Alumni of the Week – Lucas Chimezie

“Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want” – Tim Hess.

Good to have you back on the new edition of the Alumni of the Week series.

As always, here is the link to the previous edition, if you missed it.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-adighibe-may-ezinne

This week’s feature goes to Lucas Chinemerem Chimezie, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Lucas is a young fashion designer who seek  to explore the fashion and design industry. He picked interest in leather work and decided to build a niche around it.

He recently won a Federal Government Grant and is excited in launching his leather business.

Let’s hear his story as he shares his experience at The Footwear Academy.

Hello Lucas, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Lucas Chinemerem Chimezie.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I saw the advert of the training on LinkedIn and I picked interest.

What motivated you to sign up for The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

My quest to explore the fashion and design industry intrigued me into signing up.

Tell us your experience during the training.

I’ve got lots of mind thoughtful experience, which the founder/co-founder (Mr Bentley and Mrs Chidinma) and the entire TFA team contributed to.

Apart from the practical classes, the soft skills that was taught to us, gave me more insight to Enterpreneurial preparedness for the labour market.

I was really happy at how much I had learnt and the skill I acquired.

Interesting, So what’s next for you?

I hope to harness the labour market with my brand, having successfully launched my business name and simultaneously benefitted from the Nigeria Federal Government grant. This is just a stepping stone towards achieving my goals.

Awesome, Do drop your contact information also.

Sure. I can be reached with the phone number 08082082013.

What advice do you have for young people?

Anything that is worth doing, is worth doing well. Make hay while the sun shines.

Thank you Lucas for your time. You have indeed stepped up your game. We wish you success and pray you achieve all your goals.

 

 

 

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Alumni of the Week – May Adighibe

“Do not be afraid to give up the good to go for the great” – John Rockefeller

It’s good to have you all back on a brand new edition of the “Alumni of the Week” series.

The stories has been super amazing and it promises to get better. Stay glued and enjoy the fun all the way.

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

Alumni of the Week – Nzekwe Isaac

Featuring in this edition is, Adighibe May, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

May is a young and creative enterpreneur. She runs an online store, May_Footwear, where she sells handmade slippers and sandals.

She signed up for The Aba Mastering Footwear Program because, she wanted to be more creative in her footwear production, in order to be well equipped to make other types of footwear.

Let’s dive in and hear her story.

Hello May, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Adighibe May Ezinne.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program on Instagram.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I was already into shoemaking when I heard about the program, I make only slippers and sandals.

I have always wanted to learn how to make shoes (Oxford, Loafers, Heels, etc.).

So this was like a golden opportunity, given the fact that I just finished my youth service, it was more like a next step for me and I didn’t waste anytime to grab the opportunity.

Tell us your experience during the training.

It was an awesome experience. The environment was very conducive for learning, the teachers put in all their efforts in teaching us.

I learnt a lot and even improved on my slippers and sandals making skill.

I felt so much joy in my heart when I made my first Oxford shoe.

To cut the long story short, my stay at The Footwear Academy was worthwhile. I not only learnt shoemaking, I also built relationships with some other young shoemakers.

Interesting, so what’s next for you?

I have always wanted to have my own space with machines but I think I should work with people who are already in the system.

I am looking forward to an internship opportunity where I can work, improve my skills and at the same time, learn how to run a shoemaking business.

Meanwhile, i run an online store “May_Footwear”, where I sell the sandals and slippers I make.

What advice do you have for young people?

Education is very important but as you are equipping your minds, try as much as possible to learn at least 1 skill. It can come in handy in future, especially in Nigeria where the rate of unemployment is heartbreakingly high.

Kindly drop your contact information.

My brand name on social media is “May_Footwear” and I can be reached with the phone number 08135110701

 

Thank you May, we are glad you had a fruitful time at The Academy. We wish you success in all your future endeavours.

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Alumni of the Week – Nzekwe Isaac

Hey guys, we are happy to welcome you back to our exciting new stories on The Alumni of the Week series.

It’s a blessing to us that we are kicking off this 2021 journey with you all.

As always, below is the link to the previous edition of our story.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-ikefuama-okechukwu

Our first feature for the year goes to, Nzekwe Obaluchi Isaac, an Alumnus of The Footwear Academy.

Short story about Isaac;

Isaac in his quest to earn a skill in footwear production, left his comfort zone “Abuja” in search of a place to learn the art of shoemaking.

Guess what?, He got to know about The Footwear Academy and hurriedly signed up for our 8 weeks private training program.

Want to know how it all went down? Continue below.

Hi Isaac, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Nzekwe Obaluchi Isaac.

How did you hear about The Footwear Academy?

I got to know about The Academy through my online search for a school that trains shoe makers.

What motivated you to sign up for our 8 weeks private training course?

My passion for self independency and productivity motivated me to sign up for the private training.

How would you sum up your training experience at The Footwear Academy.

It was an awesome experience. I was really amazed with what I saw.

I got to know about different types of footwears that I had no idea of their names, just like the Monkstrap, Derby and so on.

The Footwear Academy really did Justice in breaking down the basics of footwear production.

In just 8 weeks, I learnt how to make different types of footwears both for the male and female.

I was super proud of myself on what I could achieve in few weeks.

The Footwear Academy has been a blessing to young people who are passionate about footwear designing. Kudos to them.

What were your expectations during your 8 weeks training at The Footwear Academy?

Actually, I just wanted to learn as much as I could during the course of the training.

 

 

Indeed, I got much more than my expectations and I can proudly boast of producing my own shoes henceforth.

Awesome, so what’s next for you?

I certainly plan on setting up my own footwear brand in Abuja “Lord Merchant Empire”.

Wow, Drop your contact information too.

I am based in Abuja and my phone number is 08030843961.

What advice do you have for young people?

Trust God and always be around people or environment that will motivate or push you for positive development.

What an interesting story from Isaac. It was fun having you at The Academy. We wish you success in your journey ahead.

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