His name is Rotimi Odewale and he lives in Ibadan. He is in his forties and runs his own businesses. Although he graduated from the University of Ibadan with a degree in computer science, he is a self-taught manufacturer of industrial ice making machines (ice makers). From the construction-shed he built in his house, he supplies customers in far-flung cities like Kaduna, Calabar and Bauchi; and he almost always has a backlog of orders. What I found most intriguing however, is that after seven years of successful business and over 500 machines sold, the man still doesn't have an office - the kind equipped with an executive chair and air-conditioning - instead he spends his day at work with the machines, hammering, welding and the like. This is the master stroke of his career, but we need to go a little back in time so you can understand how.
|A front-loading ice maker built by Rotimi|