African bakers converge in Lagos to brainstorm

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American cake artist, Buddy Valastro, and Managing Director, Dewdrops Cake Ltd., Ezinne Okonkwo, at a baking seminar in Lagos

No fewer than 3,000 bakers  from Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and some other African countries have converged in Lagos to share ideas on cake baking, in an effort to be self-reliant and employers of labour.

The bakers are participating in a three-day seminar on cake baking organised by a Nigeria cake producing firm, Dewdrops Cakes Ltd.

The seminar, tagged “Dewdrops Uncut Learning 2”, is taking place at the Landmark Event Centre on Victoria Island.

The Managing Director of  Dewdrops Cakes Ltd., Ezinne Okonkwo, said at the event that enabling environment would encourage the baking industry and meaningfully engage the youth.

My aim is to groom fresh and professional bakers to a standard level of having an all-round knowledge about baking, including the business aspect of baking.

“This seminar will have a very huge positive impact on the baking industry in Nigeria because  we are having a lot of people coming from outside, including Buddy Valastro, America-based cake artist also know as `Cake boss’.

“It means our tourist level has increased, and it is definitely giving Nigeria a very good name.

“All the participants will be impacted with more knowledge on how to boost their businesses,” Okonkwo said.

A Canada-based cake artist, Terry Adido, advised upcoming bakers to keep learning from experienced ones.

Adido, also an instructor at the programme, said that a cake artist would  need to create his or her  signature.

Customers look out for neatness and artistic interpretation.

“Baking industry is very lucrative,” he said.

Tosan Jemide, a board member of Nigerian Association of Cake and Sugarcraft Professionals, urged cake artists to come together and be organised to facilitate the growth of the baking industry.

We want every cake artist to join the association in a bid to place Nigeria’s cake industry on the global map,” he said.