‘Re­silience, ded­i­ca­tion a must for shoe­mak­ers’

Daily Trust - - JOBS & CAREERS - Text by Lat­i­fat Opoola (@Lat­i­fatOpoola)

It is of­ten said that a man’s fash­ion is al­ways as­sessed from the shoe he wears. With that on his mind Lawal Aan­uoluwapo Ay­oy­imika started his shoe­mak­ing busi­ness with that op­por­tu­nity.

Ay­oy­imika who started his shoe line “Gs­lim­footies” two years ago, said he had to learn the trade some years back when an Aca­demic Staff Union of Uni­ver­si­ties (ASUU) strike forced them to stay out of school.

“I no­ticed the de­mand for shoes is very high; I also no­ticed that most peo­ple like to have more than one pair of shoes. I then thought to my­self that it will fetch me good money if I ven­ture into it,” he said.

While giv­ing ac­count of how lu­cra­tive the busi­ness is, Ay­oy­imika ac­knowl­edged it also gives a high sense of ful­fil­ment when cus­tomers pur­chase the prod­ucts and rec­om­mend to others.

The Psy­chol­ogy grad­u­ate of Univer­sity of Ibadan, said it re­quires re­silience, ded­i­ca­tion and cre­ativ­ity to be a pro­fes­sional in shoe­mak­ing busi­ness.

The young en­tre­pre­neur lamented that his ma­jor chal­lenge has been “lack of funds to get some ma­te­ri­als and ma­chines, to make my busi­ness bet­ter. Hav­ing those things will boost the work.”

Due to high de­mands Ay­oy­imika said he may not meet the need of some cus­tomers in time but he has strived to do so.

“I will ad­vise job seek­ing youth to stop the idea of look­ing for job when we can cre­ate jobs our­selves,” he said.

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