A trade exhibition will be held in Kwara State, in North Central Nigeria, according to plans made by the Muslim Women Entrepreneurs in the state.
The event, which will be attended by Muslim women in the state, is projected to draw more than 40,000 customers and over 200 exhibitors who engage with indigenous business, trade, and services.
The event will be held fully in accordance with Islamic principles, according to the exhibition’s organizers, Muslim women entrepreneurs in Kwara state who operate under the auspices of the Muslimah Entrepreneurship Forum.
While speaking with journalists in Ilorin, the conveners of the programme, tagged, Trade Affairs, Hajia Marufat Oladosu and Hajia Adejumoke Fatimat Saliu, said that the event is aimed at supporting business growth among Muslim women in and outside the state.
The forum, which has more than 1,000 members, has, according to its organizers, had a good impact on Muslim women’s (Muslimah) businesses through business orientation and therapy for members with the useful engagement of business experts.
The aim, according to Hajia Oladosu, is to create a community of Muslimahs who engage in business in halal ways.
She disclosed that the forum which started in January 2023, had organized a previous edition where about 200 exhibitors participated, adding that the coming edition would involve over 200 vendors in 20 categories such as children’s products, cuisine, clothing, packaging and many more activities.
The organizers of the forum identified inadequate finance as a major challenge, calling on the three tiers of government for support in order to improve halal business.
“The trade affair is open to all Muslim community from within and outside the state. We’re guided by teachings of the Almighty Allah and we don’t engage in usury. It’s a three-day affair commencing on November 2 to 4, 2023 at the state banquet hall, opposite Kwara State Government House, Ilorin.”