Ekiti State First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has urged on the Federal Government of Nigeria to ban importation of ‘Aso-Oke’ fabric into the country.
She stated this during the 2019 Africa Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN) on Saturday in Lagos. Erelu Fayemi said that the ban on importation of aso oke fabrics will help revive the nation’s textile industry to boost sustainable economic growth. She said;
“I will be a hypocrite to say that we should ban all fabrics because I do wear imported fabrics every now and then.
“But when it comes to Aso-oke that I know that our women in our local communities toil at to do; and do not have the capacity to produce to scale, instead of investing in that capacity, we are acquiring a situation that others are coming to rip off our intellectual property.
“So, I join others to call for a ban on imported Aso-oke from China.”
The First Lady added that Africa fashion is all about identity, self-love, dignity, attitude, and ownership to preserve its culture, heritage and connection to the international community.
The ‘Aso Oke’ fabric is a hand-woven cloth created by the Yoruba people, which means “top cloth” in the English language, denoting cloth of high status.