Alumni of the Week – Chinenye Peace Icha

New week comes with new goals, more focus and super exciting new stories on The Alumni of the Week series.

Did you miss the previous edition? No worries, we got you.

Click on the link and catch up.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-ndukwe-marvelous-orji

Excited to announce our tenth feature, Chinenye Peace Icha, one of our Batch A student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Fun Fact about Chinenye;

Chinenye was eager to be more creative with her new found skill and guess what?

She signed up for our one month internship program.

Eager to hear her story? Stay tuned.

Hi Chinenye, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Chinenye Peace Icha.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I heard about the program on social media.

What motivated you to sign up for the program?

My quest to learn shoe making made me sign up for the program.

Tell us your experience during the training.

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

Not just learning shoe making, but also learning soft skills that would enable one have a complete 360 degree goal setting and it’s achievemnet.

The Footwear Academy is the best place to be, as far as footwear making is concerned.

I will forever remain grateful to this amazing couple, that devoted their time in helping the youth discover their talents.

Sir Bentley and Mrs Chidinma has been a blessing to young people who are passionate about footwear designing.

May heaven continue to reward you guys.

Amen to your prayer.

What were your expectations during your one month internship at The Footwear Academy?

Honestly, I needed to be more creative as a footwear designer. Learn more pattern making and perfect my finishing skills.

Indeed, I got more than expected and I don’t regret signing up for the internship.

Awesome, so what’s next for you?

Definitely getting started with what I have learnt and establishing my brand which I named “POM FOOTWEAR”.

Wow, Drop your contact information too.

I can be reached on the number, 09039160444.

What advice do you have for young people?

I will advice young people to discover their passion and Chase it with all they have. Stop over thinking and start doing.

We’ve heard it all from Chinenye. We are proud of her and wish her success on her journey ahead.

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Alumni of the Week – Ndukwe Marvelous Orji

“Who you are tomorrow, begins with what you do today” – Tim Fargo

It’s a new week and a new edition of the “Alumni of the Week” series.

Before we proceed, here is the link to the previous edition just in case you missed it.

Alumni of the Week – Chioma Gift Edoziem

Our Ninth feature goes to, Ndukwe Marvelous Orji, one of our students from the Batch A session of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Marvelous is a lover of leather works. He yearned to be creative with it and he found his niche at The Footwear Academy.

Let’s hear his experience at The Academy.

Hi Marvelous, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Ndukwe Marvelous Orji.

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?

I have always been a lover of leather works. My passion and zeal for shoe making prompted me to sign up for the program.

Tell us your experience during the training.

It is an experience I won’t forget. My love for leather work came to reality just by one encounter with The Footwear Academy.

I never believed I would make good, quality and durable shoes that can stand a chance of competing with International footwear brands.

 

At first, the journey was blurry, but as we continued pushing, I started seeing a dream come true.

Thank God for my kind of teachers, @The Bentley’s, I can’t just comprehend the kind of heart they have in rendering selfless services.

The Footwear Academy is a blessing to the footwear industry.

Interesting, so what’s next for you?

I intend coming back to The Footwear Academy for an internship program before establishing.

Nice, kindly drop your contact information.

Ok. My phone number is 08161631570

What advice do you have for young people?

I advice young people to go for Enterpreneur. They should pray to get people like they Bentley’s,as their teachers or better still enroll with The Footwear Academy to get the best knowledge they would need to succeed in business.

Thank you Marvelous for acknowledging our effort. We appreciate. We wish you success in your journey ahead.

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Alumni of the Week – Chioma Gift Edoziem

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

Welcome to a brand new edition of the “Alumni of the Week” series. Guess who is our eighth feature? Let’s find out.

Meanwhile, if you missed the previous edition, here is the link.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-chinenye-mary-igwe

This edition is all about our very own, Chioma Gift Edoziem, one of our Batch A student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Chioma was just fresh out of NYSC when she heard about the training. She was excited about acquiring a skill and she made good use of her time.

She is currently working at The Footwear Academy and we look forward to a successful journey with her.

Let’s hear her experience at The Footwear Academy.

Hi Chioma, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Chioma Gift Edoziem.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the training through the social media, Facebook precisely.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I saw the program as a means of acquiring a skill and keeping busy, because I had nothing doing as at then due to the Pandemic lockdown.

Tell us your experience during the training?

