The Minna, Niger State resident, who sold roasted yam along the busy Shiroro Road, explained that she had been making good sales and her business was doing well, despite the economic upheavals currently facing the country.
In her correspondence with City News in Minna on Thursday, Nwosu said that she began the business about 15 years ago, adding that the profit realised from the trade had helped in lifting her family above poverty.
She said, “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 mother of nine said also that she usually opened for business at 7 am daily and began serving her customers who comprised majorly commercial motorcyclists, artisans, pedestrians and motorists.
Nwosu told Punch correspondents that she roasted nothing less than 150 tubers of yam per day, adding, however, that the economic recession had forced her to reduce her daily production quantity to about 100 tubers instead.
The middle-aged woman said that her husband’s meagre earnings from his workshop where he practised the trade of welding was inadequate for keeping up with the family’s expenses, and this was a major inspiration behind her decision to engage in selling roasted yams by the roadside and from all that has been observed, the business venture has turned out to be quite successful.
“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,” Nwosu explained.
One motorcycle operator, Samuel Edom by name, attested to patronising Nwosu’s yams daily because of the affordability of her servings.
“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 her spot.
“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 motorcycle rider, Abubakar Mohammed, also said that roasted yam was about the cheapest meal that 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.