Persistence and believe in one’s self are some of the great attributes young Nigerians need, to set up Small and Medium-sized Enterprise.
Look around your surrounding and cycle of friends you’ll be amazed at the number of persons who dropped out of businesses because they could no longer keep up with the pressure.
On this week’s feature, Meet Adolph, a persistent young man, who owns a restaurant that specializes on indoor and outdoor catering service alongside event planning, it is a fast growing cool hangout joint on campus and unless you are told, you won’t realize he faced the same challenge keeping his business afloat”.
Mr. Adolph Okachukwu Ogbonda hails from Ikwerre local government of Rivers State, he set into business on the 7th November 2014 with the sole motivation of creating job opportunity while living his hobby, ‘cooking’ which is a little odd for a guy. I’m definitely sorry for adding that. But, though lots of the male folks are into catering, forks and fingers is a little bit diversified and it focus on the different campuses across the country.
“I was inspired to learn that Adolph almost had nothing while starting out in his business, it was his network of friends and relatives that served as the valuable assets he used as running capital. Items ranging from chillers, air conditions to generator sets was supplied free of charge as a result of his rich bargaining power and marketing skill. Though, while starting up, he was a bit naïve on what setting up this business entails, he said:
“on the day I opened my restaurant, I had none of the regular restaurant décor, I practically had no chair and table. I had to get few chairs from neighbors for the opening ceremony, while the ceremony lasted I was totally confused and by the next day I felt empty because I was so unsure of myself I couldn’t tell if I was on the right path. I had exhausted all and thought I had made a terrible mistake. Two days after however, I discovered people loved my outlet and came to inquire for food so I was greatly encouraged and had to put in my best”.
As a graduate from the University of Port Harcourt, he studied, Entomology a department in the faculty of Agriculture and engaged himself with several youth capacity building organizations in school which by all means built the skill he used to get people and companies to invest in his business. While sharing his business experience he opened to us his source of inspiration and encouragement, being a fan of David Lester’s book titled ‘starting up your business; what to expect: the good, bad and the unexpected” this had being his guide and has helped him come a long way.
He aspires to own several outlets in the various university campuses across the federation which would offer quality service in a cool and unique environment. Already he has a pool of clients some of which he listed, the school authority inclusive. He enjoys reading and cooking as favorite hobbies.
ADOLPHUS OKACHUKWU OGBONDA
MD/CEO: Forks and Fingers
Tweeter handle: @_forksandfingers
Address: 43 UPTH/ Rumualogu road, off east –west road Alakahia, Uniport. Port Harcourt.
Written By Perpetua IBEZIM