Studying optometry was not Anthonia Ojo’s first choice. The young Nigerian was initially interested in pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical field. She was almost swayed by her parents to study medicine, but was eventually given the option of studying optometry upon applying at the University of Benin City in Nigeria.
“I have no regrets,” she says, of the 6-year programme. “It gave me a lot of exposure and was all encompassing, from the business side to the psychology.” But three years after graduating, Ojo felt the urge to try something new.
“I’ve always been fascinated with creating things. I do a lot of DIY projects.” This passion for creation can be traced back to days spent in her father’s workshop. A production engineer, he owned a furniture making factory that Ojo would often visit and watch the workers. She eventually tried her hand at making everything from flip flops to clothing. “So when the idea of making eye wear designs with African facial dimensions, I started to do my research and I found out about 3D printing technology.”