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Cultural centre to be opened in Johannesburg

The Nigeria Consulate in South Africa is to open a cultural centre in Johannesburg, Okey Emuchay, Nigeria’s Consul-General in South Africa said at the 10th Port Harcourt Fashion show which opened in Johannesburg at the weekend.

Emuchay said that the cultural centre would enable the people of South Africa to learn and know more about Nigeria and its various cultures when it goes into operation.

“We have a place at Rosebank which served as our old Consulate office before we moved to Rivonia Road.

“We plan to turn the place into a Nigeria Cultural Centre where all Nigerians living or visiting South Africa can

interact.

“The centre will also serve as an avenue for non Nigerians to learn about Nigeria and Nigerians. There will a library with books about Nigeria, DVD and other archives to tell our story worldwide.

“Most South African today have faint memory of the roles Nigeria played in Southern African countries in their struggle to attain their independence from the white minority rule.

“There is need to encourage the younger generation to know the role Nigeria had played in emancipation struggle

in Southern African countries,” Emuchay said.

The Nigerian envoy said that the Nigeria fashion market would be fully tapped in

South Africa.

“The fashion show tonight is unique, the earlier 9th edition was held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. This is the first Port Harcourt Fashion Show in South Africa.

“As you are aware fashion is a component of our culture. As Nigeria Nollywood and music are doing well to tell Nigeria stories, it would not be complete without our fashion. Fashion is dynamic, it is a component of culture which brings

people together.

“The interaction tonight is expected to exhibit the potential we have at home,” Emuchay said.

He said that most people watching Nigerian movies wanted to know about Nigerian clothes worn by the actors and

actress.

“Most of the people I met confessed that they watch Nigerian movies because of the clothes worn by our actors and actress and the design of the houses used in the movies.

“This could not be otherwise with the fashion industry still growing in Nigeria,” Emuchay, said.

He said majority of Nigerians living abroad were changing to Nigerian dresses.

“The impression we have years back was wearing suit and ties by Nigerians living abroad, but now majority of Nigerians are now wearing their traditional dresses and they are comfortable and proud wearing those cloths.

“We have a growing population in South Africa, as we have more than 350,000 Nigerians.

“My main concern is that a lot of South Africans are married to Nigerians and their children always want to wear Nigeria attires,” Emuchay said.

Raymond Ukaegbu, of the Supreme Global, the organiser of the show said, “the aim is to have a relationship where fashion between Nigeria and South Africa will be promoted.

“There is a need for synergy between Nigeria and South Africa in area of fashion. We have some of the finest Nigerian designers and model who are here to show case their talents and creativity.

“And more importantly, the materials used are sourced from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya,” Ukaegbu said.

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