Friday, August 28, 2015

NEPC WORKSHOP FOR STAKEHOLDERS IN TEXTILE AND APPAREL SECTOR


In a bid to expand the Nigeria Textile and Apparel Industry and to increase Nigeria’s participation in the rising global market for garment and apparel, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council organized a one-day capacity building workshop for stakeholders in textile and apparel sector with the theme: Maximizing the rising global opportunities in textile and apparel. The event was held on Thursday 27th August, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Ikeja, Lagos State.

The event began with the registration of participants cum a tea break between the hour of nine and ten in the morning. At about 10am the event proper kick off with panellists taking their seats at the stage. The panel of discussion consists of Mrs. Grace Adereti, representative of the Nigeria Textile Manufacturers’ Association; Mrs. Funmi A. Ladipo (The president of FADAN), representative of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria; Mr. Dimeji Alara, Editor, Genevieve Magazine; Mrs. Joke Ladoja, a designer; Mr. Faleke from NEPC; Otunba Wasiu Taiwo, representative of the Nigeria Union of Tailors; and Mrs Omoyemi Akerele, the moderator of the discussion.

Before the discussion kick-started, Mr. Faleke made a brief presentation of the opportunities to be harnessed in the rising global market by the Nigerian garment and apparel designers.
At the course of the discussion, a lot of views were generated by the discussants and from the audience’s contributions. Among of which were the issues of incessant power failure (though power has improved in the past few months); problem of sourcing for quality textile materials; fashion merchandising; poor government patronage etc.

Sampling the opinion of the fashion designers and tailors in attendance, they sincerely hope that the workshop will breed greater opportunities and business expansion for the men and women in garment and apparel sector. They gave kudos to the Nigerian Export Promotion Council for organizing the workshop.

During the discussion, Mr. Dimeji Alara, editor of Genevieve magazine point it out that many Nigerian designers are not getting featured in their magazine not because they are not big brands but for their poor virtual visibility and lack of internet presence. He suggested that the designers should embrace the latest technology and social networks to increase their virtual presence.

In view of this, I, Prince Olusegun Adeniyi, have taken the challenge upon myself and I have created a blog for the practitioners in the garment and apparel sector.  The blog, www.nigerianappareldesigners.blogspot.com, is a virtual look book with the intent to increase the virtual visibility of Nigerian fashion designers and tailors. 

In order not to keep it blank, I have decided to feature my wearable art outfits. To be featured on this blog, designers can send their portfolio of works as attached images and a short profile (doc) to: aom3kk@gmail.com. It is FREE!

Do enjoy the view of the images below and kindly share this link www.nigerianappareldesigners.blogspot.com with the fashion designers, tailors and textile designers.

 Thank you!!!


















Prince Olusegun Michael, Adeniyi
(Award-winning Artist-cum-Art Educator, Blogger and Visual Art Consultant)
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