By Jemi EKUNKUNBOR
Funmi Ajila-Ladipo (fashion designer)
I think weâ€™ve come a very long way. With fashion, I think we are doing well but the only thing is that we donâ€™t knowÂ what to wear for what time. We donâ€™t the season and time to wear certain clothing. We shouldnâ€™t just make every wearÂ a ceremonial wear. I think we are moving, we are doing great but we still have a long way to go. But with a littleÂ more push and force, we will get there both for the fashion and the industry. We just need encouragement to move onÂ to another level. The use of the local fabric and the ability to turn the local fabric into contemporary styles isÂ great. So, weâ€™ve done well.
(Ex FADAN President)
Donâ€™t you think weâ€™ve come a long way and that there is room for a lot more publicity for the fashion industry? IÂ donâ€™t think that the talent we have in this country are being showcased enough yet. I think we need a lot moreÂ international exposure so that the world can know what is happening in Nigeria. The creativity has always been thereÂ in the Nigerian fashion industry but publicity is not enough. But then again, I also think that we need to educateÂ our designers more on what to wear for each occasion. Many of them still donâ€™t understand what is appropriate forÂ what occasion.
I thunk we still have a very
long way to go because we
donâ€™t have any support from the government. Itâ€™s a situation of everybody to his own. We have lots of raw talents inÂ this country but with no support. I think once the government lifts the ban on imported fabrics and supports theÂ fashion industry, then, we can go places. Look at south Africa for example, they have all the support that they needÂ from their government and they are doing very well in terms of fashion.