Adeniyi Hammed is a 29-year-old Nigerian man whose struggle for survival has made him venture into the business of selling Ofada rice. The young man who hails from Lagos Island makes a living by hawking his Ofada rice round the market in Yaba.
In an exclusive chat with NAIJ.com, the young man revealed how he started the business and how far he has gone with it. Hammed has been selling Ofada rice for the past four years and have been able to make a lot from it.
Hammed revealed he ventured into the business with the help of his mother who was already selling Ofada rice. He graduated from Dolphin High School in year 2007; he was unable to further due to financial issues.
As the first born of four children, Hammed was saddled with the responsibility of fending for himself and making something out of his life. The father of one got married two years ago; his wife has joined him in the business as she also sells Ofada rice in Alaba market.
When asked who cooks the Ofada rice he hawks around Yaba axis in Lagos, he stated that he does the cooking by himself. He lives at Orile with his family and sets out early for Yaba while his wife moves in the direction of Alaba market. He mentioned the fact selling cooked Ofada rice has become a family business as his brother also sells.
Hammed has refused to give up despite the challenges he faces while selling the Ofada rice. To start with, he gets mocked when people see him, a full grown man, hawking cooked Ofada rice in the market. However, this has not made him give up on his choice of business as he is focused on his goal.
See more photos of the Ofada seller here:
1. Hawking his Ofada rice
2. The attractive looking meal
3. At work with his younger partner
4. Our correspondents trying out the delicious meal
6. The struggle continues
The young man makes nothing less than N25,000 daily from the sales of the cooked food. His daily profit after removing the cost of production is about N6,000 to N8,000 every day.
Hammed is not only a food vendor, he learnt how to sculpt and mold beautiful objects. According to him, it took him seven years to learn the skill. The young man has a younger boy who walks with him carrying the Ofada sauce as he moves from stall to stall.
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