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Portrait Artist: I didn’t think my tweet would go viral #OJUELEGBASHARWAMA

Edited by Ifunanya Okolie

The uniqueness of Dolapo Sharwama is in the taste

Recently, a popular tweep, known as portrait artist @badt_boi_ with his real name as Eguavoen Matthew posted a captivating tweet on his handle sharing his experience about a Sharwama hawker at Ojuelegba and the unique taste of his Sharwama. Little did he know that the tweet would change the life and the entire being of @dolaposS.

In our recent interview with #ojuelegbasharwama @dolaposS, he said his business has transformed as customers now queue up to purchase his Sharwama. In order to find out the details about this unique move by @badt_boi_ , we took out time to have an interview with him. Enjoy the excerpt of our close-up shot with the greatest Influencer of this month. 👇👇👇

CN: Can you please introduce yourself?

Mathew: My name is Eguavoen Matthew, a graduate of the University of Port Harcourt, currently residing in Lagos. I am from Edo state, born in Lagos but grew up in Ogun state.

CN: How did you discover yourself as an Artist?

Matthew: I am a self-taught artist. I was in my final year when I started practising how to draw. It was for fun at first, until I got paid by a friend to make a portrait. My youth service was in Kaduna and I remember when I travelled all the way from Kaduna to Lagos just to present portrait of celebrities to them so that I could take a picture and post online and maybe have them post it online and tag me. I did that three times during my service year. I think it paid off somehow.

CN: What’s your take about change?

Matthew: Change is good when it is positive, I have been through several stages of change with my artworks and all.

CN: You recently introduce Dolapo to the world. What is the idea behind this?

Matthew: I went for the last GTB fashion weekend that has just been concluded. While I was there, I bought a Sharwama for N1500 because they said it had two sausages in it, but all I could taste in my mouth was garbage with not so much cream. Then I remembered a Sharwama I eat around Ojuelegba and how its taste beat what I was eating hands down. That day was a Saturday. On Monday, the upper week, I patronized Dolapo again and I confirmed the difference. I wanted to take a picture but it was late in the night, so the next day, I was in Ojuelegba again and then I took a picture and posted online, from that point until I got home my phone notifications had blown up from people confirming it. I love food, when I eat good food, I love to talk about it. I started eating a lot of Sharwama since the first day I patronized Dolapo so I just thought it’d be nice to introduce something good to others too. I have done that before with a burger.

CN: What is so special about Dolapo’s Sharwama? What is so unique about hawking Sharwama and why did you think you could influence people with your testimonial.

Matthew: The uniqueness is in the taste, you feel it everywhere in your mouth. I didn’t know that tweet would blow up the way it did until it did. I had taken it like any other tweet. I think if you find someone doing something good, say it. Even if the person is your friend or not. We need more positivity in the world.

CN: Did you envision your tweet would go viral the way it did?

Matthew: No I didn’t envision it one bit.

CN: What is your next plan for Dolapo?

Matthew: I’m helping him raise funds to start his own Sharwama business at the moment, I have been able to raise some but it is not enough so I’m publicly posting a fundraising link for people to donate just to help him start his own Sharwama business, I think it would be awesome if he had his own business.

CN: What is your advice for Dolapo as he climbs the ladder to stardom?

Matthew: He should continue being cheerful, maintain the taste of his Sharwama and continue to make it affordable to everyone.

CN: What is your advice for Nigerian youths?

Matthew: This government is not built to help the youth so whatever positive thing you find doing, do it well. Doesn’t matter if you are a mechanic, repair the f**k out of cars and get paid. Because no one will feed you when you’re hungry.

If you would like to donate to helping Dolapo build his shawarma business, you can do so by clicking this link.


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