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25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by iamakbar(m): 7:01am On Nov 16
This story curated by Fundall is about a man who started from nothing, managed to build a business for himself and lost everything in the looting and vandalism that ensued after the Lekki massacre. A true life story similar to that of many entrepreneurs. We should not forget them. Read below:


I was about 21 years old when I came to Lagos with my then boss. I served him for 6 years before gaining my freedom. He was in the business of buying and selling electronic products. It took me a lot of hard work to gain stability and the trust of co-business owners. I got to the point where I sometimes get entrusted with goods worth millions of naira by my suppliers in Alaba. They trust me because I have delivered multiple times, and have never for once disappointed them, or failed to remit money in due time.

This tragic incident started with some early signs on Wednesday, 21st of October, just after the Lekki shootings. We were seeing destruction all around, but hoped it wouldn't get to us. The government declared a curfew, and we adhered to it. I live far away from my shop, so when the looting started and I was getting calls, I tried to come over, but there was no vehicular movement due to the curfew. So I started trekking down with my wife, believing that it wasn’t that serious, and my shop will be fine.

As we approached Ikotun, we saw dangerous looking men, with weapons like knives, sticks, flood the streets that led to my shop. Then we started to see fumes from several burnings ahead. I still believed I could rescue my shop, even if it meant pleading with the hoodlums involved.

By the time we got to my shop, it was too late. All the shops on the same line as mine had been burgled and looted completely. Goods worth about 13 Million Naira. They cleared everything in my shop.

Thinking back in retrospect, I wish I did insurance, but I avoided it in the past because of the stories I heard about them. It felt unnecessary because I could not foresee any danger like this. Right now, I have been advised to request for a loan in order to get back on my feet. But it sounds like a bad idea to me. I have never taken a loan in my life.

For the past days now, we have been getting donation assistance from friends in their little capacity. My shop is currently empty, but I sit here every morning, so that when the suppliers we are owing come around, they wouldn’t think we ran away with their money.

We just want to survive, even if it means starting all over again. I am not looking to recover all the money I lost but I am willing to start again, just the way I did 25 years ago.


Philip, 47,
Electronics Trader, Lagos.
https://twitter.com/get_fundall/status/1325764837788561413?s=19
#StoriesIndeed

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by thesicilian: 7:04am On Nov 16
They can loot away your properties, but you can never lose your experience.

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by eNigeriaOrg: 7:06am On Nov 16
Sad

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by Goldencheese(m): 7:53am On Nov 16
Wow. Your story is pathetic indeed. But I think the Lagos State Government promised to assist those whose shops were looted. The Deputy Governor even gave an online link that affected people could register on so that they can receive government's help. Please look out for that link and apply.

God bless you. It's going to be well.

iamakbar:
This story curated by Fundall is about a man who started from nothing, managed to build a business for himself and lost everything in the looting and vandalism that ensued after the Lekki massacre. A true life story similar to that of many entrepreneurs. We should not forget them. Read below:


I was about 21 years old when I came to Lagos with my then boss. I served him for 6 years before gaining my freedom. He was in the business of buying and selling electronic products. It took me a lot of hard work to gain stability and the trust of co-business owners. I got to the point where I sometimes get entrusted with goods worth millions of naira by my suppliers in Alaba. They trust me because I have delivered multiple times, and have never for once disappointed them, or failed to remit money in due time.

This tragic incident started with some early signs on Wednesday, 21st of October, just after the Lekki shootings. We were seeing destruction all around, but hoped it wouldn't get to us. The government declared a curfew, and we adhered to it. I live far away from my shop, so when the looting started and I was getting calls, I tried to come over, but there was no vehicular movement due to the curfew. So I started trekking down with my wife, believing that it wasn’t that serious, and my shop will be fine.

As we approached Ikotun, we saw dangerous looking men, with weapons like knives, sticks, flood the streets that led to my shop. Then we started to see fumes from several burnings ahead. I still believed I could rescue my shop, even if it meant pleading with the hoodlums involved.

By the time we got to my shop, it was too late. All the shops on the same line as mine had been burgled and looted completely. Goods worth about 13 Million Naira. They cleared everything in my shop.

Thinking back in retrospect, I wish I did insurance, but I avoided it in the past because of the stories I heard about them. It felt unnecessary because I could not foresee any danger like this. Right now, I have been advised to request for a loan in order to get back on my feet. But it sounds like a bad idea to me. I have never taken a loan in my life.

For the past days now, we have been getting donation assistance from friends in their little capacity. My shop is currently empty, but I sit here every morning, so that when the suppliers we are owing come around, they wouldn’t think we ran away with their money.

