A young gentleman named Mustapha Mufeed Adeola is a graduate student of Federal University Of Technology Minna (FUTMINNA), who ventured himself into the shoemaking business after he finished school.
Mufeed is a hardworking, smart and self-belief individual, he ventured himself into the shoemaking business.
He combines education with skills; chooses the path of entrepreneurship instead of a white-collar job in congested cities like Lagos.
He is on his way to being a boss through shoemaking! Adeola Mufeed’s dream is to become an employer of labour through skills.
“I have much belief that Nigeria will be great and I shall become the employer of productivity through skilled labour,” Mufeed said. Read also Teacher arrested for allegedly raping a 6-year-old pupil in the school toilet
The reality to venture into a full-time shoemaking business did not occur until he finished his university education from Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMINNA) and after his compulsory one-year national service.
A trained teacher who has an NCE certificate in Biology/Integrated Science from Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, Mufeed told this reporter in a conversation that he always had the belief he would secure his own space in the crowded labour market because of his heavy academic record.
Mufeed told reporters, that during his national youth service year in Osogbo, Osun state capital, he met a lady that became his source of inspiration and motivation.
“I did not have the intention of being in the shoemaking business until I finished from university.
“The dream to become a shoemaker came through when I was in service. I had much belief in getting a white-collar job but when I was surfing the internet, I saw one girl in Osogbo bearing ‘Lade.
“She is the creative director of lade Nigeria. Then, I decided that if a female could be doing this, I also could do it better. That was when the idea came in,” Mufeed told Legit.ng.
Mufeed said shoemaking business gives him total independence, my shoemaking business has not only provided me with financial stability but also accorded me total control of my time.
Although a work in progress, the 29-year-old young man said he is a master of his job as he can use different types of materials to make quality leather-made shoes and slippers.
“My company’s name is Dallax collections. I specialise in shoes, bags, sandals, belts, and palm slippers,” he said.
With the Nigerian education system churning out thousands of young fresh graduates with limited space in the labour market, Mufeed said the best way to reduce the problem of unemployment and encourage self-employment is through skills.
According to him, “having skills will make someone independent and become an employer of productivity.”
Mufeed said he does not believe every Nigerian graduate should be built for a white-collar job. He, therefore, urges young Nigerians like him who are still in school or out of the classroom system to learn skills or go for vocational training.
“Having vocational skills would make them relevant to their communities and country in general,” he submitted.
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