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Friday, July 14, 2017


...young at heart

NYSC spurred me to train as a shoemaker, earn money — Joanna

Joanna Gana Malgwi, a young English Linguistics graduate is a journalist, motivational speaker and a shoe designer. She is the owner of Joan’s Crotchet World, a shoe shop in Yola, Adamawa State. In this interview, Joanna spoke on how strength, patience and persistence can get one to a career peak. By Eseohe Ebhota @EbhotaEseohe


ow long have you been in the shoemaking business? I started since October 2016, so its nine months now. Did you receive any formal training in that business area? Yes, I was trained during my service year. The National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) encouraged us to acquire skills so I went for pastries and shoe making. I was trained by a female colleague in the office where I served in Ekiti State. She had a shoemaking venture to complement her monthly pay. She taught me how to knit, although I didn’t pay much attention to the sole making part because it was tiresome, so after knitting my designs, I took them to another shoemaker to couple the soles. After my service year, I came back home, enrolled in another shoemaking class to acquire more skills. How did you start up the business? I started on a low key shortly before my passing out last year. I made some for some of my friends and neighbours who saw it on me and loved it. After posting some photos on social media, more people loved it and began to place orders. So in February this year I commenced full production. I didn’t learn it for commercial purpose as I love using my hands to work. My plan was to start my pastry and cocktail business when I get home and also further my studies but the demand for crotchet shoes was high, and since it’s something new and not the regular leather shoes, I opted for shoe designing. How much was your capital base? I started with N10,000: I

had savings from the puff-puff and zobo business which I did as a corps member and my NYSC monthly allowance. But when I returned home I started with almost N20,000 because I enrolled into another class and bought my personal tools. As a graduate, why did you opt for self-employment rather than a media job? Right from childhood, I have always envisaged my future ass an onair-personality (OAP) and presently I have a little idea of what itt entails, er Radio since I worked as a volunteer reporter and a serving corps member ns Yola with Gotel Communications vely. But and NTA Ado-Ekiti respectively. ams of a while I await fulfilling my dreams journalist and furthering my studies, I ly. chose to utilize my skills wisely. How do you source forr your materials? kett I buy them from the market e here in Yola, though some are readily available, and with my plans of having a big shoe empire, I am working towards getting them from Aba, Lagoss or foreign companies abroad. Seeing you have fared welll in shoemaking, what does itt take to be successful? It takes strength, patience,, persistence and passion.. d You also have to be a good d learner, learn new skills and me designs, get updated, become gns more creative. So many designs I produce lately were not what wn to I was thought but I sit down create my designs. In this era of oogle, technology with stuffs like Google, YouTube and pin interest and ng is a other online platforms tutoring le. necessity but readily accessible. ords to What would be your words

other youth on empowerment? Nothing good comes easy and personally, I believe in goal getting. I encourage others to take a bold step, the road to success is always rough but don’t give up; I always say “Believe in God, believe in yourself, set your goals, with determination and excellence, you can make exploits.

The owner of DK Collections a and Couture services, a growing fashion line in Abuja, Zaharadeen H a r u n a Dalhat has said it pays to do the business. Dalhat, a Microbiology graduate from tthe University of Abuja started his fashion line five years ago as

an undergraduate. The 28 year old in his encounter with YOUTHVILLE said his love for good taste in outfits and impeccable designs drew made him to the profession. “I started saving up my money. I started the business with a sum of N20,000 which came in instalments. The first half was used to buy the fabric while the second half was used to pay for the workmanship,” he said. With five permanent staff and three other temporary ones, Dalhat said he now owns one flagship store with three retail outfits in Abuja. The young entrepreneur who boasts of making around a seven digit profit monthly said he has clothed the league of very

Schools seek more funding for treating autism By Mulikatu Mukaila Royal School of Educational Therapy Foundation in Abuja said it is seeking for more funding and donations to make stem cell therapy, a treatment for autism, more accessible to parents. Stem cell is a treatment for neurological disorders, including autism, cerebral palsy, cognitive disabilities (mental retardation), muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury and some other neurological disorders. The founder of Royal School, Dr. Badewa Adejugbe-Williams who disclosed this during a seminar in Abuja said having such partnership will help to reduce the physiological trauma for both parents and children suffering from disabilities. Commenting on what motivates her for setting up the Foundation and organising the seminar, Adejugbe-Williams said she is motivated into promoting the treatment for autism as her two children have been suffering from the challenge for 20 years, adding that, “As a parent, I know the psychological trauma I have undergone in the past 20 years.” On her part, the Director of DeGrendel Home, South Africa, Mrs Andelene Thysse, said the Home has sponsored free therapy for over 280 children within one year. Thysse said it cost an average of $11million to undergo treatment of stem cell therapy per patient, while calling on parents to embrace stem cell therapy as a cure for autism and other related disabilities. A parent, Mrs. Asmau Ahmad-Lawal whose kid is undergoing the treatment confirmed the efficacy, but noted the slow process of recovery.

