Alumni of the Week – Oseni Dorcas Dupe

“Goal setting is the secret to a compelling future – Tony Robbins.

Hey guys, welcome to another edition of the “Alumni of the Week” series.

We tell our Alumni stories to inspire the young people out there to do more and never quit.

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

Alumni of the Week – Abdulazeez Qazeem

Featuring in this edition is an ambitious Lady, Oseni Dorcas Dupe, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Fun Fact about Dupe,

Dupe wanted to do something different from her usual. She signed up for the Aba Mastering Footwear training with no previous knowledge of shoemaking.

She was amazed at what she could achieve within a short period of time.

Let’s hear from her, as she shares her experience at The Academy.

Hello Dupe, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Oseni Dorcas Dupe.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program via LinkedIn.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I would say my interest in footwear making and also the Academy’s tagline that says “Equipping youths to produce export standard footwear”. It made me think of footwear making in another perspective.

I also made my research about The Academy on their website and social media handles and knew that there was something different about this particular Academy.

Tell us your experience during the training.

My experience at The Footwear Academy was all round educative.

I didn’t believe I could achieve so much within that short period. The experience trained my mindset on being disciplined and focused on life goals.

It was a great opportunity to be trained by Enterpreneurs that have been exposed to the rigour and vigour of Enterpreneurship and still came out great.

The soft skills, hard skills, the knowledge gained was all so encompassing.

Interesting, so what’s next for you?

Definitely making more and more footwear.

I look forward to building a global business that will impact the world.

And I hope to achieve that with my brand “Calvariae Crafts”.

What advice do you have for young people?

The best time to plant a tree was 20years ago, the next best time is now.

Whatever you need to do to improve or equip yourself, start now.

Kindly drop your contact information.

My brand name on social media is “Calvariae Crafts” and I can be reached with the phone number 07011914418

 

Thank you Dupe, we are proud of you and wish you success in all your future endeavours.

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Alumni of the Week – Abdulazeez Qazeem

MAY I have the pleasure of wishing you all a Happy New Month and MAY it be a blessed month to us all.

Welcome to a new edition of the “Alumni of the week” series.

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

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-umukoro-stella

In this edition, we will be featuring a passionate shoemaker, Abdulazeez Qazeem, one of our batch B student of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Qazeem made no delay in pursuing his passion for shoemaking. Just as he was rounding up his slippers making course, he came across the Aba Mastering Footwear Training Program.

It was like an ‘All-in-one’ package for him and an upgrade to his expectations.

Let’s hear from him as he shares his experience at The Academy.

Hello Qazeem, please introduce yourself.

Hi, My name is Abdulazeez Qazeem. It’s an honour to be here.

How did you hear about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the training program on Facebook.

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

I’ve always had passion for shoemaking. I even enrolled in a course to learn slippers and sandals making after my youth service.

The Aba Mastering Footwear program came at the time I just finished my slippers making course, I felt it’s definitely what I needed to up my game in the shoemaking proper, learning shoe designs like Oxford, derby, loafers and so on.

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

I had an awesome experience at The Academy.

The facilitators, the instructors, the TFA Team, my colleagues and the teaching environment was top-notch.

Getting to learn how to make different shoes like Oxford, loafers, and even female flat shoes was an awesome experience.

I’m glad and grateful that I signed up for the training program.

Interesting, what’s next for you?

The next thing is to put all I’ve learnt here into practice.

I intend making 24_feet become a brand to reckon with in the shoemaking industry.

 

So what advice do you have for young people?

My advice to young people is to never quit. The future is always brighter, be focused and make the most out of it.

Could you drop your contact information 

I can be reached with the Whatsapp  number 07063805533 while  my instagram handle is; @24_feet and Facebook 24 Feets.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Alumni of the Week – Umukoro Stella

Hey guys, welcome to another exciting brand new edition of the Alumni of the Week series.

It gets more interesting with each new edition.

Click below to have a view of the previous edition, if you missed it.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-max-ezeorachi

This week’s Alumni spotlight goes to another fan of The Academy, Umukoro Stella, one of our batch B student of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Despite the constraints in pursuing her passion, Stella remained optimistic and constantly stayed updated on The Academy’s activities.

The Aba Mastering Footwear Training was like a dream come true to her and she maximized the opportunity.

Let’s dive in and hear her story.

