Africa is blessed with a number of very hardworking and innovative young minds that make up the building blocks of her economy. In Africa, the relentless nature and perseverance of her youth is unimaginably outstanding. This is one part of the world where people grow businesses from literally nothing to multi million Naira ventures, providing employment opportunities for the masses.

One of such cases is that of the amazing Idongesit Harrison Umoh, CEO/Founder of Idong Harrie Limited a footwear and accessory manufacturing and retailing company based in Lagos that specializes in handmade shoes, slippers, sandals, wallets, handbags and all manner of small leather accessories.

Idongesit who started her now thriving business with just N10,000 pocket money, had her interest in making footwear sparked when she stumbled upon a pair of beaded slippers gifted to her mum. She immediately realized that she could create something like that. After studying the slipper, she tried her hands on a pair and succeeded at creating a pair of her own.

What started as a hobby, has now turned out to be an incredible multi million Naira venture, with customers in various countries around the world, wearing premium quality made in Africa leather goods. Her designs are uniquely crafted in a way that you can spot an Idong Harrie piece from afar without even touching them. You can see some Idong Harrie pieces here. 

Idongesit Harrison’s success story is one of perseverance even in seemingly impossible situations, persistence, and consistency throughout her business journey. She believes that it is important to keep improving as an entrepreneur and staying true to yourself. She also believes that it is never too late to work on your dream.

Idongesit is committed to putting Nigeria on the global map through her business, and she urges everyone who has the drive to create something new to just start. Take opportunities, and understand that no one can execute their vision better than they can. She also believes that more women should take initiative when it comes to scaling their businesses and facing challenges head on.

The Verified Tribe is a segment on the Bellafricana digest focused on celebrating entrepreneurs and business owners who’s businesses are listed on the Bellafricana Verified Network of Afrocentric Businesses. 

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