When you know what you want out of life at an early age, the faster it’ll be to manifest your deepest desires. The universe always provides––especially when one’s eyes are fully focused on the prize. While most 22-year-olds are gearing up to face the real world after four eventful years of college, Hosea Choga is already living an abundant life as a Developer.
Born and raised in Toronto, Hosea and his twin sister grew up in a home where real estate was at its very core. “My parents were always in the business growing up so it was always familiar to me,” he states. Choga’s father and mother are Zimbabwean immigrants who instilled in him the value of honest, hard work. When Hosea was 13 he got his first job at Canada’s top coffee shop, Tim Horton’s. Shortly after, the determined teenager decided to get right into the family business where he's been flourishing ever since.
I recently sat down with Choga to discuss his early beginnings in the real estate industry, biggest accomplishments and how exactly he’s enjoying the fruits of his labor. Check out our conversation below:
FRENDY: The energy surrounding Toronto has surely grown since your days there as a child. How do you feel about everything that’s transpiring?
HOSEA: The energy of the city is remarkable! I feel like it was always there, but with Toronto getting more exposure globally it's more vibrant than ever. I'm really happy with everything that's happening, like a lot of people from Toronto are proud of it and you can make a name for yourself right here. You don't have to go to New York for exposure. We've really grown and people from other places are always curious about life in Toronto. We're such a diverse community––I grew up with people of completely different backgrounds, religions, color all just mixed into this city we call the “6.”
A lot of people in Toronto have a certain way of talking; it's almost like an accent if you're not from the city. It’s like a Jamaican, UK mixed with Canadian type of slang, which Drake kind of pushed in the spotlight. Most people will know if you're from Toronto based on your style, the slang and just the vibes it's pretty unique.
FRENDY: What a time to be alive in T Dot right? It’s funny because we’re having this convo literally right after Drake finally released his highly anticipated project, More Life. You must be motivated more than ever after listening to it.
HOSEA: Yes, I'm I am very motivated by Drake. I used to watch him on Degrassi and also watched him turn himself into a global superstar, while pretty much putting Toronto on the map in the music industry. I relate to his music because I feel like we're very similar people. I'm also a fan of the way he handles his brand and business. I've been listening to More Life non-stop! It's cool to see someone that's from your city reach that level of success. He took a risk doing music and at the beginning people didn't really have a lot love for the guy. Depsite it all, he remained true to his values and I respect that.
FRENDY: Since we’re on the topic of motivation, what compelled you to take a plunge into the real estate world? Did your parents push you towards it?
HOSEA: Because I was around it for so long, I really started to understand more and more about the business and just enjoyed the process. My parents always gave me the option to do whatever I wanted; I chose to do something I enjoyed. I guess for me you could say working on a development project can be compared to working on an album where you put in months of work, build from nothing and put an endless amount effort. Furthermore, multiple people contribute to perfect the project.
FRENDY: That’s a great comparison. How old were you when you embarked on your journey as a Developer?
HOSEA: I started to take real estate seriously after high schooI-–I was 18. It wasn’t easy at first because I kind of watched all my friends go to school and do the whole college experience. But I’m grateful for the way everything turned out.
FRENDY: I could imagine how isolated you felt. What were your initial duties as a Developer?
HOSEA: I did a lot of property management when I was younger. I really got experience dealing with different types of people. I try to create schedules, depending on timelines and costs, make sure everyone is aware of their roles and the time they have to complete each job, basically making sure everything is running smoothly. I also enjoy doing a little marketing as well.
FRENDY: Are you currently working on any big projects?
HOSEA: Yes, definitely working on some new projects in real estate and getting involved in tech also. I can't say too much but this is going to be a great year for me and I'm very humbled and grateful.
FRENDY: Nice! Hopefully we’ll get a part two of this going so you can finally unveil what the projects are. When you’re not hustling, what do you do for fun?
HOSEA: I definitely will! My idea of fun is trying out different restaurants and traveling. Basically just trying new things. I also enjoy calling up a group of my close friends and just kicking back, joking around and whatever.
FRENDY: I took a quick look at your Instagram and to say that you’re low-key would be an understatement, though, I can tell you’re making major moves. The best way to describe your account is “calm but heavy,” as Juan would say.
HOSEA: *Laughs* Yea that's exactly how I would describe it. I'm pretty private, I like to just to keep it relaxed and post whatever I think is cool at the time. There's no real theme or anything, it's just me being myself. But I definitely got some special things coming in the near future and I love using Instagram as platform to share.
FRENDY: Do you have any other passions besides being a Developer? Are you heavily into fashion and music?
HOSEA: I wouldn't say I'm heavily into music and fashion but I'm definitely a fan of hip hop and trap music. I'm a fan of all the young kids coming up and making bangers. People hate on them but they're good at the music they make, which is Trap. Future I think is one of the greats of our time! Drake, PartyNextDoor and NAV have been on my playlist lately.
I'm into chill fashion--I'd say I think my style is pretty random. Most days it's John Elliott with some Chelsea boots, and other days it's a Supreme hoodie with some Vans, or Palace with some Yeezys. Really all depends on the occasion...it could be a Fear of God flannel and some Visvims. Whatever vibe is for the day.
FRENDY: I feel you. You’re basically a chameleon when it comes to style. It's safe to say that your hard work is allowing you to fully indulge in anything that you please––whether it's traveling or dining virtually anywhere. What advice do you have for those who desire to live a lavish lifestyle but have no idea how to actually get their funds up?
HOSEA: I feel like if you're doing anything at all, you should do it for yourself and not anyone else. I think patience is key, just keep putting in hard work and effort. However you choose to reward yourself is up to you. I think you shouldn't really compare your life to anyone else's because everyone's situation is different, but if you're looking for inspiration and motivation I encourage that. I'd just say put in the work and everything will fall into place.