Video: Wilfred Ndidi, from groundnuts seller to football star


Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, has opened up that he used to hawk groundnuts for his mother and also washed windshields in Lagos traffic.

While speaking with ESPN, the Leicester Football player, who has travelled with the Nigerian National team to Russia for the 2018 World Cup, said he hawked different types of fruits and foodstuff.

He shared, “At that time, I was jack of all trade. While my mum was selling, I’d go and hawk for her. I sold different types of fruit. I also sold peppers, tomatoes and groundnuts. Sometimes, they call me ‘omo elepa’. That is groundnut boy.

“And then sometimes, when I finished selling, I would go do a quick one for myself. I was wiping glasses of cars and cleaning cars. If I saw that I was not making good money, I would quickly go buy pure water and sell. I was doing so many things but it was okay.”


Ndidi said the highest money he ever made while hawking was N3,000.

“My best, I would say was making N, 3000.
I was so happy going home because I was saving to buy my football shoes.”