The State of African Diaspora, SOAD has concluded plans to construct modern Fabric and Fashion City in Imeko area of Ogun state, Nigeria.
This followed bilateral agreement between His Royal Majesty, Alaiyeluwa Oba Benjamin Oyeditan Olanite Akanku IV, and Dr Louis-Georges Tin, Prime Minister of the State of the African Diaspora (SOAD), who recently signed an MOU to develop this program in the years to come.
Ogun State has a solid reputation for its cotton activity. So, based on that background, a whole industry of fabric and fashion will be developed in the region. It will create jobs in agriculture, agri-processing and in the fashion industry.
Imeko city will promote not only the Nigerian fashion, but also all the styles and aesthetics of the countries of Africa and the Diaspora, from Algeria to South Africa, from Louisiana in the USA to Bahia in the Brazil. In other words, it will become the capital of Pan-African fabrics and fashion.
While signing the agreement, the Prime Minister of SOAD noted that “In the name of my Government, I would like to thank His Majesty, who has provided 10,000 hectares of land, for this great initiative. In addition to the Pan-African Fashion Fair, which will take place every year, there will be prestigious fashion shows, where not only professional models, but also princes and princesses will parade (something unique at the international level), to highlight the royal clothes of African traditions, while promoting artistic modernity”
According to Imeko monarch, “Cotton has grown here from time immemorial, and is the greatest source of wealth to these people. The country round Imeko is suitable for cotton growing and efforts are being made to encourage the cultivation of this plant. However, since the past decades, the trade went down because of exploitation of the middlemen. The African Diaspora intervention will bring blessings to this community, the entire Ogun State, Nigeria and indeed the Africa continent. We are grateful to the Prime Minister of the State of African Diaspora, Dr. Louis-Georges TIN, for approving our community as the African Smart City for Fabric and Fashion. God bless the Diaspora!”
Otunba Bamidele Ajayi-Smith, the Ambassador of SOAD, who made this connection possible, expressed his satisfaction, stressing that “it will not be accidental having this project seated in this hinterland of Ogun State. Bringing such an important city to Imeko is a great honor to Nigeria and also to our past and living heroes from Ogun State, like Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, Chief Ernest Adegunwa Shonekan and the living hero, Former President Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo. This project will provide thousand of direct and more indirect job opportunities for the entire Africans. We acknowledge the unprecedented blessings of the home coming of African Diaspora including millions of Afro-descendants. The continent will soon receive its Divine trajectory of becoming the New leading power in the globe”.