A 22-year-old Nigerian student identified as Olayinka Odeni has been maximizing the ongoing ASUU strike period to push his shoemaking brand to greater heights.
The student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), described ASUU strike as a blessing in disguise because he has been able to utilize his free time in creating unique shoes.
Olayinka in an interview narrated how his shoemaking business has been able to reach more people and gain more visibility due to the strike.
He revealed that ever since the strike started, he has been able to think more creatively and make shoes that are more appealing and unique.
According to the young shoemaker, he shared photos of his works on Instagram and it surprisingly attracted the attention of many people including celebrities to his brand.
Olayinka said the likes of singer Buju, Pamilerin and Lady Motara sent him messages requesting for a pair of shoes.
“Right now I feel like a celebrity designer cause I’ve been getting orders from celebrities”, the young designer said.
What inspired Olayinka to delve into shoemaking? The UNILAG student said he didn’t have enough shoes while growing up and it made him very keen on acquiring shoes and being able to make for himself.
“Growing up I didn’t have enough shoes. We buy our shoes every December and if the shoe doesn’t get spoilt my mom won’t buy another. I wanted more for myself. I want a shoe rack for myself filled with shoes”, he said.
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