Ogun State, Nigerian won the best overall exhibitor at the recently concluded International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC), which was held at Sheraton Hotel Abuja, grounds.
This year’s expo themed “Networking Nigerian Craft to the World”, had in attendance members of the diplomatic community from China, Venezuela, Cuba, India, and Iran, Thailand, Poland, Korea, Germany, Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina and many others.
Apart from emerging the overall winner, the Southwestern state also bagged awards and prizes for other categories at the exhibition.
The state got 2nd position for best ornament decorations, 1st position for the best exhibitor in e-marketing for creating an online website to market the state’s local fabric, Adire.
Ogun state creative team. Middle is the Ogun state Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, Olusegun Olaotan holding the award won by the state. Beside him on the left is organiser of the expo Director General National council for Arts And Culture Otunba Runsewe
Ogun state emerged the best in Special Day participation, took 1st position in the best-designed pavilion and best product design in textile.
Speaking on the win, the state’s Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, Olusegun Olaotan, said that the numerous prizes and award won would encourage the state to improve on its crafts.
He also appreciated the state’s Governor, Dapo Abiodun, for funding the ministry well enough to create beautiful arts and crafts.
Lagos State also set a beautiful record as it got the overall 3rd position, bagged 1st position in best product design in fashion and woodwork, best-designed interior pavilion and 1st in most innovative product packaging.
Bayelsa was another state that worked tirelessly to ensure the state’s crafts were well exhibited as it bagged the 5th overall winner, 1st position for ornament decorations, 2nd in rafia painting.
Katsina state got the 2nd position for the overall winner, best exhibitor in networking strategy, 1st in product design for leather works and 2nd position in textile designs.
The Federal Capital Territory bagged the overall 4th position along with Kebbi state, 2nd position in most innovative product packaging, new invention, waste to wealth, 1st in product design in pottery work.
Ondo state emerged 1st in best product design in metal works and in rafia painting while Yobe state bagged 1st position in best product design in rafia calabash decorations.
Kebbi state got 2nd position for the best exhibitor in e-marketing and 1st in the new invention for waste to wealth.
Nasarawa state got 2nd position in product design, rafia calabash decorations, Zamfara state emerged 1st in product design in embroidery while Jigawa state bagged 2nd position in product design, Leatherworks.