- Edgar Otieno used to work at Barclays Bank in Kenya
- He disclosed that he was compelled to quit his job to sell pencils on the streets
- He claims he makes more money hawking pencils on the streets than working in the bank
A Ghanaian narrative, directly transliterated as ‘going back for something you left behind isn’t forbidden’, sums up what a young man did when he quit his banking job to hawk pencils on the streets.
Edgar Otieno, a Kenyan banker was compelled to quit his job at Barclays bank in the East African country to sell pencils in the streets.
He claims he earns more money from than what he used to receive monthly as salary from the bank.
The 42-year-old man said in an interview that before he became a banker, he had been hawking pencils in the streets at age 25.
He would take the pencils in bulk from a certain company and sell on commission basis.
“I was so good at it, that I was named best agent multiple times. When the company folded in 2005, I decided to continue with the job,” he told the news portal.
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Edgar is always seen in the streets, sometimes by his colleague bankers and managers, wearing his neatly pressed suit and tie as though he was still a banker, but actually selling pencils.
“Some people wonder why I show up every morning sharply dressed yet my work involves chasing after customers and convincing them to buy pencils; in sales, people buy you first before they buy whatever you are selling,” he revealed.
The determined man said that the money he was being paid at the Barclays bank was woefully inadequate for him, hence the decision to quit and make time for what he loves doing best.
Some of his former colleague bankers confirmed that he was indeed a banker, but chose to switch to strict hawking which he enjoys doing unapologetically.
"We worked with him at Barclays Bank, but he quit and went back to hawking. He makes good money," Jymoh Msema Kweli wrote when photos of Edgar emerge online.
Another one, Bancy Roba said: "I love his heart. One of us poached him for insurance, but he didn't go for long. He preferred hawking.”
Watch Edgar Otieno in the video below as he narrates his a way that would challenge you to start walking your dreams, taking a step at a time.
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