The experience was top-notch. I saw myself doing things that I never thought I could do. I made my own shoes for the very first time in my life.

In addition to that, I met young  people with a whole new energy and vibe. I also learnt business management and other soft skills.

In all, I’m glad I crossed path with The Footwear Academy and all thanks to Mr Bentley, Mrs Chidinma, Mr Benjamin and Pind Foundation for creating this opportunity.

What’s next for you?

I intend going into footwear business and I have my brand already “Omzy Designs”.

Here are some of the footwear I made myself.

I am currently working with The Footwear Academy. I intend improving my skills and adding value to the Academy in my little way.

That’s Awesome, Drop your contact information too.

Alright, My phone number is 08107587227.

My business social media handle is Omzy Designs on Facebook and Instagram.

So, what advice do you have for young People?

Independency and Hard-work should be among the core values you should have as a young person.

Strive to do what you love most, make the most out of it and don’t be a lazy Nigerian youth as we are been tagged.

Thank you Chioma. We are glad to have you on our team. Let’s grow together. We wish you all the best.

 

 

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Alumni of the Week – Chinenye Mary Igwe

Hey guys, we are back with more amazing stories. This is the seventh week of the “Alumni of the Week” series.

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 – Turaki Hassan Muhammad

Today, we present to you the Shoe girl, Chinenye Igwe, one of our batch A student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Chinenye was already into footwear making before the Program. She makes pams and slippers from the comfort of her home.

She saw a need to sharpen her already existing skill on footwear production and successfully leveraged The Aba Mastering Footwear Training.

Recently, she held an Enterpreneurship session tagged “Skill Up 1.0”. A program aimed at training school children on footwear production at no cost.

Let’s dive in and hear her story.

Hello Chinenye, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Chinenye Mary Igwe.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

To got to know about the program through social media.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I wanted to learn more about footwear production and connect with people of like minds.

Tell us your experience during the training.

It was a fulfilling experience, just as I hoped for. I didn’t regret registering for the program. I learnt a lot that will help me manage my business.

What’s next for you?

I plan setting up a factory where high quality footwear can be produced and more youths trained in the skill of footwear production.

I have a brand already “Lots Footwear Designs” and I hope to take it to the next level.

Talking about training the youth, can you tell us about the program you held recently?

Well, I had always wanted to give back to the society through my NGO Shining Star Initiative.

I wanted to train school children on footwear production, so I partnered with Exceeding Life Network and we came up the tag “Skill Up 1.0”.

Our target was school children at Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi State, we held the training at Practicing School Ezzangbo and had over 50 children in attendance.

To the glory of God, the program was a success.

Really Inspiring, What advice do you have for young people?

Young people should engage themselves profitably by learning a skill. This will minimize the level of dependence on government jobs.

Young people should focus on creating more jobs as the fee jobs available in the country is not enough for the population.

Kindly drop your contact information.

My number and social media information are inscribed on my logo design. See below.

Thank you Chinenye, we are super proud of your achievements. Do not relent, strive for more success. We wish you all the best.

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Alumni of the Week – Turaki Hassan Muhammad

“There are no limits to what you can achieve, except the limits you place on your own thinking” – Brian Tracy.

Welcome back guys, it is the sixth edition of the “Alumni of the week” series.

Hope you’re not missing out on any of the editions.

Here is the link to the previous edition.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-oluomachi-unogu

We have here with us, Mr Turaki Hassan, one of our student from the Batch A session of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Hassan was a serving corps member in Aba, when he heard about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

He left the shores of Aba, Abia State, with not just his NYSC certificate, but also a certificate of competence in Shoe Making.

Lets hear his story.

Hello Hassan, please introduce yourself.

Hi, my name is Turaki Hassan Muhammad. Thanks for having me here.

You’re welcome. 

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I heard about the program through a friend.

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

I have so much interest in the field of shoemaking, when I heard about the program, it was like a golden opportunity for me.

Wow, Tell us your experience during the training.

I had so much experiences. I learnt how to make Oxford shoes, Loafers, Decollete and even got some enterpreneurship and leadership trainings.

I’m just grateful to The Footwear Academy and Pind Foundation for this wonderful opportunity.

So, what’s next for you?

Putting my skills to work ofcourse. I plan on establishing my own brand “Hasfamt Series Wears”.

