortunately, I had left my village just three days after the war ended and came down to Onitsha, where God immediately started blessing me.

As I arrived in Onitsha in my father’s 404 saloon car, surveying the damage the war had caused, I was about to leave the market near the Fegge police station when some people approached me. They asked if I could take them to Enugu. I told them I hadn’t been outside Onitsha since the end of the war, but I would do it for 1 pound per person. They agreed, and eight of them jumped into my Peugeot 404. I made 8 pounds in one trip, and without hesitation, I drove them to Enugu.

 

At Ogbete in Enugu, another group asked if I was going back to Onitsha, and I collected another 8 pounds, making a total of 16 pounds. At that time, there were hardly any vehicles on the road, as people were still hiding in their villages. I was amazed at the amount of money I had made and decided to go back to my village in Adazi-Ani to inform my parents about what I had seen and experienced in Onitsha.

 

My parents were worried that I had left without telling them, and they even tried to punish me. However, once I explained what had happened, they calmed down. My mother was more concerned about my safety than the money I had made. I assured them that nothing would happen to me and that I would be returning to Onitsha early the next morning to start a new business.

 

The money I had made from the trips, I gave to my parents without keeping any for myself. From 6 am the next day, I was running back and forth between Onitsha and Enugu, making good money.

 

This continued, and by the time the Nigerian government announced they would pay each person 20 pounds, I noticed that the bank officials were not properly counting the money people were bringing in. I realized they might just give a flat rate to everyone, so I worked with my brothers to open 28 different accounts and collected the 20 naira per account.

With the money I had accumulated, I started trading and bought Volkswagen vans, which were popular in the 1970s. I would go to factories, looking for distributorship, and by 1971, 1972, and 1973, I had made enough money through both trading and transportation. From there, I started travelling to China, Japan, and Hong Kong to import goods, and my business kept growing, ultimately making me a millionaire by the age of 21.

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Emeh James Anyalekwa, is a Seasoned Journalist, scriptwriter, Movie producer/Director and Showbiz consultant. He is the founder and CEO of the multi Media conglomerate, CANDY VILLE, specializing in Entertainment, Events, Prints and Productions. He is currently a Special Assistant (Media) to the Former Governor of Abia State and Chairman Slok Group, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu. Anyalekwa is also the National President, Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN) https://web.facebook.com/emehjames

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