Hausa man shares inspiring story of how he became a millionaire by packing dirt in Lagos


Lawal Yaya, a Hausa man who hails from Sokoto state but migrated to the rural part of Lagos in order to earn a living has opened up on how doing ‘dirty’ jobs in Lagos made him a millionaire.

Lawal who has lived in Lagos for over 15 years claims he now controls millions. This is as a result of his achievement in Lagos from jobs “many the Yoruba people cannot do”.

In the western part of Nigeria, the Hausa’s do menial jobs. They are; disposing dirt for residents, buying condemned items, picking tins and irons on the street for resale, selling noodles at bus stops and more.

The jobs mentioned above are mostly regarded by the Yoruba’s as ‘dirty jobs’.

In a Chat with Newsman, Pablosmot.13, Lawal opined that no typical Yoruba man will allow his son do jobs earlier mentioned. Many even view it as jobs that fits the Hausa caliber. He further mentioned that Hausa men make a lot of money from these jobs regarded as mere, ordinary and dirty jobs.

On how he became successful, He revealed he disposed dirt for the first five years he spent in Yoruba land.

He recalled he usually dispose dirt for residents at the range of hundred naira to seven hundred naira which varies in respect of the quantity of the dirt to be disposed. Therefore, it was easier for him to make  four thousand naira daily.

“While there are many of the Yoruba people finding it hard to have a three square meal in a day, there is a man from another tribe making four thousand naira daily” He said

With the improvement of the environment agency in Lagos State, Yaya had to step up his game by buying another mini-truck to start picking tins/irons on the street. He said he would pick a lot of irons/tins on the streets and then buy some more at cheap rate and then sell them off at huge prices.

“Buying and selling of tins/irons was what boosted my daily income and gradually made me a millionaire” He added

He also talked about how dirty he looks when doing his daily routing of picking irons on the street, but he is consoled by the fact that he earns a living from it.

Lawal Yaya then concluded that if the Yoruba people can also think of uncommon and weird businesses with higher profits, the will become millionaires like him.

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