A Nigerian man identified as Olaoye Sikiru who fends for his family as a shoe cobbler has opened up on his struggles and challenges in life.
Sikiru who hails from Ile-Ife in Osun state had an exclusive chat with NAIJ.com where he explained how his dreams of being an accountant was truncated by his family members’ inability to make him further his studies. Fate dealt Sikiru a huge blow when the need to survive made him give up on his dreams and opt into shoe making.
When asked how long he has been working as a shoe cobbler, the father of one said he has been a shoe cobbler for eight years. He got to Lagos during the June 1993 crisis; this was his move to make something out of his life after he dropped out of secondary school.
The shoe cobbler in a bid to survive against all odds pitched his tent by the road side where he attends to people who want to fix their shoes and sandals. He is determined to make it in life despite the problems he faces daily.
Sikiru makes bags and belts in addition to being a shoe maker. He complained about being disturbed by the local government officials who keep extorting him and feeding off the little he makes to support himself and his family members.
He has been unable to set up a proper stall because of inadequate funds. This also made him adopt the family planning method as he cannot afford to take care of more than one child with this present economic situation.
The little he makes from shoe making covers the cost of rent, feeds the family even though he has hope of being a house owner someday. Sikiru still has hopes of going back to school to further his education. This does not mean he would stop being a shoe cobbler as he wants to keep doing his business by the side.
Despite being a roadside shoe cobbler, Sikiru sees himself as a success story as he has been able to train five people. He is passionate about his job as a shoe maker even though he believes his life could have been different as an accountant.
Sikiru advises parents to allow their wards learn a trade while in school. According to him, the value of education in Nigeria is depreciating; the young ones should have something to fall back on.
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