Agbodje explains how he founded Patricia Technologies founder
At 24, not much is expected from anyone. It is a time of youth one should be concerned with exciting things of life. But for Fejiro Hanu Agbodje, a Warri-born Delta and graduate of mathematics and statistics from University of Portharcourt, it is a different ball game.
Agbodje sits atop a multi-billion naira company known as Patricia but registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (C.A.C) as Patricia Technologies Limited, an e-Commerce company that processed over N10 billion in transaction volume in 2019 alone after having been in the business in just two years.
Agbodje describes himself as a goal-getter, a big dreamer and a hard-worker who wouldn’t allow any opportunity goes by.
“ I have been an entrepreneur since I was 8, it came naturally to me. I am probably one of the most optimistic people you’ll ever meet. I am a graduate of the University of Port Harcourt, where I studied Mathematics and Statistics, it was quite interesting because I never really wanted to study mathematics. But looking back, knowing what I know now, I am Grateful I did and proud of myself that I didn’t flunk it. Somewhere, I always knew that the dot would connect,” he revealed in a recent interview.
Continuing, he added “I have started a lot of other businesses before Patricia. I once had a mini restaurant when I was in the university. I sold airtime, I sold popcorn and I got admission through a program called BASIC, kind of like A-Levels today, then I used my house rent to buy a bike and gave it to an indigene who ran away with it. I have done a lot of things to be honest.
Coming Back to Patricia, I started it sometime in 2017, it actually was supposed to be a side hustle, to earn an extra 30,000 a month but as fate would have it, it blew up. I think all my failures and trials have been preparing me for this.”
According to him, Patricia started as a side hustle that became a reality far bigger than the dream. But the idea really wasn’t of his making, like he said, he’s an opportunist who saw a need and tried to fulfill it. He was actually a victim of a circumstance many would nursed their wounds and walked on but Hanu Agbodje is made of differently mettle entire – became a victor from being a victim.
“I had an uncle who visited Nigeria, who used to give me an iTunes gift card. I didn’t own an iPhone so I laterally had no use for it, so I tried to find where I could exchange this for real money. I couldn’t find any local company doing that and I ended up getting scammed of the card. At that point, I realized I had stumbled on something. I figured if I had this problem, a fleet of other persons would most likely have the same problem and that was the birthplace for Patricia,” he said.
Hanu Agbodje’s Patricia has become a leading e-Commerce platform that trades unused iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play gift cards and it is arguably the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa. The company also engages in crypto currency business. The company, who recently an online luxury clothing store ‘Room 19’ has been described by industry watchers as one of the fastest growing eCommerce firms in Nigeria and Africa.