Ecobank Nigeria Unveils “Adire Lagos Exhibition”

Ecobank Nigeria, an affiliate of the leading Pan-African banking Group, Ecobank Group, is extending the promotion of culture and tradition to the Lagos community through the Adire festival, themed ‘EPAC Adire Lagos Experience’, first-of-its-kind by any bank in the country. The exhibition was held at the Ecobank Pan African Centre (EPAC) in Lagos from Friday, June 10 till Sunday, June 12, 2022.

Originating from Abeokuta in Southwestern Nigeria, Adire textile is an indigenous indigo-dyed cloth made by using different wax resist methods to create dazzling designs. Announcing the EPAC Adire Experience, Carol Oyedeji, Executive Director, Commercial Banking at Ecobank Nigeria said the exhibition is in line with the bank’s policy to deliver value beyond banking, adding that it is one of the several initiatives aimed at boosting tourism, culture and the creative industry using Adire as a key driver.

She stated that the 3-day exhibition will have different music genres of Yoruba origin; an infusion of local food; and a mild atmospheric branding infusion of a wide variety of Adire into the setting to create a nostalgic mood. The festival will attract exhibitors, expatriates, influencers, dignitaries from all walks of life, and public members. “The EPAC Adire Lagos Experience is in line with our brand promise as a Pan-African Institution that delivers value to all its stakeholders. We will continue to curate experiences customized to peoples’ lifestyles whilst promoting the richness and diversity of our nation’s culture. The event will feature a series of masterclasses and exhibitions, as well as networking opportunities with entrepreneurs, shoppers, and everyone interested in the making or trading of Adire. We promise a cozy ambiance and utmost serenity to make participants feel comfortable and safe,” she stated. Further, Mrs. Oyedeji noted that the dates of the exhibition were carefully chosen to coincide with the weekend leading to Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

Some of the art and culture exponents expected to attend the fair include Ogun State First Lady, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, a major proponent for Adire in the Southwest part of the country; Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, CEO, Adire Oodua Textile Hub & Founder Africa Fashion Week; Iya Oloja of Abeokuta, Adire Market; Joke Ladoja, CEO, Dye Lab; Mrs. Funmi Sosanya, Creative Director, Afume Global Concepts and Moyo Ogunseinde, CEO, Aga Culture & Upbeat, among others. Only recently, Ecobank Nigeria partnered with Ogun State First Lady’s office to organize the maiden edition of the Adire Market Week, an initiative of Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, wife of the Ogun State Governor and Founder of Ajose Foundation. The event attracted about 5,000 local and international participants.

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