Boniface Ogunti Came From Liberia To America In Search Of Becoming An Entrepreneur; He Ended Up Accomplishing That And Much More
Meet Boniface Ogunti, an enterprising young individual who refused to let obstacles hinder his path to success. At the tender age of 16, he was already diligently working to secure his financial footing. By 17 and 18, he was raking in thousands of dollars, setting the stage for a remarkable journey as an entrepreneur. Ogunti made the bold decision to venture to America, driven by the aspiration to elevate his entrepreneurial dreams.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship:
Hello, I’m Boniface Ogunti, and my entrepreneurial journey began at the age of 16. Back then, I delved into airbrushing sneakers for the locals in my town. As the years progressed, my entrepreneurial spirit flourished. At 17 to 18, I ventured into the world of music by establishing a recording studio, funded by the $2,000 I had earned from my earlier shoe customization endeavors. Subsequently, at 18, I found myself engaging in sales, selling television services door-to-door and in major retail outlets. The twists and turns continued as, at 19, while selling car insurance, I was introduced to the world of online product sales. This marked the genesis of my online store, where I achieved a significant milestone of $2.5 million in revenue within the first year, thanks to strategic Facebook ads.
Journey to America and Challenges Faced:
My decision to come to the United States was influenced by the turmoil in my native West African country, Liberia. Leaving my mother behind, I found myself living with my grandmother in the U.S. While I initially pursued a conventional high school education, I chose to drop out and channel my energy into building my online business. It wasn’t until my 24th birthday in 2020 that I reunited with my mother, reflecting on the arduous yet rewarding journey.
Diverse Business Ventures:
Currently, I successfully operate an e-commerce business alongside a shipping and transportation venture in Liberia, West Africa. Additionally, I run a consulting business aimed at guiding individuals in breaking free from the constraints of a traditional 9-to-5 job. Overcoming numerous challenges, the most pivotal being the scarcity of resources, I found solace in the guidance of a mentor who had navigated similar business landscapes.
The Power of Mentorship and Mindset:
“I run an e-com business and also a shipping/transportation business in my country, West Africa, Liberia, and also a consulting business educating people on how to escape their 9 to 5 job. My biggest challenges were the resources that I needed, as in a mentor who already went through the ups and downs and learning from them. When I was starting, I tried to figure it out on my own and it was hard; it wasn’t until I met my first mentor. Having a mentor is the key to shortcut your success. Everyone needs a mentor,” Boniface explains.
Equally significant to Boniface’s triumphs is the cultivation of a resilient mindset. Recognizing that success in the business realm requires an entrepreneurial mindset, he emphasizes the correlation between personal growth and business success. “Mindset is everything in starting a business, Business is a mirror whatever you do will always reflect in your business. People don’t have business problems, they have life problems that reflect in their business,” Boniface states.
Future Ventures and Impact:
Undeterred by global challenges, Boniface remains unwavering in his commitment to making a difference in his home country. His upcoming projects focus on extensive efforts in West Africa, particularly Liberia. Despite the complexities of the world, he is driven by a profound desire to contribute positively to his homeland.
“For my next project this year, I’m investing in Africa. I’m building a luxury home in West Africa, Liberia and building middle income homes for the people. I want to make an impact in my country,” Boniface says.
In conclusion, Boniface Ogunti’s journey embodies the spirit of resilience, innovation, and a commitment to making a lasting impact. From his early entrepreneurial ventures to his current multifaceted business pursuits, Boniface serves as an inspiration for those aspiring to carve their own path in the dynamic world of entrepreneurship.