Ogun State Government Considers Criminalizing the Sale of Fake Adire Fabric
Ogun State Government is considering criminalizing the sale of fake Adire Fabric, popularly called Chinese Adire, in the State.
According to the proposed law, anyone caught selling Chinese Adire would pay a royalty fee for the intellectual property of the fabric.
The State Culture and Tourism Commissioner, Sesan Fagbayi, announced the plan while hosting the Olu of Orile Ilawo, Oba Olusegun Macgregor, in his office in Abeokuta.
He said a bill would be sent to the state House of Assembly for the enactment of a law to ban the sale of the fake fabric, and to protect the intellectual rights of the local Adire producers.
Earlier, the Olu of Orile Ilawo has called for a legislation to stop the sale and buying of Chinese Adire fabric.
He said, “It is because it is still being called Adire, that is why people are still patronising it, even if the Chinese have to produce the pattern and refer to it as that, it is important to enforce the payment of the royalty and trademark royalty for the designers”.
The Monarch added that the essence of the visit was also to inform the Ministry of the forthcoming 3-day collaboration festival between the State government, the Ministry and the Orile-Ilawo town.
He disclosed further that the 3-day event is a wide festival that would involve traditional music, food, Adire clothing and the highlight, which is a drum festival comprising the ethnic groups to resuscitate the tourism sector, and promote and commercialise the State’s well rich-documented history.