2019 Lagos Fashion fair: Experts call for entrepreneurial networking

By Cynthia Okere, Lagos


The former President of Nigerian Association of Chambers, Commerce and Industry NACCIMA, Iyalode Lawson has called for intensive networking to enhance the growth of the economy.

Mrs. Lawson made this call at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Lagos Fashion fair.

She said that “Networking is the bedrock of any growing economy and must not be taken for granted”.

L-R: Mr. Ayo Olugbade – MD, Atlantic Exhibition, the Cote D’ Ivoire Ambassador to Nigeria, Kone épouse Maman Toure, Iyalode Alaba Lawson immediate Past President NACCIMA and Mrs. Funmi Ajila-Ladipo President FADAN among others during the cutting of the opening of the fair

Mrs. Lawson said that this year’s fashion fair is geared towards networking both between the host and visiting countries. She called on Nigerian designers and entrepreneurs to avail themselves the opportunity of participating in the fair so that they can get better experiences from the experts that will be coming from different countries.

’’Knowledge is power, whatever we are doing we must learn more. This is one of the ways we can improve the economy of our dear country’’ she said.

Promotion of local goods

On her part, the President of Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria FADAN, Mrs. Funmi Ajila-Ladipo wants Nigerians to help in promoting locally made goods through their patronage.

Mrs. Funmi Ajila-Ladipo President FADAN

According to her, “Nigerian designers and entrepreneurs are very creative if given the necessary support”. She called on all meaningful citizenry to visit the fair venue and patronize their own products in order to grow the nation’s economy.

“When we all wear and showcase our locally made products, people across the world will be lured to patronize us. We want government to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive especially in the provisions of the basic amenities including power among others’’ she added.


The Managing Director Atlantic Exhibitions and the organizer of this year’s Fashion Fair, Mr. Ayodeji Olugbade said that the fair is aimed at creating an enabling platform where creative Nigerian designers and fashion entrepreneurs connect with international designers. Their network will showcase the beauty and creativity of both worlds especially through their designs and innovations. The fair will also offer the avenue to celebrate Nigerian entrepreneurs who have mastered the art of fashion by using it to make bold statements and create more versatility in their designs and brands.

Mr. Ayo Olugbade, MD, Atlantic Exhibition

He urged Nigerian designers and visiting exhibitors to establish the necessary relationships that will be beneficial to them and that of the country.

”Over forty talented and creative designers from various Nigeria and across the world will showcase their exquisite pieces on the runway. I want all Nigerians to show their support through their patronage” he said.

The representatives of the Indian Women Association

The three day fair which started on the 25th of September at Eko hotel, Victoria Island will come to an end on 27th September 2019.


Emmanuel Ukoh