In a continent where so much emphasis is placed on paper qualification as guarantee for a better life, that narrative seems to be changing as millennials more and more are engaging their inborn talents to attain the same goal, if not better, many even dumping education as the case is with Sulley Amin Abubakar from Ghana.
Imbued with creative and entrepreneurial skills, Abubakar dumped law school in his final year to begin his own business, Zaacoal, a company that produces quality and affordable environmentally friendly charcoal for households and industries, and today, he is the owner of the “biggest charcoal producing company in Ghana” and probably West Africa started off as a law student.
The promising entrepreneur got his inspiration while commuting a bus to school. Abubakar saw many coconut vendors and wondered how they dispose of their waste. Usually, there are no proper channels to dispose of coconut husks, meanwhile, there are so many coconut vendors on every street corner. He took a trip to the beaches one day and saw how there were so many coconut husks littered all over the place. His desire to venture into mass charcoal production was, however, ignited when he saw a kenkey street vendor make fire with coconut husk instead of the usual charcoal or firewood.
His curiosity was at its all-time peak about this time and he traveled to the northern parts of Ghana to learn more about charcoal production. With his newly acquired knowledge, Amin began experimenting with the idea of making charcoal from coconut waste in his home. With his final year of school hanging in the balance, Abubakar used his school fees to fund his new venture.
He tried making charcoal from the husk using a tomato tin and now he owns his own factory producing stainless environmentally friendly charcoal, with almost twelve employees. Not knowing he had dropped out of school, his family only found out after he had set up his factory, but the success of his feat only served to naturally beckon the support of his parents.
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