Mr Christian Boakye, the CEO of the Pizzaman food chain, has claimed that he launched his now million-dollar firm with his room fees while still a student at KNUST.
During an appearance on TV3’s The Day show, the 25-year-old entrepreneur highlighted the hurdles he experienced when his firm initially took off.
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He described how, while a student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, he diverted monies intended for his dormitory fees to support his food company.
According to reports, the clever businessman stated:
Raising finance was the first step, followed by finding the proper individuals to collaborate with. Sometimes things don’t go as planned, and you want to give up; you’re exhausted of juggling job and school. “… not just hostel fees; whatever extra money available that I could chance.” I was still in school, in my last year, when I started.
I risked it… I wouldn’t advise it because it wasn’t pleasant… in January 2018, when I started, I had some money on me because I had gone to school fresh. It got to a point things got locked up, so during National Service time, I had to take money for the hostel and use that money to secure a place around campus and then some small small pocket monies I had on me, including my roommate, Ebenezer, we just combined whatever we had and then got some oven. I mean, it was so rough.
He also discussed how some people thought his ambition was the devil trying to get him to stop him from bagging his first degree.
At a point, one of my lecturers had to pray for me. He was our patron when I was a department president. He knew how academically good I was, and he was quite surprised. “He was like, what is wrong with Chris? Is it a spiritual attack? He was wondering because I’m the front seater in class, but then after class, I’m done – that’s it… to him, he felt I was under attack or I was losing focus. Well, yeah, I was losing focus in my academics, but I was making money, and it’s addictive
I feel whatever it is you want to do, if you want to do it, you won’t find excuses. Just manage your time well. There were times that I had to skip class and cook and my mates – my classmates, bought into the idea. They were like, Chris, you are too good academically. Why don’t you just do your master’s and then probably get a job outside, like how our seniors have been doing? Why are you risking so much?”
Below are how some social media users have reacted to Mr Christian Boakye’s inspiring story…
Nana Yaw Twumasi – Massa these days we don’t care about motivation oooo. Hajia4Real told us the same thing but now where is she? Even Nana Agradaa says she’s hardworking woman.
Yussif Abdul Rahman – Forget his story , this stood for KNUST SRC president and lost , his house good already forget his story
Razak Dauda Sackey – Thank you Mr.Motivational speaker. U better show us the way rather than telling us history
Nana Yaw – This guy was already rich. Someone who wanted to be SRC president. Stories.
Hamdza Eesa Ligidi – His hostel fees? He want to tell us he lived on trees throughout his days in school?They should give us a break!
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