On this week’s edition of Naija Hustle, we visited Kubacha, a small town in Kaduna State where we met Silas who opened up to us on his personal struggles in life and his beautiful plan for the future.
He spoke about how he started taking responsibilities from his junior secondary school days to how he is currently sponsoring his education in higher institution.
Silas’s story would give you strength to believe in yourself because there is nothing you cannot achieve if you work hard and smart.
Read Silas’s story in this interview with Ogbodo ThankGod and get inspired today
Tell me about yourself?
My name is Silas Samuel, I am 25. I was born and brought up in a small village called Kubacha in Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria.
So you are Hausa?
No, I am not Hausa. I am Koro. We speak koro-waci language.
It’s actually funny how People from Southern Nigeria always think everyone from the north is Hausa-Fulani. No doubt, Hausa is the most populous language in Northern Nigeria, but there are many other languages in the north.
So how did you make your first money?
Hmm… to the best of my knowledge, that should be in 1997, when I was four years old. I remember my uncle (that is my mother’s brother) visited and gave me N3.
Lol… well that was a very nice and easy way to make money. But let’s talk about your first pay from your hustle.
Laughter… well my first pay should be from farming.
You know I grew up in the village, so basically everyone is a farmer there. So I farm for people and I also have a portion of land where I farm too.
I remember my first pay from my hustle was in 2002 through farm work. It was N350, my pay for a day. I started farming that day around 8am and finished 4pm.
How did you feel making N350 on your first day?
I felt really happy. I was already calculating how much I could make weekly, monthly and how rich I would become in a year.
But then, just like most kids, I wasted the money. I bought clothes, MP3 player, video games and just about anything I could afford at the time.
As you grew older and got wiser, what did you do with your pay?
A lot, I did many important things with my pay from my hustle.
I started paying for my schooling from J.S.S 2. I sponsored myself from my junior secondary school class till this day.
I paid for my WAEC and NECO examinations. I sponsored myself in higher institution.
I contributed the little I could to my family and I take care of my siblings too.
So basically your hustle was only farming?
Yes, that is particularly what I do to get paid.
I have a substantial portion of land where I plant groundnut, soya beans, cassava, rice, ginger, maize, and cocoyam.
I could get about 2 bags of groundnut, 2 bags of soya beans, 20 baskets of cassava (because it’s the major cash crop we farm in Kubacha), 3 bags of maize etc.
Some of my customers come to my house to buy my produce and sometimes I have to take them to the market to sell.
Your farm sustains you then?
Ah yea, it does. But I have greater plans for my future, which is why I decided to go to school and become a graduate.
Can you share a little about your future plan?
Well, first you need to know that I will not quit farming. That is my major means for survival.
But I hope to someday represent my people at the federal level, either in the Senate or at the Federal House of Representatives.
In fact that is my purpose for working hard to become a graduate. Also, if you are not a graduate, people see you as nothing in the society.
But you know the situation in the Nigeria. Things are hard. Fulfilling your dreams as a young Nigerian is not easy.
But then, we have our individual graces. Because Mr. A did not make it or thinks he/she cannot make it does not mean Mr. B won’t make it.
I have witnessed many instances where people rise from grass to grace, going from nobody to somebody.
You said people see those who are not graduates as nothing. How do you mean?
I know people who decided not to go further with their education. Right now they don’t even know their left from their right. Nobody knows them, nobody talks about them, and they almost can’t impact peoples lives positively. Whether you agree or not, the truth is that you need money to help people.
OK. But you are mostly in school, how then do you get money for school fees, and other things you need to survive?
Farming. Just farming.
You see for instance, if I plant cassava in July, I harvest it the following year. I sell the produce and use the money to mostly sponsor myself.
However, what I make currently from my farm is mostly not enough to take care of my responsibilities, so I do other small hustle to support myself too.
You know I have to wait for months to harvest and sell my farm produce. So my other side hustle sustains me while I wait.
Your story is quite an interesting one. It teaches that we can actually achieve our dreams irrespective of where we are. In your own way, please encourage your fellow Nigerians who are currently hustling really hard to survive on Naija street.
My advice to my fellow Nigerians who are hustling hard on Naija Street right now is first to know that nothing good comes easy. You must understand that life is up and down. Sometimes it’s good, while sometimes it’s bad, but you just have to keep pushing no matter the situation.
Secondly, please my fellow Nigerians, especially the youth, stop wasting your money on unnecessary and unproductive things. Shun slay queens and any unworthy thing.
Just stay focused.
Ogbodo ThankGod is currently the Managing Director/CEO/Group Chief Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He was the Chief Editor at NaijaBuzz.News before his new top leadership role. Ogbodo has years of experience in the Nigeria Media Industry and has co-founded some media companies. He is the founder of Ogbodo Solution Nigeria and 1Push.Ng. He loves playing football and is a strong supporter of Lionel Messi who he describes as the greatest footballer of all time.