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Wale Olajumoke: Life-Changing Story Of A Local Street Hawker Turned IT Trainer

Young Olajumoke hawking on the street of Lagos as a kid

Less than three years after the fairy tale of Olajumoke The Bread Seller took over the internet like a storm, CityPulse Nigeria presents you an inspiring run of another Olajumoke.

His name is Wale Olajumoke, a local street vendor whose resilience and dream of a better future saw him hawked, not only in secondary school, but equally throughout his undergraduate years to raise money for his tuition. Today he is a hardline business coach and Information Technology (IT) trainer.

Excerpt below:

While I was in primary school, I had to hawk the streets of Lagos trekking several kilometers to support my parent. I couldn’t afford to attend extra coaching after school nor afford to buy recommended text books.

However, I didn’t allow that to deter me from coming first in class. I will use the time for break to read to make up for my lack of spare time for study after school.

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Drug abuse, teenage pregnancy was the order of the day in the environment I grew up but I didn’t allow it to stop me from pursuing my dream. I didn’t allow peer pressure to cut short my dream.

I was hoping hawking the street will stop when I get to secondary school but it didn’t. In fact, being appointed as the school prefect and fellowship president didn’t change it either. I had to combine schooling with fellowship leadership and hawking. Yet, I won the best behaved and overall best student.

After secondary school, there was no sponsor to further my education at the University. Besides, I lost my dad a week after my matriculation. I summon courage and started looking for how I can add value in exchange for money. I started selling books, downloading music to phones, installing software, online registration, bulk SMS and other legal and ethical businesses I could lay my hands on to pay my school fee, handout, feeding, rent and clothing.

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After graduation, I wanted to start an ICT firm but no money. I had to use cyber cafe until I am able to make enough income to get an office. Today, that same company I started now offer services to banks, higher institutions and other corporate organizations.

Wale Olajumoke (seated with the lady) flanked by some of his participants at a recent business seminar

You may have poor background or reasons why you can’t be who you desire to be. Your excuses may be genuine, however there is always a way if you don’t allow the excuse to overshadow your drive to succeed.

#lifeLessons #waleolajumoke

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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.


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