Moving from selling everything from palm oil to used clothes ‘okrika’ in the streets of Lagos to a multimillion naira enterprise. She reminds me that she’s not fronting for anybody.
I want to explore how a person who comes to Lagos with nothing, manages (she was just trying to survive) to find the opportunity to give something in multiple things and is now teaching thousands of people those principles.
Today, its Grace Ofure as my guest.
Grace says: “I just made up my mind when I was staying in Agege. I usually buy clothes from this Katangua market, where they sell fairly used clothes. I noticed that some guys who take me to a particular shop get paid for bringing me. So, I continued the business. I started taking people from the market to the Igbo guys, so anybody I bring, they’ll pay. I now use some money to get clothes in the market, took it outside the market, and sold like 50% more than I bought it. So I was trading on used clothes, what many called okrika.
I traded on those used clothes for like 2/3 years. I also had it in mind that it’s just a means to an end, and I knew exactly where I wanted to be. I was just waiting for the opportunity.
“So I had to wear a cap of marketing people to join me, so I now talked to a lot of people, those I know, my elder brother, so we all put 2 million together. So when they put 2 million there, a year later she told me that the land was already going for like 5 million, so I got interested, this was money!
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