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Lagos Leather Fair: Two Thousand Key Stakeholders Converged to Promote the Nigerian Leather Sector

To further drive growth within the Nigerian leather sector whilst also educating and creating maximum visibility for leading leather players across Africa, key stakeholders spread across Sub-Saharan Africa gathered at the just concluded Lagos Leather Fair (LLF) 5 to discuss the road map to the future of the leather industry.

The 2-day event which sought to reiterate the potential economic impact of the leather sector on the Nigerian economy had in attendance over 2000 key stakeholders including the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Adeniyi Adebayo, Ex-Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, and members from several Federal Ministries, Bank of Industry, Trade bodies, financial institutions, Leather designers, players in the leather ecosystem as well as local and international investors.

Speaking at the fair, the Convener of the Lagos Leather Fair, Femi Olayebi, expressed her delight about the large gathering and the quality of conversations had at the fair. She said “It has been a delight for us to once again hold a physical edition of Lagos Leather Fair, and we are extremely pleased with the success recorded. The crowds poured in across the two-day event in droves, and it is a testament to the value that the finished leather goods sector has for the wider industry if properly harnessed. For five years now, we have constantly provided a platform for leather and lifestyle enthusiasts and industry players to come together, to enhance visibility for the industry, whilst also championing conversations on how to move the industry forward. And this year, despite the impact of the pandemic, we have seen that industry players have continues to hone their craftsmanship, their skills, and their innovation, in order to drive the shift that we need to make the industry’s potential a reality. we are glad to have created this platform to showcase some of the country’s wins and economic prosperity. Some exhibitors who have been with us from the very first edition have now metamorphosed into international phenomenons, driving a positive Made-in-Nigeria narrative on the global stage.”

Speaking further, she also said, “As we round up year five with much excitement and optimism, the work continues — we are determined to continue to seek out ways to pull all the necessary thought leaders, policymakers, and key players together to keep changing the narrative and advancing the necessary conversations.”

Also speaking at the event, the Minister of Industry, Trade, and InvestmentMr. Adeniyi Adebayo said “We are proud of the good works of Lagos Leather Fair over the past 5 years, they have created a solid platform where everyone within the leather ecosystem can meet up and hold conversations on how to move the industry forward. The result of this has become very visible with the growing attention gained by the industry and increased collaboration amongst players. For us as a ministry, we will continuously drive support till the potential of the leather industry is fully harnessed in Nigeria.

The fair also featured masterclass conversations that addressed the challenges of cross-border payments for SMEs, the role of the AFCFTA in aiding intra-African, and ways to enhance growth for businesses within the leather industry. Speakers were drawn from all sectors of the economy across finance, policy, manufacturing, and consultancy.

With the massive potential hidden within the hide and skin manufacturing sector and its impact on Nigeria’s economy, the Lagos Leather Fair has continued to lead the conversation aimed at changing the narrative within the industry across Nigeria and Africa at large.



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LLF5 Conversations

A key focus of the Lagos Leather Fair has always been to transform the leather industry by creating greater visibility and opportunities across the African leather space. One of the ways we have sought to do this is by driving thought-provoking conversations amongst various stakeholders in the leather business. 

Over the years, and through these conversations, we have addressed significant issues centered around sustainability, the future of the industry, and business growth; and this year would be no different. We are excited to be bringing to you yet another round of stimulating conversations to challenge your views and broaden your perspectives! 

The specially curated conversations happening at LLF5 include: 

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The Journey Ahead for Intra-African Trade — Spotlight on Creatives and the AfCFTA. 

This conversation focuses on the role that the AfCFTA plays in aiding intra-African trade for SMEs, and how creative brands can have their growth and businesses impacted by being a part of this larger ecosystem.

Saturday, June 11 (12 PM WAT)


NAVIGATING THE CHALLENGES OF PAYMENT GATEWAYS: WHAT’S THE WAY OUT FOR SMEs?

This brings to the forefront the pressing issues that SMEs face in running their businesses and conducting successful cross-border transactions.

Time: Saturday, June 11 (2 PM WAT)


ACHIEVING SOCIAL IMPACT IN THE CREATIVE SPACE – DOING GOOD WHILE DOING BUSINESS

This will highlight the different ways creatives can leverage their businesses and their brands to create a positive impact in their communities and the larger society.

Time: Saturday. June 11 (4 PM WAT)


D A Y   T W O

CREATIVES AND THE LAW – DESIGNERS SHARE THEIR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT STORIES:


This will feature a series of real-life anecdotes from creatives who have battled with copyright infringement issues. It will also highlight the consequences of Intellectual Property theft as well as the different ways to overcome this.


Time: Sunday, June 12 (12 PM WAT)


PRODUCT BRANDING, DIFFERENTIATION, AND POSITIONING:

This will help creatives better understand the intricacies of product branding – from ideation and creation to storytelling and positioning. We will have experts share their experiences, insights, and recommendations on best practices.

