A fashion designer, Mrs Mitaire Edosomwan, has said Nigeria can improve its economy by investing in the fashion and creative sector rather than depending on oil.
Speaking over the weekend in Abuja during a debate session at the 14th International Arts and Crafts (INAC) Expo, she said the nation could raise its gross domestic product (GDP) by local consumption and exportation of its products.
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She said the fashion industry was large enough with various sections to help improve the economy of the nation, stressing that clothes, locally made jewellery, footwear amongst others were sections that could be tapped into.
A visual artist, Mr. Akachukwu Chukwuemeka stressed that the creative industry engages the productive population of society, especially the younger generation; with a lot of energy noting that they can achieve a lot if the sector was well organized and funded with the intention of harnessing its potentials.
Director General, Nigerian Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe said during the expo, businessmen and women had the opportunity to get a stand at no cost where they could showcase their brands and products to the world.
Runsewe said over 14 nation’s ambassadors were present at the expo and they had expressed interest in some of the brands and products.