The story of Olatoya Abdullahi is one that has resonated across the nation going viral in just a few days. For those who are unaware, Olatoya is the dashing young man who got tired of being unemployed and decided to hit the streets of Abeokuta cleaning windscreens in dapper suits.
His photos, taken by Nigerian photographer, Daniel Sync, went viral days ago and drew the attention of designer and celebrity stylist, Uche Nnaji who employed him and made him one of his ‘Style Doctors’.
The innovative Olatoya has now been featured on CNN who spotted him and decided to share his story. Speaking his decision to start the squeegee job, the university drop-out told CNN, “I didn’t want to be wandering the streets doing nothing”. When asked why he chose to dress up for the job, he said he wanted people to know that he was ‘serious about his work’.
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He explained that he engaged in the job to make some money so he could return to school and finish his studies.
Speaking on why he hired Olatoya, Uche Nnaji, CEO of OUCH had this to say:
“I have a team of young people that I call style doctors. When I saw him I thought this person is someone that likes looking good and can style others.
I saw attitude in him and thought if this man is doing this just to go and wash cars, he is someone that will work with a different mindset even if he’s doing the least popular job in the company.”