So far, I have been able to produce some of my designs to help boost my brand.

Nice designs, you can drop your contact information too.

 Oh thanks. Like I said before my brand is “Hasfamt Series Wears”,

And my phone number is 07065483992.

What advice do you have for young ones?

I would advice them to gain a skill, you never can tell where you will need it tomorrow.

Alright, it’s a wrap from Mr Hassan. He is establishing already. We are proud of you. We wish you Success in your journey.

 

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Alumni of the week – Oluomachi Unogu

“The secret of getting ahead, is getting started” – Mark Twain.

Introducing the fifth edition of the “Alumni of the Week” series. Each edition comes with a whole new package.

Here is the link to the previous edition. Sit back and enjoy.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-victor-akuma

Meanwhile, this edition is all about an Enterpreneur, Oluomachi Unogu, one of our Batch A student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Oluomachi is a vibrant and energetic Enterpreneur in the footwear industry.

She runs an online store “Oma’s Footwear”, a brand that sells unisex footwears.

She had always looked forward to a day she can proudly make her own footwear.

The Aba Mastering Footwear Program was just the perfect opportunity for her.

Let’s hear her experience at The Footwear Academy.

Hi Oma, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Oluomachi Godlead Unogu.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I heard about the program on social media platform, Instagram precisely.

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

I had always wanted to learn and master how to make footwear in different designs.

The program was just a perfect opportunity for me.

And how will you sum up your experience at The Footwear Academy?

It was a wonderful and unforgettable experience. Making shoes of different styles which includes decollete, Oxford, and so on, which I never thought I could do.

The Footwear Academy made that possible for me, and I’m grateful.

Also The Footwear Academy has helped me explore options, on business strategies and setting standards.

I can really say I have got so much experience after my encounter at The Footwear Academy.

Really interesting, so what’s next for you?

I’m working towards establishing and owning a brand of my own, by name “Oma’s footwear”, where all kinds of footwear and leather work are crafted.

Here is my business logo.

Great, what advice do you have for young people?

My advice is that they should learn a skill and try to always source out for opportunities that lies in it.

Always focus on whatever you put your mind into, don’t forget putting God as your priority.

Kindly drop your contact information.

Alright, my phone number is 07069639396 or 09052338795.

My business social media handle on Instagram and Facebook is ” Oma’s Footwear”.

Thank you for your time Oluomachi.

We are happy to be part of your growth process. We wish you all the best in your journey ahead.

 

 

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Alumni of the week – Victor Akuma

“Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success” – Scott Adams.

It’s the fourth edition of the “Alumni of the week” series already and it only gets better.

You know you shouldn’t miss any of the editions. Here is a link to the previous edition. Read and enjoy.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-hope-ogunka

Featuring on this edition, is a passionate writer, Victor Akuma, one of our batch A student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Victor is a talented writer, he has written articles for different blogs including crispng.com.

He had featured the founder of The Footwear Academy, Mr Bentley Chukwuemeka, in one of his articles.

Here is just a tip of the iceberg, https://www.crispng.com/why-young-business-owners-need-collaboration-to-succeed-bentley-chukwuemeka-ceo-of-the-footwear-academy/

Let’s hear from Victor, story of his footwear journey and his experience at The Footwear Academy.

Hello Victor, nice to have you here. Please introduce yourself.

Hi, my name is Victor Chibuike Akuma.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I heard about the progarm from a friend who partook in the training as well.

Given that you’re a writer, what motivated you to sign up for The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

It has been my dream to learn a new skill, time and the wherewithal have always been my problem, but because of Covid-19 break coupled with the opportunity provided by The Footwear Academy to learn at no cost, made my dream a reality.

Tell us your experience during the training.

I would say the training was all worth it. Learning a new skill and meeting new faces at The Footwear Academy is one of the good things that happened to me this year.

Sir Ben, Aunty Chidinma and everyone else who put us through the classes were all awesome.

It felt like dream come true been able to make my own footwear.

What’s next for you?

I’m putting all I have learnt into practice already and I want to be the next rated in this industry. I made these shoes after the training.

I also have my brand Logo already.

I’m glad you have it all figured out already. Why don’t you drop your contact information too.

Of course. My mobile number is 08174995105

Awesome, What advice do you have for young people?

In as much as academics is the way out of ignorance in the contemporary society, having a skill to support your certificate make you even more hopeful of a better future.

