Learning the Ropes: Overcoming Entrepreneurial Obstacles
“One key to our success was beginning at a young age,” Chibuzor pointed out. “When you’re young, you’re bold and fearless. You don’t see obstacles; you see opportunities.”
Their confidence wasn’t empty bravado but stemmed from their experiences at Uhere, an academy where they honed their coding skills. Chibuzor shared, “I led a project during a brief internship, managing it from start to finish, handling everything from software development to customer support. Meanwhile, Chimezie dabbled in sales even as an engineer.”
These experiences fortified their technical skills, a vital foundation for starting a business. However, real challenges soon emerged. Their initial obstacle was capital, as they launched Seamfix with savings of about 75,000 Naira.
“We rapidly ran out of funds,” Chibuzor revealed. “To keep our heads above water, we had to be resourceful. Sometimes, we pooled our resources, limited ourselves to one or two meals per day, and shared a pack of noodles as our daily sustenance.”
Chimezie, his co-founder, even became a honey vendor during breaks in coding sessions, while Chibuzor supplied computers to his father’s friends and office. These practical, if unconventional, measures were crucial for survival.
As their business expanded, new challenges emerged—hiring the right talent, deciding when to scale, and establishing the necessary structure, systems, and processes. The transition from two people in a room to a structured business presented its unique hurdles, illustrating the entrepreneurial journey in Africa—a journey marked by scars of adaptation, hard work, and resilience.
“With the right mindset, anyone can thrive as an entrepreneur,” Chibuzor affirmed. “Your hunger for the ultimate goal and the humility to learn quickly enough to avoid failure drive your persistence.”