“I’m Using ASUU Strike to Work More on My Business”: Hardworking Medical Student Who Makes Shoes Speaks

“I’m Using ASUU Strike to Work More on My Business”: Hardworking Medical Student Who Makes Shoes Speaks

A hardworking Nigerian lady, Adeosun Goodness, who makes shoes while being a medical student, has spoken about the work and the recognition she got in America in an exclusive interview with Legit.ng.

How it started

Goodness said that it began in 2017 after she was done with her Cambridge exams. She revealed that while looking for what to get for her cousins who were coming to Nigeria, she thought to crochet some footwears for them.

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The lady said she's using the current ASUU to work more on her business. Photo source: @GoodnessAdeosun
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She said that YouTube did not help as she sought ideas on how to go about it. After she got a hang of it, she went to a shoemaker to help her put 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."

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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.

On her American legislature recognition

The Nigerian student said someone reached out to her on Twitter and 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 recongnise 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.

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"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."

Dollar-naira exchange rate

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.

The struggle between medicine and shoemaking

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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Another hardworking lady

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a young Nigerian lady, Okeke Stephanie, who described herself as a "structure engineer" on TikTok, shared a video where she worked at a construction site.

In the clip, she could be seen lifting bags of materials and mixing them to get her job done. Stephanie encouraged people who may see her kind of job as hard. The hardworking lady said that even if it is, they also could do it.

After going through the onerous activity to complete the job, Stephanie took care of her colleagues during lunch.

Source: Legit.ng

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Joseph Omotayo (HOD Human-Interest) Joseph Omotayo has been writing for the human interest desk since 2019 and is currently the head of the desk. He graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, with a degree in Literature in English in 2016. He once worked for Afridiaspora, OlisaTV & CLR. He is a 2022/2023 Kwame Karikari Fact-Checking fellow. He can be reached via: joseph.omotayo@corp.legit.ng.

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