My life as vegetable oil, rice seller – Ooni Ogunwusi

By The Citizen

Ooni of Ile Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, at the weekend reminisced on his struggles early in life to make ends meet, urging youths to be focused and dedicated even in the face of challenges.

Ooni Ogunwusi spoke in Ile Ife while addressing participants at the Ife Youths Economic Summit with the theme: 'IFEPRENEURSHIP: Building Entrepreneurship Competence and Self Reliance Among Ife Youth', held at Oba Okunade Sijaude Hall, Enuwa, Ife.

Born of a civil servant, Prince Ropo Ogunwusi, who worked as a broadcaster in Broadcasting Service of Oyo State, BCOS, before transferring his service to Osun State Broadcasting Service, OSBC, Oba Ogunwusi told youths to learn from how perseverance, dedication and hardwork eventually changed his story.

The frontline monarch, who became the 51st Ooni of Ife in December, explained that he had always wanted to be on his own and run private businesses, saying his dream almost ended abruptly when he became a father at the age of 20.

'At 20 when people would still be under the care of their parents, I became a father and the horizon was very gloomy. I was torn between Pharaoh and deep Red Sea. When I left Polytechnic, I was thinking about setting up an accounting firm and continue in that line of business.

'On the other hand, I was also contemplating going into business…buying and selling and being my own boss. Shortly after my NYSC, I experimented with some businesses but I could not cope. 'I could not understand the language spoken in the market. What was it that I didn't sell? Except human parts. I sold vegetable oil, rice, sugar, name it. I kept on working. The going was rough and tough but I was not deterred.

'In the market, I started meeting people. I met Alhaji Aliko Dangote, I met Dr. Adeleke, many Emirs. Because I was dedicated and focused on what I was doing, I kept on going. Bit by bit, people started noticing me.

'As business improved, I began to divest into other things. Today, I give God all glory for making me to choose to be my own boss. I am one of you. Let's start something new and create jobs. The future belongs to us and we must seize the initiative,' the monarch said. - National Mirror.