90% of our students are Nigerians — Houdegbe Varsity From Nurudeen Oyewole, Lagos

Choosing a profession in fashion pays, says Dalhat Cho By LatifatOpoola LatifatO

The secret of eternal youth is arrested development. – Alice Roosevelt Longworth

important personnel from the Presidency, members of House of Representatives to ambassadors, most of them based on referrals from satisfied customers. The Katsina state indigene said his products stand out because of the choice of fabric and its impeccable finishing. “We give attention to details and adhere to customer specification and as well chip in or add our own input,” he said. The entrepreneur appealed to youth wishing to join the fashion industry to never settle for mediocre. “Do the job to the best of your ability and remember that you have to help yourself before you can be helped, time wasted can never be regained,” he advised.

The Chancellor, Houdegbe North American University, Republic of Benin (HNAUB), Prof. Octave Cossi Houdegbe has said the institution was established to support the economic wellbeing of West Africans. Houdegbe who said this at the 2017 convocation ceremony held at the varsity campus, Cotonou added that 90 per cent of the students in the university are Nigerians. He said there was a need to start inculcating among the youth, the idea of regional co-operation and integration, using the instrumentality of education. “Few days ago, I was with the former

Nigerian President, Baba Olusegun Obasanjo with whom we discussed so many things including how we can strengthen the regional bond especially with the power of university education. “Today, our university has students from other west African countries. In fact, 90 per cent our students are from Nigeria. And anytime we hold a convocation ceremony, we add to the economic wellbeing of people in Cotonou,” Houdegbe said. The HNAUB Chancellor said whereas the varsity graduated 3,100 graduands, the 2017 convocation ceremony witnessed the graduation of 2,000 graduands cutting across six faculties.

DAILY TRUST, Friday, July 14, 2017


YOUTHVILLE Group sponsors 17 for training in ICT, film production From Eyo Charles, Calabar A group, Universal Youth Fellowship said it will train 17 unemployed youth on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and movie production for six months. The faith-based youth group with international headquarters in Calabar, Cross River state said the youth were selected across states. The Chairman, Bishop Tom Inyang-Akpan said an initial empowerment programme was held in Aba, Abia state. A director for Empowerment in the group, Mr Jerome Peters at the programme exhorted the youth to flee promiscuity, cultism, violence, laziness, dependence on anyone for livelihood but to strive to be skilful and useful to themselves and society. Participants were informed of a global economic drift from a certificate economy to a knowledge economy whereby knowledge comes first in evaluating human capacity. They were advised to see formal education as a means to enriching their knowledge base as to impact positively to the economy rather than aiming at acquiring certificate only. There were four Presentations, including Movie and Video Production, ICT and Wealth Creation, Peanut Production & Packaging, as well as Career Guidance to Quality Employment and Self-reliance in a depressed Economy. To enable the 17 youths enrol immediately, a patron of the group, Bishop Zoryii Nwiamanie and other officials donated N150,000.

JAMB soccer tourney begins August 20 By Simon E. Sunday @SimonEchewofun The maiden Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) tertiary institution soccer tournament hold from August 20, 2017 in Ilorin, Kwara State, organisers have said. The Main Organising Committee (MOC) revealed this after it was led by its Chairman, Kale Ayo to the Commissioner of Police, Kwara Police Command, Mr Lawan Ado this week. Ayo, who is the commissioner for Sports and Youth Development in the state, sought for the support of the command, before, during and after the competition. About 16 higher institutions from various parts of Nigeria have qualified to participate in the competition, the MOC revealed. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the matches of the competition will be played at the University of Ilorin Mini Stadium and Kwara Football Academy pitches. While pledging to provide adequate security for the weeklong tournament, Ado said that security was central to the success of the inter-collegiate competition. He said that all hands must be on deck to provide reasonable manpower to ensure the success of the competition and commended JAMB for supporting the initiative.

AUN holds fair, celebrates best graduate, Onyinye By Chidimma C. Okeke & Simon Echewofun Sunday


he American University of Nigeria (AUN) has held its first Fair to attract prospective students while celebrating its best graduate of 2017, Ms Immaculata Onyinye Onuigbo in Abuja last weekend. The fair hosted by the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation provided an opportunity for young people to learn about its scholarships. Onyinye who is one of the 24 merit scholars of the Yar’Adua Foundation recently emerged as the 2017 Valedictorian as a Petroleum Chemistry graduate from AUN. In her advice to the prospective students, she challenged them to be resilient and develop a passion for the course they have chosen. “If you have passion or love what you are studying, it won’t be a challenge to you and success will come your way,” she said.

…as Yar’Adua Centre extols 24 scholars The Director General of the Foundation, Mrs Jacqueline Farris who explained the merit scholarship said, 24 exceptional graduating pupils were picked from schools across the country since 2005 and were enrolled in AUN Academy for their secondary education. She said upon graduation, 12 were enrolled into AUN and the 12 others into federal universities in Nigeria. Three of those in AUN graduated recently with Onyinye emerging as the overall best of the university for 2017, Mrs. Farris said. The Merit Scholarship was conceived by Hajiya Binta Yar’Adua (wife of Late Shehu Musa Yar’Adua), a board member of the Foundation, while the scholars were sponsored through the Foundation’s endowment fund. Upon graduation, they await placement for their one year National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC), she noted.

 The 2017 best graduate of American University of Nigeria (AUN), Ms Immaculata Onyinye Onuigbo speaks to audience at a University Fair hosted by the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Foundation in Abuja last weekend. Photo: AUN

Assistant Vice President for Recruitment and Marketing, Julius Ayuk Tabe said the Fair was a platform for people seeking information about academic opportunities in the technology-intensive university. “Learning in the 21st century is a shared experience within and outside the classroom. Our students want to display a whole range of AUN’s out-of-classroom digital resources which define, in character and content, the perfect trend of resource personality,” he explained. Some of the secondary school students in attendance including those from the AUN Academy told YOUTHVILLE they will love to be admitted into the university with some noting that would achieve a feat greater than that of Immaculate, the best graduate of 2017. AUN President, Dr. Dawn Dekle lauded the Yar’Adua Foundation for initiating such long term scholarships for gifted students as part of contributing to the development of the country. She said the success of the university lies in professionalism and its distinct style of pushing students towards academic excellence. Dr. Dekle challenged other universities to adopt the model if they want to produce more world class graduates. The President who assumed office recently assured of working with the university team to build of the foundations already laid adding through the ‘shared governance’ approach which she said entails that everyone including the students contributed to the process of decision making.

Stakeholders seek improved security on campuses By Clement A. Oloyede The Association of Heads of Security of Tertiary Institutions (AHSOTI) has charged the Federal Government, the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other education regulatory authorities to ensure new institutions guarantee security and

safety of students and academic officials giving approvals. In a communiqué it issued after a national security conference for tertiary institutions held at Bingham University, Nasarawa state, AHSOTI urged the national assembly to amend the statutory mandate of the

educational regulatory agencies to include campus security and safety in view of the heightened insecurity issues. The communiqué signed by the national coordinator of the association, Imarah Okpako, AHSOTI noted that many institutions do not have basic physical security tools which constitute first

line of defence against any external threat. It recommended that efforts should be geared towards ensuring total perimeter fencing, well defined security policy and procedure, communication equipment and well kitted guard force in every institutions across the country.

Movie Review — Husna Ko Huzna Director: Producer: Language: Company: Reviewed by:

Falalu A. Dorayi Tahir I. Tahir Hausa (2017) M.M. Haruna Film Production, Kano Muhsin Ibrahim, Bayero University, Kano

The film, Husna ko Huzna, comes with quite a number of novelties. The semi-horror, fantasy is an old wine in a new bottle; it repackages a usual lovetriangle story. Husna (Jamila Nagudu) and Abdul (Adam A. Zango) are set to wed, while a certain kolanut and groundnut hawking lady, Huzna (Fati Washa), tries everything possible to stop that from happening as she deeply loves Abdul. It eventually appears that Huzna is a genie. Her schemes nearly broke the duo’s relationship midway in the film. It takes Husna’s mother, and their friends’ assistance and insistence for them to patch up. Tired of the drama, one day Husna steals a deadly chemical from their school laboratory and pours it on Huzna’s face, not knowing that she is not human.

The special effect artist of the film did quite well. By and large, and in accordance with the Kannywood ‘standard’, the work deserves commendation. The transmogrification of Huzna to Husna or vice versa is so swift and superb; the acid scene, and hes the way Huzna stretches her hand and alters her ing eyeballs when attacking her her prey, among other scenes, are equally well he crafted. Generally, the tle finishing leaves little m to be desired in a film us industry infamous for its dearth of d professionals and o producing poor to average films like Kannywood. For more of this, visit https:// kannywoodscene. com

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