Simply Nigerian Fair thrills early Xmas shoppers in Lagos
Lovers of Made-in-Nigeria goods and early Christmas shoppers were yesterday thrilled to creativity and entrepreneurial talents at the fifth edition of Simply Nigerian Fair (SNF).
Showcasing goods and services in six diverse categories, including food & beverage, fashion & footwear, hair & body, home & lifestyle, plants & flowers and fresh produce, the over 1,500 visitors present at the event had a great day in the lush garden setting located in Ikoyi.
Besides, with over 120 vendors, the fair showcased 100 per cent home-grown businesses offering high quality products and services, standing out in terms of the level of organisation, the calibre of the vendors, the quality of the crowd and the diversity of the offerings.
Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, represented by Managing Director, Tafawa Balewa Square Management Board (TBSMB), Alhaji B.U. Ja’afaru, commended the organisers for their drive towards the growth and development of the nation’s economy through SNF that promotes home-grown businesses.
Ja’afaru, who disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment is committed to developing sustainable programmes and policies to support and make businesses thrive in the country, said that support of the Micro-Small- and Medium-Enterprises (MSMEs) had remained a priority programme of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, Nigerians are enterprising in nature and the country is endowed with abundant human and material resources, which if properly harnessed through focused development and management, will reduce poverty and improve the standard of living of citizens.
Meanwhile, Founder and Director at SNF, Mrs. Temi Shenjobi, said the initiative is aimed at promoting home-grown businesses by providing them an affordable platform through which to showcase their products, increase their market, broaden their networks and add value to their businesses.
“Yearly, we strive to increase the potential of these enterprises to grow into sustainable and profitable businesses that can create jobs and promote the talent, hardwork and heritage of Nigerians to the world,” she said.