I spent two days following Sunday around
Ibadan. After the second day, i decided
to do something different. I had seen
Lagos bound buses the previous day and
since they were mini buses, i figured out
that Lagos would not be far from Ibadan.
There were the kind of Buses used in
shuttling between Enugu and Onitsha. I
made up my mind to go to Lagos the
following morning. I had spent two days
carrying bundles of money around
Mokola, Gbagi and Ojoo in Ibadan
without being able to buy anything.
Around 5am that faithful morning, i woke
Sunday up and told him about my plans.
He tried to discourage me but to no avail.
I picked up one bundle of N20,000 and
headed to Lagos. I left the remaining
money with Sunday in Ibadan. My reason
was that it would be too risky to go to
that dangerous city with a bag of money.
I had heard about ‘one chance’ boys in
Lagos and how they snatch people’s
I can’t remember where the Ibadan bus
stopped us. I asked someone where
Ladipo spare parts market was located
and he directed me to cross one railway
and enter a bike. I did and that was how i
found myself in Lagos. I asked people
where the Peugeot dealers stay since i
knew a few of them that usually came
down to Onitsha to supply us spare parts.
There was no GSM then or maybe i had
no phone yet. On getting to the Peugeot
line, i saw Izuu..
Izuu happened to share a flat with
someone in our building at Onitsha. He
was surprised to see me in Lagos and
asked what i came to do. I told him i
couldnt buy anything in Ibadan and
decided to come to lagos.
He was delighted because there was
some goods for sale in one warehouse
but there was no money. He asked how
much money i had and i told him. We
went to the warehouse to check on the
goods. It was a heap of 505 wagon Back
Axels, about 18 pieces of them at
N12,000 each. Being a sharp
businessman, i quickly discovered that i
could get them cheaper since i had
cash.. I eventually negotiated my way to
a cut price of N10,500.. The goods were
sold at N14000 in Onitsha then..
I paid an advance fee of 15000 and told
the owner to wait while i go to the bank
for the rest. When we got out, i told Izuu
that i left my money in Ibadan and that i
was going to get it. He took me to a park
where i got a bus back to Ibadan. I
decided to sleep over in Ibadan and go to
Lagos again the following morning.
The following day, i paid up for the
goods and loaded them in a luxurious
bus down to Onitsha.
The goods arrived at the mgbuka Obosi
spare parts market the following morning
and i made over N50,000 from my first
trip. My elder brother who was furious
over my decision to travel without his
approval had to relax from then.
I made a few more Lagos trips and got
bored with it.
The Cotonou idea and opportunity had
It was going to be about profit and risk.
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