A Story of Growth and Leadership: From Dispatch Rider to Full-time Facility Manager

A Story of Growth and Leadership: From Dispatch Rider to Full-time Facility Manager

by Okhiaofe Ivharue

There is an old Chinese proverb that goes “Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” Growth is a continuous process and should be inevitable if we strive for it. This story you are about to read is a unique story of growth; one that proves the theories that most consider clichés—  the theories that working hard and believing in oneself can take one anywhere they want to go.


Joseph Sani is the second child of 7 children born to Mr and Mrs Sani; a large family with heritage from the Igala tribe of Kogi state. Growing up wasn’t easy for him, and even became harder when his father, the breadwinner of the family died. Joseph was only 7 years old when that happened.


His education wasn’t elaborate as you can imagine with the tragedy that befell the family. His highest educational degree was his SSCE which he got from his secondary school education. That was all the credentials he had with him as he relocated to Lagos at the age of 18 years in search of a job to make ends meet. He wasn’t deterred; he followed his honest convictions and went for it. His bold step paid off and he got a job as a security guard at a top-contending Nigerian bank.


The Lagos experience, as we all know, is one that demands strength and persistence. This was a feat Joseph came to learn later on. His first experience working in Lagos was far from rosy. Initially, he had no form of accommodation and had to sleep on the street on his first day as an employee. His experience was made even more turbulent due to a communication barrier. Then, he had issues speaking and understanding the English language which is the commonly spoken language in Lagos state, especially in the eyebrow areas and job sectors, which was where Joseph had found himself.


This young man, once again proved that he wasn’t one to just sit down and give up by setting out to do something about his limitation. He enrolled for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) also known as (WAEC). His landslide success at the exams came as a surprise to even himself. That wasn’t the end for him. He took yet another bold step to further his education and sat for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board examination (JAMB) where he got a whopping score of 245 —  a lot of points higher than the cutoff score to get into a Nigerian University.


All these changes and big leaps happened in the space of 2 years while he was still working as a security guard. Joseph sought a higher degree and went on to enrol into a State University. His first attempt wasn’t successful. His second attempt was to the Polytechnic of Benue state where he was granted admission. He started his higher education in 2013 and completed his program in 2015 after which he came back to Lagos. 


Lagos struck a blow once again, and Joseph had to survive without a job or a place to lay his head. But his persistence (as the city demands) got him a job that offered accommodation as a benefit. And thus started Joseph’s journey as a Dispatch Rider and his soon-to-come encounter with Seamfix.


One day, while he worked tirelessly, just like every other day, Joseph was chanced to meet a Seamfix employee who noticed how different he was from others in his field based on his work ethics and delivery. This brings to mind a quote by Jane Goodall “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”


Interested, the Seamfixer went further to ask him questions about his personal goals and aspirations. During the discussion, Joseph proved that he knew exactly when he wanted from life and was determined to work towards his goal. That was enough to set him apart. In 2016, the role of dispatch rider was created, not out of a need for the service but a need to have Joseph as part of the Seamfix team … and it was uphill from there.


Joseph diligently worked at Seamfix for years, learning other skills on the job and gathering experience in diverse fields. He soon came to know that unimaginable growth was possible at Seamfix for only those who absolutely want it. This was his propeller to further his education and grab this unimaginable growth. He enrolled at YABATECH as a part-time student; becoming a diligent dispatch rider during the weekdays and a studious student on the weekends.


He faced challenges, no doubt; shuffling between work and school, the distance from school to his home, balancing his time and doing all that while taking care of his family. Some coursemates turned friends had dropped off from school due to the same challenges. But Joseph continued on his path. Encouragement from Seamfix alleviated a lot of his worries and eased some of his challenges. There were times Joseph had to take more leave days than he was entitled to and other times he sought financial assistance through the Seamfix loan structure.


His dedication to his cause paid off in the end. The role of Facility Manager was created for him at Seamfix in recognition of his grit and he started at this new role in (2021). Joseph looks forward to success in his new department with his new team who he describes as “very helpful”, and they, in turn, speak highly of him.


In terms of future plans, Joseph is preparing to take the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) examination. This is to bring to life his agelong dream to become an accountant. Seamfix is with him all the way and we will do all we can to see this dream actualized. That is how dedicated we are to the growth of a member of our family.


When asked to describe Joseph’s character, people always use the words down-to-earth, focused, and hardworking. Being a part of the Seamfix tribe is a dream come true that fills him with joy.  According to Joseph, his favourite thing about Seamfix is the unity and love that creates a sense of family and a home to all. The Seamfix environment has helped him gain even more skills that will be useful in his career path.


Joseph is married and blessed with 2 children (a boy and a girl). When he is not working, he loves listening to songs that put him in the mood for worship. His advice to individuals who are looking to rise in their careers but have no foundational experience is this: “There is always a place to start. You don’t have to start big, just start small and with time, you will grow big. There’s always something you can do to improve yourself as there are many opportunities to engage in.”


Here’s what he would tell his younger self if he could: “Be determined in whatever you’re doing. Education is the key to success.”


And finally, here is what he has to say about Seamfix: “Seamfix has been very helpful and I’m thankful to them for giving me the opportunity to develop myself. Seamfix core values have positively impacted my work ethics. I find myself always ready to ensure customer satisfaction, to make customers  happy, and to bring smiles to their faces.”


Here’s the full-story (video).