On the last day of Lagos Fashion Week 2021, The MD/CEO of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Olusegun Awolowo spoke about how the Nigerian government is committed to supporting Nigerian designers and how it has done so through grants offered to small and medium scale fashion entrepreneurs. He also emphasized the need for Nigerians to be less reliant on oil and divergent on other aspect of the economy.
After his speech, Omoyemi Akerele founder and Director of Style House Files was announced as the new Zero Oil Ambassador. Style House Files was also given a grant of 500 million naira to be disbursed among 30 fashion designers.
Lagos Fashion Week took to their Instagram page to share the good news:
We are really delighted and thankful for the Executive Director/CEO Nigerian Export Promotion Council & President ECOWAS TPO Network, Mr Olusegun Awolowo’s consistent support and dedication to the Nigerian textile and apparel sector. At Lagos Fashion Week 2021, Mr Olusegun Awolowo (@segunawo7) announced a N500,000,000 grant set aside to support thirty brands in the fashion industry who have been consistent with solidifying their retail footprint in key cities and digital destinations across the world. The aim of the grant is to increase opportunities for access to the global market for these brands.
The keynote ended on a congratulatory note for Style House Files, Lagos Fashion Week with the announcement of Omoyemi Akerele (@omoyemiakerele) as a Zero Oil Ambassador for Nigeria.