Money will not be in your bank account except it is first in your head.

That's what this young man from Mbaitolu in lmo State has proved. 

Many young Nigerians will desire to have 300,000 Naira profit in their account on a monthly basis, but how ready they are to let this money flow into their account, will show in what they will choose to do after reading Mr Henry Obinna's story.

Henry, 33, had attended Federal Polytechnic, Nekede in Imo State and had obtained a National Diploma in Public Administration in 2009.

He now administered to one need of Nigerians that their love for foreign goods has not tampered with - Furniture in their homes. 

Some of the furniture made by Henry Obinna

Yes! Most Nigerians use locally made furniture and in Bayelsa's capital city, Yenagoa, Henry is raking in profit. 

While most youths will sacrifice a remarkable amount of their lifetime sitting at home fasting and praying for a miracle, this young man who had devoted just few years of his lifetime to learning how to make furniture.

Bounce News visited Henry's workshop located along Chief Melford Okilo Road, Opolo Yenagoa in Bayelsa State, and had a chat with him on how he has grown his business in few years. 

He started off in Owerri, the capital of Imo State in 2008 and moved to Bayelsa years after.

"I learnt furniture and upholstery for 4 years between the year 2000 —2004," he said while he sewed a material for one of his furniture.

Some of the furniture made by Henry Obinna

This is one of the very few production processes in Nigeria that rely mostly on local materials and it is thriving and giving even foreign furniture a run.

He explained how he has managed to sustain the business and the profit he makes. 

"I buy wood from dealers in Yenagoa, fibre from either Ughelli in Delta State or here in Yenagoa.   

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"The leather is bought from Lagos, Aba and Warri while foam is gotten from Yenagoa or Aba.

"I make a set of furniture between 200,000 Naira to 1.4 million Naira depending on the quality of materials used. 

"If there is enough money in circulation, I can make up to 300,000 Naira as profit in a month," he said.

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That also depends on the kind of contract he gets.  

The furniture maker said he had made cushions for Sagbama Local Government Chairman, Michael, Bamgbosa, the present commissioner for Labour Employment, and Productivity, Mr Collins Cocodia and the owner of Peris Hotel, Mr Doubra Koboko.

Some of the furniture made by Henry Obinna

Henry, however, explained that his only challenge remaines the cost of raw materials.

"Raw materials are now more expensive and it this is affecting our business," he stressed.

He encouraged youths in Nigeria to help themselves by learning any trade of their choice instead of waiting for the government to provide job for them. 

He has trained over 6 young persons at the workshop and had some apprentices under him at the moment. 

They believe in one thing and they are enthusiastic about it - The population of Nigeria is big enough to drive any business if you will make yourself exceptional in what you do. 

An apprentice, Victor Obodo, said he started learning how to make furniture in March, 2018.

He hopes to start making furniture by himself within a year and expressed happiness over his line of trade.  

Some of the furniture made by Henry Obinna

A customer that was in his shop attested to his expertise in what he does.

He said: "This is my first time of patronising Obinaco. 

"A friend introduced him to me and I am impressed with what I saw him doing this evening.

"I love his work".

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