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IT HAS been observed that Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo in his 100 days in office has indeed lived up to his promises of patronising locally made fabrics and products which many has joined suit.

  To show his seriousness towards his statement that he would promote locally-made fabrics and other home made products,, Governor Charles ChukwumaSoludo first set the pace by arriving at his inauguration ground in a vehicle manufactured by Innoson Group, an Anambra State based motor manufacturing company, dressed in an attire made from a locally produced fabric known as Akwete, and shoes made in Anambra State.

  That is why the women of Akweteare  smiling to the bank due to the association of their products with an iconic figure who many look up to as a role model saying no state actor has ever done such.

  Akwete cloth derives its name from Akwete, a community in the southern fringes of Abia State. The craft of making.Akwete cloth had from inception been restricted to the womenfolk in the community where it originated. The cloth is woven from cotton yarn on a special wooden loom called “Nkwe” in Abia vernacular.

  The art of weaving Akwete cloth began in the late 19th century by a woman called DaadaNwankataNnadede. According to  MamaNwanyidiya Sunday, who said she is about 100 years old, God showed Nnadede the art of making the Akwete cloth in a dream.

  Meanwhile, Akwete cloth derives its name from Akwete, a community in the southern fringes of Abia State. The craft of making.Akwete cloth had from inception been restricted to the womenfolk in the community where it originated. The cloth is woven from cotton yarn on a special wooden loom called “Nkwe” in Abia vernacular.

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  The art of weaving Akwete cloth began in the late 19th century by a woman called DaadaNwankataNnadede. According to Mama Nwanyidiya Sunday, who said she is about 100 years old, God showed Nnadede the art of making the Akwete cloth in a dream.

  Also during the inauguration ceremony, meals on the menu for the light refreshments were all local foods, such as abacha, ukwa, ofeakwu and local rice with bottled water, palm wine and other drinks targeting at promoting local products in Anambra, as well as creating wealth and employment for the people.

  This confirmed his statement that as the chief marketing officer of the state, he would be adorning fabrics and shoes made in Anambra in his quest to walk his talk.

  Funnily, during the on-going PDP Governors’ meeting held in Abia State recently, all the governors at the meeting also wore locally-woven Akwaete. This had made the demand for the material to be in high spate, courtesy of Governor Soludo.

  Recall that Soludo said the best way to promote locally-made contents is by using such products, adding that  the move will support businesses and create new jobs for millions of unemployed youths both in Anambra State and Nigeria as a whole, ” Our people have the mentality that unless it is imported, it is of no quality. No. It is when we patronise the local businesses that we begin to appreciate what we have.

  Expressing his feelings towards the effort,a  state chieftain, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Neville-Sunny Uchendu applauded the governor on how he created a policy of patronising locally-made goods, adding  that such would lift Nigeria out of its socio-economic problem if embraced by others.

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  Also,  the state Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Charles Nwoji said that most Nigerians suffer the desire-for-foreign goods syndrome because of social symbol and assumption that foreign products are superior, noting: “A nation needs to, first, patronise its own products to grow its economy if the people are sure and proud of their products and services.

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