A mother of nine, Mrs. Franca Nwosu, has narrated how she sponsored the
university education of five of her children from the proceeds of her
The Minna, Niger State resident, who sold roasted yam along the busy
Shiroro Road, explained that the business was doing well in spite of the
economic downturn in the country.
Speaking to Northern City News on
Thursday in Minna, Nwosu stated that she started the business about 15
years ago, noting that the trade had lifted her family above poverty.
, “I started this business over 15 years ago and with the proceeds, I
was able to train five graduates. So, as far as I am concerned, the
business is booming, no matter the hardship in the country, people must
eat, you cannot avoid food.”
The trader said she opened for business by 7am everyday to serve her
customers who comprised commercial motorcyclists, artisans, pedestrians
Nwosu said that she roasted no fewer than 150 tubers of yam each day,
noting, however, that the economic recession had forced her to reduce
the quantity to 100 tubers.
The middle-aged woman said her husband’s meagre earnings from his
welding workshop was inadequate for the family upkeep hence her decision
to engage in selling roasted yam by the roadside.
“My husband is a welder by profession but with the current situation of
things in the country, what he is getting cannot sustain the family;
so, I engaged myself in the yam roasting business to support him so
that our family will not suffer,” she explained.
A motorcycle operator, Samuel Edom, said he patronized Nwosu daily because her serving was affordable.
“With between N50 and N100, I can feed myself and this is far cheaper
than eating at a restaurant where a plate of food would cost me between
N300 and N400. Almost all the Okada riders in town have their lunch at
“I leave home early for my Okada business, so, most times, I
have no other choice but to patronise the roasted yam seller because I
cannot afford to go back home for a meal.”
Another motorcyclist, Abubakar Mohammed, also said that roasted yam was the cheapest food anyone could get in Minna.
“I patronise Madam Nwosu because I can afford roasted yam compared
to other foods in town. We (Okada riders) are comfortable with her
roasted yam; most of us eat there two times a day and she sometimes sold
on credit to us, she is our ‘mother’ in town,” he stated.