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.

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


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

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