A non governmental organisation, Gbagede Ewa Ede Foundation on Thursday, said that plans were underway to train 2,000 participants in Adire fabrics production.
Mrs Adejoke Somoye, the Convener of the Foundation, who spoke during a press conference in Abeokuta, said the programme was parts of Its activities to commemorate its 10 years anniversary of promoting Yoruba culture, norms and tradition.
Somoye explained that having carefully examined the rising spate of unemployment in the society , the foundation had designed the training session to enable participants acquired skills in Adire making and also to be financially independent.
She noted that continuous practicing of adire craft would help in ensuring it does not go into extinction, saying that the younger generation would also be availed with the technical know-how and its history.
The convener of the foundation added that the platform provided an avenue for politicians, corporate organisations, government agencies, religious bodies and public-spirited individuals to sponsor interested participants from any part of the state.
” It has become very necessary for us (Yoruba indigenes) to further reshape the fashion world with our very unique cultural identity.
” The culture of our nation stands multi-ethnic and gives a lot of value to different types of arts, which primarily include ivory carving, grass weaving, wood carving, leather and calabash, painting, glass and metal works.
“Among all these forms of arts, Adire, which is common among the people of Egbaland in Ogun state, is undoubtedly the most reflective of its cultural origin
“The training presents an opportunity for anyone irrespective of age, sex and
social status who is interested in learning the handcraft and establishing a career for themselves towards achieving self-sustainability.
“Interested applicants would be required to go through an online registration to signify his/her interest in participating in the training which would equally come with exciting bonuses and a starter kit in addition to materials for them to practice with during the training session.
She commended the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, for recognising individuals, groups whose activities were targeted at saving the rich Yoruba cultural heritage from getting into extinction.
Somoye called on monarchs and government agencies especially in the South Western States to accord due recognition to individuals or foundations promoting Yoruba culture.