Stakeholders in the fashion industry are calling for improved intra-African trade and business relationships amongst entrepreneurs in the fashion and arts industries in the continent.
This is as the African Fashion & Arts Award (AFAA) emphasised the need for fashion and art creatives to be empowered, rewarded and celebrated.
Founder and president of AFAA, Mr. Kingsley Amako, noted that over 65% of the African 1.4billion population is made up of youth between the creative ages of 12-35 years and that fashion and arts remains the most viable and potentially the creative industry vertical generating the most revenue enough to effect a significant change in the continent’s GDP.
Amako, at a recent press conference in Abuja, argued that despite the continent’s attention shift from oil to tech, the textile and apparel industry remains the second largest revenue generating sector in the world’s developing economies, second to agriculture.
Speaking on the forthcoming 3rd anniversary of AFAA scheduled to hold in Abuja later in the year, Amako said the attention to the fashion and art creative is the way to go.
The 3rd anniversary of the AFAA is scheduled for 1st to 3rd December, 2023 at the Abuja Continental Hotel, while the scheduled East African Media Tour to Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda is schedule for the 6th, 10th and 13th October, 2023.