The United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Education (UNESCO) will be playing host to the global edition of the Africa Fashion Reception, Paris coming up on the 29th October, 2016 in its Place de Fontenoy headquarters. This is due to a new patronage and partnership between the Africa Fashion Reception and UNESCO (the world’s number 1 cultural organization).According to the official letter from the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova to Her Excellency, Mrs Mariam Y. Katagum, Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO who are co-hosts of the AFR, she congratulated the organizers for such an important initiative. She said the AFR falls into the mandate of UNESCO’s field of competence.The Africa Fashion Reception (AFR) is a Pan African initiative. The global edition will gather fashion designers, dignitaries, Ambassadors and media from over 30 African countries, in a celebration of cultural diversity expressed through the artistic fashion discipline with the proud theme ‘Africa is the New Inspiration of Global Fashion’ The African edition was hosted by the African Union in its headquarters in Addis Ababa 13th – 15th September, 2016. Activities lined up during the African edition were the first African Fashion Business Summit and exhibition by each of the participating countries. The Africa Fashion Reception is aimed at achieving the following objectives using the creative industry of Fashion as a vehicle: To build bridges by creating free trade and partnerships among fashion practitioners throughout the African continent To attract global attention to Africa’s very rich and diversified dress culture which can be explored as a catalyst for the social economic growth of the continent’s garment/textile industry. To expand the potential power of fashion as a tool of fighting poverty in Africa by creating wealth through the empowerment of women and youths in the various fashion vocations through training, capacity building schemes, workshops and setting up of medium/small scale businesses thereby supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union Agenda 2063. To bring about self-reliance as this initiative will create millions of jobs across the continent for Tailors, Creative Directors, Textile designers, Models, Cutters, Pressers, Fashion Photographers & Writers, Hair Stylists, Make-up Artists etc The Africa Fashion Reception is organized and packaged by Legendary Gold Limited in collaboration with UNESCO, the Nigerian Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, African Union Commission and Atunda Entertainment. According to the CEO of Africa Fashion Reception, Lexy Mojo-Eyes ‘This platform has been specially created for positive change. The AFR is not just an event. It is a movement’ Partners includes Africa Magic, Nicolas Feuillatte, Galeries Lafayette, Rail Europe, Air France, William Grant & Sons, Yandibo, Amina Magazine, Motherland Beckons, Design Essentials, Ovation International, Atunda Entertainment, Planet Tv, African Independent Television, Ben Tv, New African Woman & UBIZ news.
The much anticipated Africa Fashion Reception was hosted by the African Union 13th – 15th September, 2016 at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa. It featured designers from around the African continent
Activities opened with exhibition by participating countries. The Chairperson of the African Union, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma visited the exhibition stands with great admiration for the exhibited fashion products locally produced from around the African continent.
The Africa Fashion Business Summit took place the 2nd day 14th September at the small conference hall. It was conducted by Lexy Mojo Eyes, CEO of Legendary Gold Limited, organizers of the Africa Fashion Reception. The welcome address was delivered by the Commissioner for Social Affairs, His Excellency, Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko. They Keynote Speaker was Cristina Morozzi from Istituto Marangoni, Milan, Italy. She spoke about the increasing influence of African fashion globally. The Managing Director of Femaz Micro Finance Bank, Dr Mrs Sandra Nwugo talked about the role of Micro Finance Bank in supporting the various fashion vocations.
The gala fashion event took place on the last - 16th September at the multi-purpose hall of the African Union. It started with a welcoming cocktail. In attendance were about 600 select VIPs made up of Ambassadors from over 112 countries, international organizations, Corporate CEOs and top government functionaries.
Some of the designers that participated included Botocy – Botswana, Kaz O Zah Art – Burundi, Paradise Fashion – Ethiopia, Fanny Mandina – DR Congo, Tekay Designs – Liberia, Classic Fashion – Namibia, Walove by Designs – Kenya, Kokonut stylist – Swaziland, Black Coal Clothing – South Africa, Keto Couture – Nigeria, Chizo – Zambia, Bulongo Clothing, Ladybird Fashion design, Ejig Tibeb, Yefiker etc.
