Nigeria’s leather industry is set to receive a production and export boost as Lagos holds its sixth edition of the leather fair.
Speaking about the fair, Femi Olayebi, founder of Lagos Leather Fair, noted that the annual celebration of the Lagos Leather Fair (LLF) is proof of the organisations unflinching commitment to finding sustainable solutions to scale the African leather industry and ensuring that the Made-in-Nigeria project and zero-Oil Initiative becomes a reality.
“For over five years, we have created an enabling environment for key players to maximise the potential of the leather industry,” Olayebi said in a statement.
“We are delighted about LLF2023 and look forward to the significant impact it will make in Nigeria and across Africa,” she said.
According to her, Lagos Leather Fair has impacted key stakeholders in the industry including—leather designers, raw materials producers, manufacturers, suppliers of machinery and equipment, trainers, retailers, and industry experts.
This year’s edition themed ‘Staying Ahead: Creativity, Collaboration, Commitment’ is set to improve the narrative that encourages sustainable Made in Nigeria products.
Through the proposed LLF Lab and Accelerator programme, leather designers will have access to mentorship and development programs from entrepreneurs who are already experts in the industry.
LLF 2023 will also feature a series of local and international speakers who will share insights on relevant conversations that affect the African leather industry and a well-curated series of workshops for up-and-coming designers willing to thrive as a manufacturer in Nigeria.
The workshops for budding leather designers will feature branding workshops where the fundamentals of branding will be explored, a shoe-making workshop to provide a basic understanding of the techniques of shoemaking, and a social media/marketing presentation using a case study review of different brands.
The Lagos Leather Fair is scheduled to hold on the 17th and the 18th of June at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Victoria Island.
LLF 2023 is anticipated to continue from the previous years by strengthening the narrative that ensures the Made-in-Nigeria Project and Zero-Oil Initiative become a reality and foster the nation’s talent and economic growth.