Curiosity about how things work turns into business for young entrepreneur

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Moustapha Diaw, owner of 88 Repairs.

Whether it was fixing issues with his gaming console or fixing loose doorknobs, for as long as he can remember Moustapha Diaw has always had a knack for fixing things. “As I kid I just gravitated towards fixing things … whether it was putting it together, taking things apart … just looking at how things work,” he said. Diaw’s fondness for repairing things followed him through high school and now the 20-year-old has turned that passion into his own business, 88 Repairs.

During his senior year at Atkins High School, Diaw dropped his cell phone and at the time he didn’t have the money to get it fixed “… so it was either do it myself or go without,” Diaw said when speaking with The Chronicle last week. 

He said after he fixed his phone, he realized it was fairly easy for him and essentially 88 Repairs was born.

“I started offering it to my friends and people started messaging me … so I would do it in the back of the math class, in the gym, in the locker room, wherever, ” Diaw laughed. 

After graduating from Atkins in 2019, Diaw started taking business classes at Forsyth Tech. He said …

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