Our young enterpreneur for this month is Adesona Abdulkareem of A-qube footprints. An upcoming unisex footwear brand proudly made in Nigeria.
Young Enterpreneur is a platform we celebrate and promote upcoming enterpreneurs in various fields.
Please introduce yourself?
My name is Adesona Abdulkareem, a graduate of Crawford University where I studied Microbiology , from a family of three. I was born in Lagos and had the better part of growing up in lagos.
Would you see yourselve as an enterpreneur?
Yes I do. Because I organise and manage my little enterprise.
What is the most fulfilling thing about what you do?
The ability for me to be able to get creative with my designs and also work with my own schedule with time which is one of the the advantages of an Enterpreneur.
How did it all start?
It all started about 3 years ago.I used to make my footwears (slippers, sandals) from a man around my house.At that point I stopped buying the so called ready made from shops because the quality of the hand made felt better. During the holidays pending the resumption of my final year at the University i used to go sitting at the same coblers place just to watch him and one day i decided to ask him to teach me everything he knew. With a small token it started and here i am today with my own shoeline.
How long have you been into shoemaking?
I would say about 9 months since I started to do it full time. I started during my Nigerian youth service year(2013/2014).
Challenges faced with? Challenges… The usual, PHCN and people not really appreciating the quality of what you do because it’s not labelled Versace, LV, and co.
What was the reaction of your parents?
Mum didn’t have a problem with it. she has always been supportive with anything we decide to do. Dad didn’t support initially but after he saw the footwears i made for people and how serious i was with it he even started giving me advice. For dad at first maybe the thought of him hearing his son was a Shoemaker turned him off or after many years in school i ended up becoming a Shoemaker ..lol.. Can’t really say. But all thats past now. I just made him see that my creativity isn’t stopping the usefulness of my school certificate. I made him understand this is me.
What makes your footwear different from other brands? It is the time and the materials i use in making the footwears. People pay for the best and i have to give them the best.
Where do you see your brand in the next three years?
Better than where it is.
Who are your role models or mentors?
My dad. The way he takes care of his responsibility. He taught me about time usuage and discipline(with the cane) lol. And many other things.
Encouraging words to upcoming young enterpreneurs?
If you find joy in it, “just do it”.
Get in contact with a-qube footprints today:
Call: 07061555310, 081-289-15677
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