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Meet The Young Female Cobbler Making Waves In The Shoemaking Industry

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Nkiru Emodi, Female Cobbler Making Waves In The Shoemaking Industry!

Traditionally, men rule the startup world. Particularly when it comes to technology and Handcraft startups. However, an increasing number of women entrepreneurs are driving business innovation in the emerging markets.

While there are still gender challenges, women in the emerging markets are overcoming obstacles to break through the glass ceiling.

One of the women doing this today is Nkiru Emodi, a female entrepreneur who is currently making waves in an industry will see which in the “eyes” of many people an abnormal trade for her gender.

Rather than wait for the government, a rich husband or a Sugar-Daddy” to improve her life, Nkiru ventured into the Bespoke Shoemaking business which is seen as a male-dominated business about 2 years ago with very little capital and today, she is doing very well and a name to compete with in the shoemaking industry.

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When we say Bespoke shoes, we mean shoes made especially for a certain customer who orders based on specifications. The customer’s feet are measured and a shoe last for each foot is created. At the fitting, the customer tries the prototype pair of shoes made in an inexpensive leather and the shoemaker checks if anything needs to be changed. If so, the changes are applied to the lasts and the shoes are created with precious leather and handed over to the customer as a complete product.

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Nkiru displays her shoes (Photo: facebook.com/Anambraonline)

Nkiru does all this from her home and has personally hand-crafted over 1,500 pairs of footwear ranging from designer shoes for both men and women, loafers, sandals, boots, moccasins, ankle cuff sandals for women, unisex leather belts etc. and it worthy to note that these shoes when spotted on display, one would think they were made outside the country or imported from Europe because of their outstanding finishing and quality designs.

Nkiri is the CEO of H.O.T Wears also known as (Home Of Theresa) Wears and currently has staff under her payroll.

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Nkiru Emodi holds up one of her products (Photo: facebook.com/Anambraonline)

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More of Nkiru’s products (Photo: facebook.com/Anambraonline)

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Nkiru Emodi at work (Photo: facebook.com/Anambraonline)

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Her company has participated in numerous expository programmes nationally one of which is the 2nd Lagos Shoe Expo held at the Silverbird Galleria in May last year and she has won awards for her outstanding products like the Nigerian Footwear Industry Awards in 2015.

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Fashion Lessons For The Week From Nollywood Actor, Jim Iyke

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Guys, get ready to be fashion-inspired this week. Are you a guy who loves fashion? Do you want to step up your fashion game as a guy? We’re turning to Nigerian actor and entrepreneur Jim Iyke for serious fashion inspiration. Known for his love of sunglasses and a knack for edgy outfits, Jim Iyke isn’t afraid to push boundaries and break fashion rules.

Over the next few days, we’ll dissect Jim Iyke’s wardrobe, offering a week’s worth of fashion ideas to elevate your look, no matter the occasion. We’ll explore his signature style—think bold colours, statement sunglasses, and unexpected mixes of textures and patterns.

Are you a fashion novice? Don’t worry! We’ll break down these looks and provide tips on how to incorporate them into wearable pieces for your own wardrobe.

So, get ready to unleash your inner fashionista as we show how to channel Jim Iyke’s vibe for every day of the week:

Monday

The outfit is a crisp royal blue shirt tucked into a pair of beltless teal blue pants. The sharp contrast between the blues creates a bold statement, while the relaxed fit of the pants gives off a more casual vibe.

To complete the look, brown shoes ground the outfit. The specific type of shoe can be chosen based on the desired level of formality, ranging from dress shoes for a polished look to sneakers for a laid-back weekend style.

 

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Tuesday

This outfit creates a sleek and sophisticated look entirely in black. The foundation consists of a classic button-down shirt, adding a touch of professionalism. To complete the dark and monochromatic look, black pants are incorporated, creating a streamlined silhouette.

However, the all-black ensemble doesn’t shy away from accessories. A necklace adds a touch of sparkle and personality, while bracelets provide further adornment to the wrists.

Finally, a wristwatch completes the look, offering both functionality and a polished touch. This combination of classic elements and statement accessories creates a stylish and put-together outfit that’s perfect for various occasions.

 

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Wednesday

This outfit embraces a chic and monochromatic look. A cosy sweater in a single; for a timeless and versatile choice, navy blue is a great option, but any other solid colour would work too. The sweater is paired with navy blue pants, creating a streamlined silhouette from head to toe.

To add a touch of personality and warmth, a white beanie is incorporated. This creates a playful contrast with dark tones and a cosy vibe.

Finally, the outfit is finished with a white footwear choice, like sneakers or boots, depending on the desired level of formality. A white wristwatch complements the other white elements and adds a polished touch.

Overall, this look is both comfortable and stylish, perfect for a casual day out.

 

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Thursday

A black tee keeps things casual and versatile. It can be a crewneck, v-neck, or even a graphic tee depending on your personal style.

Black straight-leg pants offer a clean and polished silhouette. They’re a step up from joggers but not as formal as skinny jeans. Alternatively, loose jeans can work too, but choose a darker wash for a more streamlined look.

A wristwatch to get a touch of sophistication and functionality.

Suiting shoes offer a surprising twist. They elevate the outfit beyond just casual and add a touch of unexpected polish. Think loafers, derbys, or even Chelsea boots in black leather.

