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Ankara Crafts: A New Path to Wealth Creation.

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THE recent global economic crisis which resulted in thousands of workers being dismissed worldwide is no doubt a worrisome development. it called for expedite actions to curb the ugly trend and its unpleasant effects in the lives of Nigerians, particularly the Youths.

The challenges of unemployment and poverty continue to be on the increase, especially among the young men and women who are able and capable to work continue to run after few available white collar jobs there by affecting the economy situation of the country negatively.

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It is now pertinent and germane that for any nation to be economically independent and eradicate poverty, that nation must devote much concentration and efforts in building human capacity through diverse skill acquisitions.
According to Guy Kawasaki, “the best reason to start a business is to make meaning, to create a product or service to make the world a better place”.

HUMAN creativity, the desire to look unique and be in vogue, which are the indices of change in human utility and taste, have continued to propel many, especially the youth, to go the extra mile to update their wardrobes.

Very recently, fashion trend shifted using bags, shoes and other fashion accessories made with fabrics, especially Ankara. This makes fabric craft business more lucrative, as producers of Ankara-made fashion shoes, bags and other fashion accessories continued to struggle to meet up with the high demand for the products. Many of those who are aware of this fact are really embracing and exploring the business opportunity.

WHO CAN DO THE BUSINESS?

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Ankara/Leather works, bag, shoe and other fashion accessories are some of the easiest skill to learn within the shortest possible time. Any matured mind can do the business, in as much as formal education is not a core requirement for learning the skill, but education is considered an added advantage as it would help a great deal for whoever has it, which would definitely aids his/her creativity, packaging and marketing.
START-UP CAPITAL.

The initial start- up cost required to operate Ankara craft business seems so affordable to whoever may want to explore the highly lucrative business. The major equipment needed for the business is industrial sewing machine, which costs about N50, 000, while you can get a used one for about N40, 000. You can as well rent it from other colleagues in shoe or bag making industry.

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Other materials includes: zip cloth, which costs between N10and N15 per yard; zip head costs between N20- N30 per dozen; eyelet costs between N10 and N50 per dozen; D- ring costs between N30 and N200 per dozen; buckle is about N150; adjuster cost about N5 per one. All these depend on their sizes. Tape costs between N20 and N30; lining designer (with pattern) costs N150, plain between N100 and N150; pipe costs N15 per yard; plaster roll costs N1000 and N35 per yard; foam, underlay size, cost between N300 and N350 per sheet; machine needles cost between N250 and N300, depending on the size; hand needle also in sizes, between N150 and N200, depending on the size.

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Others are: all purpose spool of thread (does not have to match fabric), ranges between N30 and N150; measure tape or ruler costs N300; fabric scissors costs between N300 and N700; Taffeta material costs between N250 and N350; pack of straight pins costs N100; fibber & board, ranging between N350 and N500 per sheet, and Marco costs between N550 and N1000 per sheet.

The amount you want to invest in the business will also determine whether you will buy in bulk or in retail.

SKILL

Apart from the initial set-up capital, the first and most important thing is the skill. Ankara craft making business is one of the skills that can be learnt within the shortest possible time as formal education is not compulsory, but an added advantage, as it will aid grasping of the skill and creativity. Learning the basic in the business takes maximum of three months. Training fees depends on which part of the business one is learning and the trainer, among other factors. The fee varies from N50, 000 to N150, 000, though, always negotiable.

PLANNING AND RESEARCH.

painstakingly conduct a detailed research on the kind of shoes, bags and fashion accessories in vogue and work on how you can add style to it to make it compelling to your customers.

Also, do a research on what fashion needs of your prospective customers target audience. This will enable you specialise on their fashion needs and record good sales and profit.

COST AND POTENTIAL EARNING.

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According to research, marketability of bag and shoe products cannot be marginalised as more than 90 percent of human race use the products. Availability of the materials for making the products in major Nigerian markets makes the business easier to run.

There is also a readymade market for Ankara fabric products because that is where the fashion pendulum shifted to. Demands for Ankara fabric product at present is so high that producers cannot meet. You can make at least double of whatever you spent on producing the shoe, bag or other fashion accessories and make millions from the business within a year. All these depends on your creativity, packaging, marketing strategy, location and potential customers.

You can as well target campuses, exhibition grounds, hotels and tourist centres, churches among other places, are good market places for the products, while you can promote your product online via the social network sites like face book, twitter and also on your blog or website.

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#ENDSARS: Buhari to address the Nation at 7pm on Thursday

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President Muhammadu Buhari will make will make a national broadcast Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7pm.

This was stated in a Press Statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adriana

According to him, “Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari

”Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast”.

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#ENDSARS: ‘Military offensive on protesters is an abomination, Akande -Sadipe talks tough

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The Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has called on President Muhammed Buhari to address the killing of unarmed protesters across the nation, while condemning the killing of protesters by Armed Security operatives in the country.

Tolulope Akande Sadipe in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday said, “I weep for my beloved country, Nigeria. This is the Darkest Moment in our Nation. The Current Action is Unacceptable”.

She wondered why men of the Nigerian Army turned on the people they were meant to Protect, firing live bullets at citizens holding the Nigerian Flag and chanting the National Anthem, describing such as an “Abomination”.

“I, as a member of the House of Representatives cannot keep quiet in the midst of this abominable action. I was duly elected to be the voice of my people and my people are weeping”, she said.

She opined that the protests were about a generation trying to end the systematic rot that pervades the society, which had eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nation.

The APC chieftain  continued, “We need to be honest with one another on this matter. We need to face the truth on ground. The youths were out there because they are tired and fed up of victimization, daily oppression, injustice, unemployment, untapped talents, lack of opportunity, poor healthcare, poor education and lack of infrastructure and power across the Nation. The Youths are protesting for a better future for themselves and their children. The #EndSARS PROTEST stands for the systematic ROT in our Nation.

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“This was about the realities on ground. This was about the ROT since independence. This was about genuine service to the people who elected us to represent them. This was not about the President, this was not about the current administration, this was not about North and South, this was not about Religion. This was not about party affiliation. This was about a Generation trying to end the systematic ROT that pervades our society”.

Speaking against the backdrop that there are some external forces pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, the lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency  said the Federal Government should genuinely address issues.

“Those alluding, that there is a 5th Columnist within or external, there is a solution. If there is a 5th columnist or external negative force, pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, if we do the right thing, by genuinely addressing the issues that have led to the distrust between leadership and our youths, by addressing the rot that has pervaded our Nation. The 5th columnist in our midst or external negative force, would fail. But with this action, what have we said to the Youth and to the world.

“This is the time to make the wrongs right and it is not by bringing out the Army to shoot its own citizens, that we achieve this. We can still put a stop to this inferno. We must realize that no position is permanent and it is the country we make that we shall all live in”, she added.

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Concluding, she empathized with all the families of fallen Youth Patriots, praying that their death would not be in vain.

 

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Nigeria Excluded From 2022 US Visa Lottery

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Nigeria has been barred from the US visa lottery application for 2022, a document obtained from the US Government website showed. 

In a 19-page document published on the website, Nigeria is the only African country barred from the visa lottery.

“For DV-2022, persons born in the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than, 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam,” the document read. “Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.”

Although natives of other African countries are allowed to apply, the document explained that “persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt,” it said.

“Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.”

In the document captioned “Instructions for the 2022 diversity immigrant visa program (dv-2022),” applicants must meet certain guidelines to be eligible for the visa lottery.

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“The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing,” the statement added.

“The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven per cent of the available DVs in any one year.”

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