The Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism has selected Nigeria’s leading tourism and entertainment destination, Bayelsa State, as host for the Africa Fashion Reception Week scheduled for 3-5th July.
Minister of Culture and Tourism, Chief Edem Duke, while announcing the choice of the oil rich state as host for the prestigious event at a media briefing in Abuja, said Bayelsa had an enviable record of successfully hosting international events. The African Fashion Reception Week is jointly organised by Banzuk Gold Entertainment, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Bayelsa State Tourism Agency and Legendary Gold Limited. Top fashion brands from over 50 countries are expected at the event, which is one of the five events lined up at the World Fashion Week taking place in Paris in October.
Duke, while describing Bayelsa as a state that recognised the economic significance of tourism, said that aside from hosting the event, the state government has expressed commitment to partnering with organisers of the show and the World Fashion Organisation towards building the proposed fashion university in the state.
Also speaking at the media parley, director-general of the Bayelsa State Tourism Development Agency (BSTDA), Ebizi Ndiomu–Brown, said her state accepted to host the African Fashion Week as the event will avail talented youths and women with the many opportunities in the fashion industry.
She said that the state government has also started moves to make Bayelsa the educational hub of the creative industry through the building of its tourism institute, a music school and a film village as well as the aforementioned fashion university. She opined that the university will be beneficial to Bayelsans and Nigerian youths interested in fashion entrepreneurship.
Ndiomu-Brown assured participants that Bayelsa State was safe for tourists and investors, just as she added that her agency and all other relevant agencies in the state were prepared to host a successful event.
“In Bayelsa we have a visionary leader in the person of Governor Seriake Dickson who is committed to diversifying the state’s economy through collaborations with the private sector in areas such as tourism and agriculture. These two sectors are known for boosting job creation for women and youths. This is why Bayelsa has hosted several entertainment and tourism events to connect the youths with established names in these sectors and to expose them to tangible skills these experts posses. For the 3-day event, all hands are on deck with various agencies of government working in harmony to package an unforgettable event and to ensure the comfort of our guests. We have also mobilised our people. So, I can assure you of full participation all through the Africa Fashion Week,” she said.