Alumni of the Week – Nzekwe Isaac

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

It’s a blessing to us that we are kicking off this 2021 journey with you all.

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

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-ikefuama-okechukwu

Our first feature for the year goes to, Nzekwe Obaluchi Isaac, an Alumnus of The Footwear Academy.

Short story about Isaac;

Isaac in his quest to earn a skill in footwear production, left his comfort zone “Abuja” in search of a place to learn the art of shoemaking.

Guess what?, He got to know about The Footwear Academy and hurriedly signed up for our 8 weeks private training program.

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

Hi Isaac, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Nzekwe Obaluchi Isaac.

How did you hear about The Footwear Academy?

I got to know about The Academy through my online search for a school that trains shoe makers.

What motivated you to sign up for our 8 weeks private training course?

My passion for self independency and productivity motivated me to sign up for the private training.

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

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

I got to know about different types of footwears that I had no idea of their names, just like the Monkstrap, Derby and so on.

The Footwear Academy really did Justice in breaking down the basics of footwear production.

In just 8 weeks, I learnt how to make different types of footwears both for the male and female.

I was super proud of myself on what I could achieve in few weeks.

The Footwear Academy has been a blessing to young people who are passionate about footwear designing. Kudos to them.

What were your expectations during your 8 weeks training at The Footwear Academy?

Actually, I just wanted to learn as much as I could during the course of the training.

 

 

Indeed, I got much more than my expectations and I can proudly boast of producing my own shoes henceforth.

Awesome, so what’s next for you?

I certainly plan on setting up my own footwear brand in Abuja “Lord Merchant Empire”.

Wow, Drop your contact information too.

I am based in Abuja and my phone number is 08030843961.

What advice do you have for young people?

Trust God and always be around people or environment that will motivate or push you for positive development.

What an interesting story from Isaac. It was fun having you at The Academy. We wish you success in your journey ahead.

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Alumni of the Week – Ikefuama Okechukwu

Hey guys, Season’s greetings, it’s almost Christmas, yeah!.

In the light of the celebration, we bring you our fourteenth edition of the Alumni of the Week series.

Do have a wonderful read.

Click on the link below to view the previous edition if you missed it.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-divine-chidinma-amaechi

This week’s feature goes to, Ikefuama Okechukwu, one of our batch A student of The Aba Mastering Footwear.

Fun fact about Okechukwu,

Okechukwu emerged second price winner of the YCE Enterpreneurship competition.

Sounds interesting right?

Let’s dive in and hear his story.

Hello Okechukwu, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Ikefuama Okechukwu Livingstone.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I heard about the program through a senior friend and elder in my church.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I saw it as an opportunity to develop a skill that will make me create happiness around me.

Tell us your experience during the training.

It was spectacular and beyond what I expected. I learned how to make shoes for both ladies and men.

Interestingly, I got to sell out my first work ever to Mr. Sam Hart.

My stay at The Footwear Academy was fun and educating all the way.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently deepening my skills and knowledge in both the art of shoemaking and business. I make footwears on demand and seriously planning to open my own outfit.

Could you tell us a little about your recent win?

Well, I got into a competition organised by The Foundation for promoting youth creativity and empowerment.

The competition was all about pitching a business idea that is sustainable, be able to add value to the society and of course income generating.

To the glory of God, I was among the top 2 grand price winners of the competition.

 

Super interesting, What advice do you have for young people?

Someone once said that “The grass is greener where it is cultivated”. There are opportunities everywhere, strive to grab as much as you can.

Nigeria does not need our beggarly certificate, but our Enterpreneurial skills that would create happiness for the jobless millions in the midst of a crumbling economy.

Kindly drop your contact information.

My number is 08147913973 and my email address is Ikefuamaokechukwu@gmail.com.

 

Thank you Okechukwu. A big congratulations on your win, We wish you all the best. Merry Christmas in advance.

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Alumni of the Week – Divine Chidinma Amaechi

The Only one who can tell you, ‘you can’t’, is you – Nike.

Welcome to the thirteenth edition of the Alumni of the Week series.

If you missed the previous one, below is the link.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-iwuagwu-chukwudi-bright

Featuring this week is, Divine Chidinma Amaechi, one of our Batch A student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Divine once had the school of thought that shoemaking was for the men only.

Could she be right?

