As part of our pre-event coverage for “The Future Awards . . .” 2008, we selected some nominees we thought you would find interesting and will feature them until the event date scheduled for January 13th, 2008. We begin with a beautiful woman we think you will find quite interesting!
Former Lawyer turned Shoe Cobbler,Tosin Dekalu, is one of “The Future Awards . . .” 2008 nominee. A graduate of the University of Westminster, London, Dekalu relocated to Nigeria in 2001 and shocked most when she quit the practice of law to open a shoe repair company! Today, her reputable shoe company provides shoe repairs for individuals and has expanded its services to include repairs of other accesories such as bags, suitcases and more; gaining clientele from numerous organizations including hotels. Shall we meet Ms. Dekalu?
Name: Tosin [pronounced Toe-si] Dekalu
Describe your work?
Lady Cobbler & Co. Nigeria Limited repairs shoes, bags, suitcases and most leather accessories. We also cut keys and manufacture leather accessories.
What category are you nominated in?
Entrepreneur of the Year
[H]ow does it feel [t]o be nominated in this category?
To be honest it feels a little strange being ‘recognised’ for doing something I love and for something that is fun for me to do! At the same time, it feels great because I sometimes feel like I’m doing a thankless job so it is wonderful that people ‘out there’ appreciate how hard and sometimes stressful and daunting this work can be. Overall I’m ecstatic to be nominated at all!
What would it mean for you, if you won in the category nominated?
It would mean the world to me because Lady Cobbler has never won an award.
What drives you?
Success and love for what I do.
What do you do for fun?
I love reading and going to the cinema.
Any parting thoughts for our readers who want to be where you are?
You’re only as big as you dream to be and with hard work, focus and prayers, anything is possible.