ENTREPRENEUR OF THE WEEK
The late Isaac Durojaiye was born in a very big compound of one room apartment (popularly called face-me-I-face-you), one of which uses the bucket toilet system. Then, the men who carry out this function are regarded as failures. So it was that they were in the habit of making fun of those who cleared human waste.
The story was told about a white man who came to the country some time ago and was asked about the most challenging experience he had during the visit. He said the most abusive thing he noticed was toiletry. This, according to him, was because every morning he saw people lining up the roadside and passing wastes. He therefore thought everywhere was toilet. Late Isaac Durojaiye attended Accra Polytechnic in Ghana briefly before proceeding to United Kingdom where he graduated in Graphic Design and Business Administration from Eastern College of Technology. Surviving abroad after his studies was not easy as he was made to do all kinds of jobs in England. So he got back to Nigeria and became a Chief Security Officer to Late Chief M. K. O. Abiola. Little did he know that a new chapter had been opened for him and indeed the entrepreneurial industry in Nigeria. The turning point came in 1991 during the planning of Kola Abiola’s wedding. As the man in charge of security, he discovered that it was only two toilets that were available for the 10,000 guests expected at the occasion. He brought this to the attention of the planning committee, who in turn told him to look for a mobile toilet company. He couldn’t see any for none was in existence. He then decided to construct one. And with three containers, he constructed 18 toilets, 6 toilets in each container. Then one day, he decided to have a career change and remembered the mobile toilet. We all know that one idea leads to another, especially if you are the positive thinking type. He decided to put tires on his invention and the first wagon mobile toilet was in business. For four years that the wagon was displayed, not a single order came. Having done extensive research into parties in Nigeria, He knew it will work; it’s just a matter of time. So, to keep body and soul together, he went on consulting, doing security business here and there. The break came in 1996. Somebody hired the wagon toilets, and ever since then it has been a different story.