After successfully completing the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), billionaire businessman Obinna Iyiegbu, also known as Obi Cubana, says he was unable to secure a job.
His degree in Political Science comes from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, from which he graduated in 1998.
Despite not getting a job, he was able to make his first N1 million through entrepreneurial ventures, he told BBC Pidgin in an interview.
“I started looking for a job after completing National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Abuja, but none were available.”
I worked a couple of small jobs, which led me to a career as a property agent.”. Every successful task usually pays me five percent. It was along the way that I and my colleagues met a man who asked us to furnish his house for him.
“We made an excellent deal because the N500,000 I received separately from what I made from the sale was also N600,000. The total came to N1.1 million. After I completed my NYSC, I made my first million naira,” he said.
He also explains why he and his siblings arranged an elaborate ceremony in order to honor the memory of their mother, Iyiegbu.
Also on the day of the funeral, he defended his friends who displayed wealth, saying that they had the right to spend their money however they wanted.
“How would I have arranged for people to come and spray money at the event. Is it for bathing? It’s their money, so they can spend it however they want.”
“The people who attended the burial are all bigwigs across a number of industries, so they’re basically there to show their love for the family. Former classmates and colleagues of mine from college.
Thus, the burial provided them with an opportunity to show their love and support. Those were the events of the day,” he said.
Birthday that never was
He and his siblings were looking forward to organizing a unique carnival for their mother on her 80th birthday.
They opted to give her a proper burial since she did not reach that age.
“We had already promised my mother that we would hold a carnival for her whenever she turned 80, which would be the first of its kind in the world.”
“We laughed about it and agreed. However, she died before she turned 80. As a result, we diverted all our energy and initial plans to celebrate her 80th birthday into organising a fitting burial for her. That’s why it’s the talk of town.
We will mark 15 years since we lost our father this year (2021). After my father died, we gave our mother all the love she deserved because she was always there for us. Our mother and father were both played by her before her death.
“Whenever you visit her, she must pray for you before you leave. When she died, they collected part of my energy since she keeps praying for you even in your absence.”