The Iyaloja of Egbaland Chief (Mrs) Kemi Oloyede has expressed total disgust and disappointment against what she described as Chinese disrespect for minimum business moral and international Trade-Mark decorum.
Chief (Mrs) Kemi Oloyede, who was directed by the Alake to respond to an allegations that the Chinese were faking Egba locally made Adire with inferior and skin hitching clothing materials, during the Alake’s Press Conference on the 35th Lisabi Festival, at the Ake Palace, on Monday , 21st of February, 2022.
The Iyaloja of Egbaland told the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Egba Chiefs and Newsmen, that, Egbaland was not supposed to mutually beneficial local and international trade, but the Egba nation was supposed to immorality, corruption and trickery as example by Chinese Adire business situation.
Chief (Mrs) Oloyede disclosed that, Egba business men and women in Adire production might not be in strategic and powerful economic situation to fight Chinese unfair business relationship with Adire business in Nigeria, but asserted that, the 35th Lisabi Festival would be a means for them to appeal to the gods to assist them in eradicating the foreign made Adire from Egbaland.
She urged Egba business men and women to improve on the standards of locally made Adire and its finishing to meet the internationally acceptable quality standards
The Iyaloja Egba also called on all Adire manufacturers to give awareness to the people concerning the qualities in the locally made Adire.
Also speaking on the alleged Chinese economic warfare on Adire business, the Iyalode Egbaland, Chief (Mrs) Alaba Lawson, disclosed that the Ogun Chamber of Commerce, Industries Mines and Agriculture, OGUNCCIMA, had been working on solution to the Chinese invasion of the Egba Adire business, especially in the area of TradeMark.
Iyalode Alaba Lawson also noted that, her team and the Ogun Chamber of Commerce had been interceding in the seizures of Kano Base Clothing Materials for Adire by men of the Nigerian Customers, adding that the Alake should also intervene with the Customs to stop harassing the Adire business men and women.
She however warned some Egba women to stop patronising the Chinese Inferior Adire materials, as this was a lazy and shot cut approach to doing good business.
Chief (Mrs) Lawson noted that, Adire was Egba copyright, whereby, it shouldn’t be duplicated.
The Iyalode also implored all Yorubas to embrace their cultural heritage, noting that, it would encourage outsiders to join in uplifting it.
In his final take on the Chinese Adire issue, the Alake, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, urged the Iyaloja Egba to sustain education and information on the quality of the quality and uniqueness of Adire Egba brands while at the same time, add enduring values with a view to making the Egba brands internationally acceptable.
Other Obas present included; Agura of Gbagura, Oba Saburee Bakre, Onijaye of Ijaye Titun, Olu of Akinale, Onijale of Ijale-Papa and others
Egba Chiefs present were, Balogun of Egbaland; Chief Sikirullahi Atobatele, Osi of Egbaland; Chief Bode Mustapha, Lisa of Egbaland; Chief Oluyomi Olaogun, Baagbimo of Egbaland; Chief Akanni Akinwale, Akogun of Egbaland; Abraham Shoyoye, Bantun of Egbaland; Chief Kehinde Sofenwa, Onimo-Ero of Egbaland; Chief Tokunbo Odebunmi, Baaroyin of Egbaland; Chief Layi Labode, Gbegba-Aje of Egbaland; Chief (Mrs) Tejumade Bakre, Amona Baaroyin of Egbaland and other prominent individuals.