Alumni of the Week – Samson Akpan JennyJoyce

Hey guys, we are happy to welcome you back to our exciting new stories on The Alumni of the Week series.

As always, below is the link to the previous edition of our story.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-akpan-favour-abasiamaa

Presenting our next feature for the Alumni of the week series, the diligent Samson Akpan JennyJoyce, an Alumni of the Academy.

Fun Fact about Jenny;

Jenny despite having a degree in law, saw the need to acquire a skill. She Chose shoemaking to solve her personal problem with finding good shoes in her size and also to offer her services to others who face same issue.

She signed up for our 6 months mastery footwear program.

Want to know how it all went down? Continue below.

Hi Jenny, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Samson Akpan JennyJoyce.

How did you hear about The Footwear Academy?

I got to know about The Academy through Google search.

What motivated you to choose shoemaking despite having a degree?

It’s been my drive to acquire a skill despite having a degree and my mum is also a huge advocate of skills alongside degrees.

I was home for a very long time due to the pandemic lockdown, I decided that I was ready to learn a skill and shoemaking was the first to come to mind due to my own personal struggle with finding nice shoes in my size.

So my drive to learn shoemaking is first to solve a personal problem and to also offer my services to others who face same issues.

Interesting, How would you sum up your training experience at The Footwear Academy.

It was indeed an interesting experience. Coming to The Footwear Academy cleared whatever insecurity I had about the town, Aba.

The entire 6months got me learning how to make different kinds of footwear ranging from the Oxford shoe to Derby, Monkstrap, Loafers, chelsea boot etc.

The knowledge I gained at the academy was worth my stay. I’m really grateful to my tutors, my colleagues and the entire TFA team for making my stay fun and educative.

Why did you Choose to train at The Footwear Academy?

What made TFA stand out from other places I saw online was the structure it had. The structure in terms of the programs available, visible duration for each program, course outline and so on.

I am proud to say I learnt shoemaking at The Footwear Academy and would also recommend the academy to anyone who is interested.

Awesome, so what’s next for you?

My plan is to start my shoemaking business to complement my white collar job.

Drop your contact information too.

I can be reached with the number 08177384666.

What advice do you have for young people?

A skill should complement your degree. You might not know which of them would save you tomorrow. Gone are the days when we solely depend on our certificate alone, equip yourself more with a desired skill.

What an interesting story from Jenny. It was fun having you at The Academy. We wish you success in your future endeavors.

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Alumni of the Week – Akpan Favour Abasiamaa

“knowing is not enough, we must apply, wishing is not enough, we must do” – Johann Wolfgang.

It’s good to have you all back on a brand new edition of the “Alumni of the Week” series.

Stay glued and have a wonderful read.

As always, we have you covered incase you missed the previous edition. See link below.

www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-iwuagwu-goodness

We present to you our next feature, the talented, Akpan Favour, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Akpan is a young and creative entrepreneur who sort to improve his skill on footwear production.

The Aba Mastering Footwear program was the right tool he needed to achieve his goal.

Let’s dive in and hear his story.

Hello Akpan, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Akpan Favour Abasiamaa.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program online.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I have so much passion for leather craft ranging from bag making to shoe making.

I had the basic knowledge on footwear production and needed to improve on it.

I saw the Aba Mastering footwear program as the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Tell us your experience during the training.

It was an awesome experience. During the training, I learnt more than enough.

It was a nice experience for me from the pattern making to  the production and with the  entrepreneurial soft skill, it was all enlightening and educative.

I learnt a lot and even improved on my previous knowledge on footwear production.

Interesting, so what’s next for you?

I wish to gradually establish my brand, “Nissibrand Creation”. I hope to keep practicing all I have learnt, putting my skills to work and one day training interested young individuals in the line of leatherworks production.

It’s my intention to build a renowed brand in the leatherworks industry and I will work hard towards achieving that.

What advice do you have for young people?

I’ll advice the young people to try as much as possible to acquire a skill, it should be as important as your education. We shouldn’t always depend on the government.

Kindly drop your contact information.

My brand name on social media is “Nissibrand Creation” and I can be reached with the phone number 07011362147

 

Thank you Akpan, we are glad you had a fruitful time at The Academy. We wish you success in all your future endeavours.

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Alumni of the Week – Iwuagwu Goodness

It gets better, it get’s more exciting sharing the amazing stories of our super talented Alumni.

We take pride in their success stories and hope to inspire the younger generation to quit making excuses and take the bold step towards pursuing their passion.

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

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-sandra-chidera-nwachukwu

Meanwhile, Our next feature on the Alumni of the week series goes to the ambitious, Iwuagwu Goodness, an Alumnus of The Footwear Academy.

Short story about Goodness;

Goodness desired to acquire a skill but she needed something different from the everyday norm.

Footwear production topped the list for her, she hurriedly signed up for our 3 weeks Basic Slippers and Sandals training program.

Want to know how it all went down? Continue below.

Hi Goodness, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Iwuagwu Goodness. It’s a pleasure to be here.

How did you hear about The Footwear Academy?

