ODIMEGWU PHILIP is a STEP beneficiary (Fashion Design and Tailoring) in the 2017/2018 Cycle of the Delta State Government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme. He hails from Oko-Mgbele in Oshimili South Local Government Area. He is a promising young entrepreneur who took advantage of the State Government’s job creation programme to liberate himself from the labour market.
Philip is a Political Science graduate from the Delta State University, Abraka and the CEO of Adam Ezecutive, a fashion home that specialises in building wardrobe for clients. His major clients are celebrities, the majority of whom do not know his office location because he uses online platforms to market his business. He can be reached on instagram: adamezecutive and on Whatsapp: 07061694603.
He shares his success story. “Job creation bureau laid the foundation I am building on. Since establishment with an industrial sewing machine, an industrial weaving machine, one generator from the government and personal savings of ₦300,000 and two manual sewing machines from friends, I have bought three industrial sewing machines, a button hole machine, a 10KVA sound proof generator of ₦900,000, office furniture and a medium-size generator.”
“I have five employees and eight apprentices. In Adam Ezecutive, aka the Ideal Man, we teach men how to dress. My clients do not necessarily need to know where my shop is. I go out in search of them to take their measurements as far as Lagos and deliver to them same way. I meet most of my clients online through the social media. As a fashion designer, I am my own model. I ensure that I am the best dressed person in every ceremony I attend. Most of my clients are celebrities and high-profile Instagram personalities. I have clients in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Uganda, Namibia and Ghana. Despite that, my prices are fair and affordable. I make suits, natives, shirts, trousers, ankara crazy stuff etc. We have developed capacity and we deliver within two to seven days because we work night and day.”
“My advice is for everyone to acquire a skill for self-employment and for government to upscale the job creation programme to engage more youths in order to save them from crime and internet fraud. I am giving back to society by training two persons for free. I also intend to go back to the Government-owned vocational training centre, Asaba where I was trained and to job creation orientation programmes to mentor the trainees as part of my community service.
Written by Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh.