According to a post on Anambra State Online Facebook wall,
the gentleman in the photo roasts corn in Dubai for a living. His name is Obinna and he hails from Anambra state. He has
ventured into selling the roasted corn delicacy to passers-by.
In an exclusive chat with Anambra State Online Media, Mr. Obinna opened up on how he started off and the benefits:
He had said:
“My name is Obinna. When I arrived Dubai and couldn’t get a job, I decided to think out of the box on what to do to make a living and one day, while in a local restaurant, a man came and placed an order..
“When the waiter came with the order, it was Chicken With Mashed Potato and Grilled Corn but the corn was not roasted
the native Nigerian way as we do with coals.
“That was when the idea came and I decided to give it a try. I contacted a local farmer who supplied raw corn to me and
started roasting them close to my neighborhood across the street.
“At first, people who passed by looked at me with curiosity as they had never seen anything of its kind up until one man
approached me and I gave him one corn cob to taste, he liked it and the following day, invited four of his friends who bought and even took some home.”
Talking of recognising opportunities, according to Obinna, that day marked the beginning of his turnaround in the business.
He said that the business is the first of it’s kind in Dubai and in no time became a popular delicacy in the neighborhood
with people especially Nigerians living there who want to have a taste of home patronising him on a daily basis.
When he was asked to disclose his earnings, he simply smiled and replied:
“The profits are not bad. I sell each corn cob for about 5 to 8 Dirham depending on the size and on a very good day, I take
about 60 to 80 Dirham (22$USD)(N8,000) home.”
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