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Fashion Promoter Tasks Schools On Local Fabrics

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A top fashion promoter, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, has told parents and school authorities to embrace ‘ankara’ as school uniforms, rather than patronizing foreign fabrics.
Ademiluyi, who made the call in an interview with  newsmen last Wednesday in Lagos said that embracing ankra would make Nigeria to save the foreign exchange usually expended on importing fabrics.
She said that, the measure would also promote the Made-in-Nigeria policy being promoted by the present administration.
Ademiluyi, the promoter of the yearly Africa Fashion Week carnival, spoke at the end of a cultural show, organised by her organization for school children and their parents in Lagos.
She said that, the show was a prelude to the Africa Fashion Week, scheduled for London, from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12 in Freemasons’ Hall, London.
“Let us teach our children how to dress in wrappers and head gears,” she said, noting that, this would instill love for indigenous fashion among the upcoming generation.
“Nationals of many developed countries proudly wear and promote their indigenous attires in their countries, why should our case be different in Nigeria.’’
She said that, encouraging our children to wear our local Ankara and indigenous costumes would stop them from going into extinction.
According to her, the moment these children prefer the foreign fashion, there will be an automatic rejection and denial of the home-based fabrics and outfits.
“In fact, there is nothing wrong if we adopt Ankara as school-uniform materials, against the foreign fabrics like the jean trousers currently been adopted by most schools as a Friday wear,” she said.
Ademiluyi said that the African fashion had grown so big in London that it had become a promotional tool for the country and it currently had a high demand internationally.
“African fashion industry is currently worth $31 billion internationally, so we must collaborate to promote it within our country, starting with our children because it is rich.
“ In trying to infuse our culture with the western world, we must not forget the value it is worth, people should not fail to see the beauty and richness of the Nigerian culture,” she said.
She further advised school managements to adopt the local fabrics as a compulsory dress code for their staff to boost the indigenous culture.
“The way many developed countries have adopted suits as a formal dress code, so we can transform our local fabrics to an official outfit in offices, homes and even schools,” she said.
Ademiluyi, a promoter of Africa fashion in London and Nigeria, lauded the current acceptance of local fabrics in Nigeria.
She said there was need to make the children and parents embrace the concept the more.
“Countries like India and the United Arab Emirate (UAE) ensure that their nationals dress in their local fabrics to promote their cultures.’’
She commended some Nigerian establishments that had adopted the wearing of Ankara as their Friday outfits and advised them to wear it beyond Fridays.
She said that the 7th edition of African show in August, in London, would feature over 100 designers that would promote African fashion before the international community.

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Mob Kills College Female Student

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A female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, has been killed and her body set ablaze in a mob attack by students of the institution over alleged blasphemy.
A source who spoke with newsmen in the state confirmed that the deceased, named Deborah Yakubu, was alleged to have used blasphemous language.
According to the source, “she was having an argument with some of her schoolmates over their ongoing examination and when she was asked how she managed to pass her exams, she said it was Jesus.
“She was asked to withdraw the statement and apologise which she refused.
The school security intervened, and took her to their post but they were overpowered by students after which she was killed in the process.
“After killing her, her body was burnt on the school premises,” he added.
Meanwhile, authorities of the school have closed down the school and asked all the students to vacate the school premises immediately.

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ASUU Strike: Buhari Begs Lecturers To Consider Students

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the lingering strike.
Buhari urged ASUU to consider the plight of the students and call off the industrial action.
The President made the appeal at the 19th National Productivity Day celebration and Conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit Award, held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.
He also urged the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to exercise patience as the government tries to resolve the crisis.
Buhari recalled his February 1 directive to His Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, the Ministers of Education and Labour and Employment, Adamu Adamu and Chris Ngige, respectively, to address the concerns of the striking aggrieved workers’ unions.
ASUU has been on strike since February 2022.
But ASUU last Monday extended its ongoing roll-over strike by another three months.
The body is demanding funding for the revitalisation of public universities, the Earned Academic Allowances, the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.
Others include the renegotiation and implementation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

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IAUE Graduates First Set Of B SC Students As Over 3,000 Students Pass Out Of University

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Ignatius Ajuru University of Education has graduated its first set of Bachelor of Science degree students from the University, last Friday.
Speaking shortly after the ceremony in an interview with The Tide, a father, who is also a retired staff of The Tide, Newspaper, Mr Urang Job Ogotute stated that for the first time, the university has produced the first Bachelor of   Science Batch of Computer Science and other fields.
Ogotute, explained that before, it was only in Bachelor of Education, saying: “Today, the school has metamorphosed in other level of degrees, which is better.
He expressed joy to witness the son’s graduation as well as the rapid development that the IAUE has brought into the state, while thanking the Rivers State Government, and other leaders in the state including the governing council, the Senate, which have made it possible for other degrees like B.Sc and not only B.ED to be offered in an educational institution of this nature.
Also speaking in an interview with The Tide, Best Graduating Student In the Human Kinetic, Mrs Favour Chinonyorem Anosike , who hails from Abia State stated that the university does not play with hard working students, noting that the evidence is a cash of one million naira (N1,000.000) given to her today as the best graduating student in her department.
Anosike stressed the need for students to be hard working, saying: “Hard work pays a lot, my journey thus far was a rough and tough one, as a young lady, newly married to combine family affairs with rigorous studies, night and day was not really easy, but am happy today that my efforts were not a waste.
“As you can see, it pays me double my certificate plus an additional N1million in my name. To God alone I give all the praise, for grace, wisdom and knowledge granted me to emerge best in my department,” Anosike added.
In his reaction, one of the graduating students in Computer Science, Irionu Ogotute who graduated from the Faculty of Natural and Applied Science: Computer Science charged those that are contemplating to either further their education or not to believe in themselves as well as in God.
Ogotute stressed that help always comes from God if only they decide to pursue the academic endeavours, God will always make them achieve their dreams.

“I thank God for being alive to witnessed a day such as this. I thank God for making today a reality. I want to advice others, especially those who are confused about the way life is treating them to never give up but should believe in themselves and in God as with God you can achieve whatever you want to achieve in life.

“Hard work pays, so never give up on your dreams and aspirations, God will help you surmount those challenges of life and you will come out successful.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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