No Craft Is Exclusively For Men – Female Cobbler

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A graduate of Business Administration and Management, Mrs Prince-Obe Queen, who suddenly developed a strong passion for shoe making and repairs, has declared that no trade is exclusively preserved for men.
Reacting to feelings of friends and family members over her new found love in shoe production and repairs, Mrs Prince-Obe said she settled for a masculine-oriented craft because she likes working with young men who appears more serious in life.
She insists that there is no skill limited to men or women, stating that when men find themselves into trades that are tagged feminine, eg hair dressing, they do better and same goes to women who find themselves doing work popularly perceived to be men’s.
A mother of four, Queen traced the genesis of her journey into shoe making to when, as a teacher, she discovered that schools of late invest more on craft teachers than they do on the regular ones.
Explaining further, she said while the local craft teachers engage the school about twice in a month or even a term and are settled with fabulous amount of money, the regular teachers depend on their peanuts at the end of the month, irrespective of their daily presence at school.
This dichotomy in the treatment of the craft teachers and the regular ones, she said, lured her into contemplating learning a craft that will not only add to her wealth of knowledge, but would be capable of improving her income at the end of the day.
“I chose not to learn such that are popular among women, but rather settled for the masculinely-oriented so I could work with men who are more serious in life”.
“I started with wrapping of bags and shoes with local fabrics (Ankara) then into full time foot wares production and repairs, both for men and women” she said.
So far, Queen has produced palms, slippers, sandals, belt for males and females as well as repairs used shoes. According to her, she enjoys every bit of the trade and mostly encouraged by the patronage she receives especially from men.
As the only female trainee in Phemcorn Craft, a workshop of 18, Queen is not deterred by friends’ perception of her choice of craft. Although her family and friends may not fancy her trade, Queen said they appreciate her productions at the end of the day.
In her dream to own a big shoe production/repair venture, she advises other women to see the world as a place where everyone irrespective of gendre, is free to choose what he/she likes to do, and not confine oneself to an already saturated trade just for the mere mentality that it is meant for a folk.
She maintained that it is only “your passion that can land you safely to your choice destruction”.