Alumni of the Week – Ikefuama Okechukwu

Hey guys, Season’s greetings, it’s almost Christmas, yeah!.

In the light of the celebration, we bring you our fourteenth edition of the Alumni of the Week series.

Do have a wonderful read.

Click on the link below to view the previous edition if you missed it.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-divine-chidinma-amaechi

This week’s feature goes to, Ikefuama Okechukwu, one of our batch A student of The Aba Mastering Footwear.

Fun fact about Okechukwu,

Okechukwu emerged second price winner of the YCE Enterpreneurship competition.

Sounds interesting right?

Let’s dive in and hear his story.

Hello Okechukwu, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Ikefuama Okechukwu Livingstone.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I heard about the program through a senior friend and elder in my church.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I saw it as an opportunity to develop a skill that will make me create happiness around me.

Tell us your experience during the training.

It was spectacular and beyond what I expected. I learned how to make shoes for both ladies and men.

Interestingly, I got to sell out my first work ever to Mr. Sam Hart.

My stay at The Footwear Academy was fun and educating all the way.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently deepening my skills and knowledge in both the art of shoemaking and business. I make footwears on demand and seriously planning to open my own outfit.

Could you tell us a little about your recent win?

Well, I got into a competition organised by The Foundation for promoting youth creativity and empowerment.

The competition was all about pitching a business idea that is sustainable, be able to add value to the society and of course income generating.

To the glory of God, I was among the top 2 grand price winners of the competition.

 

Super interesting, What advice do you have for young people?

Someone once said that “The grass is greener where it is cultivated”. There are opportunities everywhere, strive to grab as much as you can.

Nigeria does not need our beggarly certificate, but our Enterpreneurial skills that would create happiness for the jobless millions in the midst of a crumbling economy.

Kindly drop your contact information.

My number is 08147913973 and my email address is Ikefuamaokechukwu@gmail.com.

 

Thank you Okechukwu. A big congratulations on your win, We wish you all the best. Merry Christmas in advance.

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Alumni of the Week – Divine Chidinma Amaechi

The Only one who can tell you, ‘you can’t’, is you – Nike.

Welcome to the thirteenth edition of the Alumni of the Week series.

If you missed the previous one, below is the link.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-iwuagwu-chukwudi-bright

Featuring this week is, Divine Chidinma Amaechi, one of our Batch A student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Divine once had the school of thought that shoemaking was for the men only.

Could she be right?

Let’s find out as she shares her experience at The Footwear Academy.

Hello Divine, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Divine Chidinma Amaechi.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program on social media, Facebook precisely.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I’ve always loved and admired the idea behind every beautiful footwear.

I had always thought shoemaking can only be done by the men until I met Mrs Chidinma.

Seeing a woman do what I felt was just for the men, was enough motivation for me to be able to do what I have always admired.

Interesting, so how was your experience during the training?

My experience at The Footwear Academy was fun, educative, interactive and accommodating.

 

I appreciate Mr Bentley and Mrs Chidinma for giving us their full support and bringing the best out of us.

I left The Footwear Academy feeling fulfilled because I achieved my aim.

These beautiful footwears were made by me, a woman. So women can also make shoes.

Awesome, What’s next for you?

I plan to intern first before establishing my own footwear business.

Could you drop your contact information.

Sure. I can be reached with the number 08139209695

What’s your advice for young people?

My advice for young people is never to allow anything tell you that you can’t do it, once you discover your passion for something, never relent to go for it and bring the best out of it. Don’t miss out when opportunity comes your way.

 

A woman can also make shoes. Thank you Divine for sharing your Inspiring story. We wish you all the best in your journey ahead.

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Alumni of the Week – Iwuagwu Chukwudi Bright

Hey guys, Welcome back to a brand new edition of the Alumni of the Week series.

Each week comes with it’s own unique and exciting story. You need not miss out on any of the editions.

If you missed the previous one, below is the link.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-okorie-chima-ndukwe

Our next feature is no other than, Iwuagwu Chukwudi Bright, one of our Batch A student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Bright is a young business man, who is into the sales and repair of cameras.

He picked interest in footwear production during the pandemic lockdown and made no delay in nurturing his idea.

Let’s hear his experience at The Footwear Academy.

Hello Bright, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Iwuagwu Chukwudi Bright.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I heard about the Program from Pastor Nathan’s business leadership Facebook page and got keened.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I sell and repair cameras, so during the lockdown, my business was affected tremendously because events were shot down, there was little or no income flow.

I saw the need to embrace multiple streams of income, so when I heard about the program, I was excited and interested in Footwear production.

As you know, everybody wears a pair of shoe, which makes it a lucrative business.

Interesting, so how was your experience during the training?

My experience at The Footwear Academy was awesome. Mr and Mrs Bentley including Uncle Ben were so good to us.

Their selfless efforts/teachings were so unique. TFA trained us as their own children. I made some footwears of my own while at the Academy.

 

Awesome, What’s next for you?

I plan to register my own business name to CAC (Mr Bright Enterprise) and afterwards get started.

Could you drop your contact information.

Sure. I can be reached with the number 07065789624.

What’s your advice for young people?

My advice for young people out there is to bend down and learn a skill not minding their qualification because there’s a popular adage that says, what your education can not do for you, your destiny or talent can do it for you.

 

Thank you for sharing your interesting story Mr Bright. We wish you all the best in your journey ahead.

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