My mother used to say that it’s important to find dignity in what one does and people will show that respect one really deserved. I used to wonder what she actually meant by this.

I will just say it doesn’t really mean much to me then and probably until I came across the amazing story of this calculative, focused and vision-driven young Nigerian.

I personally believe this young man has something in him. So who is this Nigerian and what’s so amazing about him? Well, below is a pieces about this young man as narrated by Chiemezie Claire Asunugwo-Anyanwu who hired his services.

Who is this amazing and vision-driven young man?

Smart looking Bashir and his wheel barrow
Smart looking Bashir and his wheel barrow
His name is Bashir Suleiman, he’s a Mai-barrow (barrow pusher or ‘Personal Shopper’) and a proud one at that. I was privileged to have him gather my groceries and produce for me as I shopped in the market today.

First of all he was very well dressed with his clothes well ironed as if he was going to a proper office work and I was told by the fruit seller who saw my initial surprise when Bashir approached me that it was his custom to dress well daily to his Mai-barrow job. It got even more interesting when I caught a whiff of his “perfume” and noticed his socked feet in a pair of well polished sandals.

Other barrow pushers approached me but with my curiosity already piqued and biased towards Bashir, I felt it an honour to have him gather my stuff for today.

Next, he had very good communication skills, his grammar may not have been ivy-league standard, but we communicated very easily while he helped bridge the gap between my Hausa language spattering and my needful communication in same language with my customers who spoke little or no English.

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Bashir was very much involved in every bit of my shopping making sure I wasn’t cheated and my change was properly counted out and given to me. He also showed me the best places I didn’t even know existed in the market to buy the freshest produce at competitive prices.

Bashir was attentive, involved, sharp, smart, fast and market savvy too. Whilst we were shopping, he got as many as 3 different phone calls from customers like me who were en route the market and wanted him on standby for them.

Smart looking Bashir and his wheel barrow at work
Smart looking Bashir and his wheel barrow at work
One told him where to wait for her while the other told him she was prepared to wait till he was free to serve her since he was currently engaged.

Bashir did his job with a great attitude and a smile, he was polite and courteous yet humble and ready to serve.

At the end, I had to give him much more than I have ever given a Mai-barrow (and believe me I always tip them generously) because Bashir beats all stereotypes and made my life much easier today.

Of course I left with Bashir’s phone number decisively saved in my phone book. People like Bashir have further strengthened my belief that the future generation of our country can and will excel and be better than the past generations.

Tomorrow we may just see a registered company, Bashir Uber-Mai-barrow Ltd, with clean, well dressed and courteous service boys, making shoppers’ lives easier, earning good money, even paying taxes to the government and contributing their quota to the system versus the modern day entrenchment of criminality by the teeming unemployable youth that are not ready to work yet maraud the society today.

Now this is what I call, progress, long sightedness, wisdom and imminent vital prosperity. Let’s all join hands and make the skies of these young men a stepping stone by encouraging them in whatever ways possible. Thanks for reading…. Thanks Bashir.

Please note that this is a Facebook update posted by Chiemezie Claire Asunugwo-Anyanwu on her profile.

Why professionalism matters in business?

Bashir’s story teaches us that dignity and professionalism matters in business if you really want to become a successful business person. In a society where people normally look down on barrow-pusher and where people usually see them as street urchins, Bashir has given a new meaning to barrow-pushing. He has opted for one of the lowest paid jobs any young man will do but at the same time, he found dignity in what he does. As a result he got so much respect from his customers who are supposedly very rich and highly placed in the society.

Since this story was posted on Chiemezie Claire Asunugwo-Anyanwu’s Facebook here, it has been shared and re-shared by almost 10 thousands people, and the comments generated are so many and highly encouraging.

And just like the writer said, Bashir stands a better chance of starting his own Uber-styled barrow business and become really successful. Lesson learned? You should always remember that it’s not about what you do, it’s usually about how you do it.

Presentation matters too

Presentation is the key to a successful street marketing. Bashir has managed to present himself to would-be customers as a clean and highly professional young man who knows what he is doing, and this has helped him to easily acquire new customers.

The idea is that when you present yourself as a happy and smart seller, people will be more eager to do business with you. In other word, making business connections is much more easy when people can trust you and when people can see a true reflection of who you are in the way you present yourself.

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  1. Bashir is a young man who seems to take his business serious. What amazed me is that this is not the kind of job you would expect people to look clean, smart and highly professional. But he has shown us that it’s not about what you, it is more about how you actually do it. I hope he will set up his own wheel barrow hiring services soon. His company will do well I believe!


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