Overall, this outfit is a great choice for a casual date night, running errands in style, or even a dressed-down office look.

 

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Friday

Fridays call for a relaxed approach to workwear, allowing you to move freely and tackle those last-minute tasks. A classic tracksuit provides ultimate comfort and ease of movement. Choose a breathable material like cotton or a cotton blend for ultimate comfort.

For a more layered look, pair a cosy hoodie with your favourite dark-wash jeans. This combination offers warmth and flexibility, making it perfect for a busy day.

No casual Friday outfit is complete without a comfortable pair of sneakers. Choose a style that offers good support, especially if you’ll be on your feet a lot.

Even though it’s casual Friday, maintain a polished look. Opt for clean, well-maintained clothes and avoid anything overly baggy or revealing.

 

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Saturday

Saturday is the perfect day to unwind and embrace a relaxed look. A loose-fitting two-piece outfit, like a sleeveless top and matching trousers, is a great choice for comfort and style.

The loose fit allows for freedom of movement, whether you’re running errands, brunching with friends, or simply lounging at home. Plus, the matching element of the outfit adds a touch of effortless style, ensuring you look put-together without any extra effort.

To complete the laid-back vibe, pair the two-piece with a comfortable pair of matching sandals. You can choose flat sandals for a breezy feel or opt for sandals with a slight wedge heel for a touch of added height and sophistication.

 

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Sunday

For a relaxed Sunday evening outing, why not embrace a touch of African flair? This outfit combines an African native top and trousers, giving it a stylish look. The loose fit of the top and trousers ensures comfort, making it perfect for a Sunday service, a casual evening spent strolling or catching up with friends.

To add a pop of colour and personality, consider a pair of “poppin'” slip-ons. This could mean bright, patterned sandals, or embellished flats that complement the colours or patterns in your top and trousers.

Finally, a purse completes the outfit, allowing you to carry your essentials in style. Choose a purse that complements the overall colour scheme or one that adds a contrasting pop, depending on your preference.

 

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How To Protect Your Brand Like Veekee James

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Established fashion designer Veekee James recently shared some valuable wisdom with aspiring designers. In an Instagram post uploaded on May 14, 2024, she focused on the importance of brand protection. Veekee James offered key steps that up-and-coming designers can take to safeguard their creations and build a thriving fashion brand.

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10th AMVCA: See How Celebrities Rocked The Red Carpet

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The annual African Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) unfolded her 10th edition on May 11th, 2024, transforming Lagos’ Eko Hotel and Suites into a dazzling spectacle. Nollywood’s A-listers and Africa’s most celebrated talents in film and television converged for a night of recognition and glamour.

The ceremony, broadcast live on DStv and GOtv, not only celebrated artistic achievements but also served as a platform for showcasing exquisite fashion.

The red carpet buzzed with excitement as celebrities arrived, meticulously embodying the “Wearable Art” theme. From breathtaking gowns that resembled flowing paintings to suits tailored with intricate details, the fashion parade was a visual feast.

While some stars are still basking in the afterglow of well-deserved wins or processing the sting of close calls, the night undoubtedly belonged to Beauty Tukura. For the second consecutive year, she stole the show and secured the coveted Best Dressed Award.

Beyond the awards and unforgettable fashion moments, the AMVCAs serve as a significant milestone, recognising and celebrating the exceptional talent within Africa’s film and television industry. The ceremony honours established names and shines a spotlight on rising stars.

This year’s AMVCAs undoubtedly left a lasting impression as a premier event that celebrates African excellence in film and television.

See top fashion from the 10th AMVCA below:

1. Osas Ighodaro – Dress designed by Veekee James

 

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2. Bisola Aiyeola – Dress designed by Somobysomo

 

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3. Beauty Tukura – Dress designed by Emaginebybukola

4. Nana Addo – Dress designed by Yoli Koomson

 

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5. Tacha Akide – Dress designed by Abbaswoman.ng

6. Uche Montana – Dress designed by Veekee James

 

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7. Toke Makinwa – Dress by Veekee James

 

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8. Adunni Ade – Dress designed by Anncranberry

 

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9. Neo Akpkofure – Outfit by Ambaosa

 

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10. Laura Ikeji- Dress designed by Ericamoorebrand

 

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11. Idia Aisian- Dress designed by Emaginebybukola

 

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12. Yvonne Jegede – Dress designed by Ericamoorebrand

 

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13. Iyabo Ojo – Dress designed by Mubrikluxury

 

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14. Timini Egbuson – Suit by Annakarinkarlsson

 

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15. Jemima Osunde – Dress designed by Flat17studio

 

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16. Richard Mofe-Damijo – Agbada by Dejiandkola

 

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17. Liquorose- Dress designed by Somobysomo

 

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18. Elozonam – Outfit by Jeffurbanclothing

 

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19. Chiomagoodhair – Dress designed by WEIZ DHURM FRANKLYN

 

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20. Vee- Dress designed by Ladybeellionaire_luxury

 

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21. Faithia Williams-Dress designed by Pearls_bridals

 

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22. Tolanibaj – Dress designed by Obitomic

 

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23. Tomike – Dress designed by Veekee James

 

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24. Adedimeji Lateef – Agbada designed by Labaleoo collections

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