On the first of July 2016, at The Eko Hotel Lagos, the first ever conference of its kind, gathering industry experts together under one roof, to deliberate on ways of maximizing the potentials within the fashion industry for greater economic benefits of Nigeria, the textile and garment manufacturing conference will open in Lagos to kick start Africa Fashion Week Nigeria 2016, this conference is poised to highlight innovative systems that will create a powerful independent economic base for the country using creative energies of young and talented fashion entrepreneurs.
It is pertinent to note that, fashion has the capacity to provide jobs, promote creativity and individualism, channel useful energies to productive use, provide social security, build export capacity and industrial base, create a massive economic base of micro, small and medium-scale enterprises, that can lift a social sector or a whole nation, from poverty and obscurity to wealth and global relevance. Fashion is vast, with correlated industries such as styling, cosmetics, textile manufacturing, photography and costuming as well as retailing and designing. And unlike most industries, the skills required to participate in the fashion sector, are not necessarily obtainable in a higher institution.
The textile and garment manufacturing conference will deal with topics that deal with job creation in the garment manufacturing industry, new channels of e-commerce in the fashion industry, the viability of textile manufacturing, the dynamics of retailing and setting up a fashion business in Nigeria and different financing options. It will feature astute industry professionals and entrepreneurs from across the globe, covering such professional sectors as marketing, banking, e-commerce and manufacturing.
Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, founded by Nigeria’s own Ronke Ademiluyi, has conquered the whole of Europe of with the London version of the project: Africa Fashion Week London, rising since 2011 to become the biggest fashion platform in Europe that promotes African inspired fashion. The Nigerian Edition, Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, which will celebrate its third anniversary in July, is perhaps the country’s best sustained and most anticipated fashion runway of international standard, featuring designers from all over Africa. It will be recalled that Africa Fashion Week’s greatest value contribution to the world of African fashion, is its ability to provide subsidised runways giving visibility to talented but indigent fashion designers of African origin, thus giving them much needed visibility and enabling them to convert their talent into economic self-sustainability.
Speaking at the event would be:
Dr Mustapha Akinwunmi (Hon. Commissioner For Finance Lagos State)
Mr Dapo Adelegan (President, Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce)
Mr Akintunde Oyebode (Executive Secretary Lagos State Employment Trust Fund)
Mr Hamma (Industrial Regional Manager, Nigeria Textile Manufacturers Association)
Mrs Jennifer Ayonika ( The DG, Nigerian-German Business Association)
Mrs Doris Onwugamba (MD, Manufacturing Resource Centre)
Mrs Chioma Nwagboso (Director, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce)
Dr Peter Kondricz (Commercial Diplomat/ First Secretary Embassy of Hungary)
Mr Johannes Flosbach (TGI Group)
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