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COVID-19 : Beautiful Unical final year student turns shoemaker, seeks funding

Miss Vivian Basil

A female final year Student of Sociology department, University of Calabar, Vivian Basil is utilizing the opportunity of the forced holiday offered by the global Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) to engage in show production as well as marketing. 

Basil who said she learnt the shoe making before she got admission into the university also added that the global pandemic offered her the opportunity to further her entrepreneurial passion.

She asserted that with entrepreneurship,  every graduating student can make his or her contribution to the growth of the Nigerian economy after school instead of waiting for years to be employed by government or other firms.

"My next few steps include registration of my company with Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC and application for a loan from the Bank of Industries, BOI to buy a few of the machines I need to expand my production.

"I am also getting a workshop for production as well as a show room for the display of the quality products. I have also opened my business social media pages on Instagram @vivians_world_ and Facebook @Vivian's World 2 to further market these products, she said.

When asked what was her inspiration in going into the shoe production business as a woman, she answered " I love to try things that others think are beyond them. Challenges inspire me. I am human and a woman too sha and sometimes, I just want to relax and be taken care of.

Speaking about her social life, she said " Yes, I do have a little time to make friends and have some fun, but I am mostly busy. I do not depend on boyfriends for my needs because I am earning a living and certainly, I will not be a burden to my husband when I get married.

"Finally, I want to be busy and productive, build a world class company, create employment for other people and earn enough money to meet my needs and contribute to charity. I want to be able to care for my aging parent and my siblings also. God is on my side."
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