“I am a lover of Foot Wears and a freak for quality leathers… I studied Accounting in school. I finished from UNIBEN in 2010 and after school it was difficult and challenging for me to secure a job and at the same time I did not want to stay idle so I thought it wise to do business but did not know the kind or type of business to do, says Nkiru Emodi.
“I was confused then I went on a business research. I started asking questions but couldn’t find the answer to my problem.. I had to ask myself some questions which the answer to the third question gave birth to today’s reality… (the question was: What do I spend my money on when it comes to getting things for myself? The answer was Leather Foot Wears…) So I decided to go into buying and selling of Leather Foot wears.
“Now! Not only did I not have a job I also did not have the capital to start up a business. I went out to meet people to talk to them about the idea of the business and also to ask for a loan. Majority turned me down saying I should go get a job , work for some period of time before thinking of business… Out of the lot I met with, just one man saw the business idea from a different direction and said it was good and he was happy I knew the kind of foot wears I wanted to buy and sell. But he also would not give me money but an advice, he said ” I do not have fish to give you… If you are willing to learn how to fish I will teach you” there and then I was not only willing to learn but also ready to dive into the ocean.
“He talked me into learning how to make Foot wears.. saying if I learn how to make foot wears using the same high quality leather materials used to produce the leather foot wears I want to buy and sell not only will I create and design but gradually I’ll grow and have my own foot wears factory. I was so interested and ready to learn. He inspired me because he had been into the leather business for over 30 years.”
Nkiru Emodi continues, “The first 3 months of learning was challenging and difficult because I went outside my comfort zone, I had bruises on my hands, my finger nails got broken, I got nauseated using chemical gums to work, at a point I wanted to stop but I would remember the words of wisdom the elderly man gave me and encouraged myself. My mantra became “I can do this”.
“As time went by I started discovering some hidden talents I never knew I had, I never knew I could sketch, I saw myself doing things I normally would not do on a normal day the passion and love for creating and designing foot wears grew. The first design I created was a sketch work by me I was super excited and that was how I started sketching before creating and designing foot wears. This made me fall so deep in love with creating and designing that I couldn’t bring myself out of it. If a white collar job had come at that particular time I don’t think I would have accepted because I have fallen so deep with creating and designing that I have no interest for white collar jobs. I derive so much joy from creating and designing Foot Wears.
“I learnt for six months and I started saving money and sold few of my stuff to raise capital.. My siblings also did same and very few friends who believed in me. I was able to come up with cash, not much though, but I was able to start up with, bringing my passion to reality with N90,000 . I got very good materials and I was able to produce 13pairs of foot wear (Slipper and Sandal) both male and female very quick because the designs were unique and the products of good standard.
“I did market research for close to a year before introducing the brand to the market fully, H.O.T (Home of Theresa) Footwear was officially birthed on September 5th, 2013 and we make bespoke foot wears.”