I got to know about The Academy through an online search on Google.

What motivated you to sign up for our 3 weeks Basic Slippers and Sandals making course?

Acquiring a skill was on my top list and I needed to do something outside the usual.

The thought of making footwear crossed my mind and I loved it owing to the fact that I am a footwear lover.

I started my search online and Google helped me locate The Footwear Academy and the rest is history.

How would you sum up your training experience at The Footwear Academy.

It was an awesome experience. I had a wonderful time at The Academy.

I really learnt a lot within the short period I stayed with them.

I always looked forward to my next class because there was always something new to learn.

I really miss my stay there and I still thank and appreciate God for making TFA a part of my success story today and in future.

What were your expectations during your 3 weeks training at The Footwear Academy?

Actually, I signed up for the training program hoping to achieve the best I can.

In just 3 weeks I learnt how to make different designs of the slippers and sandals, so I can proudly say that my expectations were met in full.

Awesome, so what’s next for you?

The next step for me is to keep getting better with what I have learnt. I plan on setting up my own footwear brand “Kraft Flips”, an owerri-based brand.

I intend building the brand to be known in and outside Owerri.

That’s great, Drop your contact information too.

My brand name is Kraft_Flips on Instagram and I can be reached with the number 09012781662. I stay in Owerri.

What advice do you have for young people?

Do not wait until manner falls from above or until government gives you a job before you acquire a skill.

Start now to discover your passion and pursue it. Always make hay while the sun shines.

 

You’ve heard it from Goodness, Make hay while sun shines. It was amazing having you at The Academy Goodness. We wish you success in your shoemaking journey ahead.

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TFA Alumni – Eunice Nwokocha Presents A Shoe To Former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan

Presidential Shoes, TFA Alumnus Presents some pairs of her shoes to Dr Goodluck Jonathan, Former President of Nigeria.

Eunice Uchechi Nwokocha is an Alumnus of The Footwear Academy.

She was one of the participants of the Batch B session of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program organized by The Footwear Academy and supported by Pind foundation in 2020.

On the 25th of June 2021, The Albino Foundation paid a Courtesy visit to The Former President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, to appreciate him for his efforts  towards the Foundation and persons with Albinism.

The Former President during his administration as the President of Nigeria, funded the free skin cancer treatment for persons with Albinism which Eunice benefitted from, for all her skin cancer surgeries and treatment.

As a way of expressing her gratitude, she made some pairs of shoes and presented them to Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

An applaudable bold step by the young and skilled entrepreneur.

As a way of giving back to the  society also, she plans on collaborating with The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation to train Entrepreneurs on footwear making.

Eunice is such an inspiring young  lady, despite been visually impaired, she made sure nothing hindered her from achiveing a skill in shoe making.

Even after her training at The Footwear Academy, she has worked hard to show herself approved.

Today, we are proud to call her one of our own. Her milestone is really applaudable. We wish her all the best as she makes more exploits.

 

 

 

 

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The Footwear Academy emerges winner of the 2021 National MSMEs Awards for Excellence in Leatherworks

TFA emerges winner of the 2021 National MSMEs Awards for Excellence in Leatherworks.

The National MSMEs Awards since it’s conception, has become a prominent feature in the annual event calendar of the MSMEs community in Nigeria.

2021 marked the 4th National MSMEs Awards and it had over 12,600 applicants in which 24 applicants made it to the finals and 11 applicants emerged winners in different categories.

The Footwear Academy victoriously emerged winners of the 2021 National MSMEs Award for Excellence in Leatherworks.

The Footwear Academy in her emerging category, won a grand prize of 1million naira and a brand new car.

The Vice President in his speech at the event, noted the creativity of the 2021 winners of the awards and also commended the various brands including The Footwear Academy, for promoting made in Nigeria products under the footwear industry.

The Founder and Co-founder of The Footwear Academy, who were in attendance at the event in Abuja, presented a pair of shoe and a Laptop bag made by the company to the Vice president, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo.

We give all the glory to God almighty for crowning our efforts with success.

Special thanks to the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo for this prestigious award and recognition. Many thanks to the organizers of the MSME Clinic Nigeria.

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Alumni of the Week – Sandra Chidera Nwachukwu

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

Welcome back to yet another interesting edition of 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-erondu-kelechi-kingsley

On this week’s edition, we present to you, the elegant Sandra Nwachukwu, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Sandra had nursed the idea of learning shoemaking due to difficulty she encounters while trying to purchase a footwear because of her plus size feet.

She stumbled upon The Aba Mastering Footwear Program and leveraged the opportunity.

Join in as she shares her experience at The Footwear Academy.

Hi Sandra, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Sandra Chidera Nwachukwu.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I heard about the program on social media, Facebook precisely. My friend Hope Ogunka, who was already enrolled in the first batch of the program was always posting updates and I stumbled on one of those updates and made more enquiry.

What motivated you to sign up for the program?

I have always nursed the idea of producing my own shoes. This low key idea was birthed from the difficulty I encounter in getting footwear to buy. I am Large footed and each time I go footwear shopping, I either see fine designs that are either undersized or oversized, this alone was very frustrating.

