Wife of the governor of Ekiti State, Bisi Fayemi, has urged the Federal Government to ban imported aso-oke fabric and revive the nation’s textile industry to boost sustainable economic growth.
Fayemi made the call during the 2019 Africa Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN) on Saturday in Lagos.
“I will not be a hypocrite to say that we should ban all fabrics because I do wear imported fabrics every now and then. But when it comes to aso-oke that I know that our women in our local communities toil at to do; and do not have the capacity to produce to scale, instead of investing in that capacity, we are acquiring a situation that others are coming to rip off our intellectual property.
“So, I join others to call for a ban on imported aso-oke from China,” she said.
According to her, Africa fashion is all about identity, self-love, dignity, attitude and ownership to preserve its culture, heritage and connection to the international community.
Fayemi called for more collaboration between the operators in the fashion industry, the private sector, development partners and the government toward boosting the growth of the fashion and textile industry.
Also speaking at the event, wife of Kwara State Governor, Olufolake AbdulRazaq, said that African fashion had evolved and being embraced by lots of foreigners, even in Hollywood movies.
She said Kwara State produced a lot of aso-oke and adire fabrics used for various events, adding that the state used its fashion as a tool for advocacy, empowerment and social development.