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.

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.



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.

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.




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.

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

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,

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.




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,

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.






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 , 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.






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.







5 Care Tips for Moccasins

Moccasins are made from various animals hides and leather.

Moccasins can either be slippers or boots. They may be soft soled (indoor use) or hard soled (outdoor use).

This week, our blog post is dedicated to teaching you 5 tips on the proper care of your moccasin shoes.


Tip 1

  • The non-suede leather moccasins are to be cleaned with high quality leather cleaner or saddle soap.
  • Clean the leather in a circular motion by using a damp sponge into the cleaner to create a foam.
  • Using a clean dry cloth, blot the foam. A separate clean cloth is to be used to buff the leather.
  • Allow the leather to dry overnight before wearing.

Tip 2

  • Apply leather conditioner to soften and lubricate the leather and protect the surface from dirt and stains.
  • Moisten the sponge with the conditioner. Rub the conditioner into the moccasin in a circular motion.
  • With a soft dry cloth, buff the leather and allow the shoes to dry.
  • Reapply the conditioner after each cleaning.

Tip 3

  • Wash the moccasin liners with a mild shampoo or liquid soap.
  • Rinse off the shampoo and allow to dry overnight.
  • You can also hand wash the liners and allow to dry if they are removable.

Tip 4

  • If you wear moccasins outdoors, ensure to waterproof the shoes with beeswax especially if you live in a damp climate.
  • To soften the beeswax,place the beeswax in a double boiler and heat it over low heat.
  • Apply the softened beeswax into the leather working it in thoroughly alone the seams to ensure additional protection.
  • Allow the moccasins to dry. Then buff with a soft cloth.

Tip 5

  • Moccasins can be cleaned regularly by brushing the moccasins with a suede brush.
  • Rub the surface lightly with fine sandpaper or use a cleaning kit made especially for suede shoes.
  • Small stains can be removed with a suede eraser or a damp sponge.

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Cheatsheet for Every Shoe Owner

The basic care of a shoe though quite simple can be quite daunting at first.

Today’s blog post offers you a checklist you can always remember to ensure your shoes last long and serve you long.

  • Air Dry Your Shoes, Always

You shoes need a sufficient amount of air to “breathe” properly, just as your skin would.

Depriving your shoes of air leads to molding. A gentle reminder, never store your shoes in plastic, it drains the air out of the shoes.

  • Overheating Kills!

In our previous posts, we had suggested using a hairdryer to stretch your shoes. To ensure the shoes maintain their desired shape, heating must be avoided.

Never expose your shoes to any direct source of head even to sun rays. Always dry your shoes in the shade or air dry as much as possible.

  • Dry Feet Please

Aside from the myriad of health issues that aria due to damp/moist feet, wearing your shoes with damp feet isn’t advisable.

Ensure to properly dry your feet before you wear your shoes. Wet shoes mild easily.

  • Remember to Wipe

As soon as mud or various types of liquids come in contact with your shoes (especially leather) endeavour to wipe them off almost immediately.

This prevents the shoe from getting stained.

  • Avoid the Washing Machine

The proper cleaning of shoes have to be done by hand. Even the gentlest of cycles can be very damaging to the shoes.

Do not be tempted to clean your sneakers or canvas or mesh shoes in the washing machine. The machine damages the glue that keeps them together and makes the sole look worn out.

  • Wear One Pair of Shoes Less Often

Constantly wearing a pair of shoes damages the structure irreversibly. No amount of cleaning can correct this level of damage. Try to rotate your shoe wardrobe more often to elongate the lifespan of your shoes.

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5 Shoe Hacks to Prevent Foot Slip in Shoes

Imagine walking on the road and you are conversing with a friend and deep into the conversation, your feet pops out like a champagne cork  from your shoes. Embarrassing right?

If this has happened to you, take solace in the fact that many individuals especially women have experienced this footwear malfunction too.

This week, our blog post is centered on 5 tips to help reduce the slip rate of your feet out of shoes.

  • Line Your Shoes with Insoles, Cushion or Inserts.

Insoles ensures that your feet do not slide up or down while walking in them. If you do not feel comfortable using one insole, you can double up.

If after trying this hack and your feet still slip out, you can place inserts where the back of your heels touch the shoes. For sandals, place the inserts on the heel of the shoes as well.

  • Stuff Your Shoes

This hack is ideal for closed toe shoes. You fill the toe box with newspapers or fabrics that are not too harsh on the feet.

A properly stuffed shoe offers your feet no room to move forward or slip forward.

  • Attempt a Different Shoe Style

Rather than opt for heels that you may find so hard to walk in, you can go for pumps or other styles that offer you the height you crave as well as the comfort your feet desires.

  • Spray Hairspray on Your Feet

Need your feet to stick to your shoes like glue? Try hairspray! Hairspray makes your feet sticky and helps to prevent your feet from slipping out especially from sandals. Yikes! No one like that.

If you want to walk properly in narrow heels or your feet are narrow, a can of hairspray is a must have on your vanity.

  • Use a Double-sided Tape

This also prevents your feet from slipping. This hack has the same effect as the hairspray hack. However, people with very sweaty feet may not consider this hack as sweat and heat produced from the feet makes the tape to become less sticky.

To be safe side, always carry a pair of extra tape in the event of the tape losing its elasticity.


If you have ever wondered how your supermodels walk the runway without wobbling, one of these hacks make that possible.

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Amazing Facts about Derby Shoes

Derby shoes are a type of shoes that are distinctly characterized by eyelet tabs which are stitched on the top of the shoe’s vamp.

Derby shoes also sport an open lacing style as opposed to the Oxford shoes that have the closed lacing style.

Here are some amazing facts about Derby shoes you never knew;


  • Derby Shoes were Originally Outdoor Shoes

Derby shoes were originally used as sporting or hunting boots for the Victorian gentlemen. Derby boots were the sneakers for these gentlemen.

The shoe underwent a lot of evolution till it became an acceptable everyday shoe.


  • The Derby Design may have been Inspired by an Army Officer.

The origin of the derby shoe isn’t so clear. The design of the derby shoe is said to be inspired by the Prussian officer, Gebhard Leberecht Von Blücher.

He created the open lacing style that led to the derby shoe. The open lacing style made the boots more manageable to wear during the war when compared to the heavy boots that existed then.

  • Derby shoes may have been named after an Earl.

Another angle regarding the true beginnings of the derby shoe teacher back to an Earl- the 14th Earl of derby.

History has it that he was a man with very wide feet and found it so hard to find shoes due to his unique feet.

To solve his problem, his shoemaker designed an open laced boot to help him get on or off his shoes more easily.

This version, however, is one of the many stories about the true beginnings of the derby shoe.


  • Derby shoe has a number of confusing names

Other popular names for this shoe are; the gibson or the blucher among many others. Note that these names just describe the style of derby shoes and not the true derby shoe.

A true derby has; an open lacing system, an exposed ankle, is made up of 2 quarters and had a vamp with a tongue.


  • Derby shoes are the most comfortable formal shoes

The open lace system makes the derby shoes less limit than the other shoe types. Are your feet wide? Do your feet have high arches?

The best shoe choice to consider is the Derby Shoe.


Derby shoes are not as classic and formal as Oxford shoes. They are however the choice footwear if you intend to nail the relaxed formal look or casual look.


Sign up for our Derby making class. To register, Click here.