- Taiwo Abiri, an Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) graduate, learned how to repair cars by watching YouTube videos
- The Ibadan-born Economics graduate made N25 million in revenue in 2015 alone
- He shelved his plan for MBA as advised by his parents and pursued his dream of becoming an auto mechanic
In a country where most graduates sit at home waiting for who to employ them, Taiwo Abiri, an Economics graduate, is living his dream and making millions by getting his hands dirty.
Abiri’s parents had high hopes that their son would end up in an exquisite office, where he would earn a six-figure salary and they advised him to put in for Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).
Two of his friends travelled abroad for their masters but the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun state graduate decided to stay back in Nigeria and learn how to repair cars.
Surprisingly, Abiri learnt how to repair cars by watching YouTube videos and reading books on how automobiles work.
He wanted to start up his own car repair business but had financial constraints. To raise money, he decided to work as assistant portfolio manager at a real estate firm. He resigned after 13 months and enrolled for apprenticeship at an auto garage owned by Lebanese businessmen in Lekki where he worked for 20 months without being paid.
He proceeded to set up Motomi, his own auto repair firm, in Lekki.
When he started his car repair business, his clients were friends and families. Today, he can boast of several corporate clients such as Century Energy, Four Points by Sheraton, Falcon Gas, AA Rescue, Structon Construction Company, Computer Warehouse Group, among others.
In 2015 alone, he made N25million in revenue at his makeshift shop and later moved to a bigger place.
The NAIJ.com video below shows female mechanics who are breaking the stereotype in a huge way, heading garages and training men in turn.