For Super Eagles and Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, childhood was not particularly rosy as he had to hawk pepper, groundnut and other foodstuffs to support his mother while growing up in Lagos.
The midfielder disclosed this while speaking with Nigerian football journalist, Oluwashina Okeleji, through The Frame online publication platform, saying that he, however, became famous for his trading skill for which he got nicknamed ‘groundnut boy’, by his customers.
He said: “I did different things. Sometimes I hawked pepper, I sold water [sachets], tomatoes and fruits for my mother.
“But I became famous for selling [groundnut] peanuts. They call me the groundnut boy. I did all these things to support my mother.
“As a side hustle, to get my own personal money I was wiping the windscreens for cars held (up) in traffic. If I’m lucky sometimes I make about N2000 (almost R80) in a day but the highest I made was N3000 (around R118).”
THEWILL writes that Ndidi has since become famous as a superstar footballer while playing in the big league as Nigerian International and for an EPL top four- team, Leicester City, where he has been voted best tackler in the EPL twice.