While some Nigerian youths are blaming the government for the lack of job opportunities, with some taking to crime and prostitution, Michelle Ekure, a Delta State born graduate of the University of Benin, Edo State, decided to take her destiny in her hands and be self sufficient after searching for a job endlessly for six years after graduation.
The graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy, decided to learn a trade and chose shoe making and today, she has become an inspirational story for many youths in the country as she has attracted interest from all over the world, the major reason Wazobia Global Times in the United State went to her workshop to interview her.
“My inspiration is from God. I never knew I would be a shoemaker. I graduated from the University six years ago, after which I looked for for job, but to know avail.
At sometimes, I got employed by a company in Lagos, but the boss was owing too much, so I left. On how it started, there is this other company I buy sandals in Lagos and resell.
They sell nice shoes, so one day I thought to myself that I can tell this people to make sandals for me with my label, so I approached them and they said yes.
That was how I got my first set of shoes. Then a friend introduced me to a guy that makes shoes. I watch him make shoes one day and I was amazed then I asked him to teach me and he did.
I always tell people I come in contact with that are looking for job to start something, anything you are good at, can bring money to you or just learn a trade.”
Ekure says she makes around 50 pairs of shoes a week and has 6 apprentices working for her.
So what is your excuse?
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