African Fashion week to host Aisha, Akinwunmi and top government officials

Ezekiel Adesawe  | Thursday, 30 June 2016 | Total Views


African Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN) set to hold the inaugural edition of Textile and Garment Manufacturing Conference on Friday, 1st July 2016, at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos will host Mrs. Aisha Abubakar, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment; Dr. Mustapha Abiodun Akinkunmi, Commissioner for Finance, Lagos State; Mr. Akintunde Oyebode, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund; Mrs Folake Oyemade, Managing Director of Sam and Sara and Mr. Dapo Adelegan, President, Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce as conference speakers.

The conference will also host fashion entrepreneurs, development finance institutions, and textile industry groups, among others from within and outside of the country for the African Fashion Week Nigeria.

Other confirmed speakers at the conference are Mr. H. A. Kwajaffa, Director General, Nigeria Textile Garment and Tailoring Employers Association; Ms. Jennifer Anoyika, Director General, Nigerian-German Business Association; Miss Doris Onwugamba Managing Director, Manufacturing Resource Centre, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN); Dr. Peter Kondricz, Commercial Diplomat/First Secretary, Embassy of Hungary; Dr. Johannes Flosbach, Head of Performance Management Group, TGI Group, and Chioma Nwagboso, Advisor on Public Private Partnerships for GIZ (German International Cooperation).

Speaking on the conference, Founder, Africa Fashion Week Nigeria & London, Ronke Ademiluyi, said the conference was necessitated by the abysmal performance of the textile industry. “It is ironic that the textile manufacturing sector which played a major role in boosting the nation’s economy and accelerating her development pace is at an all-time low. This is why Africa Fashion Week Nigeria is bringing industry stakeholders together to deliberate and strategize on how to get the sector which once provided employment to millions of Nigerians fully operational again.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian-German Business Association (NGBA), a not-for-profit organisation comprising of over 400 Nigerian and German owned business enterprises, has been named as an institutional partner for the AFWN manufacturing conference. Other partnering institutions are the Bank of Industry (BOI) and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC).