IS MY SUCCESS STORY: LAND OF HUSTLE
made my first One Million Naira cash at the age of —- in Lagos.
– Oluwole Olusanya #LagosMillionaire.
other state in the country in so many ways. It is the only state in Nigeria
with a Portuguese name. Part of what is today’s Lagos State once existed
outside what eventually became Nigeria before 1906, but no sooner was Nigeria
amalgamated than was it named as the capital in January, 1914. Actually, the
debate among the British colonial rulers was whether it was Calabar or Lagos
that should be the capital and Lagos won the argument. I sometimes wonder what
would have been the story of Nigeria today if Calabar had been chosen. My guess
is that Lagos, because of its great coastal resources, it would still have been
a major economic and commercial center but not at the level that it is today.
Much of what Lagos is today in terms of foundation structures owed mainly to
its former status as the capital of Nigeria for 76 years, during which the
resources of the nation and the sweat of its people from all across were
invested in building up a national commonwealth.
of the 12 states created on 27th May, 1967 by General Yakubu Gowon, which is
why the state is celebrating its 50th anniversary in grand style, being the
only one that was never split in subsequent state creation exercises. The state
government led by Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode is rolling out the drums of celebration.
It is also rolling out something else – posters of people who, according to
those organizing the celebration, have contributed to the success of Lagos in
the past 50 years. (Lagos at 50 controversies – Ochereome Nnanna, April 27th,
News – //www.vanguardngr.com/2017/04/lagos-50-controversies/
the major highlights of the event is the rolling out of posters of
accomplished/established individuals who have contributed to the success of the
state and vice versa. I was thrilled with the innovative idea when I first
slumbered on some posters on Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Way along Maryland – Ikeja
axis sometimes in March, 2017. I immediately concluded that it can only be Lagos.
In the same vein, I am particularly fascinated that it has also inspired every
concerned/interested Lagosian to share their own unique Lagos success story on
social media and everywhere else. This is my Lagos success story.
I do not believe that I can start my autobiography without attributing my
achievements in life to God, my parents, other members of my family, friends
and the energy, courage and the go-and-get-it attitude that the streets of
Lagos has naturally deposited in every Lagosian. My parents met and got married
in the early ’80s in Lagos, my mother came to Lagos to look for a job from
Ibadan, Oyo State after she graduated from the tertiary institution she
attended in Oyo State where she spent most of her childhood. My father was born
and raised in Isale-Eko, Lagos Island. I was born in the ’90s to these loving
and caring parents in Lagos and I have lived in Lagos all my life. I have never
spent a complete week outside Lagos. My family lineage is the Olusanya Family in
Itumoja, Ikorodu, Lagos State. My parents presently work with the Lagos State
Government in various capacities, I attended a Lagos State owned tertiary
institution and I also got my first ever job with the Lagos State Government
Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives before I moved to my present
employment. However, I still work with the Lagos State Government on
consultancy basis in tax revenue collection. My uncle – Ashipa Kaoli Olusanya,
the former Commissioner of Agriculture – was the only Commissioner in the
administration of former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu to last the entire two
year-tenure of Jagaban’s eight years rule.
Story in Figures
– My first ever article; “Life of
Ants” was sent to the Punch Newspapers when I was 19 and it was
published on my 20th birthday. I have written for about five media outlets
after the Punch’s publication.
– I founded ‘Swaggzs Curse Records’, a record label at the age of 22. I signed
myself and 5 other rappers. Swaggzs Curse died because of lack of adequate
funds and sponsorship.
– I brought my first car – a Honda Automatic Gear Mini bus some weeks after my
23rd Birthday, it was the first car I ever drove in my life.
– I won a scholarship to study a post graduate course in a United Kingdom
university some months after my 25th birthday.
– I have written close to 100 article and like Lagos, it is still counting. I
am also working on a book project. Details later.
– I celebrated ‘1,000 views’ on my blog the same week Trump celebrated 100 days
– I joined the Millionaires’ club some months after my ——- birthday. I am
still chasing more millions.
– I am working very hard to become a billionaire by the age of 30.
would totally sound out of place if I state that it has been rosy from the
first day. No, I have encountered a number of challenges that seem
insurmountable at some point in life and it is a constant and unavoidable part
of life but the streets of Lagos somehow prepares you for the daily hustle and
the roaster coaster that life is all about. Lagos is the Land of Hustle, “If you are not lazy in Lagos, you too will
make it“. – ANIFOWOSE ADEYEMI.
Oluwole Olusanya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the fastest-growing lifestyle and entertainment website in the country. He is a banker, writer, blogger, public affairs analyst and a tax consultant. He anchors Trending Topics on SHEFFA where he shares his thoughts and opinions on trending issues.
He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of South Wales, Wales, United Kingdom. He has diplomas in Banking and Finance, Investigative Journalism, Creative Writing, and Linguistics from Lagos State Polytechnic, Isolo, Lagos, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.