We just want to survive, even if it means starting all over again. I am not looking to recover all the money I lost but I am willing to start again, just the way I did 25 years ago.


Philip, 47,
Electronics Trader, Lagos.
#StoriesIndeed

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by ATEAMS: 1:36pm On Nov 16
No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by Brandonx(m): 1:36pm On Nov 16
This is heart breaking! when I was saying the perpetrators of those act were Nigerians who gambled with the time they would have used to better their lives people came to my mention threatening me. Now they see a perceived rich man drive by its a constant reminder of their failure then envy would kick in.
Now they got the opportunity to bring everything down, they didn't leave any stone unturned.
Not to mention the upsurge in crime after the endsars protest.

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by Lorayne(m): 1:36pm On Nov 16
Lesson from the story: Make sure you get your business insured.

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by obasi101(m): 1:36pm On Nov 16
My brother, you can still shame d devil and ur Enemies same way u did 21 years ago. Don't give up.. for the God dat remembered you years ago can still turn ur story. Back your hopes up with the words written in Philippians 4 vs 6.... All is well cry

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by 9jayes: 1:36pm On Nov 16
ATEAMS:
It's well

It's not well with Buhari

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by Myhusband(m): 1:36pm On Nov 16
I'm Happy to be among those that tame the overzealousness of those naive dumb blockhead protesters



they almost withdraw the free peace of mind to satisfied some individuals ego

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by Uniqueteco(m): 1:36pm On Nov 16
All is well
Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by Donchris3(m): 1:36pm On Nov 16
My problem with end sars protesters is why would they block two lanes of road...
Why not block one road ..and allow innocent youths like them pass or innocent Nigerians...
Blocking two roads is only tantamount to anarchy and insurgency..
How then where we different from shiites who blocked Zaria highway to extent of not allowing lieutenant General buratai pass

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by INSTANTCASH345(m): 1:37pm On Nov 16
Sorry sir

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by IamFINESSE: 1:37pm On Nov 16
sad
Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by anochuko01(m): 1:37pm On Nov 16
You're not starting from zero Sir.

You're starting with 25 years worth of experience and network.

I wish you speedy recovery

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by NairalandAngel(m): 1:38pm On Nov 16
sad
Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by EmekaBlue(m): 1:38pm On Nov 16
igbo businesses were attacked by lazy afonja youths sad

Later they come here online and be saying ipob this and that....unfriendly brothers

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by okomile(f): 1:38pm On Nov 16
You will rise again!
Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by Emekaonline: 1:39pm On Nov 16
I think you will need to speak to the fugitive and lunatic Kanu to come to your aid. Sorry

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by Kobicove(m): 1:39pm On Nov 16
Some people just used the opportunity of the protest to inflict pain and sorrow on innocent people sad

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by xcesspaschal(m): 1:39pm On Nov 16
A rich mans wealth is not in the purse that he carries.

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by SavageResponse(m): 1:39pm On Nov 16
Lorayne:
you no save?

What a question! angry

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by segzyndpep(m): 1:40pm On Nov 16
Such a pathetic story,you will rise again in Jesus Name Amen.

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by GIANTPLUSHUB: 1:40pm On Nov 16
Eeyah
Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by Omotall(m): 1:40pm On Nov 16
sorry sir cool
Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by Grace001: 1:41pm On Nov 16
God will replenish in multiple folds. Be strong

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by brainpulse: 1:41pm On Nov 16
Sorry for your lost.

The Protesters will not agree with you because they believe they are the only one that have rights to protest and the governments are to be blame for the arson and looting.

A lot of them can't manage their lives and don't understand your lost

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by Abudu2000(m): 1:41pm On Nov 16
But I thought Sars i mean swat arrested some looters and recovered the whole loots ? Or DPO have taken them all again grin

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by Harrykn: 1:42pm On Nov 16
47+25....
Years spent just to be burgled in an hour, God! This is what vanity crew of NL make reference to, hah!
Introduce your children to the race to make the business a going concern.I can't explain my feelings right now but take heart.

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by Seniorwriter(m): 1:44pm On Nov 16
Insurance to Assurance ....If you know you know.....It is what it is.

In life you must use the 5Ps
Prior
Preparation
Prevents
Prevalent
Problem(s)

PROACTIVITY Leads To PRODUCTIVITY!

©Seniorwriter

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Re: 25 Years Of Business But Now I Have To Restart From Zero - ENDSARS Riots Victim by tydi(m): 1:45pm On Nov 16
hmmm

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