By: Manny Ita
The event industry in Nigeria can well be said to be advancing in leaps and bounds in a bid to get positioned as one of the biggest industries in the country set to proportionately downsize the unemployment market.
Penultimate Monday, the industry held its first ever fair tagged “Events Industry Fair 2017, at the B Events Center along Awolowo Road, by the Lagos Airport Hotel, in a colorful, inspiring and entertaining fashion as event vendors and guests comfortably jammed in the enthralling event.
Speaking at the event, Chief Coordinator of the Events Industry in Nigeria, Bola Awosika Adelaja said the specific aims and objectives of the platform was to bring together in one place all event vendors and professionals.
According to her, “this will become the official hub for all events related activities with direct access to the general public. “The platform is also created for networking opportunities for all event vendors as well as the general public.
Speaking further, Awosika pointed out that, “in the next few month, you will also be getting to know more about our different initiatives through our planned activities and special events where you will be able to join in and get your very own hands on opportunities.
A part of such activities according to the event planner was the Training Master Class 2017 which she said was already in swing to address both beginners and professionals in the industry.
“Mentoring and internship opportunities are also open to members at the platform, therefore now is the right time for everyone to key into any of these learning opportunities as I hope that it will prove to be both memorable and fulfilling for you.” Awosika averred.
Disclosing that an accessible directory for all members registered on the platform was in the offing; Awosika explained that this would transform the way the industry was operated, “by continuously improving ourability to offer services that meet global standards with the help of innovative technology such as our event apps which will be launched in the coming days”.
Awosika called on individuals, corporate organizations, development and government agencies to join hands with the body to move the industry forward.
The programme of the event was elaborate and included a panel of discussion as some of the vendors shed more light about their services while entertaining questions from the audience. There was also rib cracking comedy and a talent hunt show as guests got treated to some of the best event services available.
A source told Smile International Magazine that the events industry in Nigeria has currently a GDP of about N30bn.