I love seeing hard working people such as this. Michelle Ekure is from Eku, Ethiope-East LGA of Delta State. She graduated from the University of Benin, Edo State where she bagged a degree in International Studies and Diplomacy. She narrated how lack of employment pushed her into making shoes and now she’s better off than many of her agemates who’d rather join prostitution and other vices.
She says she makes 50 shoe sales in a week with each shoe starting from an average of 10k.
According to her:
“My inspiration is from God, I never knew I would be a shoemaker. I graduated from the University six years ago, after which I looked for for job, but to know avail. At sometimes I got employed by a company in Lagos, but the boss was owing too much so I left.
“On how it started, there is this other company I buy sandals in Lagos and resell. They sell nice shoes, so one day I thought to myself that I can tell this people to make sandals for me with my label, so I approached them and they said yes. That was how I got my first set of shoes. Then a friend introduced me to a guy that makes shoes. I watch him make shoes one day and I was amazed then I asked him to teach me and he did.
“My target audience are Men of honours, people like the famous Nigerians comedian Alibaba…lol . I make direct sales, but I drive more sales on social media platforms like instagram, facebook and twitter. Micheleleather sales per week is over 50 pairs.”
Michelle’s Instagram account is @micheleathers.