Alumni Of The Week – Wogu Chidiebube Izunna

“The right direction is more important than the speed”.

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-eunice-nwokocha

Featuring this week is, Wogu Chidiebube Izunna, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Fun Fact about Izunna;

Izuuna was eager to learn the art of shoemaking due to the difficulty he always encounter while trying to purchase a footwear because of his plus size feet.

The Aba Mastering Footwear Program gave him the opportunity to learn and make his perfect fit.

Eager to hear his story? Stay tuned.

Hi Izunna, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Wogu Chidiebube Izunna.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I heard about the program on social media, Facebook precisely.

What motivated you to sign up for the program?

My quest to learn shoemaking and secondly, my family finds it hard to get footwears at regular shoe stores because of the size of our feet. So I saw it as an opportunity.

Tell us your experience during the training.

It was an awesome experience. All I can say is, at The Footwear Academy, I got everything I needed.

Ranging from the best teachers to interacting with best colleagues, and learning in the best environment.

I learnt soft skills which I think was the best part of the class because, everything you need to push your dreams are in the soft skills.

This slippers was made after my training at TFA. I saw some pieces of cloth which was taken out of our old cushion, instead of disposing it, I thought of making something good out of it and behold that slippers is the end result.

Awesome, so what’s next for you?

I think it’s to intern for a bigger shoe brand. One thorn of experience, is worth more than a whole wilderness of warning.

But for now, I’m kicking off with my shoe brand, “BANQIE”.

Drop your contact information too.

I can be reached on the number, 07038243316.

What advice do you have for young people?

I will advice young people to discover their passion and Chase it with all they have. The right direction is more important than the speed.

We’ve heard it all from Izunna. Indeed, the right direction is more important than the speed. It was great having you at The Academy, we wish you success as you journey ahead.

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Alumni Of The Week – Eunice Nwokocha

Hey guys, Happy New Week to you all.

Welcome to a new 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-ogbonna-ben-precious

Featuring in this edition is, Eunice Nwokocha, one of our batch B student of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Eunice is an inspiring and courageous lady that can’t be stopped by nothing.

Despite being visually impaired, she gives her footwear startup everything needed to scale.

We celebrate her today and always for believing in her dreams and shining her light to the world.

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

Hello Eunice, please introduce yourself.

My name is Eunice Uchechi Nwokocha. 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 a friend who also taught me some basics of footwear making.

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

I would say the drive for progress and improvement in footwear making.

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

I can say for sure, that I gained alot from the training, not just about footwear but also other skills required for growth in business.

The Footwear Academy created an enabling environment for proper learning, and development of skills.

Also, the teachers were exceptional in trying to carry everyone along, especially me because I’m visually impaired. It is an experience I cannot forget.

Also, meeting other colleagues who also came for the training was another chance of networking. I am grateful to Mr Bentley Chukwuemeka, Mrs Chidinma Chukwuemeka, and the entire TFA crew, Wisdom, Ben, Shedrack, Chioma and Ugochi.

Interesting, what’s next for you?

I am progressively building my business to it’s optimal level.

So what advice do you have for young people?

Learn a skill, improve on it and make exploits. You can do it, just start somewhere.

Could you drop your contact information 

Sure. My phone number is 08061261006.

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

 

 

 

 

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Alumni of the Week – Ogbonna-Ben Precious

“Big dreams doesn’t come at a platter, hardwork is highly recommended”.

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

If you missed the previous edition, don’t stress.

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

This week’s feature goes to, Ogbonna-Ben Precious, one of our batch B student of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Precious is one of those who has love for footwear. It has always been her wish to learn the art of footwear production.

Hearing about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program was like a fantasy about to be reality.

Let’s dive in and hear about her experience at The Footwear Academy.

 

Hello Precious, please introduce yourself.

My name is Ogbonna-Ben Ugonna Precious.

How did you hear about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I heard about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program through a friend of Mrs Chidinma Chukwuemeka.

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

I’ve always had love for footwear and wanted to know the art of  making them.

Hearing about the training program brought Joy to my heart because my fantasy was about to be reality.

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

My experience during the training was worth the time spent. It’s an experience that I am grateful for.

Though the journey wasn’t all rosy, my moments of joy exceeded all.

 

After the training, I couldn’t stop practicing, I was super amazed on the things I could create. I must say I am proud of myself.

 

Interesting, what’s next for you?

I really want to have an establishment where such trainings will be offered to young people in the society in the next 5years.

For now, I am starting off with my brand, Carus_Collection where I showcase my amazing slippers.

So what advice do you have for young people?

My advice for young people out there is that, they should always dream big and work towards achieving their dreams, because nothing big comes at a platter, only hard-work does.

Could you drop your contact information 

Sure. My phone number is 07066491447.

Also my business account bears the name Carus_Collections.

 

You’ve heard it all from Precious. Like she said, Big dreams doesn’t come at a platter, hard-work is highly recommended. Thank you Precious, we are proud of you and we wish you success in your journey ahead.

 

 

 

 

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Alumni of the Week – Oluchi Onuoha

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney

It’s a brand new edition of the “Alumni of the Week” series. We promise to keep you super excited with our amazing stories.

