By Timi Okome
AKURE/Nigeria: A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Gbagede Ewaede Foundation, has concluded plans to train 2,000 youths in Ogun on production and marketing of popular Yoruba fabrics, Adire.
The convener of the foundation, Mrs Adejoke Somoye, who disclosed this to journalists in Abeokuta on Thursday, said the training, an empowerment programme, is aimed at raising financially independent youths.
Somoye, who stated that Yoruba culture and heritage were fast going into extinction, stressed the need for government to invest in the production and promotion of Adire.
She described local fabric as the trade mark of Yoruba, saying practicing Adire craft would help in ensuring it does not go into extinction “as the younger generations would also be availed with the technical know-how of the adire fabrics.
“It is high time government provided support fund to this industry (Adire) to boost its production and further make it thrive beyond the shores of the nation.
“The textile appeals very much to the fashion conscious in Yoruba land, Nigeria and on a global level to the extent that it is far becoming a trademark used in many different ways to strike a balance between the traditional and influx of modern fashion.
“Having carefully examined the rising spate of unemployment index in our nation, we, as a non-governmental foundation, have carefully designed the session to enable participants acquire the skill and empower them to be financially independent.
“It will equally provide a better source of income, not strictly because of its high demand which is a big advantage, but because it does not necessarily require huge capital to start-up.
“A reasonable amount of money is suitable, since most of its materials can be locally sourced.
“This platform provides an avenue for politicians, corporate organisations and public-spirited individuals to sponsor interested participants from any part of the state in the entire process producing and marketing of Adire fabric for a period of time,” she said.
Somoye stated that the training would hold at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) and it would commence from December 10 to December 17.