Inspiring Story of A Former Charcoal Seller’s Son

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February 22, 2017 by Thumbiko Nyirongo

Life – they say – is not a bed of roses. Some are born with a silver spoon in their mouths. Others don’t have immediate access to the spoon, but can afford what they need.

Thokozani Mose, a former charcoal Seller from Ndirande Township in the commercial city of Blantyre is a living example of a successful person who was not born with a silver spoon on his mouth but he managed to conquer the world.


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Thokozani, who is the first born in a family of four children, was born on 20th of June 1989 in the Area of Group Village Headman (GVH) Somanje Makata in Ndirande, Blantyre.

His father Stanley Mose a common charcoal seller in the area was a good example of a poor man. He was not able to provide all family requirements but still they survive.

Just like any other child, Thokozani was enrolled at Makata Primary School in Ndirande special thanks to Free Primary School Policy by the government. Going to school on an empty stomach and sometime almost half naked did not prevent him from working hard.

“l remember going to school in an empty stomach ….,” narrated Thokozani.

Thokozani, a hard working poor boy’s Son was then selected to continue with his secondary education at Blantyre Secondary School a boarding school.

A new challenge was set for him as his father was unable to pay school fees in time a development which saw him being chased from class for a number of times.

“At boarding school, there is a big difference between being a rich kid and a poor kid. You are humiliated by the boarding master for paying the hostel fees late…..”

He added, “My father could not pay the fees for in time. I was thrown out of the class many times. I had to go through this humiliating experience many, many times in school.”

But financial squabbles and torture from peers did not prevent Thokozani from excelling in his studies. By the grace of God he completed his secondary education but unfortunately he was not selected to continue with tertiary education, this marked the end of his dream of becoming a Lawyer.

He then joined his father in charcoal selling business after failing to secure a white collar job in the commercial city of Blantyre. The charcoal selling business expanded within a short period of time.

“After completing my secondary education, I tried to search for a clerical officer in town but to no avail, then l joined my father in the charcoal selling business. The business was progressing well and three years later we managed to open a shop at Ndirande market,” he said.

He added that.” We used to save the little money we earned from selling charcoal. After saving for three years we decided to change business, we then invested in retailer shop business in Ndirande Market, Blantyre this was the beginning of new chapter in our lives as things started to change from worse to good and good to better……”

Today, Thokozani Mose and his family have a different story to tell he now owns three big shops in Blantyre, two minibus and some plots in the Ndirande Township. He is able to support his family and relatives.


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