Time: Sunday, June 12 (2 PM WAT)


DE-RISKING CREATIVE BUSINESSES FOR GROWTH – A FIRESIDE CHAT

This will be a deep dive into the intricacies of making a creative business bankable and economically viable.

Time: Sunday, June 12 (4 PM WAT)

Each conversation promises to inspire, enlighten and empower so you certainly don’t want to miss these! 

Click here to register, and we hope to see you there!


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Lagos Leather Fair Presents LLF5!

After two years away, Africa’s largest leather Fair is back with a bang and we cannot be more excited!

As the world opens up, and things seem to be slowly getting back to normal, we would love to invite you to join us at the 5th edition of Lagos Leather Fair which will be held from 11th — 12th June at the Balmoral, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos.

Lagos Leather Fair is the platform for start-ups and established designers alike to showcase their amazing talent, and for our ever awesome audience to shop and shop … and shop! It’s also a great place for other players along the leather value chain (tanneries, accessories and hardware suppliers, etc) to connect and collaborate. And there’s much more – unmissable conversations, stunning catwalks, and surprises galore! 

So go on, SAVE THE DATE, and REGISTER for free!

Date: 11th – 12th of June 2022.

Venue: The Balmoral, Federal Palace Hotel. Victoria Island, Lagos.

Time: 10 am – 8 pm daily.

We hope to see you there! 

Lagos Leather Fair is a FemiHandbags initiative.

For more information, please email @info@thelagaosleatherfair.com

Follow on Instagram: @lagosleatherfair

Visit the website.

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My World of Bags Launches Kafawa Training Program in Partnership with the Mastercard Foundation

Lagos, 27 Oct 2021: Today, My World of Bags, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation announced the launch of Kafawa, a training initiative designed to bridge the skills gap in the leather and non-leather manufacturing industry.

My World of Bags, the parent company of FemiHandbags, one of Africa’s leading luxury accessory brands, is partnering with the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works to upskill hundreds of Nigerian youths and connect them to work opportunities in the creative sector.

L-R: Oluwayemi Olukanni (Course Design Lead, Kafawa), Nkem Okocha (Founder, Mamamoni), Mrs. Femi Olayebi (CEO, My World of Bags Ltd), Sinmi Olayebi (Project Lead, Kafawa)

Kafawa, which means ‘establishment’ in Hausa, will kick-off its pilot edition in Oyo state and will launch a series of intensive courses in hard and soft skills. The goal is to empower and establish a highly skilled generation of youth to enhance the quality of workmanship in Nigeria – and Africa’s leather and non-leather industries.

In a statement by the Program Director and Founder of My World of Bags/FemiHandbags, Mrs. Femi Olayebi, she said, “There is a breadth of potential in the leather and non-leather manufacturing industries in Nigeria, and yet, there is a lack of skilled hands to bring that potential to life. This partnership with the Mastercard Foundation is the perfect opportunity to achieve this, by not only equipping young Nigerians with the necessary skill sets to grow and expand the sector but also to enhance their own economic outcomes. We are honored to be driving this change, and we are committed to creating access for as many young people at the bottom of the pyramid as possible. We truly believe that there is dignity in working your way to the top, no matter how low you start, and we hope to begin to change mindsets and create a chain reaction.”

CEO, My World of Bags Ltd – Mrs. Femi Olayebi giving the Welcome Address

Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, Chioma Nwagboso, Program Lead, MSME Finance at the Mastercard Foundation said, “The Mastercard Foundation is excited at the potential for Kafawa to create a new generation of young people with a changed mindset and new-found belief that production, tailoring, and manufacturing can provide dignified and fulfilling work opportunities.”

Over the past five years, My World of Bags has been an active advocate for skill-building, through its annual training program for leather designers, in partnership with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC); and for expanding access and creating a platform for visibility, through its annual Lagos Leather Fair. This partnership with the Mastercard Foundation enables the company to further expand its reach, intensify and broaden the training curricula and offer placement opportunities within the leather and non-leather manufacturing industry.

The first cohort of trainees, selected based on their passion, availability, and readiness to strive for better, have officially been on-boarded into the Kafawa Training Program and are very eager to begin a journey that will involve intensive training over a period of 3-4 months. Application for the next cohort will be open in March 2022.

Media Enquiries

programs@myworldofbags.com and enquiries@kafawa.com

My World of Bags Ltd

Oluyemi Olukanni (Communications Lead, My World of Bags/FemiHandbags) programs@myworldofbags.com 
http://www.myworldofbags.com/

Mastercard Foundation

Nonye Mpho Omotola, Country Lead, Program Communications, Nigeria
nomotola@mastercardfdn.org


About My World of Bags

My World of Bags (MWOB) is a bag design and corporate accessories manufacturing company, and the parent company of Femi Handbags — a bespoke line of leather handbags and accessories. Founded in 1992 by Femi Olayebi, the company designs and produces a dynamic array of products for businesses and individuals alike.