Professor becomes ‘viral’ for selling aram lobes in market

Professor becomes ‘viral’ for selling aram lobes in market


Published: 20:19 15 May 2022   Updated: 20:21 15 May 2022

Professor Dr. Abu Bakar Siddique Prince selling aram lobes in the market

Professor Dr. Abu Bakar Siddique Prince selling aram lobes in the market

Wearing a T-shirt, trousers, glasses on the eyes. Although it looks quite elegant, he is selling arum lobes sitting on a plastic tool.  Everyone’s attention is on him as he is different from ordinary sellers or farmers — he is none other than Professor Dr. Abu Bakar Siddique Prince, an Assistant Professor and Head of Marketing at Barishal Trust University.

Many people have been surprised to see Professor Dr. Abu Bakar Siddique selling arum lobes sitting in the market. Many have taken pictures and published those on Facebook which later went viral. 

The incident took place at Babul Bazar of Rangamatia Union in Fulbaria upazila of Mymensingh. Although Prof. Dr. Abu Bakar Siddique lives in Dhaka with his family, he started farming commercially on eight acres of land in his father-in-law’s area in Rangamatia Union.

Ever since the incident, people of different classes and professions have been sharing the picture of the professor on their Facebook walls. Even after becoming a professor, everyone is praising his farming activity and leading an ordinary life.

Mymensingh’s cultural personality Abul Mansoor, president of “Ansambal Theatre”, shared the picture and wrote, “One may think that the man in the picture is just sitting there. But no, he is selling his produced agricultural products in the rural market. The name of the man seen in the picture is Dr. Abu Bakar Siddique, nickname “Prince”. The man is a farmer from head to toe. Leaving the comfortable life of the city, he has become accustomed to living regularly in the village. After completing BBA, MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the country’s best university, he has chosen agriculture as his profession.”

Hailing from Jhalokati’s Rajapur, Professor Dr. Abu Bakar Siddique Prince’s father was an army officer. Due to his father’s job, he lived with his family in Army Colony in Dhaka. He graduated from the National University in 2002. Later in 2006, he took an MBA degree in Agricultural Business from AIUB, a private university. He did MPhil from Dhaka University in 2014 and Ph.D. from Dhaka University in 2018.

Dr. Abu Bakar Siddique Prince took a six-month leave of absence from his university to work on the farm. He produces almost all kinds of local agricultural products. 

“I took 16 kg of arum lobe to the market. The wholesaler said the prices will be Tk 40, but sold at Tk 50 per kg by sitting in the market,” said Professor Dr. Abu Bakar Siddique Prince. “Three poor people came to me with less money, I sold them with less prices.”

“We are all human beings.  It doesn’t matter who I am. Besides, there is no shame in selling one’s own products in the market,” he added.