In traffic, a lot of hawkers use it as an opportunity to sell snacks and drinks. Records have shown that gridlocks accounts for more than half of the Gala that is been sold in the whole of Lagos. According to Richard Branson, "business opportunities are like buses, there is always another one coming."
Ebola was like a bus that came with an opportunity for some entrepreneurs to make money when one Patrick Sawyer sowed the seed of Ebola in Nigeria in 2014. Unfortunately, it claimed the lives of some Nigerians but my Igbo brothers used that opportunity to enrich themselves. During the height of the outbreak of the deadly virus, our ministry of health announced that washing of hands with soaps or use of Sanitizers was a way of preventing the spread. I remember visiting PUMA office in Shoprite, Victoria Island, Lagos during that period; there was no hand sanitizer available in the whole of the complex. The prize then increased more than two folds, from N150 to N350 for wholesalers, just five days after I visited the trade fair complex for business.
Thinking like an Entrepreneurs requires creativity and putting "HOW CAN I?" behind because of Ego. Empirical tests have proven that some of us put insignificant reasons ahead of an available job that could serve as a means of livelihood. Questions like "how can I hawk? How can I drive Danfo? How can I become a trader after graduating from a University?"
Where I operate from in Oshodi, Lagos; a lot of our youths parade the streets on a daily basis jobless and instead of getting employed they prefer to gamble, smoke, watch football or belong to several groups that constitute nuisance to the community. A week ago, I asked my vehicle mechanic why he doesn't have an apprentice and he said "Boys of nowadays no wan work, Baba-Ijebu and SureBet don scatter their head."
A carpenter I called two years ago to construct a mosquito net also told a similar story. He said, quoting a boy that ought to be working with him "My Papa look me finish say make I learn carpenter." The "abokis" seem to be different. While seated in our outlet, I can do some shopping to cook stew, food stuffs like fresh tomatoes, garlic, onions etc are brought to my door step. We frequently see these "Abokis" as wasting their time while they make their money. Putting ego behind should be seen as the rudiments needed to be Entrepreneur.