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

Alumni of the Week – May Adighibe

This edition is all about, Oluchi Joy Onuoha, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Oluchi is a creative writer and a talented bead-maker. She makes all sorts of beaded assesories ranging from bags to table mats and so on.

She had the desire to use her beading talent to beautify the feet. The Aba Mastering Footwear Program was just the perfect opportunity for her to achieve her goal.

Let’s dive in and hear her story.

Hello Oluchi, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Oluchi Joy Onuoha.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program on Instagram.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I am into the business of beadmaking. I make beaded bags, table mats, key holders and so on.

I wanted to add more insight on my bead making skill, in line with footwear production generally.

So when I saw the program, it was natural for me to sign up for it.

Tell us your experience during the training.

It was heavenly. No exaggeration. Our teachers, Mr Bentley and Mrs Chidinma taught us so well. You could see and feel their passion for what they do.

They are also very kind. After the training, the values, kindness and teachings still resonate with me and will guide me for a long time.

Below is a glimpse of the bag and slippers I made myself.

Interesting, so what’s next for you?

Well, my beading making business continues but this time with a different dimension.

I plan to organise free and paid trainings for anyone interested in the business of beadmaking.

With my new knowledge on footwear production, I have no doubt that I’m in for a big thing.

 

What advice do you have for young people?

My advice for young people is that, as you learn skills, kindly learn more soft skills that will aid your main skills.

Kindly drop your contact information.

My brand name on social media is “Joyfied_designs” and I can be reached with the phone number 08132466791.

 

Thank you Oluchi, we are glad you had a great time at The Academy. We wish you success in all your endeavour.

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Alumni of the Week – Lucas Chimezie

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

Good to have you back on the new edition of the Alumni of the Week series.

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

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-adighibe-may-ezinne

This week’s feature goes to Lucas Chinemerem Chimezie, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Lucas is a young fashion designer who seek  to explore the fashion and design industry. He picked interest in leather work and decided to build a niche around it.

He recently won a Federal Government Grant and is excited in launching his leather business.

Let’s hear his story as he shares his experience at The Footwear Academy.

Hello Lucas, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Lucas Chinemerem Chimezie.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I saw the advert of the training on LinkedIn and I picked interest.

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

My quest to explore the fashion and design industry intrigued me into signing up.

Tell us your experience during the training.

I’ve got lots of mind thoughtful experience, which the founder/co-founder (Mr Bentley and Mrs Chidinma) and the entire TFA team contributed to.

Apart from the practical classes, the soft skills that was taught to us, gave me more insight to Enterpreneurial preparedness for the labour market.

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

Interesting, So what’s next for you?

I hope to harness the labour market with my brand, having successfully launched my business name and simultaneously benefitted from the Nigeria Federal Government grant. This is just a stepping stone towards achieving my goals.

Awesome, Do drop your contact information also.

Sure. I can be reached with the phone number 08082082013.

What advice do you have for young people?

Anything that is worth doing, is worth doing well. Make hay while the sun shines.

Thank you Lucas for your time. You have indeed stepped up your game. We wish you success and pray you achieve all your goals.

 

 

 

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Alumni of the Week – May Adighibe

“Do not be afraid to give up the good to go for the great” – John Rockefeller

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

The stories has been super amazing and it promises to get better. 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 – Nzekwe Isaac

Featuring in this edition is, Adighibe May, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

May is a young and creative enterpreneur. She runs an online store, May_Footwear, where she sells handmade slippers and sandals.

She signed up for The Aba Mastering Footwear Program because, she wanted to be more creative in her footwear production, in order to be well equipped to make other types of footwear.

Let’s dive in and hear her story.

Hello May, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Adighibe May Ezinne.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program on Instagram.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I was already into shoemaking when I heard about the program, I make only slippers and sandals.

I have always wanted to learn how to make shoes (Oxford, Loafers, Heels, etc.).

So this was like a golden opportunity, given the fact that I just finished my youth service, it was more like a next step for me and I didn’t waste anytime to grab the opportunity.

Tell us your experience during the training.

It was an awesome experience. The environment was very conducive for learning, the teachers put in all their efforts in teaching us.

I learnt a lot and even improved on my slippers and sandals making skill.

I felt so much joy in my heart when I made my first Oxford shoe.

To cut the long story short, my stay at The Footwear Academy was worthwhile. I not only learnt shoemaking, I also built relationships with some other young shoemakers.

Interesting, so what’s next for you?

I have always wanted to have my own space with machines but I think I should work with people who are already in the system.

I am looking forward to an internship opportunity where I can work, improve my skills and at the same time, learn how to run a shoemaking business.

Meanwhile, i run an online store “May_Footwear”, where I sell the sandals and slippers I make.

What advice do you have for young people?

Education is very important but as you are equipping your minds, try as much as possible to learn at least 1 skill. It can come in handy in future, especially in Nigeria where the rate of unemployment is heartbreakingly high.

Kindly drop your contact information.

My brand name on social media is “May_Footwear” and I can be reached with the phone number 08135110701

 

Thank you May, 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 – 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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