From selling shoes on the streets of Zambia to owning three big clothing stores – How Markford Jere Junior did it?

”There is nothing extraordinary about me but the extraordinary work I put in. Nine years of hustle, we keep moving”.

Markford Jere Junior

There’s an entrepreneurship revolution taking place in Africa; with millions of young people on the continent are now self-made millionaires. These young creative Africans are turning their dreams into reality through science, technology, entertainment, and fashion. According to recent data, over 60% of the continent’s population is under the age of 25, making Africa the world’s youngest continent. Markford Jere Junior is one of those making an impact.

A young man from Zambia whose story has left social media users astounded after he shared photos of him showing his humble beginnings to where he’s now. The young man identified as Markford Jere Junior said it took him nine years to get to where he is now.

Markford Jere Junior standing in front of one of his three clothing stores

Markford Jere Junior was born in Zambia. He’s the third son from a family of 3 boys. Markford Jere Junior Studied Radiography at Evelyn Hone College in Zambia.

Markford started selling ice cream to make ends meet. But unfortunately for him, things went worse. In 2013, he started his first business after he was fired from his ice cream job. Markford continued putting the labour to full effect. In 2014, he thought of getting back to school. He paid his fees from the money he got from his previous job and started school.

Markford Jere Junior started to sell second-hand clothes and shoes to his colleague students. During school period, he could sell clothes to his schoolmates. After school period, on the streets of Lusaka, Zambia s capital, Markford would continue selling clothes and shoes to save funds.

Markford Jere Junior throwback picture where it all started

After days and hours of persistent hustling, Markford got another job. He worked for two [2] years before he resigned to focus on his initial business of selling clothes. He told The African Dream: “I invested $1000 from the money I had been saving for the past years. Now, I own 3 big clothing stores in Zambia.”

When asked by The African Dream what’s his message to fellow youths out there that are striving for success, he said:

“To follow youths out there,
It is possible. Believe in yourself. Consistency, hard work, discipline and education are key factors to success in any field”.

Markford Jere Junior speaking to The African Dream

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Author: Abu Bakarr Jalloh

Abu Bakarr Jalloh is a Sierra Leonean content writer, author, Neo Pan-African and founder of The African Dream, an online platform for inspiring, positive and compelling African stories. Contact: WhatsApp: +23276211583