Former Barber turned Editor
His name is Prince Osuagwu.
Read his story authored by self.
Paddy, they may not understand. I can proudly say that being a successful Editor in a national newspaper like Vanguard is not a tea party. You’ll work your ass out and must truly worth your onions. If there is anything Vanguard can give you for free, it is not even an assistant line editor let alone a full line editor. Today, let me say I am one, and it is by merit. But by 1999, I was a barber in this same Lagos; a professional one at that. In fact, The Man we call De Chimbu (Chijioke Akanwa), found the job, because, he saw that I was determined to do something until the real job comes. Barbing, wasn’t my bus stop. I was on transit. I got myself prepared. I was reading anything readable, I used the money I got from barging to acquire more knowledge. When the opportunity came, it was like magic; from the barber shop to the newsroom and there was no noticeable gap, because I kept myself updated. The Man who got me into Vanguard newspapers was my customer as a barber. He saw quality, he saw a man not meant for the barber shop. He saw a man that was hungry to explore, he bent down and I jumped onto his back. And, today, the rest is history. You don’t have anything free of charge, not even in Freetown. Nothing good comes to you in your comfort zone. My brothers, wake up. Paddy is 100% on point!
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