Let’s find out as she shares her experience at The Footwear Academy.

Hello Divine, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Divine Chidinma Amaechi.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program on social media, Facebook precisely.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I’ve always loved and admired the idea behind every beautiful footwear.

I had always thought shoemaking can only be done by the men until I met Mrs Chidinma.

Seeing a woman do what I felt was just for the men, was enough motivation for me to be able to do what I have always admired.

Interesting, so how was your experience during the training?

My experience at The Footwear Academy was fun, educative, interactive and accommodating.

 

I appreciate Mr Bentley and Mrs Chidinma for giving us their full support and bringing the best out of us.

I left The Footwear Academy feeling fulfilled because I achieved my aim.

These beautiful footwears were made by me, a woman. So women can also make shoes.

Awesome, What’s next for you?

I plan to intern first before establishing my own footwear business.

Could you drop your contact information.

Sure. I can be reached with the number 08139209695

What’s your advice for young people?

My advice for young people is never to allow anything tell you that you can’t do it, once you discover your passion for something, never relent to go for it and bring the best out of it. Don’t miss out when opportunity comes your way.

 

A woman can also make shoes. Thank you Divine for sharing your Inspiring story. We wish you all the best in your journey ahead.

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Alumni of the Week – Iwuagwu Chukwudi Bright

Hey guys, Welcome back to a brand new edition of the Alumni of the Week series.

Each week comes with it’s own unique and exciting story. You need not miss out on any of the editions.

If you missed the previous one, below is the link.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-okorie-chima-ndukwe

Our next feature is no other than, Iwuagwu Chukwudi Bright, one of our Batch A student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Bright is a young business man, who is into the sales and repair of cameras.

He picked interest in footwear production during the pandemic lockdown and made no delay in nurturing his idea.

Let’s hear his experience at The Footwear Academy.

Hello Bright, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Iwuagwu Chukwudi Bright.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I heard about the Program from Pastor Nathan’s business leadership Facebook page and got keened.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I sell and repair cameras, so during the lockdown, my business was affected tremendously because events were shot down, there was little or no income flow.

I saw the need to embrace multiple streams of income, so when I heard about the program, I was excited and interested in Footwear production.

As you know, everybody wears a pair of shoe, which makes it a lucrative business.

Interesting, so how was your experience during the training?

My experience at The Footwear Academy was awesome. Mr and Mrs Bentley including Uncle Ben were so good to us.

Their selfless efforts/teachings were so unique. TFA trained us as their own children. I made some footwears of my own while at the Academy.

 

Awesome, What’s next for you?

I plan to register my own business name to CAC (Mr Bright Enterprise) and afterwards get started.

Could you drop your contact information.

Sure. I can be reached with the number 07065789624.

What’s your advice for young people?

My advice for young people out there is to bend down and learn a skill not minding their qualification because there’s a popular adage that says, what your education can not do for you, your destiny or talent can do it for you.

 

Thank you for sharing your interesting story Mr Bright. We wish you all the best in your journey ahead.

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Alumni of the Week – Okorie Chima Ndukwe

“Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want” – Tim Hess.

Welcome to the eleventh edition of The Alumni of the Week series.

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

Alumni of the Week – Chinenye Peace Icha

This week’s feature goes to Okorie Chima Ndukwe, one of our Batch A student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Chima is an amazing fashion designer, CEO Virtuelin Wears. He had a vision of combining his clothing line with Footwear production.

The Aba Mastering Footwear Program was just the right step to realizing his dreams.

Let’s hear his experience at The Footwear Academy.

Hello Chima, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Okorie Chima Ndukwe.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I heard about the program through a friend.

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

I wanted to go into marketing footwears in combination with my Men’s clothing line. So the program was a step to achieving that.

Tell us your experience during the training.

It was an impactful training. I was surprised at what I could achieve in such a small time.

I was really happy at how much I had learnt and the skill I acquired.

You can see someone is rocking my decollete shoe already.

That’s awesome, so what’s next for you?

Well, I hope to find a work space where I could perfect my skills.

I hope to get into the market full time with my brand.

Do drop your contact information also.

Sure. I can be reached with the phone number 07062993877.

What advice do you have for young people?

Having a skill is very important and shoe making is really intriguing. Find your niche.

Quite interesting. Thank you Chima for your time. We wish you all the best in your journey ahead.

 

 

 

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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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