By OSA AMADI
One of the major problems associated with African arts and craft is low patronage. The impact of pop-culture, popular among the youths, has been identified as one of the reasons young people rarely patronize Nigerian art, craft and cultural products.
Dr. Barclays Ayakoroma, Executive Secretary and CEO, National Institute for Cultural Orientation, which has a stand at the on-going 2017 African Arts & Craft Expo said “In NICO, when we said we needed a Nigerian Dress Policy for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays some people resisted it saying “I am a lawyer, I am an accountant, etc. but we gave them examples of countries who have such. Go to Pakistan and India and see how their lawyers and accountants dress.
“Go also to Indonesia. Indonesia uses the batik for everything they wear, whether it is a suit or whatever. So I think the popular culture has really affected our ways of life,” Ayakoroma said.
However, not a few young people have found values and the beauty resident in our local fabrics, crafts and cultural items, as the roving lens of Vanguard Arts & Reviews proves here.