Happenings Magazine correspondents, Kikelomo Onigbanjo and Odunayo Adeneye were at the recently concluded Made in Nigeria Festival (MAIN) which took place from September 28 – October 1 at Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The festival offered a platform to over 600 exhibitors comprising global brands and Nigeria’s biggest brands and business in five key sectors including power and infrastructure, agriculture, technology, manufacturing, sports and entertainment to showcase their Made-In-Nigeria products and services.
The MD/CEO of Clothes by OGB, Ndubisi Akwiwu, popularly called OGB, was one of the many exhibitors at the 7 day event. He has been in the business of making clothes for a long time now. He spoke to us about his business, its challenges and the relevance of MAIN to Nigerian businesses and the country as a whole.
My name is Ndubisi Akwiwu and I am popularly called OGB. I am the MD/CEO of Clothes by OGB. I specialise in shirts, suits, traditional wears and bespoke clothing. I am one of the exhibitors here at the Made in Nigeria Festival (MAIN).
It is exciting to be here to see that so much has been done to improve the local business. It is really time for the government to be interested in things like this by investing more in small scale businesses so that they can grow. So I can say it is a good thing to be here.
Clothes by OGB is a bespoke clothing company. We do shirts, suits and African wears. All our clothes are made in Nigeria; every single one of them, although we still have to import our materials from abroad, which is unfortunate because we do not have factories where we manufacture materials. We also customise clothes for companies and we do branded items for corporate events. We started business in 2003 and we got registered in 2006.
Yes we do; we actually just got back from a road show from a couple of states in America trying to export African wears. We still find people in diaspora who are ready to invest in well-tailored locally made clothes. We are still looking at how to produce locally and export conveniently and at the same time meeting up with demands.
We ensure quality control by scrutinising everything that is being produced carefully and we try to employ the best hands we can find so that we can maintain the high quality and efficiency we are known for. It slows down our production, but we are double sure that whatever we produce is properly done without any complaint.
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