Governor Okezie Ikpeazu Enrols To Learn Shoemaking At The Footwear Academy

It was an exciting moment at The Footwear Academy as His Excellency, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu in company of the Director General of the Abia State Market and Quality Control Agency, Barr. Sam Hart, and other government officials, paid a courtesy visit to The Footwear Academy.

The Governor immediately enrolled as a student of The Academy and applauded the intellectual dimension The Footwear Academy was bringing into leatherworks manufacturing.

His Excellency, who has been an advocate of Indigenous products, spoke on the need for the country to leverage on the strength of it’s population to readily market it’s products.

He urged Nigerians to take pride in patronizing Made-In-Nigeria products as a way of boosting the economy of our country.

Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu’s first lecture was a slippers making Course, taught by Mr Bentley Chukwuemeka, the founder of The Footwear Academy. Within an hour, the Governor was done with his first pair.

See completed work below.

Futhermore, Mr Bentley Chukwuemeka, the Founder of the Academy, voiced his commitment in producing quality footwear and setting a high standard in his trainings.

His Excellency, who was excited with what he witnessed at The Academy, promised to provide the Academy a Land for expansion and growth to ensure more students are accommodated and trained.

He also called for a possible collaboration with the Eyimba Automated Shoe factory and the Abia State Polytechnic.

In his words, he expressed that “Aba can compete with the Chinese and other world leaders in the shoe Industry and hopes that soon, no one will ignore the shoes produced in Aba.

An honorary award was presented to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, as the Prestigious Ambassador of The Footwear Academy.

We wish to express our profound gratitude to His Excellency for this rare honour of having him as a student of The Footwear Academy.

A special thanks to our Patron and the Director general of the Abia State Marketing and Quality Management Agency, Barr. Sam Hart, for making all this possible.

 

 

 

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Alumni of the Week – David Caleb

Hey guys, Feels good to have you back. A warm Happy New Month to you all.

We are excited to have you back on the amazing stories of our “Alumni of the Week” series.

Below is the link to the previous edition, do click on the link and have a wonderful read.

Alumni of the Week – Bariture Peter-mkpeme

We present to you our next feature on the “Alumni of the week” series, no other than the Zealous, David Caleb, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

One of David’s wishes was to have a skill in shoemaking and own a footwear company some day.

What better way to make this wish come through than to sign up for the Life changing opportunity, the Aba Mastering Footwear Training Program.

Let’s hear from him, as he shares his experience at The Academy.

Hello David, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is David Caleb.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program through Mr Bentley.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I’ve been looking forward to having a skill in footwear production, when I got to know about the training, i was so happy and couldn’t help but leverage the opportunity.

Tell us your experience during the training.

It was an opportunity I’m glad I signed up for.

I had no idea footwear production could be taught from a whole new dimension. TFA made sure that each and every one of us was carried along and none was left behind.

I met with intellectuals and learnt a lot from them. In all, I’m glad I was part of the training and didn’t miss out.

Interesting, so what’s next for you?

It has been my dream to own a footwear Company.

I hope to build my brand, The Footwear Engineer” gradually and up to the standard TFA taught us. Also, I wish to extend this skill to other youth who are also interested in footwear production.

What advice do you have for young people?

My advice to young people is to learn a skill to attach to their education, especially something they are passionate about.

Kindly drop your contact information.

Sure, I can be reached with the phone number 08140045182

 

Thank you David, we wish you all the best in your shoe making journey ahead.

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Alumni of the Week – Bariture Peter-mkpeme

“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow – Will Dyen.

Hey guys, a Happy New Week to you all and welcome to another edition of the “Alumni of the Week” series.

Before we proceed, here is the link to the previous edition if you missed it.

Alumni of the Week – Oseni Dorcas Dupe

We present our next feature for the Alumni spotlight, Bariture Peter-mkpeme, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Been a part of the Aba Mastering Footwear Training was a fulfilling moment for Bariture.

She not only learnt footwear production but also cleared her doubts about MadeInNigeria shoes.

Let’s hear from her, as she shares her experience at The Academy.

Hello Bariture, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Bariture Peter-mkpeme.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program through a friend.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

Well, I’m really passionate about footwear production, I saw the opportunity and couldn’t help but leverage it.

Tell us your experience during the training.

My experience at The Footwear Academy was just amazing.

I wish to thank TFA for building the confidence in me that locally produced footwear can compete favourably with foreign/imported ones.

