Food is an essential commodity in our everyday living, both for physical growth and mental stability this is why HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE correspondents, ODUNAYO ADENEYE & KIKELOMO ONIGBANJO had a chat with some of the food vendors in the Victoria Island area of Lagos, popularly known as “Buka”. Sit Back, relax and enjoy our chat with Iya-Indomie. Excerpts:
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: Introduction
Iya-Indomie: I am Mrs Monday alias, Iya Indomie. I am from Akwa-Ibom State. I am married with 4 kids. I have my shop on Oko-Awo Street, Eko Hotel bus stop.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: How did you get into the food business?
Iya-Indomie: I came to this present location last year, though I have been a food-seller since. We were asked to vacate my previous location, and on getting to this place, I was told a whole lot of people were already selling rice, beans and other edibles which I am familiar with. So I was advised to carve a niche for myself, hence I pitched my tent with selling Indomie and other fast-food and that’s how I got the nickname “Iya-Indomie”.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: HOW HAS THE FOOD-SELLING BUSINESS BEEN?
Iya-Indomie: Well, we thank God, just that the price of food stuff has skyrocketed. Change has just been changing (general laughter), we are not making any tangible profit anymore.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: IN THIS CHANGE ERA, WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “CHANGE HAS BEEN CHANGING”?
Iya-Indomie: My brother, the rate at which the price of these food stuff are going is unbearable.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: HOW HAS YOUR PROFIT MARGIN BEEN?
Iya-Indomie: We are not making any profit; we are just managing.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: HOW DO YOU PAY FOR RENT AND OTHER UTILITIES?
Iya-Indomie: The owner of the land on which we all sell has been benevolent, he is not collecting anything from us, he just asked that we keep the environment safe and clean.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: HOW DO YOU COPE WITH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES e.g LAWMA?
Iya-Indomie: LAWMA usually comes and we pay our bills, but the Council officials are always coming to harass us here.
HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE: ON A FINAL NOTE, DO YOU STILL BELIEVE IN THIS BUHARI-ADMNISTRATION?
Iya-Indomie: Yes, I still have hope in the Buhari-led administration, if and only if he would stick to fulfilling all his sweet campaign promises. He said we should expect positive change, but we are just becoming poorer, which is a negative change.