By Yinka Ajayi
Following the brainstorming section at the just concluded 2018 Fashion Finest Africa Epic show and conference, tagged “Increasing Nigeria’s participation in the global garment Industry” participants has described the event as a mile stone achievement for the Nigerian Fashion industry.
Speaking during the event, the Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce,Trade and investment Bisi Oladujoye said: “The fashion industry has become an essential part of the Nigerian economy that cannot be ignored and this year’s FFA is a milestone achievement for the industry.”
While Indigenous Fashion experts narrated their ordeals with speakers and panelist present at the event, the guest Speakers Jennifer Sutton, Development Director Fashion Capital and Mabel Doe a Fashion Consultant from the UK explained the process of garment making with emphasis on the in-depth insight on the garment production obtainable in the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile Mallam Ismaila Zakari (ICAN president) in his remarks, disclosed: “the pace the Nigerian fashion industry is competing with global designers, ICAN intend to help organize soft loans for fashion designers across Nigeria.” Chris Oputa CEO Studio 24, added that his Studio has open opportunities for Fashion designers to showcase their clothing designs in all its branches across Nigeria.
Nigeria’s ace designer, Mai Atafo sparked the audience interest by stating his need for a female intern, who are eager to make a splash on the Nigerian fashion industry, Funmi Ajila-Ladipo FADAN President further picked interest on few indigenous designers to work with.
In the same vein, Mrs Adenike Ogunlesi CEO of Founder Ruff ‘n’ Tumble reiterate the need for the industry to focus more on the garment technicians to make work easier. According to her: “Garment technicians earn more due to the unique service they provide in the fashion industry.”