Alumni of the Week – Precious Oriji

Hey guys, welcome to the first Edition of the “Alumni of the week” series.

We will be having an interactive session with Miss Precious Oriji, one of our students from the Batch A session of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

The Aba Mastering Footwear Program is an intensive 8 weeks shoemaking program that will transform and engage 100 unemployed youths in Abia state into gainful employment and sustainable entrepreneurship through shoemaking.

It is sponsored by the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) under the NDYEP Project.

Precious will be sharing with us story of her journey into shoemaking and her experience at The Footwear Academy.


Hi Precious, we are delighted to have you as our “Alumni of the week”. Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Oriji Precious Ijeoma.

How did you hear about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

Well, I saw the advert on a friend’s Whatsapp status.

Wow, what motivated you to sign up for the Aba mastering footwear program?

I was actually not doing anything at the moment as schools were closed due to the covid-19 pandemic outbreak. So I decided to sign up to keep busy.

Tell us your experience during the training?

It was not easy at first, but TFA made it easier with their condusive learning environment. The facilitators were very helpful too. I also learnt about creating partnerships, enterpreneurship, branding and value proposition.

I am most delighted about the things I was able to achieve. You can see for your self in the pictures.


Precious work

Precious work

Amazing work,

what’s next for you?

I am starting small and I am hopeful for the journey ahead.

What advice do you have for young people?

Learn to recognize opportunity and use it effectively.

Could you drop your contact details?

Of course. I can be reached through the phone number – 07061066903

Thank you for your time precious, it was really an amazing footwear journey you had at The Footwear Academy. We wish you all the best.






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