Partners include Africa Magic, Amina Magazine, Motherland Beckons, Design Essentials, African Kingdom Federation, Ovation International, Atunda Entertainment, Femaz Micro Finance Bank, Planet Tv, African Independent Television, Ben Tv, Busymind Entertainment, Ubuntu Events, Ethiopian Airlines, Bedele Special, Soreti, Castel, and Debredamo hotel.
The Africa Fashion Reception will have its 3rd international edition in Paris France on Saturday 29th October, 2016 at the UNESCO. The AFR will be hosted by UNESCO due to a new partnership between UNESCO and The Africa Fashion Reception. This was facilitated by the Nigerian Permanent Delegation to UNESCO.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
congratulated King Sunny Ade on his 70th birthday, describing him as a
cultural icon and a trail blazer.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday, the Minister hailed King
Sunny Ade's contribution to the growth of Nigerian music,
which is fast becoming a global brand, crediting him and other musical
stars of his generation for charting the path for today's generation
of ''Young Turks'' in the industry.
He said it is particularly delightful that in spite of his age, King
Sunny Ade has remained active on the music scene, thus reinforcing his
position as a cultural ambassador, who has done so much to project a
positive image for the country over the years.
Alhaji Mohammed prayed that God will grant King Sunny Ade many more
years in good health so that he can continue to be a source of
inspiration to aspiring music artists in particular and indeed the
entire Nigerian youth in general.
The Lagos State Government (LASG) has advised operators of hotels, hospitality centres and other recreational facilities to register them or face sanction. The state Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, who gave the advice, said the registration would afford the state government to monitor activities at such places.The ministry’s spokesman, Mr Ganiyu Lawal, said that hotels and facilities centres must comply before the end of the year or face sanctions. He said the registration was part of the ministry`s efforts to upgrade the present standards of hotels and hospitality groups in the state to an internationally acceptable standard. He said the exercise would also serve as security-assurance for tourists and users that might want to lodge in them. The spokesman said that the ministry would invoke the Hotel Licensing Law of Lagos State to ensure that all hotel operators and hospitality groups complied. “A number of hotels and hospitality groups had refused to comply with the directive before now. “Sequel to that, the Commissioner, Mr. Folorunso Folarin-Coker, had directed that defaulters be fished out, “ he said. The spokesman said that there had been an increase in the number of registered hotels and hospitality groups from the 450 recorded in May. Nevertheless, the unregistered ones were more than those registered, he said. “We still have some miles to cover with the current number of unregistered hotels; but we shall continue to appeal to them to comply before the year runs out, “ he said.
The Federal Government is to work with the states in Northern Nigeria
to revive the Durbar Festival because of its huge potential to showcase
the pristine African culture and also create jobs.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this
in Abuja on Wednesday when he received the Governor of Bauchi State,
Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, on a courtesy visit to his office.
“Until recently, Durbar used to be a fixed cultural item in many parts
of Northern Nigeria and it’s about time we revived it. This is one
culture that you can hardly find replicated anywhere in the world.
“Durbar in Northern Nigeria is unique not only for its pageantry and
colour but for the potential it has to create jobs and also create
wealth for our people,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said Bauchi State is not only the citadel of Durbar
but a hub of tourism in Nigeria, and that very soon his ministry will
commence the tourist sites in the state as part of deliberate efforts
to promote tourism.
“One thing Bauchi is known for is tourism and culture. Many people
in Nigeria will remember the Yankari Games Reserve but what many
people will not know about the Yankari Games Reserve is that a few
years ago, it was actually given back to the government of Bauchi
State and since then they have taken tourism very seriously,” he said.
Earlier, Governor Abubakar hailed Alhaji Mohammed as an astute
information manager who has re-defined the art of public communication
“It is important and incumbent on me to pay this courtesy for the
single reason that information and communication are essential and
integral part of the success of any democratic government and Alhaji
Lai Mohammed has blazed the trail from the time he was the Publicity
Secretary of the All Progressives Congress to his present appointment
as the Minister of Information,” he said.
