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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.

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The Luxury Network Nigeria: Exclusive B2B Networking Event

The Luxury Network Nigeria hosted a B2B invitation-only exclusive event on Thursday, 17th June 2021 at The Seattle Residences and Spa, Victoria Island, Lagos. In partnership with Business Day, the event commenced with a warm welcome by the Director of Operations, Samuel Abiola-Jacobs, to an engaged audience of high-profile business leaders.

Managing Director, Cas Ojo, gave a brief introduction to the network and accomplishments to date. The corporate video set the tone and helped to further familiarize and highlight the core objectives to be achieved. Next was Bukky George-Taylor, Director of Strategic Partnerships – a founding member of the network, followed by an insightful presentation by the CEO of Seattle Residences and Spa, Wumi Jubril, presented with much poise and detail. 

The Country Director of the UK Department for International Trade (DIT), Chim Chalamera, gave a speech about the long-standing relationship with The Luxury Network offices around the world, and plans for more strategic alignment with the Nigerian office in the coming months. This was followed by another impactful presentation by Oyetola Okusanya, CEO, C&C Luxury.

The Head of Strategy at Avante Fly, Bisola Otigba, one of the newly onboarded members in May 2021, took the stage next, to introduce their brand and offering to the Nigerian luxury sector. And to round up the event was a Q&A session led by Julius Afolalu; The Luxury Strategist, a recently appointed member of the core team at TLN Nigeria.

In attendance were members and friends of the Network whose sectors range from banking to hospitality, retail shopping to international trade, and many more. Top executives who represented their brands engaged in conversations to discuss the challenges, protocols, methods, and opportunities to scale upward and improve the quality and standard of their businesses to the international luxury standard. With most already fully engaged in the luxury space, there were lots to discuss and share.

The core objective of the network is to facilitate unique partnerships both locally and internationally. The company recently launched two tiers of membership: Brand Boost, and Strategic Business Support & Planning, and all present were keen to discuss ways to improve sales, seek new competencies, business opportunities, and expertise.

Giving the closing remarks, Cas Ojo expressed heartfelt appreciation for the great turnout of the event. She added, “We would like to specially thank all our members and all our friends who joined us today. The Luxury Network is at the forefront of changing the luxury narrative in Nigeria and we are excited to kick start a number of projects with our members and partners in the coming months. The pandemic slowed us down for a while, but we are ready to support the bounce-back of the luxury industry both locally and internationally. Join us!”

To join The Luxury Network Nigeria, please email info@theluxurynetwork.ng for more information.

The Luxury Network Nigeria is interested to hear from companies who wish to explore bold and innovative partnership strategies in the Nigeria and UK markets. Please get in touch.

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This Fathers’ Day, He Deserves Something Special!

Fathers’ Day is almost here and it’s that time of the year to appreciate our fathers specially. Are you having a hard time thinking of the perfect gift for the men in your life? This is coming just in time for you!

Think outside the box for a unique gift, a more practical gift – one that he can use daily for work. Love the idea? Keep reading!

Morin.O Leathers has meticulously selected their most valued men items to show the dads in your life how much you appreciate them. From Morin.O leather briefcases, wallets, sandals, shoes, and belts; our exquisite gift ideas are just what you need. They are timeless, authentic and then this special gift of yours will definitely be classic.

Need to purchase, visit here.

You can also walk into the store at Shop F23, Centro Lekki Mall, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1.

They also take orders through their Instagram page @morin.o.

Put a call through on +234 818 573 6538 and make it happen!