Saturday, 10 May 2014

Minting Money from Ice

Introduction

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