How A Widowed “Akara” Seller Became A Landlord In Lagos – Lady Reveals

A lady took to twitter to narrated how a widowed lady who sells bean ball (akara), puff-puff, pap, fried yam is now a landlady of two 3-bedroom flats and still lives in a one room (face-me-I-slap-you) apartment.

The lady who is a banker said the woman’s husband passed away some years back and the woman could not provide for herself and her five kids.

Read below the inspirational story of how the woman was able to make a living and also own a house.

There’s a woman who lives two streets away from where I stay, her husband passed on years back. On my way back from work one day, I stopped at the suya spot close to my house to buy suya when this woman approached me & said she wanted to talk to me. After buying the suya, we both went to the house. She explained how rough things have been for her since her husband left & how her little kiosk wasn’t able to cater for her & her 5kids. She came to see if there was a way I could help with a loan of 50k payable in 3 months.

Inside I smiled; cos she sees me dress in suit & head out to work everyday she must assume my dad owns the bank & I can influence policy & get them to give a loan to a non-customer. Long serving customers find it difficult accessing loan’s let alone someone without an account. I told her I would get back to her in a day or two. I discussed it with husband when he returned & we decided to help her. The following day I sent someone to her place with cash & she showed up minutes later to come say thank you.

Few weeks later she shut down her kiosk on the street and moved further to the main road, picked a spot & started selling akara, yam, pufpuf, agege bread & ogi. She would head out very early cos I always see her on my way to work as early as 6/6.30am. In the evenings on my way back I would see her still there but this time with her kids. One Saturday she comes to the house to return the loan. She then says she wants me to help her with opening an account. I promised to get her account opening forms, guide how how to fill it & told her to go return it to the branch nearest to the house.

Few months later she pays us a visit, says she will hardly be at her spot as she will be spending time at a building site just after ikotun-egbe. Building, I asked? She said they have had the land for a very long time & she now wants to start building from the proceeds of her akara sales. Akara seller started constructing a one storey building meanwhile every morning I would wear suit, head to work & be called madam! 😢 We chatted & I wished her all the best. She eventually finished the first floor & stopped.

She visited to tell me she had finished the 1st floor so I asked if she was going to move & she said no! That she was going to put in a tenant since its a 3 bedroom flat, that whatever rent the tenant pays, she would use it to continue work on the top floor. Meanwhile she was still running her akara business with her kids. I asked why she wasn’t moving & why she preferred being a tenant in a face-me-i-slap-you apartment. She listed a few things that made me marvel at her street wisdom; she said the location where the house is isn’t good enough for her to transfer her akara business to.

That her current location, there are many primary/secondary schools around. So children on their way to school buy akara/pufpuf/yam etc from her daily. That there are bars close by that sell fish/cowtail peppersoup & they buy her ogi daily and i shouldn’t forget the bus stop where her spot is close to, many workers going or on their way back patronise her.

So she can’t afford to move from that spot. So she would rather finish her building & rent both flats out using the proceeds to pay rent at her small place while maintaining her akara business. She mentioned how beans/flour/corn/firewood sellers all give her credit & she pays end of the week. She said it would be difficult creating such business relationship in a new place. Akara seller turned to house owner in front of me.

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Updated: May 15, 2019 — 7:04 am

125 Comments

  1. Rightly said o. Some wear the finest suites carrying files up and down meanwhile they are struggling to eat three square meal. Whilst an akara seller they must have looked down on is a landlady.

  2. That’s economic of scale on display by an uneducated but anintelligent woman. I wish our unemployed youths who are currently

  3. We youth of nowadays need to learn from this woman. Majority of literate people do look down on petty traders believing their take home is superb, meanwhile comparing the two is wide differ.

  4. Thanks for always updating us on the news on what’s happening in the world. It is very important to know what’s going on because so many people may be afflicted by the actions of not knowing what is happening in the world

  5. That’s how God bless his people this life doesn’t matter your background or your your family background.Is only God has the final say

  6. She mentioned how beans/flour/corn/firewood sellers all give her credit & she pays end of the week. She said it would be difficult creating such business relationship in

  7. that whatever rent the tenant pays, she would use it to continue work on the top floor. Meanwhile she was still running her akara business with her kids. I asked why she wasn’t moving & why she preferred being a tenant in a face-me-i-slap-you apartment.

  8. Inside I smiled; cos she sees me dress in suit & head out to work everyday she must assume my dad owns the bank & I can influence policy & get them to give a loan to a non-customer.

  9. Thank you very much paid news for always updating us on the news around the world…well done..God will help us in nigeria

  10. A lady took to twitter to narrated how a widowed lady who sells bean ball (akara), puff-puff, pap, fried yam is now a landlady of two 3-bedroom flats and still lives in a one room (face-me-I-slap-you) apartment.

    The lady who is a banker said the woman’s husband passed away some years back and the woman could not provide for herself and her five kids.

    Read below the inspirational story of how the woman was able to make a living and also own a house.

  11. Thank you very much paid news for always updating us on the news around the world…well done..God will help us in nigeria

  12. A lady took to twitter to narrated how a widowed lady who sells bean ball (akara), puff-puff, pap, fried yam is now a landlady of two 3-bedroom flats and still lives in a one room (face-me-I-slap-you) apartment.

  13. No matter the kind of work u find yourselve in do not take it for granted Determination leads to success and focus

  14. No matter the kind of work u find yourselve in do not take it for granted Determination leads to success and focus

  15. Very interesting and encouraging.
    The mother of five is uneducated but very intelligent. An exactly to others

  16. well I proud of this woman and mother that against all odds and hardships managed to raise the resources to build a house like this.

  17. This is great!, I think what has kept the woman going is her persistence to become someone in life, kudos to her.

  18. The most important thing about wisdom is that it is constructive and also profitable to direct.

  19. Hard work pays,dedication and commitment to what you do goes along way.loving tour profession is another thing that fast track your success. Congrats to the woman

  20. Believe in what ever you doing that earn a living and what impressed me most is when the Lady ask her if she’s moving into the building were the work stop, “That she was going to put in a tenant since its a 3 bedroom flat, that whatever rent the tenant pays, she would use it to continue work on the top floor” that’s impressive

  21. what a wise and industrious woman. I admire her courage she started with little or nothing and she didn’t spend her proceeds lavishly on useless things

  22. I just wonder why i m not seeing my comments posted. What’s going on exactly???? This do unfair and frustrating!!!!

  23. No job! No job! That is the national anthem of some Nigerian. Look at that woman wat she does is not a government paid job it’s her handiwork that brought her to where she is today. Now she is a landlord all thanks to her determination.

  24. So she would rather finish her building & rent both flats out using the proceeds to pay rent at her small place while maintaining her akara business

  25. This is a wise decision coming from a wise woman, this can never be thought of any lady of nowadays.

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