The Lagos state government has revealed that it will be hosting the maiden Ankara Carnival as part of its efforts towards reviving the moribund textile industry and creation of job opportunities for the unemployed.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos, the chief host of the event, Olawale Oladunjoye said that the carnival would be held between September 2 and September 9 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
The event which is tagged “Lagos Ankara’’ carnival is aimed at giving facelift to the “Ankara’’ fabric which has gained popularity in the global fashion scene.
According to NAN, Ankara, formerly known as Dutch Wax Print was originally manufactured by the Dutch for the Indonesian textile market.
The prints garnered more interest in West Africa by design than in Indonesia and this led to the birth of African print.
Oladunjoye said that the “Lagos Ankara’’ Carnival 2017 would be a path to facilitate the exposure of Nigerian designers to the world and that it would also be an annual event with the capacity to establish many profitable companies and provide jobs to millions of Nigerians.
“We are confident that the advent of the “Lagos Ankara’’ carnival will strengthen the “Ankara’’ local market and open Lagos up to the world fashion stage,” he said.
He said that the carnival would not be limited to Lagos alone but would be taken to other parts of the country and the West African sub-region.
“Ankara fabric is popular in Nigeria and in its neighbouring countries such as Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Benin and Senegal.
“Its history dates back to the 17th Century before the coming of the colonial masters when the fabric was known as wax,” he said.
The carnival would feature Ankara exhibition, award presentation to the ‘Omidan Ankara’ and a carnival night with the high point being the emergence of “The Face of Ankara Lagos”.
The winner of `The face of Ankara Lagos’ will initiate Ankara-related-pet projects aimed at skills development, cultural re-orientation and learning.
It would also serve as an avenue to empower youths and producing entrepreneurs in Ankara fashion industry