Monday, December 7, 2015

To work creatively well is to co-operate with God to continue the work of creation. I got really bored developing my office's architectural designs. Since it was not easy for me to get my own clients to express my creativity architecturally, I decided to look within me to see what else I could do simply but differently to stand me out among my peers with design background.



Out of my many hand craft hobbies which I engaged in since childhood, I chose to develop my hand tufting craft to produce decorative rugs to become outstandingly skilful at it and gradually develop it into a business. I chose this craft for production of customised decorative rugs because rugs have become a trendy interior accessory in every class of the society.




With this on my mind, I quit my full-time architectural job to pursue a Master of Urban Design degree (part-time) while I equally developed my craft skill as a hobby. After my masters, I did not return to the usual full-time paid job as most of my peers but further developed my craft skill full-time while looking for funding to turn it into an enterprise. Meanwhile, in 2012 I registered Tuft Craft Studio Limited with CAC and applied to become a client of Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) to help promote and develop the company's vision. For a start , through AEA, I participated in the British Council Creative Enterprise Programme (August 2012). Later in November I also participated in LEAP Africa Business Leadership Training Programme. These programmes equiped me with leadership and entrepreneurial skills and tools which were exactly what I needed to launch my business idea.

At this time, it kept coming to my mind that "there's a time to be born and a time to die. In between is a time to live for service of God through service to humanity" (James Audu, former NTA DG paraphrased). I thought of how I could be of service to humanity with my current occupation with hand craft. I made up my mind to teach as many people as I can especially young people with the aim of empowering them.



Opportunity knocked when I was invited under our registered company name to be a Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurial Development (SAED) trainer in partnership with NYSC. So far we have trained up to 800 corps members in-camp and over 40 of them have decided to further developed the skill, post-camp.

In a quest to update and sharpen my entreprenerial and leadership skills, In July 2016, I participated in Youth Entrepreneurship Training organised by NIDO UK South. This was accompanied with an Enterprise Competition based on Business Plan. I emerged the overall winner. I was awarded a cash prize and a one year mentorship contract. This I have successfully completed.

Furthermore, on keeping up with my chosen pursuit, in October 2016, I applied and have been Inducted to participate in the In sourcing Program of the Business Innovation and Growth (BIG) platform. It is a Growth and Employment (GEM) Project of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. Nigerian FG, in partnership with The World Bank and Department for International Development (DFID). It is a work in progress.


With my enthusiastic team of three, we typically keep occupied with training interested corps members, and manufacturing of decorative rugs customised to our clients' tastes. Our clients range from individuals to corporate organisations including the government.

While doing all these, I still carry out architectural designs mostly for single family residential developments.

CONTACT

@TuftCraftStudio



08032813394

Studio Location: shop RB 43, Kaura modern market. Off Oladipo Oladiya way. Abuja

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