Meet Akosua Sakyi-Agyekum, the petroleum engineer turned classy shoemaker

Akosua Sakyi-Agyekum studied engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and worked briefly as a petroleum engineer after service

The shoe industry in Ghana has received some prominence locally and globally due to the contribution of entrepreneurs like Tonyi Senayah of Horseman Shoes and Fred Deegbe Jnr of “Heel The World”.

The industry has always been the preserve of men before gaining prominence on the global stage in Ghana.

But one lady who is gradually changing the narrative in the country and is poised to go global with her brand is the chief executive officer of Nuesa Shoe, Akosua Sakyi-Agyekum.

Akosua Sakyi-Agyekum studied chemical engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and worked briefly as a petroleum engineer after national service for a year.

But her passion and subsequent drive to sell shoes landed her in the shoe-making industry.

She attributes her skills acquisition in shoemaking to the tutelage of her masters namely Samuel Nimako (also known as Sammy Tuga) and Kwame Obeng.

Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Tuesday (20 June), Sakyi-Agyekum said ” Making shoes happened by accident.’

“I have a chemical engineering degree and worked as a petroleum engineer for about a year but during my National Service, I was selling footwear made with Kente.”

“My father wanted me to be a medical doctor, but he passed away early. I’m sure if he were still alive, my life would’ve turned out differently,” she said.

Akosua Sakyi-Agyekum
Akosua Sakyi-Agyekum

Sekyi-Agyekum added: “I make shoes for ladies, the smart casual looks — I don’t do heels. My brand focuses on making custom products but I’m gradually trying to move from that because Ghanaians prefer to buy products off the shelf.”

Listen to Akosua Sakyi-Agyekum in the attached audio clip below:

Watch the full interview in the attached video clip below:

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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