Each class was a moment to go back fulfilled. The instructors ensured we made the best out of ourselves as no opportunity was given to laxity.

Interesting, so what’s next for you?

Building my own brand “T-smiles Footy”.

I hope to elevate T-smiles Footy to a height where she competes favourably with other footwear manufacturers, both locally and internationally.

What advice do you have for young people?

Be determined to bring out the best in you, surround yourself with the right thinking people.

Kindly drop your contact information.

Sure, I can be reached with the phone number 07067407974

 

Thank you Bariture, it was nice having you at The Academy. We wish you all the best.

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Alumni of the Week – Oseni Dorcas Dupe

“Goal setting is the secret to a compelling future – Tony Robbins.

Hey guys, welcome to another edition of the “Alumni of the Week” series.

We tell our Alumni stories to inspire the young people out there to do more and never quit.

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

Alumni of the Week – Abdulazeez Qazeem

Featuring in this edition is an ambitious Lady, Oseni Dorcas Dupe, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Fun Fact about Dupe,

Dupe wanted to do something different from her usual. She signed up for the Aba Mastering Footwear training with no previous knowledge of shoemaking.

She was amazed at what she could achieve within a short period of time.

Let’s hear from her, as she shares her experience at The Academy.

Hello Dupe, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Oseni Dorcas Dupe.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program via LinkedIn.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I would say my interest in footwear making and also the Academy’s tagline that says “Equipping youths to produce export standard footwear”. It made me think of footwear making in another perspective.

I also made my research about The Academy on their website and social media handles and knew that there was something different about this particular Academy.

Tell us your experience during the training.

My experience at The Footwear Academy was all round educative.

I didn’t believe I could achieve so much within that short period. The experience trained my mindset on being disciplined and focused on life goals.

It was a great opportunity to be trained by Enterpreneurs that have been exposed to the rigour and vigour of Enterpreneurship and still came out great.

The soft skills, hard skills, the knowledge gained was all so encompassing.

Interesting, so what’s next for you?

Definitely making more and more footwear.

I look forward to building a global business that will impact the world.

And I hope to achieve that with my brand “Calvariae Crafts”.

What advice do you have for young people?

The best time to plant a tree was 20years ago, the next best time is now.

Whatever you need to do to improve or equip yourself, start now.

Kindly drop your contact information.

My brand name on social media is “Calvariae Crafts” and I can be reached with the phone number 07011914418

 

Thank you Dupe, we are proud of you and wish you success in all your future endeavours.

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Alumni of the Week – Abdulazeez Qazeem

MAY I have the pleasure of wishing you all a Happy New Month and MAY it be a blessed month to us all.

Welcome to a new edition of the “Alumni of the week” series.

Did you miss the previous edition? Click below and catch up.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-umukoro-stella

In this edition, we will be featuring a passionate shoemaker, Abdulazeez Qazeem, one of our batch B student of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Qazeem made no delay in pursuing his passion for shoemaking. Just as he was rounding up his slippers making course, he came across the Aba Mastering Footwear Training Program.

It was like an ‘All-in-one’ package for him and an upgrade to his expectations.

Let’s hear from him as he shares his experience at The Academy.

Hello Qazeem, please introduce yourself.

Hi, My name is Abdulazeez Qazeem. It’s an honour to be here.

How did you hear about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the training program on Facebook.

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

I’ve always had passion for shoemaking. I even enrolled in a course to learn slippers and sandals making after my youth service.

The Aba Mastering Footwear program came at the time I just finished my slippers making course, I felt it’s definitely what I needed to up my game in the shoemaking proper, learning shoe designs like Oxford, derby, loafers and so on.

And how will you sum up your experience during the training?

I had an awesome experience at The Academy.

The facilitators, the instructors, the TFA Team, my colleagues and the teaching environment was top-notch.

Getting to learn how to make different shoes like Oxford, loafers, and even female flat shoes was an awesome experience.

I’m glad and grateful that I signed up for the training program.

Interesting, what’s next for you?

The next thing is to put all I’ve learnt here into practice.

I intend making 24_feet become a brand to reckon with in the shoemaking industry.

 

So what advice do you have for young people?

My advice to young people is to never quit. The future is always brighter, be focused and make the most out of it.

Could you drop your contact information 

I can be reached with the Whatsapp  number 07063805533 while  my instagram handle is; @24_feet and Facebook 24 Feets.

 

It was nice having you at The Academy Qazeem. We wish you all the best as you make exploits.

 

 

 

 

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