I know wakabout is not an English word, but it’s Nigerian enough to suffice. I mean, we all get it, or don’t you? A wakabout or wakama is a person who just can’t seem to stay in one place. He/she is always on the move. Let me cite an example, two weeks ago, my friend, M, uploaded several videos on her Whatsapp status, showing her in some beautiful places, so I asked where she was and she said she was in Port Harcourt. “What’s happening there?” I asked. She replied, “Nothing. I just stepped out.” People step out of their houses to buy roasted corn. People step out to dump refuse. People step out to collect their shoes from the cobbler down the street. But not M! M steps out from Uyo to Port Harcourt. That, my friends, is a perfect description of a wakabout. And Chiamaka here, does wakabout for a living, but under a fancy name, Social Prefect Tours.
Chiamaka Obuekwe was the average 20-something year old, Nigerian woman. She had her job at Jumia, her family, friends, and a streak for visiting new places. However, in 2015 Chiamaka decided to start a travel blog, www.socialprefect.net, to document her travel experiences and she changed her life. It probably was something fun to do at the time, just as this blog is for me. But over time, the response she got on her blog motivated her to organise the first ever Social Prefect tour on July 8, 2015. The tour which was at Lekki Conservation Centre had just 8 people in attendance, but in two years, Social Prefect Tours has come to be a household name (especially among young people) in Nigerian tourism. Chiamaka has been featured on TV, radio, websites, blogs, etc. and it has only been two years.
One time, I was thinking of putting away some money to go on one of her tours. It was then that I realised that this babe is made. I mean, I was thinking of saving money so I could go have some fun, money that would end up in Chiamaka’s account. Look at life! Even though I couldn’t go at that time because I was a jobless student (speaking of money, my story needs to change), I still plan to go. Yes, I fully intend to save money and throw it into this woman’s account because I want to go on a tour with the Social Prefect.
The story of Chiamaka Obuekwe, CEO Social Prefect Tours is one of the most relatable stories of “passion to profit”. So the question for today is, “What are you passionate about?”
Photo sources: Vanguard newspaper, a walk in my world, olorisupergirl.com