Wednesday, 1 July 2015

"Blessed be!": My story of success.

(Prince Ojage William).
Is a chilling night and the usual rendezvous is on Biccard street. Braamfontein Alive spotted one of a kind among the rest; in person of Prince Ojage William, popularly known as "Blessed be!"

   "Blessed be", a Cameroonian-Nigerian and originally from a royal background who migrated to South African in 2001 to sanitize the country via gospel reggae music, decided to open up and tell us the story behind his second home.

Below is our conversation:

Q: Can you introduce yourself?

A: I'm Prince Ojage William. I am a Cameroonian-Nigerian.

Q: What do you in South Africa?

A: I am a business man. I ventured into beauty-saloon, cosmetics, internet cafe, restaurant and I own a number of tuck-shops in Braamfontein.

Q: When did you come into this country?

A: I arrived the country on 1st day of March, 2001.

Q: Are you married to a South African?

A: I am an African do I married to an African woman and as matter of fact I can marry up to five wives as bestowed on me as a royal prince. Look at my traditional neck-lace has five different beads depicting that I can marry up to five women of my choice. As a matter of fact, I am happy in the country, my family is happy and I'm a legal permanent resident holder of the land and I have an ID of my own today.

Q: What brought you into South Africa?

A: I came to South Africa to spread the word of God through gospel reggae music in order to encourage and empower the people of South Africa after conquering the oppressor.

Q: What kind of artist are you?

A: I play reggae. I'm a music composer, a song writer, singer and a rhythm-guitarist. Only that at that time people were not that encouraging and then the like of Lucky Dube and others when I met with them didn't receive me well. Therefore, I decided to venture into business especially when family matters needed to be solved. So I set my music career aside and embraced business.

Q: So how did you manage to build an empire of businesses that we all see today?

A: It didn't start just like that! I served six different bosses and finally by the grace and power of God via financial help from my brother in Nigeria and friend in the United States of America; I was able to start Kingrowill Mixed Product Saloon.

Q: If you can remember when you come, what was the exchange rate to dollar?

A: Yes, I remember I changed $100 for R740 and there are so many changes when you compare the rate today.

Q: So how are you coping in business with the latest economy trend in South Africa as a business man?

A: The country is doing good and very well in terms of economy and one will not really feel the effect of the high exchange rate except the latest load-shedding we are currently experiencing. There was nothing like that when I first came here.

Q: What is your business observation so far?

A: I have observed that more people have come into a business at that when I started are less people doing it; thereby creating a saturated market and creates an enabling atmosphere for competition.

Q: What other effect is currently posing a negative effect in doing business in South Africa?

A: The xenophobic uprising is also a restricting barrier that halts the movement of people in conducting businesses to remote places where chances of doing a business with less competition.

Q: So what's the way forward in this country?

A: The people of South Africa are doing very well. How I wish other African countries can emulate the system here. I pray that Cameroon and Nigeria would follow in the good system of governance in terms provision of social amenities and infrastructures.
 If you look at at the standard of education here is so high. There are access to computer even to the elementary level or do you want to talk about accessible healthcare, stable water-supply, good road-networks and so much more. All these our government back in Nigeria and Cameroon must look into so that our people can stay behind.

Q: On a concluding note, what is your advice to people that are currently looking into South Africa as a greener pasture?

A: If they must come, they must come with skills because the land is a land for the doer and only those who can do something can survive the country otherwise something will do them!

Laughter! Laughter! Laughter! Laughter! Laughter!

You have heard it from the one who have seen it all. Who have been through ups-and-downs of the rainbow nations. Who have come a long way to make South Africa a place.

What are your plans as you plan to move in South Africa? You must be able to do something out of the box "before something would do you" as stated by Prince Ojage.

By Olagunju, Success Taiwo.

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