The Governor said his visit to the Minister was very successful as he
would be taking home some salient points that would help him to rejig
the machinery of information management in Bauchi State
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called on international investors to invest massively in Nigeria's creative sector ''as the non-oil export alternative for economic growth and development''. The Minister made the call while addressing the plenary session at the ongoing 2016 Edinburgh International Festival Summit in Scotland on Thursday. ''With approximately 24 million TV households, 150 TV channels, a greater number of radio stations, smart phone penetration edging over 40 million and over 100 million phone lines sold to date, and with over 20 million Diaspora Nigerians who are all primary consumers of the creativity located all over the world, and with us being the commercial bed rock of the last frontier, Africa, we are ready for business,'' he said. Alhaji Mohammed said although Nigeria is endowed with abundant cultural heritage, with each of the 36 states boasting of at least 3 to 5 cultural industries, the challenge is how to harness this abundant cultural heritage and create an economy out of it. He noted, however, that the nation is ready to tackle the challenge by working with its partners, including the Tony Elumelu Foundation and the British Council, to build capacity and provide knowledge. Recalling the Memorandum of Understanding which he signed with the British Council on the sidelines of the summit on Wednesday, the Minister expressed the belief that the British Council ''can assist us in the area of capacity building, identification of infrastructure and, more importantly, in the area of organizing how these things work in a cooperative manner''. He announced Nigeria's intention to preserve its cultural heritage by reviving a number of its festivals that have not been held regularly over the years, including the Argugun Fishing Festival and Durbar, and also bringing back the various age-long traditional games like 'ayo', 'arin' and traditional wrestling. Alhaji Mohammed told the summit, which is being attended by representatives of many countries, that the present Administration had resolved, even before knowing the price of oil was going to crash, that it would diversify its economy He said apart from agriculture and solid minerals, the country will be focusing on the creative industries ''because it is a major low-hanging fruit'' which is ready to be plucked immediately. The Minister identified some of the key creative industries thriving in Nigeria as the home-grown Nollywood (Film) Industry and the music industry ''which is beginning to find its way into major international markets'' He also listed traditional medicine, music, food, cosmetics, performing arts, science and technology, oral expressions, costumes and body adornment as some of the nation's cultural resources ''We are simply not awake to the fact that our cultural resources offer more lucrative alternatives to our oil deposits in the form of income derivable from entrance fees to facilities and exhibitions, copyright charges for reproduction and use of collected rare objects, photographs and visual images, enquiry charges, sale of publications, publicity materials and promotion licensing agreements to mention a few. ''We need to be alert to harvest our many distinctive tangible and intangible cultural resources,'' Alhaji Mohammed said, adding that Nigeria is opening opportunities to boost tourism and the hospitality business through well-organized national and international carnivals and festivals.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday signed an MoU with the Chief Executive of the British Council, Sir Ciaran Devane, with a request for partnership to help train festival managers, revive the country's major festivals and prevent its traditional games from dying.
The agreement was signed in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the sidelines of the ongoing 2016 Edinburgh International Festival Summit.
The Minister described the MoU as the height of the "spirit of cooperation that has taken us thus far", saying however that it must put more emphasis on substance rather than form
"We need to have a work plan that will enable us to measure achievement year by year," he said. "An MoU that does not achieve visible results is not worth its while."
Alhaji Mohammed said the challenge facing the sector is how to ensure that it transits from creative industry to creative economy.
Alhaji Mohammed said the country is interested in capacity building for festival managers with a view to changing its festivals from mere fun events to business.
He said Nigeria is particularly keen to revive such grand festivals as the Durbar and Argungun, which have not been held for some years, as well as to prevent such traditional games like 'ayo' from dying, because of their importance in teaching sportsmanship and promoting tolerance.
In his comments, Sir Ciaran expressed his delight at the partnership between the Ministry and the British Council.
He expressed the hope that the MoU will allow both parties to translate their intent into action
"The British Council is delighted to assist in any way we can" to take the partnership further, Sir Ciaran said.
Apart from the British Council, the Ministry also plans to sign a similar cooperation agreement with the Tony Elumelu Foundation.
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