A young and hardworking Nigerian medical student identified as Adeosun Goodness, who is using this ASUU strike to make shoes has talked about her work and the recognition she got in America
Goodness said it all began in 2017 after she was done with her Cambridge examination.
She revealed that while looking for what to get for her cousins who were coming to Nigeria, she thought to crochet some footwear for them.
In the interview with Legit, She said that YouTube did not help as she sought ideas on how to go about it.
According to her after she got a hang of it, she went to a shoemaker to help her put the finishing touches, and he advised Goodness to do it herself.
“He sent me to the market to get the materials myself…and I learnt how to make a simple sandal within three days.”
With the many designs she made at home, she had enough to wear in school that her mates started asking her to make some for them. The business aspect of it started for her when someone requested 12 pairs.
While Speaking about her American legislature recognition, the Nigerian student said someone reached out to her on Twitter and told her that they would like to publish her works for an upcoming bouquet.
She said even though she knew the event was going to happen in California because she streamed it, she had no idea she was going to be recognised, it has really helped my business.
The legislature of California would not recognise me if I scam people and it gave respect in the business.”
Has ASUU strike helped you? Goodness stated that the strike has given her more time to invest in the business.
She jokingly added that she was a bit sad when she learnt they wanted to call it off.
The shoemaker is presently using the period to position a business in such a way that it can be independent of her when school resumes.
“I have been putting so much in my business during this ASUU strike… I am trying to build my brand as much as possible… so that by the time I have school I don’t have divided attention; trying to juggle between school and business.”
According to Goodness, the high rate of the dollar against the naira has become the greatest challenge she is facing in the business as she imports most of the tools she uses to make her products fit for the international market.
While speaking on how she combined shoemaking and studying medicine, She revealed that both are demanding, adding that balancing medicine and shoemaking has not been possible. Goodness said that sometimes school suffers for the business and vice versa.
Most times, she deprives herself of sleep because she needs to fulfil clients’ orders.
“I try as much as possible to read more…and paying attention to lectures, it is very very important…. I also try to crash read and cram…”
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