Wow, it’s been a great interactive session with Victor. I love his last line of advice to young people, so make hay while the sun shines.

 

 

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Alumni of the week – Hope Ogunka

“Cultivate the art of maximizing serendipitous opportunities” – Gina Greenlee

Welcome to the third edition of the “Alumni of the week” series.

As always we wouldn’t have you miss out on the previous edition,

Click on the link and have a good read, https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-wakil-ismail-kareem

Guess who we have today, our very own media lady, Hope Ogunka, one of our batch A student of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Hope is a television/radio presenter, She has a vision of starting her own television show someday.

She saw an opportunity in the Aba Mastering Footwear Program and decided to maximize it.

Let’s welcome the media lady, please introduce yourself.

My name is Hope Ndidiamaka Ogunka. I feel really honoured to be here.

How did you hear about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I heard about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program through the social media, on Facebook to be precise.

What really motivated you to sign up for the Aba Mastering Footwear Program even though you’re a media personnel?

Around March 2020, I attended a program, “Women will Aba”, where Mrs Chidinma was among the speakers. I loved how she spoke, it was soul lifting.

After the event, I connected with her on Facebook. When I saw the post she made about learning footwear making, my heart was filled with joy, not just because I was going to learn footwear making but I was also going to drink wisdom from Mrs Chidinma’s river of knowledge and I must say that my life was truly transformed.

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

My experience at The Footwear Academy was a beautiful one. It’s an experience that I am grateful for.

At least you can see my wonderful decollete shoe and slippers.

Interesting, what’s next for you?

For now, I would work on harnessing the art of shoemaking and improving the existing knowledge that I have on footwear making.

So what advice do you have for young people?

Dear young ones, maximize any opportunity of learning. It’s in the learning process that you discover purpose and passion.

Don’t take any experience for granted. Anything you do today, will count tomorrow. Keep pressing on, you can make it and you will make it.

Could you drop your contact information 

Sure. My phone number is 08034810508.

Also my Facebook/Linkedin/Instagram accounts bears the name Hope Ogunka.

So guys we draw the curtain here, I guess today’s quote summarizes this session. When a window of opportunity opens, always do well to maximize it.

 

 

 

 

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Alumni of the week – Wakil Ismail Kareem

Wow, it’s the second edition of the “Alumni of the week” series.

Did you miss the previous edition? Not to worry! We always have your back.

Just click on the link https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-precious-oriji , sit back and enjoy.

Meanwhile, we have here with us, Mr Wakil Ismail Kareem, one of our students from the Batch A session of the Aba mastering footwear program.

Wakil was just finishing up his NYSC program in Aba, Abia State,  when he heard about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program. He decided to take advantage of the opportunity and learn a new skill.

It’s good to have you here Mr Wakil, please introduce yourself.

The pleasure is mine, my name is Wakil Ismail Kareem.

So Mr Wakil, how did you hear about the Aba mastering footwear program?

I heard about the program from a very good friend of mine whom i once told about my dream of becoming a footwear engineer.

Interesting, tell us what motivated you to sign up for the Aba mastering footwear program?

It’s actually my curiosity to know more about the process of making shoes and to change the mindset of people towards shoemakers.

And how was your experience during the training?

I enjoyed every minute I spent in the academy, the lectures I received from the training coordinator, Mrs Chidinma (co-founder of TFA) are priceless and inspiring. The motivation from Mr Bentley (founder of TFA) really transformed my life and pushed me to do more till i get it right, the gentle nature and listening ears of Endless Ben isn’t left out. I’ll never forget the wonderful fellow students, the experience is so wonderful and the time spent in the academy was one of the best moment i spent in Abia State (Aba).

I was able to achieve some of these designs in my little stay at the academy.

 

So touching and those are really good works you have there, so what’s next for you?

Well I am working towards opening my own footwear brand. I call it “The footwear Paradise”.

That’s wonderful, drop your contact information so prospective client can easily reach you.

Ok. I base in Abuja and my phone number is 07036709043.

What is your advice to young people?

I’m encouraging them to pursue any productive skill they have passion for, the things they enjoy doing most. I’ll always advice them to learn from the best.

We’ve heard it all. Such passion for shoemaking, we are proud of you Wakil. We hope you achieve your dreams and inspire the next generation.

 

 

 

 

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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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