By Rashidat Akashat, Agency Reports
Some stakeholders in Nigeria’s entertainment and creative industry, speaking with NAN, during the official launch of Fashion and Life Style Store in Lagos recommended the revival of the moribund textile industries across the country in order to promote high grade and quality made in Nigeria fabrics, which will boost Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP).
Nollywood actress Bukky Wright, Textile manufacturer Mrs Yeside Laguda, former commissioner Mr Bayo Balogun and ex-lawmakers, Mr Bashiru Bolarinwa all said that Nigerian fabrics would compete favorably with their peers internationally.
In a separate interview with NAN, they said that with the existence of many working textile companies, unemployed Nigerians would be able to secure employment opportunities.
African Fashion Recognised Globally
The Owner of fashion store and Creative Director of MyQ Life Style Concepts Mrs Yeside Laguda, said that African fashion was rending alongside their foreign counterparts.
Stressing the competing standards Laguda said that Nigerian designers can do with their fabric what western designers can also do.
“Our local designers are improving day-by-day and are meeting up with western standards.” She said
“I do not think there is any reason for people to still be overwhelming by foreign designers.”
Adding that “What the local designers are doing with Africa fabrics are mind blowing,”
The Creative Director also said that if the fashion industry is well developed, it was competent of creating huge employment opportunities for people, improve the revenue of the country as well as the nation’s GDP.
Adding to her endorsement, Laguda said the Nigeria fashions had continued to get global recognition and acceptance, she also credited Nollywood actors for their huge promotion in Nigerian movies.
“ There is nowhere in the world that you will wear Nigerian fabrics to that you will not be respected and also be identified as a Nigerian,” She said.
“The Nollywood practitioners are really trying in terms of promoting Made-in-Nigeria fabrics and designs in their movies which have made foreigners to be conversant with our native fabrics and styles,” she said.
Laguda recommended the Federal Government to resuscitate the presently dead textile industries by providing the necessary infrastructure and incentive to support the industry.
“They will be the ones to fully promote made-in-Nigeria fabrics through their products when fully back into operations,” she said.
“Also, they would provide job opportunities to several of our teeming unemployed youths,” she added.
Mr Bayo Balogun, the Commissioner, Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission, while speaking on made-in-Nigeria fabrics, said that he was an ambassador of made-in-Nigeria goods.
He claimed that all his household items were made-in-Nigeria products including his clothing.
“The Nigerian fashion industry is improving day-by-day, the materials are of high quality and last for a long period of time.” he said.
“People who are saying products made in Nigeria are substandard patronise substandard products but the ones that patronise quality products will have value for their money, ” he added.
Then he urged Nigerians to support and patronise made-in-Nigeria fashion designs and products.
Veteran actress Bukky Wright also said that the Nollywood practitioners have been playing their roles in promoting the country’s fashion designs.
“I used to wear, showcase and flaunt Nigerian attires, designs in all my movies; the idea is to promote the country’s fashion industry.” she said.
Explaining that “Each time I travelled abroad to show a movie, foreigners were always thrilled by African designs I wore, “she said.
Wright also advised the government to create an enabling environment for the industry to thrive.
Earlier, Mr Bashiru Bolarinwa, a former Lagos State House of Assembly member, urged the Federal Government to restore the moribund fabrics and textile industry.
He said that insufficient and lack of textile companies was responsible for low production and substandard fabrics.
“ Nigeria should have been mass-producing for the neighbouring countries by now but lack of textile and other productions companies are responsible for the inadequacy, ” he said.
Bolarinwa appealed to the government to provide the necessary infrastructure to boost the production capacity of the industry.