From TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt
The United States government said it has supported a variety of programs aimed at encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship, as part of its commitment to supporting sustainable economic growth in Nigeria,
Last weekend, the US Consulate General launched the third Field of Skills and Dreams VTE Academy Fashion Entrepreneurship Program for 30 emerging fashion designers in the Niger Delta region.
In her remarks at the workshop’s opening ceremony, held at the American Corner in Port Harcourt, US Consulate Deputy Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Foltz highlighted the role of entrepreneurship as a key driver of sustainable economic growth.
Foltz explained that the goal of the US Consulate-supported capacity-building workshop was to provide participants with the business management skills necessary to start, scale and sustain viable fashion businesses.
“Fashion is a multi-billion dollar industry and a huge contributor to the global economy, creating jobs and economic prosperity.
“Nigeria’s unique and innovative fashion designs are making waves in the United States and our goal with this fashion entrepreneurship workshop is to provide participants with the knowledge, networks, mentors and access they need. needed to launch and grow successful fashion businesses.”
Omowale Ogunrinde, program delivery partner and CEO of Field of Skills and Dreams VTE Academy, encouraged participants to direct their passion, imagination, skills and ingenuity to mark the Nigerian fashion industry.
Ogunrinde said, “Succeeding in the fashion industry takes more than passion and creativity. You have to be able to think like an entrepreneur. With support from the US Consulate, we empower emerging fashion designers to not only thrive in the fashion industry in Nigeria, but also prepare for the global fashion market.
One of the participants, Ruth Inyang, expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to deepen her theoretical knowledge in fashion design, branding and small business management.
Inyang explained that she has started implementing some of the fashion design, branding and marketing techniques and practices she learned during the ongoing workshop.
“My experience at this workshop was simply amazing. I look forward to learning more from our mentors on how to succeed as a fashion entrepreneur,” Inyang added.
Over the past six months, a diverse group of 100 young Nigerians have participated in three regional capacity building workshops on fashion entrepreneurship in Lagos (40), Enugu (30) and Port Harcourt (30).
The Fashion Entrepreneurship Workshop reflects the U.S. government’s strong commitment to supporting young Nigerians as they seek to build a future in which they can be constructive participants in the country’s economic development.