Heritage Bank, Delta Explore Revenue Prospects of Akwa Ocha Fabric

May 1, 2022
Akwa Ocha Fabric

By Dipo Olowookere

The Anioma eternal native attire of Delta State known as Akwa Ocha can be a dependable revenue base for the Delta State Government beyond oil if its opportunities can be fully explored, Heritage Bank Plc has submitted.

This is why the financial institution is partnering with the state government to provide support to the Akwa Ocha fabric industry through the creative sector, the Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Mr Ifie Sekibo, disclosed.

At the Delta Music, Comedy and Fashion Expo held at the Dome Event Centre, Asaba, the banker noted that the industry would be supported to also stimulate sustainable growth in the nation’s economy.

Mr Sekibo, who was represented by the Acting Group Head of South-South 2/ECM, Mr Charles Ojakovo, stated further that the music and entertainment industry has done so much for Nigeria in terms of employment and foreign exchange earnings and if more resources could be put into it, the country would be better for it.

“The Akwa Ocha fabric Industry, Entertainment and Creative Industry that Delta State is known for, may be the revenue base of the state government beyond oil.

“Heritage Bank is always available and ready to partner with the State and players in the industry to achieve Delta beyond oil.

“This industry over the years has had a huge impact on our GDP and engaging a very large number of our youths thereby reducing the level of unemployment.

“Akwa Ocha is an Anioma Heritage and our Heritage, and there is a need to take it to the next level and international standards, as a hub to orchestrate economic growth,” he noted.

He further explained that Heritage Bank’s various entrepreneurial schemes in support of business had always focused on dependable job-creating sectors, such as agricultural value chain (fish farming, poultry, snail farming), cottage industry, mining and solid minerals, creative industry (tourism, arts, and crafts), and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

In his remarks, the Omu Anioma and Nneoha, Obi Martha Dunkwu, commended Heritage Bank for its partnership with the organizers of the event for factoring a concept that introduces the Akwa Ocha fabric into fashion shows.

She emphasized how impressed she was at the beautiful appearance of all the models who were gorgeously dressed in the attire in such a dignified and holy exhibition.

Omu Dunkwu said she couldn’t have been more excited having been chosen as the one to do the unveiling of the Akwa Ocha for which she had devoted over a decade to promoting in line with propagating the unique identity and values of the Anioma people of Delta State.

Dunkwu affirmed that there was no fabric like the Akwa Ocha all over the world, which is why different people of the world are coming to identify with the source of the captivating attire – Anioma land.

The cerebral Queen Mother of the Anioma nation advised that conscious effort be made to market the brand by the younger generation who are willing to go into the fashion business, maintaining that Akwa Ocha fabric could be a money-spinning venture if well packaged because of its unique and attractive features.

Meanwhile, during a contest for best dancers dressed in Akwa-Ocha, organized by 2Things Promotion and prize money guaranteed by Heritage Bank Ynspyre Account, the 1st Prize winner, Friday Nkechi received N250,000, whilst Opene-Terry Joseph and Usanga Joseph as the 2nd and 3rd winners carted away N150,000 and N100,000, respectively.

Dipo Olowookere

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

Mr Olowookere can be reached via [email protected]

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