De-image Creation and Fashion School, a fashion institute based in Lagos, plans to empower no fewer than 200 youths at its forthcoming graduation ceremony billed for December.
According to the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the school, Mrs. Temilola Akintayo, the empowerment programme which will see graduands of the institute and other tailoring institutes presented with a sewing machine each and other fashion design tools would ensure that beneficiaries launch out to the market immediately after graduation.
Akintayo added that the institute would also be launching a free training session, noting that a lot of talents in the fashion industry had wasted away as a result of lack of setup fund. She therefore called on sponsors in the corporate world to support the vision and make it bigger so as to accommodate more numbers.
She said: “We cannot contest the fact that a lot of unemployed talents are out there wasting away, we believe that with this initiative, we are helping the community and the government. There are no particular criteria involved in giving out the machines as we plan reaching out to students that have graduated from any of the fashion schools in the country”.
She also pleaded with the authority to roll out policies that would boost the indigenous textile industry as she lamented Nigerian high taste for foreign fabrics, adding, “Nigerians designers are creative and innovative, they don’t repeat style like the foreign counterparts but will need government intervention to promote and enhance our creativity across borders”
According to her, some of the programmes lined up for the graduation day include : a fashion walk, display of graduands creativity, career talks as well as unveiling the institute’s fashion hand out.