In a bid to promote the Yoruba culture using dressing which is one of the veritable means of identity, Lagos State has put plans in motion to host the 2018 Lagos Ankara Festival tagged “LAAFEST 2018”.
Olawale Oladunjoye, the national convener of LAAFEST, who addressed a news conference in Lagos said that the three-day festival will showcase and further promote Nigeria traditional attire and Ankara fabric in addition to revamping the nation’s moribund textile industry while creating job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths.
PEPLNEWS reports that the aim of the event was to develop a colourful and unique tourism-driven festival using Ankara that is synonymous to the city of Lagos and its people thus attracting Africa and the world to the city of Lagos.
“LAAFEST idea was borne out of the need to create laudable initiatives to support Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s unparalleled vision for making Lagos the entertainment and tourism capital of Africa.”
“The Ankara market today in Lagos is over N1billion monthly, the birth of the Lagos Ankara Festival will quadruple this income generation in its first three years.”
Ankara was originally manufactured by the Dutch for the Indonesian textile market produced in Java according to the organisers of the upcoming event.
Mr. Babatunde Laface, the national coordinator of LAAFEST further stressed that the Ankara has become our story, our form of expression and the Ankara culture is here to stay as every owambe party is not complete without Ankara.
He said:”The Lagos state government in its bid to formulate a tourism policy for Lagos held a tourism summit on recently. The major takeaway from the respective speakers is that, as Lagosians and creative heads, we can only achieve a unique tourism legacy by looking inwards and developing ideas that foreigners have imbibed from us as a people, one of such ideas is the Lagos Ankara Festival project.”
“The heartbeat of the Ankara textile manufacturing revolution in Africa is in Lagos with a cosmopolitan population of over 23 million people so why not Lagos Ankara festival in Lagos.”
The Iyaloja general of Nigeria, Alhaja (Mrs) Risikat Tinubu-Ojo who was represented at the event promised full support towards the festival and stated that the Ankara culture has gone beyond Lagos but Lagos is the cultural hub for the fabric.
LAAFEST is scheduled to hold for November in the cosmopolitan city of Lagos, the entertainment hub of Africa and will attract millions of people around the world.
The festival would feature an exhibition, an international fashion show, a pageant with an award presentation to the ‘Omidan Ankara’ and a colorful carnival with Nigerian culture themed costumes.