Osuala Chidiebere Salome recently defeated 29 other contestants to win the fourth edition of Betti-Okuboyejo Foundation (Betti-O School of Fashion Runway graduation ceremony/competition) in collaboration with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Technical Skills Development Projects (TSDP).
The event which took place in Ikeja, Lagos saw the graduating students display their skills in fashion designing to the admiration of the audience.
Other winners in the keenly contested competition are George-Kayode Blessing, first runner-up while Odumu Inalegwu Godfrey emerged as second runner-up. The winners went home with Industrial sewing machines, Clutch motor and cash prizes.
In her address, the Managing Director, Betti-O Foundation, Mrs. Adenike Ogunlesi thanked her mother for being the greatest inspiration in her life. She has made me the woman that I am today, without her; I won’t be able to reach my desired goal in life.
Ogunlesi commended the sponsors for believing in her and making her dreams come true for the occasion to be a reality. She also commended those that supported the students throughout the training period.
She disclosed that the graduating students were taught various subjects like accounting, branding, marketing, fashion design among others.
A representative from NECA, TSDP Project Director, Mrs. Folusho Samuel said there is no comparison between Betti-O School of Fashion and other fashion schools because her school is unique and different from others. She is well versed in other areas of endeavour.
“In Betti-O School of Fashion, some of her qualities include integrity, innovation, accountability, commitment among others. Their astonishing designs show a lot of creativity and the graduating students have put in a lot of efforts in their works. She concluded by saying “There is no pain without gain but they should take every experience as a learning curve as they continue to practice what they have been taught.”
In the same vein, Director General/Chief Executive Officer, ITF, Joseph Ari, who was represented, said the occasion has produced another opportunity for ITF to showcase their contribution towards reducing unemployment and youth restiveness through the empowerment of Nigerian youths with employable technical and vocational skills.
“To the graduands, l say congratulations. As you are release into the society as skilled technicians, let it be known to you that you have become ITF ambassadors to show case what the ITF has inculcated in you.
“You have been trained both in technical and life skills. We therefore assure you that whatever it is that you will be facing in life henceforth, the training you have received has fully prepared you for the task ahead.
With tears of joy, Salome said she is happy and that she prayed to emerge as the overall winner which she eventually did.
She said she is elated and grateful to the sponsors and facilitators because words cannot explain how she feels.