Alumni of the Week – Winniefred Azuka

“Cultivate the art of maximizing serendipitous opportunities – Gina Greenlee.

Hey guys, Good to have you back. It’s a brand new week and a good time for an amazing story on our Alumni of the Week series.

As usual, find below the link to the  previous edition, if you missed it.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-david-caleb

On this week’s edition, our Alumni spotlight goes to, Winniefred Azuka, one of our batch B student of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Fun Fact about Winnie:

Winnie was already stepping up her search for a Shoemaking  Academy when she came across The Footwear Academy’s page on Instagram.

Luckily for her, She stumbled upon the ad for The Aba Mastering Footwear Program and maximized the opportunity.

Let’s dive in and hear her story.

Hello Winniefred, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Winniefred Azuka.

How did you hear about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program through my search for a shoemaking academy.

I came across The Academy’s page on Instagram, I read through the page and found out they were actually running an ad for a footwear mastery program.

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

I was crazily in love with the act of footwear making, i was already insearch of a Shoemaking school when I came across the program, I instantly knew the opportunity was something I was looking forward to.

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

At first, I had cold feet as I was afraid of not fitting in. I felt I was slow in learning and might be left behind.

But then, Mr Bentley made everything easier for me. He was always patient with us, taking his time to go through our work and always willing to dish out correction when necessary.

I also had the best teammates who were caring and willing to help when I’m confused.

The TFA team were just amazing, with them, we never felt mistreated, they were always ready to listen and help when necessary. In all, I felt loved.

Interesting, what’s next for you?

Building my brand into something big.

I have already sold out some of the slippers I made after the training, and I have been getting more orders.

I intend taking my brand, “Rubykrafts”, further and owning a factory where I can teach others and also sell my products.

So what advice do you have for young people?

My advice to young people is to look out for opportunities. There are lots of opportunities our there, put yourself in the position where you get to discover them gradually. Keep been focused, so you don’t end up loosing your diamonds while trying to pick stones.

Could you drop your contact information 

Sure. My Instagram handle is; @rubykrafts while Facebook is; Ruby Krafts. My phonenumber is 09014484901

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu Enrols To Learn Shoemaking At The Footwear Academy

It was an exciting moment at The Footwear Academy as His Excellency, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu in company of the Director General of the Abia State Market and Quality Control Agency, Barr. Sam Hart, and other government officials, paid a courtesy visit to The Footwear Academy.

The Governor immediately enrolled as a student of The Academy and applauded the intellectual dimension The Footwear Academy was bringing into leatherworks manufacturing.

His Excellency, who has been an advocate of Indigenous products, spoke on the need for the country to leverage on the strength of it’s population to readily market it’s products.

He urged Nigerians to take pride in patronizing Made-In-Nigeria products as a way of boosting the economy of our country.

Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu’s first lecture was a slippers making Course, taught by Mr Bentley Chukwuemeka, the founder of The Footwear Academy. Within an hour, the Governor was done with his first pair.

See completed work below.

Futhermore, Mr Bentley Chukwuemeka, the Founder of the Academy, voiced his commitment in producing quality footwear and setting a high standard in his trainings.

His Excellency, who was excited with what he witnessed at The Academy, promised to provide the Academy a Land for expansion and growth to ensure more students are accommodated and trained.

He also called for a possible collaboration with the Eyimba Automated Shoe factory and the Abia State Polytechnic.

In his words, he expressed that “Aba can compete with the Chinese and other world leaders in the shoe Industry and hopes that soon, no one will ignore the shoes produced in Aba.

An honorary award was presented to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, as the Prestigious Ambassador of The Footwear Academy.

We wish to express our profound gratitude to His Excellency for this rare honour of having him as a student of The Footwear Academy.

A special thanks to our Patron and the Director general of the Abia State Marketing and Quality Management Agency, Barr. Sam Hart, for making all this possible.

 

 

 

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Alumni of the Week – David Caleb

Hey guys, Feels good to have you back. A warm Happy New Month to you all.

We are excited to have you back on the amazing stories of our “Alumni of the Week” series.

Below is the link to the previous edition, do click on the link and have a wonderful read.

Alumni of the Week – Bariture Peter-mkpeme

We present to you our next feature on the “Alumni of the week” series, no other than the Zealous, David Caleb, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

One of David’s wishes was to have a skill in shoemaking and own a footwear company some day.

What better way to make this wish come through than to sign up for the Life changing opportunity, the Aba Mastering Footwear Training Program.

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

Hello David, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is David Caleb.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program through Mr Bentley.

What motivated you to sign up for the Program?

I’ve been looking forward to having a skill in footwear production, when I got to know about the training, i was so happy and couldn’t help but leverage the opportunity.

Tell us your experience during the training.

It was an opportunity I’m glad I signed up for.

I had no idea footwear production could be taught from a whole new dimension. TFA made sure that each and every one of us was carried along and none was left behind.

I met with intellectuals and learnt a lot from them. In all, I’m glad I was part of the training and didn’t miss out.

Interesting, so what’s next for you?

It has been my dream to own a footwear Company.

I hope to build my brand, The Footwear Engineer” gradually and up to the standard TFA taught us. Also, I wish to extend this skill to other youth who are also interested in footwear production.

What advice do you have for young people?

My advice to young people is to learn a skill to attach to their education, especially something they are passionate about.

Kindly drop your contact information.

Sure, I can be reached with the phone number 08140045182

 

Thank you David, we wish you all the best in your shoe making journey ahead.

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Alumni of the Week – Bariture Peter-mkpeme

“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow – Will Dyen.

Hey guys, a Happy New Week to you all and welcome to another edition of the “Alumni of the Week” series.

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

Alumni of the Week – Oseni Dorcas Dupe

We present our next feature for the Alumni spotlight, Bariture Peter-mkpeme, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Been a part of the Aba Mastering Footwear Training was a fulfilling moment for Bariture.

She not only learnt footwear production but also cleared her doubts about MadeInNigeria shoes.

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

Hello Bariture, Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Bariture Peter-mkpeme.

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?

Well, I’m really passionate about footwear production, I saw the opportunity and couldn’t help but leverage it.

Tell us your experience during the training.

My experience at The Footwear Academy was just amazing.

I wish to thank TFA for building the confidence in me that locally produced footwear can compete favourably with foreign/imported ones.

Each class was a moment to go back fulfilled. The instructors ensured we made the best out of ourselves as no opportunity was given to laxity.

Interesting, so what’s next for you?

Building my own brand “T-smiles Footy”.

I hope to elevate T-smiles Footy to a height where she competes favourably with other footwear manufacturers, both locally and internationally.

What advice do you have for young people?

Be determined to bring out the best in you, surround yourself with the right thinking people.

Kindly drop your contact information.

Sure, I can be reached with the phone number 07067407974

 

Thank you Bariture, it was nice having you at The Academy. We wish you all the best.

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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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