By Toheeb Salami
While many youths in the country have taken up internet fraud, popularly called Yahoo Yahoo as a source of livelihood, some students of Community High School, Asewele Korede, Odigbo Local Government have taken basket weaving as a means of livelihood.
According to them, they weave and sell baskets to support their parents, schooling and avoid engaging in nefarious activities.
Speaking on his passion for the craft, one of the students, Amidu Mustafa said he had been doing the craft for four years to assist his parents.
“I started this work since 2018 when I was 18 to assist my parents considering the harsh economic realities. Proceeds from the weaving business had eased my parents’ burden and has gone a long way in making payment of my school fees, purchase of food stuffs and settlement of other expenses in the family.”
Speaking on how he is able to combine the business with his academic, the young entrepreneur said “I learnt this handwork from one of my colleagues who is an expert and at the same time, able to manage without lagging behind academically. I have been able to master the art such that my academic is not affected, I still spend quality time to study and do my assignments at midnight.
“I decided to take up this business so as to avoid getting involve in the yahoo prevalent in this dispensation as poverty is not an excuse and my parents have been very supportive.”
Stressing on the roles of his parents towards the success of his business, he said, “my parents are farmers and before I return from school, they would have helped me in sourcing for palm-fronts to reduce the stress. The assistance I am enjoying from my parents has been my motivation and I have never regretted venturing into the business.”
Amidu called on the government and well meaning Nigerians to help in sponsoring his education, stating that he hope to become a lawyer in the future and not a basket weaver.
Also speaking, Dada Ayomiposi said basket weaving is his only source of income just to eradicate poverty in his family.
The 17-years-old said, “I have a poor background and I do not have anybody to help or finance my education. I weave like eight baskets daily when I don’t go to school and sell each for N400 every Friday morning at Ore Market.
“If government can help me pay my school fees, I will be able to concentrate fully on my academic. My parents are farmers and my ambition is to become an accountant in the future.
In addition, Olamilekan Adesoye said “I weave like 10 baskets daily if I don’t go to school and I sell each basket at N400 at the market.”