This Graduate Quit Banking to Sell Akara


For many young Nigerians, a banking job is a dream come true. But for Fatoki Ayowale, making and selling fries (such as Akara) by the roadside is the path to the attainment of his dreams!

According to Mr Fatoki, he studied mathematics at the University of Agriculture Abeokuta, after which he got a job with a bank. Just one month into the job, he discovered the banking job was not meant for him, and he resigned. He did not have any clue as to what he was going to do, but he knew that right from growing up, his real passion was cooking.

Finally, he decided to open a mobile outlet where he will be selling Akara, Fried yam and plantains. Armed with just N20,000, he launched his dream business under an umbrella, with support from family and friends.



Eventually, he upgraded to a mobile shop with a staff strength of 3. The business started in the later part of 2014 and he described his little beginning as very rugged, especially because of rain, but today he said has grown and is really worth doing.

Mr Fatoki who spoke very fluently during his interview with AWAREWA, urged young people to start where they are and with whatever they have at hand, instead of being idle.

Many people will ridicule this young graduate, but it really takes a lot of courage for a graduate to do what he is doing. Pride and ego, is the reason why we have so many jobless graduates today. Farrah Gray who started selling painted rocks at the age of 6yrs, to support his family, once said that anyone can offer a service that someone will want.

However the contention in his story is whether you can leave banking to sell Akara by the roadside?

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