Destination Ondo has unfolded a new initiative to make Ondo State Africa’s capital for Carnival Costumes Fashion Making.
Otunba Wanle Akinboboye, initiator of this dream, said Destination Ondo has set its sight on transforming the state as a one-stop destination for both businesses, adventure and leisure seekers.
He explained that Destination Ondo is an action taken after its partnership with the State Government for tourism development in May 2021, after the successful launch of the newly created Asun Carnival in Ondo Town by Akinboboye.
The entrepreneurial project, which seeks to establish a state–of–the–art biggest ever carnival costumes making platform in the State, is expected to hasten the realisation of the vision of transforming the state into a business tourism hub.
It would in addition , develop local tailors and youths interested in becoming fashion entrepreneurs to be trained and gainfully engaged.
According to Destination Ondo, the initiative will cater for the costume needs of festivals and carnivals’ organisers in the country, Africa and across the world.
It is expected to be the only place to get the best costumes and accessories for carnivals and festivals in Africa.
The initiative has a focus on building the capacity of local tailors to be multi-skilled, thriving entrepreneurs with sustainable livelihood and creation of wealth through productive engagement.
It would also boost the general economy of the state due to the multiplier effect of the fashion business and help the value chain and support service requirements for costumes by so many festivals and carnivals springing up across Africa.
Notable festivals and carnivals in the country the initiative is targeting, include the Carnival Calabar, Osun Osogbo Festival, Ojudo Oba Festival, Igogo Festival, Ososo Carnival, African Drums Festival, Ogun Festival and Ekimogun Festival.
Recent debutant, Asun carnival in Ondo town, is also part of the focus of the initiative.
Destination Ondo is fast establishing the State as a destination for business, adventure, sports and recreation tourism hub of Africa.