Tell us your experience during the training.

My training started on a wrong foot but I was determined not to be deterred.

On my first day to the training center, I was robbed. The driver and conductor of the bus I boarded noticed I was a newbie in the city from my mannerism and they took advantage of the situation. My phone was taken away.

The situation made me buckle up. I paid more attention in class and tried to read the online notes using the gadgets of other trainees.

I must at this point say I had very supportive team mates. The TFA training ship sailed by Mr Bentley Chukwuemeka also made my situation bearable. They were ever ready to answer questions and give directions where necessary.

Mrs Chidinma Chukwuemeka also made our training sessions fun with games and teachings on soft skills. God bless the family.

 

Awesome, so what’s next for you?

I intend to grow my shoe production brand @Shoegar.

I will also enroll for more training program so that I can perfect my skills and possibly train other people too.

Drop your contact information too.

I can be reached with the number, 08103761211 and on Facebook @shoegar

What advice do you have for young people?

I will advice young people out there not to relent in their pursuit of success. Life would throw different obstacles along your path but you must be resilient and focused. Victory comes to those who wait quitting.

 

It was great having you at The Academy Sandra, we wish you success as you journey ahead.

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Alumni of the Week – Erondu Kelechi Kingsley

“The best way to predict your future is to create it – Abraham Lincoln.

Happy New Week guys, one more week and we say goodbye to June, what a fast paced month. Do well to make the best out of it.

It’s a new edition of the Alumni of the week series. Which Alumni would it be? Stay tuned to find out.

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

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-winniefred-azuka

Presenting our next feature for the Alumni of the week series, the industrious young Man, Erondu Kingsley, one of our batch B student of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Kingsley took his first step into achieving his dreams of becoming a bespoke shoe maker, when he signed up for the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Did his aspiration come true?

Let’s find out as he shares his experience at The Academy.

Hello Kingsley, please introduce yourself.

My name is Erondu Kelechi Kingsley.

How did you hear about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program on social media.

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

I love footwear and had always desired to design my footwear myself.

When I saw the Aba Mastering Footwear Program, I queued into it because it will breathe reality into my dreams of becoming a bespoke shoe maker.

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

I enjoyed every bit of my stay at The Footwear Academy.

The mystery behind footwear production was unveiled to me which goes from pattern making to leather tracing, final production and finishing.

Indeed, it was a dream come true for me.

Interesting, what’s next for you?

To start my footwear bespoke business.

But for the mean time, I am running an internship program at The Footwear Academy.

I intend gaining more insight in footwear production, more knowledge on material purchase and so on, before setting up my own company.

I wish to give my clients nothing short of the best, as I am learning from the best.

So what advice do you have for young people?

My advice to young people is to take skill acquisition very serious, because your handwork is what will sustain you in the rainy days.

Could you drop your contact information 

Sure, I can be reached with the phone number 08167116143.

 

And it’s a wrap with Kingsley. A great decision he took there. We wish you success in your shoe making journey ahead.

 

 

 

 

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Alumni of the Week – Winniefred Azuka

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

Hey guys, Good to have you back. It’s a brand new week and a good time for an amazing story on our Alumni of the Week series.

As usual, find below the link to the  previous edition, if you missed it.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-david-caleb

On this week’s edition, our Alumni spotlight goes to, Winniefred Azuka, one of our batch B student of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Fun Fact about Winnie:

Winnie was already stepping up her search for a Shoemaking  Academy when she came across The Footwear Academy’s page on Instagram.

Luckily for her, She stumbled upon the ad for The Aba Mastering Footwear Program and maximized the opportunity.

Let’s dive in and hear her story.

Hello Winniefred, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Winniefred Azuka.

How did you hear about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program through my search for a shoemaking academy.

I came across The Academy’s page on Instagram, I read through the page and found out they were actually running an ad for a footwear mastery program.

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

I was crazily in love with the act of footwear making, i was already insearch of a Shoemaking school when I came across the program, I instantly knew the opportunity was something I was looking forward to.

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

At first, I had cold feet as I was afraid of not fitting in. I felt I was slow in learning and might be left behind.

But then, Mr Bentley made everything easier for me. He was always patient with us, taking his time to go through our work and always willing to dish out correction when necessary.

I also had the best teammates who were caring and willing to help when I’m confused.

The TFA team were just amazing, with them, we never felt mistreated, they were always ready to listen and help when necessary. In all, I felt loved.

Interesting, what’s next for you?

Building my brand into something big.

I have already sold out some of the slippers I made after the training, and I have been getting more orders.

I intend taking my brand, “Rubykrafts”, further and owning a factory where I can teach others and also sell my products.

So what advice do you have for young people?

My advice to young people is to look out for opportunities. There are lots of opportunities our there, put yourself in the position where you get to discover them gradually. Keep been focused, so you don’t end up loosing your diamonds while trying to pick stones.

Could you drop your contact information 

Sure. My Instagram handle is; @rubykrafts while Facebook is; Ruby Krafts. My phonenumber is 09014484901

 

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

 

 

 

 

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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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