Hello Stella, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Umukoro Stella. It’s my pleasure to be here.

How did you hear about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program through The Academy’s social media platform on Facebook.

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

I have been following The Footwear Academy for the past 3 years but don’t have the money to pay for the training.

My heart was filled with joy when I saw the training ad on Facebook, I took advantage of the opportunity without a second thought.

It was indeed a dream come true for me.

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

It was heaven on Earth. Seeing shoemaking from another perspective.

The training was educative, interactive and full of fun. I learnt so many shoemaking ideas and soft skills that would help me in building my brand.

The opportunity to meet and share ideas with other young like minds made it worth while.

Interesting, what’s next for you?

Well, I have plans of maximizing all I have learnt and establishing my brand, “Riritan” in a standard way.

I have so much passion in shoemaking and I would love to see it translate into something big.

So what advice do you have for young people?

As a young person, whatever you make up your mind to do, do it well, building excellence is key.

Could you drop your contact information 

Sure. I can be reached with the phone number 07069444389.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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A Site Visit To ENASCO – Enyimba Antomated Shoe Company

ENASCO is an automated shoe factory, indigenous to the Nigerian people and market. It is situated at the heart of Aba, in Abia State, Nigeria.

With it’s automation and quality of machines assembled in the company’s factory, it is positioned to break limits and produce alternative to imported foreign shoes.

The factory has an installed capacity to produce 5,000 pairs of shoes daily which translates to about 2 million pairs of shoes annually.

Amazing right?

This is indeed one of it’s kind in the Nigerian Footwear Industry.

Meanwhile, The Footwear Academy key team members paid a courtesy visit to the site of the Enyimba Automated Shoe Factory.

The M.D and the PR Officer, Mr Kito Dominic and Mr Esiaba Charles, gave them a tour round the factory. The team was impressed at the machine and equipment assembled at the factory.

Furthermore, The Academy is discussing possible ways of working together with the company.

One of them is initiating an Internship program for the students and Alumni of the Academy. A great opportunity to have hands on deck practicals at the factory to gain industrial experience.

The Nigerian Footwear Industry is indeed developing massively and we are proud to be a part of this change.

We look forward to more partnership and more exploits in the Industry.

 

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5 Alumni of The Footwear Academy emerge winners of the NDYEP Startup Grant Competition

The PIND Foundation in partnership with Ford Foundation, organized a project tagged, Niger Delta Youth Employment Pathway (NDYEP) sometime last year.

The vision of the project was to engage unemployed youths in the Niger Delta States, through enterpreneurial skills under the Finished leather, ICT, Agriculture, Construction and other sectors.

The Footwear Academy was selected as an implementing Partner under the Finished leather section to train 100 youths through shoemaking, this led to the birth of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

The Aba Mastering Footwear Program was an intensive shoemaking program designed to give participants in-depth knowledge of shoemaking, leadership and communication, Enterpreneurship, conflict management and career skills.

The 100 youths were trained in 2 batches of 4 groups consisting of 25 participants per group.

Interestingly, we had more of female participants than the male.

In a bid to engage the alumni of the NDYEP project, the PIND Foundation in partnership with Ford Foundation organized an NDYEP Business Plan Challenge.

A grant opportunity that would encourage and support innovative small business/start up from the NDYEP alumni.

Amazingly, 5 Alumni of the Footwear Academy emerged winners of the NDYEP grant competition.

They include:

1. Adighibe May Ezinne

2. Ikefuama Livingstone Okechukwu

3. Maximilliano Sopuru Ezeorachi

4. Daniel Ikefuama

5. Nwaonu John

 

The startup Grant ranges from #50,000 to #2,000,000 and this will be an amazing boost to their businesses.

 

We are super proud of them all and we wish them success on their shoemaking journey.

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Alumni of the week – Max Ezeorachi

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

Welcome back to a brand new edition of the Alumni of the week series.

Are you ready for it?

As always, we have you covered on previous editions if you missed it.

Click below and have a wonderful read.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-udeh-benjamin-chinonye

We present to you our next feature, one of the winning team, Maximilliano Ezeorachi, one of our batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear.

Wondering what the winning team is about?

Well, Max entered the NDYEP Business Plan Challenge organised by the Pind Foundation in collaboration with the Ford Foundation.

