Chimex: A Strong Reason To Work Hard…
My beautiful One, I trust you will agree with me that the month of February reached its end so quickly. I hope you were able to achieve a thing or two on your to-do list for the month. Well, if not, kindly do not give up on hope, the month of March is another wonderful opportunity. There is so much you can do to let things happen. I wish you the very best dear.
As usual, I am determined to always present inspirational stories of extraordinary individuals who are really doing well for not just themselves but are also committed to influence their surroundings positively. On this episode of CIB, I present to you a young man in his mid-twenties who is not ashamed to hustle the RIGHT way. His name is Chime Chinomso Simon.
Seeing a young guy in this generation who is not thinking of how to pass through the wilderness to get to Libya, I mean the Libya you know or how to confuse his family and friends on the importance of travelling by hook or crook to any Asian country just to be “educated” is a not so common sight (this is a personal research, kindly avoid being tempted to argue, thank you for understanding).
He is a native of Nkalaha in Ishielu L.G.A of Ebonyi State. Chinonso attended University Primary School, Enugu Campus, Federal Science and Technical School, Otukpo and is a graduate of Pure Microbiology from the Prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
I met him at Enugu Singles Hangout last September and what struck me about him as he anchored the event was the fact that he was always saying we should “NEVER GIVE UP”. I was the only one who didn’t seem to know of him. After the event, we became friends and that was the beginning of my journey of being inspired by this young soul.
His entrepreneurial spirit was kindled as far back as his secondary school days where he wrote notes for his fellow students and charged them. His teachers were not left out as they also paid him to help them draw in their lesson notes. These he did to sustain himself since he was from a humble background. He left secondary school in 2009 and in his words, his only achievement was the phone he bought for himself. Staying idle was an abomination hence, the decision to scout for jobs while waiting to be admitted. Gratefully, he got not just one job but three jobs as a lesson teacher for Mathematics and all Science subjects but not English at different time schedules making him earn as “much” as #17,000 per month at age 17.
Gratefully, he gained admission into the University and chose not to quench the spirit of hustling since 95% of the things he bought for school was as a result of all he earned. He started selling hard-to-get past questions in school, charged his fellow students #200 per semester for scholarship alerts, still engaged in private tutorials at Enugu, charged students who were too busy to do their assignments, established a tutorial class for Computer Science 101, Physics 191, Bio 154, in his 4th year, charged 50 students #1000 for business plan writing, charged his course mates #200 for a seminar on how to source for project materials etc. Infact, “Chimex” was a UNN Community nameDuring holidays, instead of going home, he would remain in school just to surf the internet to learn. He picked interest and developed love for computer repairs in his second year which was the year the proceeds from his hard work got him his first laptop.
Remember, I told you he was always telling us to never give up. He is the Convener of #TeamNeverGiveUp and this launched his Public Speaking Career. Chinomso’s friend invited him in 3rd year to join him to NYSC Obubra, Cross River Orientation Camp to speak to the Corp members on Career Ethics & ICT. Imagine an undergraduate speaking to Corp Members, right? He has been invited as a motivational speaker for student gatherings at schools like IMSU, IMOPOLY, UNN, EBSU, OKOPOLY, ANSU, DELTAPOLY, DELSU, UNIPORT etc.
Chimex had a heartbreak when he found out he was to have an extra year at school for failing two courses. As a human being, Depression set in; Someone who had a flourishing tutorial centre that made students pass the courses he taught in flying colours, who organized seminars on how to be a successful student -This could be seen as the irony of life. All he did was to encourage himself and rented an apartment outside the school and with extra hard work, he scaled through. During this period, ASUU was on strike which literally meant NO BUSINESS. it was at this point he decided to move back to Enugu town in November 2013 in order to source for income.
He visited University of Nigeria Enugu Campus ICT hub to know if he could serve as an intern. Fortunately, he was given the opportunity with a condition of no payment. His joy was that he now had access to free internet. This young man was able to save some money and bought a projector in 2014 which he started renting. This boomed and he added Public Address System to the rentals. His target is that money gotten from renting a projector should purchase another projector. It’s been four years since he started his renting outfit and he can boast of 6 projectors.
Chimex sells MTN data at very cheap prices but the striking thing about him is that he sells SoftCare A Sanitary Pad. His dear friend Winifred is his partner in this business. From ordering just 10 cartons, he has become the major distributor of the Sanitary Pad in the whole of South East. This is his most interesting venture because he remembers being teased if he had ever used the pad after he made an advert for the pad.
Mr. and Mrs. Chime are so proud of their first child including his three siblings. Chinomso’s hard work is multiplying his success. He is currently the CEO of Chimex Vinlex Technologies, Country Representative of Impact Network International, a U.S based N.G.O, Enugu Coordinator, We Care Without Borders, the most sought after MC at major Enugu Events, a major influencer for Youths Decide 2019. The young man just got himself a clean blue ride recently which he used in dropping me after my interview with him. There is indeed a reward if you do not grow weary.
Chimex believes that by God’s grace, in the next five years, he should be in charge of a functional chain of businesses of which one of them must be associated with meeting the needs of women because he believes venturing into any of such business makes it impossible for you to be broke (I am happy to be a woman oo). His advise to youths are as follows:
1. Avoid abuse of social media: turn it to the platform for business advertisements, partnership and networking;
2. Do not be ashamed of starting small;
3. Delete the gene of “what will people say syndrome”;
4. Don’t lend money you can’t afford to lose;
5. Start finding purpose on time.
6. He has failed but you must learn to rise up.
I trust this story is worth your time. All I can add to his advise list is that you should strive to fulfill purpose. Just Start! You owe this to God who created you and to yourself. Endeavour to engage in legitimate businesses no matter the pressure. Success may be delayed but it is SURE.
I sincerely wish you the very best this new month of March. May you find reasons to believe in your life’s journey all the more.
Till the next post, NEVER GIVE UP!