Minister Declares Open Fashion Exhibition In Lagos

Yemisi Izuora

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has declared open a

multi-media Fashion Exhibition which aims at exploring how the nation’s

socio-cultural ways have influenced the forging of a national identity

from the diverse cultures that make up Nigeria.

The exhibition which is holding in Lagos is part of the activities to celebrate Nigeria’s Diamond Jubilee..

Declaring open the Exhibition, tagged ‘Cycles of Fashion’, at Terra Kulture, the Minister said it differs from the typical exhibitions because of the deployment

of 3D mapping technology that animates the costumes on the mannequins.

He said the incredibly-immersive and colourful exhibition, which is

being jointly organized by the Ministry and Terra Kulture, ”will take

us on a historic, educative and informative journey of the people and

tribes that make up Nigeria and their unique dress styles”.

Mohammed, who described fashion as a valuable part of the

nation’s culture, whose importance in the nation’s history cannot be

ignored, said the ‘Cycles of Fashion’ will also capture the rich

contribution of fashion and

dress code to the Nigerian national identity all through the years.

He said the Fashion Industry has been underrated, especially in its

capacity and ability to help advance the government’s economic

diversification policy, as well as wealth and job creation – a

situation which this administration aims to reverse.

“While we continue to focus on Music and Film, we tend to ignore or

underrate the fashion industry. I guess this is because of the lack of

adequate information about the industry,” the Minister said,

disclosing that the annual revenue of the country’s Fashion Industry

is around 2 trillion Naira while the industry comprises about 1,000

businesses that employ over 30,000 practitioners.

”Compare this with the Film Industry, with an annual revenue of 140

billion Naira or the Music Industry, with an

annual revenue of 300 billion Naira, and you will understand how huge

the Fashion Industry is,” he said.

In her remarks, the Founder of Terra Kulture, Mrs. Bolanle

Austen-Peters, said the historic fashion exhibition is a six-part

series to showcase Nigeria’s fashion, festivals and religions, among

others, from pre-independence to present day Nigeria.

Among the dignitaries who witnessed the exhibition’s opening ceremony

were the Directors-General of the National Commission for Museums and

Monuments as well as the National Gallery of Art, Prof. Abba Isa

Tijjani and Mr. Ebeten Ivara respectively, the Director, National

Archives, Mr. Danjuma Fer, and the Managing Director of Ecobank, Mr. Patrick Akinwuntan.

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