Fortunately, he emerged winner alongside 4 other alumni of The Academy to a grant range of #500,000 to #2,000,000.

Sounds interesting right?

Let’s dive in and hear his story.

Hello Max, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Maximilliano Sopuru Ezeorachi.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I heard about the program from a footwear Facebook page.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I literally didn’t need much motivation to sign up, as I have always been passionate and also wanting to learn footwear production from a very reliable organization.

From my online investigation and follow up, I felt tangibly that The Aba Mastering Footwear program and The Footwear Academy was it for me.

Tell us your experience during the training.

I would encapsulate my experience during the training in 3 words – Enlightening, motivating and amazing.

I not only learnt how to make shoes, I also got some life skills training which is very pertinent in our daily living and growth.

My stay at The Academy was fun all the way.

What’s next for you?

To keep learning and trying out new opportunities, getting better and advancing.

Although, I already started out and so far, I have produced and sold close to 50 pairs of footwear.

Below are some of the footwear I made.

Nice, Could you tell us a little about your recent win?

Well, I signed up for the NDYEP Business Plan Challenge organised by Pind Foundation in collaboration with the Ford Foundation.

The NDYEP Business Plan challenge was set up to encourage and support innovative small business/start up from the NDYEP alumni.

To the glory of God, I was among the 5 alumni selected from The Footwear Academy under the Finished leather sector to receive a grant range of #500,000 to #2,000,000.

Amazing, What advice do you have for young people?

I’ll say for every passion in your heart, there is a stream of income.

So learn to harness every bit of passion in you and pay Keen attention to every bit of your conceivable idea.

Never relent on getting better and trying positive new things until success is achieved.

Kindly drop your contact information.

My brand is on Instagram as @Maxruach and I can be reached with the phone number 07032914853.

 

Thank you Max. A big congratulations on your win, We are proud of you and we wish you all the best.

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Alumni of the Week – Udeh Benjamin Chinonye

“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them” – Chris Grosser.

Hey guys, it’s another edition of “The Alumni of the week” series.

It’s been exciting sharing with you all, the amazing works of our Alumni and their shoemaking experiences.

Do stay glued to our page for more stories.

Here is a link to the previous edition if you missed it.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-achodo-treasure

Here with us in this edition is, Udeh Benjamin, one of our batch B student of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Benjamin is a hard-working young man who believes in laying one’s eggs in different baskets.

He believes in having multiple sources of income and he chose shoemaking as one of them.

Stay tuned as he shares his experience at The Academy.

Hello Benjamin, please introduce yourself.

Hi, My name is Udeh Benjamin Chinonye.

How did you hear about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

A friend of mine, Chidi Ejeagba, referred me to the program.

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

I needed multiple source of income and I chose shoemaking as one of it. I couldn’t let the opportunity slip away, so I signed up.

How will you sum up your experience during the training?

My experience was educative and fun all the way.

I learnt so many new things about shoemaking which I didn’t have previous idea about them.

The learning process was top notch and I’m glad I was part of the training.

I made these footwears after my training and I would say I’m glad I chose to train at The Footwear Academy.

Interesting, what’s next for you?

I’m currently building a company that majors on handmade footwear production.

Legacy Footwears is my brand name and I am gradually growing the brand.

I believe with time, we will grow internationally.

So what advice do you have for young people?

I just have a word for them which is, if it starts with a vision, you’ll reach the destination, so never give up on your dreams.

Could you drop your contact information 

My social media handles is @Legacy footwears. I can be reached with the mobile number 07035354370

 

Thank you for acknowledging our effort. We wish you success in your shoemaking journey.

 

 

 

 

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Alumni of the Week – Achodo Treasure

Hey guys, welcome to the month of April. We wish everyone a very Happy New Month.

It’s another edition of the “Alumni of the week” series.

Here is a link to the previous edition if you missed it.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-pascaline-umennajiuba

This week’s Alumni spotlight goes to, Achodo Treasure, one of our batch B student of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Treasure is a strong-willed lady who never gave up on her aspiration despite the hindrances.

Her hopefulness and courage gained her a spot at The Aba Mastering Footwear Training program.

Let’s dive in and hear her story.

Hello Treasure, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Achodo Treasure Amarachukwu. It’s my pleasure to be here.

How did you hear about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program from a friend who knew how much I desired to train at The Footwear Academy but couldn’t afford the training fee. He notified me as soon as the opportunity came up.

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

My desire to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge required to help me establish and build a brand in the footwear industry.

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

I had an awesome experience at The Academy.

Asides learning how to make standard footwears, my eyes were opened to the business aspect as we were also taught the necessary soft skills required to help us excel in the industry.

The opportunity to meet and share ideas with other youths made it worth while.

Interesting, what’s next for you?

Well, I’m working on establishing my brand in a standard well.

My brand name is Handmade By Tamara.

So far, I have been able to make some productions and I’m loving it all the way.

So what advice do you have for young people?

My advice to young people out there is to do what you can until you do better, position yourselves in places where you keep learning new things and never stop taking little steps towards achieving that big goal.

Could you drop your contact information 

Sure. My Instagram handle is; handmade_by_tamara while Facebook is; Achodo Treasure.      My phonenumber is 08135749327.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Alumni of the Week – Pascaline Umennajiuba

Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.

Welcome to another edition of the Alumni series.

Did you miss the previous edition? We have you covered.

Click below to catch up.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-opeyemi-salem-konigbagbe

Here with us, in this week’s edition of the Alumni series is, Paschaline Umennajiuba, one of our batch B student of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Fun Fact about Paschaline:

Paschaline is a top fan of The Footwear Academy. She always engages our content on our social media pages.

She couldn’t hold her excitement when she stumbled on our ad for The Aba Mastering Footwear Training program in 2020.

Let’s hear her story as she shares her experience at The Footwear Academy.

Hello Paschaline, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Paschaline Chinemerem Umennajiuba.

How did you hear about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I saw the advert on The Footwear Academy’s Facebook page. I have been a follower of the page since 2-3 years ago.

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

I have always wanted to upgrade my shoemaking skills, I saw The Aba Mastering Footwear Program as an opportunity for me to learn how to make shoes and decided to sign up for it.

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

I enjoyed every bit of the training process. I really learnt alot at The Footwear Academy.

I not only improved my shoemaking skills, I also got to learn some soft skills that will help me in establishing my footwear factory.

God bless The Footwear Academy Team and Pind Foundation for bringing this opportunity to us.

Interesting, what’s next for you?

My dream is to set up a Footwear production factory, but since that would require alot of funding which I don’t have at the moment, I’m operating on a small scale for now, that is I produce for my clients on pre-order.

I so much believe with hard-work and determination, my dream will come to reality someday.

Awesome, what advice do you have for young people?

I’ll advice the young people to try and learn one or two skills, even as Students, because it will really help them alot some day.

Could you drop your contact information 

Sure. My phone number is 09037715863.

It was nice having you at The Academy Paschaline. We wish you success in your future endeavors.

 

 

 

 

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Alumni of the Week – Opeyemi Salem Konigbagbe

Hello guys, welcome to another exciting episode of the Alumni of the week series.

We hope the series has been entertaining and educating.

Before we proceed, here is the link to the previous edition, incase you missed it.

Alumni of the Week – Mehetabel Andrew-jaja

Our Next feature for this week is our very own passionate, Opeyemi Salem Konigbagbe.

He is one of our student from the Batch B session of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

He signed up for the Aba Mastering Footwear Training, a decision that was fueled by his passion for shoe making.

Let’s hear from Opeyemi about his experience at The Academy.

Hi Opeyemi, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Opeyemi Salem Konigbagbe.

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?

My passion and zeal for shoe making prompted me to sign up for the program.

I had the passion to pursue a career in footwear production, and the training was an opportunity to develop my knowledge and experience.

Tell us your experience during the training.

It is an experience I am grateful that I signed up for. My shoemaking dream came to reality through this training.

At first, I doubted the possibility of learning shoemking in just few months, but The Footwear Academy had other plans for me.

They made shoemaking so easy and fun. Though it wasn’t all rosy, I’m glad I was a part of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Interesting, so what’s next for you?

I intend to continue practicing while sourcing for funds to establish a brand of my own.

I am proud of my creations so far and I hope to do more.

Nice, kindly drop your contact information.

Ok. I can be reached with the  phone number 08081191387.

What advice do you have for young people?

The young people should be up and doing. Being focused and determined is a step to achieving one’s goal. Aim higher and the sky will be your stepping stone.

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

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