“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.
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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.