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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Alumni of the Week – Mehetabel Andrew-jaja

“Who you are tomorrow, begins with what you do today” – Tim Fargo

Good to have you all back in a brand new edition of the Alumni of the Week series.

Did you miss the previous edition? Click on the link below to catch up.

Alumni of the Week – Adewo Oluwakemi Esther

Featuring in this edition is, Mehetabel Andrew-jaja, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Jaja, being a creative Entrepreneur, makes slippers and sandals to earn extra cash.

One day, she thought to herself, “If I could make slippers and sandals, why not shoes too”.

Luckily, she came across The Aba Mastering Footwear Program on her search and signed up immediately.

Stay tuned as she shares her experience at The Footwear Academy.

Hello Jaja, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Mehetabel Andrew-jaja.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I was opportuned to come across the training advert online .

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I wanted to increase my skills and knowledge in shoe making and in turn do good business with it.

Tell us your experience during the training.

My experience during the training was a great one because I got more than I expected in a short while.

Before the training, I was into just slippers and sandals making. But now, I can comfortably make shoes, all thanks  to The Footwear Academy Team, for doing Justice to the teaching process.

Aside shoemaking, I learnt alot of soft skills which has helped me especially on emotional intelligence.

I learnt how to do business without sentiments and this in the long run will be of great help in my business journey.

Interesting, so what’s next for you?

Practicing of course. I want to have my own space where I can effectively work, showcase my work and also train other young people.

What advice do you have for young people?

I would advice young people to do meaningful things that they are interested in.

For those into shoemaking, they should hook up with good institutions like The Footwear Academy. This will help them improve and nurture their skills.

They should also be patient with their growth process although that’s doesn’t call for laziness.

Kindly drop your contact information.

My brand name is “Bíobélé” and I can be reached with the phone number 08137461890

 

Thank you Jaja, we are glad you achieved your goal. It was great having you at The Academy. We wish you all the best .

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Alumni of the Week – Adewo Oluwakemi Esther

“It takes a dream to get started, desire to keep going and determination to finish” – Eddie Harris Jr.

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

The series has been inspiring and amazing so far, and we promise to keep you glued in.

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

Alumni Of The Week – Wogu Chidiebube Izunna

Featuring in this edition is, Adewo Oluwakemi Esther, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Fun Fact about Kemi;

Kemi had always desired to start up her own footwear store. What could be more fun than acqually learning shoemaking?

Recently, she acquired a skill in Bag Making and she is all set to kickstart her leather business.

Let’s dive in and hear her story.

Hello Kemi, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Adewo Oluwakemi Esther.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program through a friend of mine who also partook in the training.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I would say my love and passion for shoemaking, and also the desire to start a business in shoe making.

Tell us your experience during the training.

My experience at The Footwear Academy is one I would never forget.

I didn’t just learn shoe making, I learnt how to think properly and how to take advantage of opportunities that comes my way.

The teachers were at their best and actively pouring out their wealth of knowledge on us.

 

 

I did learn alot at The Footwear Academy and I felt so much joy in my heart making my own footwear.

Interesting, so what’s next for you?

I have officially kick start my business, “Mohlane”. The best part is, Mohlane will be having both footwear and bags designed by me.

Here are some of the designs I made for my clients. I was happy with the outcome.

What advice do you have for young people?

My advice to young people is to go all the way to achieve whatever they want. Never give in to fear or Procastination.

Everything is possible as long as they are willing to take blood steps and make wise decisions.

Kindly drop your contact information.

My brand name on social media is “Mohlane” and I can be reached with the phone number 08164339395

 

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

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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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