November 2018 was the date when the Nigerian Twitter space witnessed the shawarma love of an artist, Mathew, codenamed Badt_BOI and seller Dolapo exciting their keypads from the under bridge part of Ojuelegba in Lagos.
With just ₦500, Dolapo’s shawarma served many people from parts of Lagos to Ojuelegba but he sells for someone and Badt_BOI felt he should have his own stand and alas, the Twitter community raised funds to this effect and launched him to space.
By December, Dolapo had his certificate of graduation from a culinary school and thereafter several business meetings.
The new found love prompted Badt_BOI to formalise their partnership and registered his business then added his name but an ill-advised and uneducated Dolapo felt Mathew wanted to take his business away.
Most people might have even forgotten twists to the story as the Twitter account @Badt_Boi_ was later suspended just like @DolapoSharwama’s with both now running new accounts.
Fast forward to January 30 2019, Matthew took to Twitter to announce that he was no longer Dolapo’s manager or social media manager and days later, 1st of February, he outlined his decision noting first that he didn’t want to do this but noticed Dolapo has started making him look bad to some people, and words fly.
Three years after, Mathew, now on a new Twitter account codenamed badtbouy came clean to share how Dolapo the Shawarma seller realised his mistakes and apologised.
Trust Nigerian Twitter space, the reactions has been praise and condemnation to the parties they share sentiments with.
Below are the reactions from the Mayor of Ikotun on 1st February 2019 to the ordeal:
Dolapo called me on Sunday and said that he wanted to have a conversation with me, that we should meet up on Monday, I told him okay. Monday came we couldn’t meet up due to the rains so we rescheduled for Tuesday.
I met with Dolapo and he started by saying he met with his family members and family lawyer and they all accuse him of being stupid that I’m trying to cheat him Their reasons were:
Why was I the one operating his social media pages with him not having access to the page. That how would he know if I was doing something negative with it
Why his he allowing me be a signatory to his account if it’s his business. How can he nt have full access to his acct
He said his friends in his area keep asking him about the funds raised on his behalf, he keeps saying he it has not gotten to his hand, and they keep telling him he’s a fool that I might just be scamming him.
How is he so sure I turned over all the cash I collected on his behalf when I did fund raising for him. 5. Why am I asking for a percentage if I told everyone that I didnt expect him to go viral and that I did it for Good
The Mayor of Ikotun aka Badt_BOI further explained
Only thing I did was used my address on the form because he doesn’t have a business premises yet and it was in the night I did it so I couldn’t call him.
He concluded by saying they told him that they can give me back the money I raised for him if that’s why I am asking for a percentage. He said money isn’t his problem He said his family members and family lawyer wanted to come with him for the meeting with me.
He told me he wasn’t so surprised that he blew up, that he has always expected it. And that if I noticed all the time we went for tv interviews it’s the same energy he still has now. That he nearly died once & since he didn’t then, he knew Good was keeping him for times like this.
He said he knows I am only interested in his business because I know the business will be very successful. I asked him if he has seen anyone who went into business because they want to fail, he kept quiet.
Firstly I opened the social media accounts for Dolapo and I have been operating it ever since, with his permission. Even the declaration of me being his Manager was with his consent.
He didn’t have an Android phone when this whole thing started, I got him one from the funds raised for him when he started culinary school because I felt it would be nice if he can take pictures of dishes he is being taught.
I try to make sure he sends me pictures for his social media page. We met with @scalemyhustle last week Tuesday. And the reason for the meeting was to:
1.Talk about how far we have gone with the whole starting of his business and how much we still need
2. Draw out a legal partnership deal between us since I will be his social media manager and also making sure I’m available whenever I am need on ground, handling business online while he takes care of business offline.
3. Get a business plan done by @scalemyhustle for future purposes We concluded that after expenses, which includes salary, whatever is left becomes 100%, 50% goes back into the company’s account and the other 50% is split 30/20, which he consented to. I didn’t want salary bases yet because he might not be able to afford it since the business is just starting and 20% can be N2000 today, N10,000 tomorrow, the day after that it can be N4,000.
On Dolapo’s recent allegations:
Dolapo told me this same Sunday that he’s sure that after the 30/20% split I will still end up sharing the 50% in the company with him. I tried to explain to him the 50% is for no one but his company, for expansion.
Assuming he decides to have an outlet in Abuja tomorrow or he wants to get a new shawarma machine, it’s from this 50% he will take from. And the only reason why I am a signatory to the company’s account for now is because I want to be able to manage the whole process and ensure cash are used for the right reasons. After a while I realised i can’t make him see differently, I told him I understand if his family are raising eyebrow on all of this, that it’s expected and that if they didn’t it only means they don’t love him,