With Nigeria's ridiculous over-reliance on the oil sector, we've taken the term 'putting all your eggs in one basket' to newer, more frustrating heights.
Nigeria has one of Africa’s largest livestock populations, which explains why the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) identified leather and finished leather goods as some of the products capable of replacing oil in our economy.
Although Nigerian leather is still mainly used in the production of shoes and bags, resulting in a growing local production scene, the country still imports about $500 million worth of leather products annually.
Our enviable livestock population coupled with other available resources needed in the leather and leather goods production process is literally begging for an aggressive development of this sector – and this is where the Lagos Leather Fair comes in.
A first of its kind fair
Organised by Mrs. Femi Olayebi and scheduled to hold on June 3 and 4, the fair is a private initiative born out of a need to address the current situation within the leather industry.
It's a business project designed to unlock the huge potential of the leather industry and to empower the players along the leather value chain. It's ultimate goal is to deliberate on the challenges facing the industry and offer innovative solutions.
Themed 'Changing the Narrative', the fair is the first of its kind in the country and will incorporate exhibitions, masterclasses, a panel discussion, workshops and more.
Here are the masterclasses we are most excited for: