Crafting is the way I share my soul to the world. I am able to interpret the art I see in the world through crafting.
List of products:
Paper flowers,paper fans/rossettes, 3D letters and numbers, handheld props, photobooth frame, cake toppers, gift boxes, handmade cards, bunting banners, statistics board, cake boxes, party supplies and decor, DIY crafts.(all products are customisable)
I also teach paper crafting. Check out my pages on Instagram.
I am an artist; a visual artist to be precise. I am a product of Obafemi Awolowo University (ACE chapter, Ondo) with a B.A. in Fine and Applied Arts (Education) and M.Ed in Special Education (Hearing Handicap)
My Skills include:
Sculpture: moulding & casting, Metal design and wood carving & installation
Textile Craft: Tie&dye, Batik,e.t.c
Customised stage & Altar
I am the Founder/CEO of Bablove Konceptz and Art Director, IDENTITY. Also the Proprietor Bablove Rehabilitation Centre and this makes me a Skill Acquisition Instructor/facilitator, Vocational Rehabilitator for persons with disabilities in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.
An article written by ‘Tomi Ajayi (Esq.) in honour of Azeezat Sofunde who is contributing her quota to the growth of the Craft sector in Nigeria. ( 23 Sept 2018)
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
IPR talks about your legal protection. For instance, copyright
protects literary, artistic, musical and dramatic works. The owner possesses the right to copy and the
right to prevent others from copying his work. Artistic works is eligible for
copyright if it is original and fixed in any definite medium. It will not be
eligible if the work is intended by the author to be used as a model/pattern to
be multiplied by any individual process. Another feature of Copyright is that it
is conferred on an individual citizen or a company in Nigeria and subsists even
in anonymous or pseudonymous artistic works until the end of 70 years. Patent however
confers monopoly on industrial designs while Trademarks protect your economic
interest such as your trading name or sign, design of products, domain like
amazon.com or microsoft.com
5. Under Enforcement we
have 3 ways to obtain a remedy:
of your rights, so you can reap the full benefits of your inventions.
2. Compliance –
through the Law
legal frame work – The Nigerian Copyrights Commission and the Courts
For example: In early May 2018, a copyright owner of a unique
design on a T-shirt filed a lawsuit against Nicki Minaj and her team for
copying his artwork that he registered in 2015 because it was substantially
similar to his design. He sought damages for infringement from all the profits Nicki
Minaj’s team made from the sales and also a Court order to stop the sales of
6. How can Crafters
Do not make avoidable mistakes. Note that before you grow,
you must also know how to survive and thrive. And as you start and grow your
business, it is important to protect your work and seek the advice of a
professional. When you do that, it means you are positioning your business for
1. Craft is mostly an individual or personal initiative. You
work from home: You are your own sales person, so try to register your business
name. In International Inc. v. C.I.E Ltd (2007) All FWLR (Pt.357) 990
“to carry on business in lawwas defined asmeans to conduct or continue a
particular vocation or business as a continuous operation or permanent
occupation.”To carry on business also means to hold yourselfout to others as
engaged in the selling of goods or services.Really the repetition of the acts
of selling and buyingwill suffice.
your work or ideas with NCC
3.Be vigilant after you create your
work because someone can just wake up today and say he is inspired by an idea,
yet it is a stolen idea.
need legal advice. This is proper for ensuring compliance with applicable laws to
help you navigate the craft journey.
An article written by ‘Tomi Ajayi (Esq.) in honour of Azeezat Sofunde who is contributing her quota to the growth of the Craft sector in Nigeria. (23 September 2018)
How does the Law really protect your work?
The branch of Law that protects your craft is Intellectual Property Law (IPL) which protects innovative and marketable works created in someone’s mind so far it is a finished form. Remember copyright is automatic, so that as soon as you produce your works, no one is allowed to infringe on your copyright as others will need your permission before they can use your work which you have monopoly over for a certain period of time. But in case you instruct someone else to create the works for you, then there should be a contract between you and the person to specify who actually owns the copyright. This is necessary to avoid legal issues in the future. Basically someone else does not have a right to copy a work because the Law presumes there is an owner somewhere.
It is important to know that Copyright Law is derived from the Copyright Act of 2004 which is administered by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC). It is not compulsory that you must register your work after creating them but NCC gives you an option to register your work and deposit a copy of that work with the NCC which serves as public notification that your work exists. This enables you to sue somebody who produces your product without your permission.
The whole idea is to protect your craft which gives you the confidence and assurance to share your work with the public without other people using them without your permission. As the owner of the copyright, you have the exclusive right to reproduce the copyrighted work and prevent others from using substantially similar works without your authorization.
Note that Copyright does not cover all creations. Such Instances are as follows: 1. It does not protect your idea because idea is simply an imagination which is not fixed and nobody can see it. If the idea has not been converted into reality nor moved into creativity, copyright Law will not cover it.
2. It does not protect things/images/ phrases in public domain (PD) which one can access without obtaining permission. PD refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent Laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can freely share it, copy alter or republish it. But if an image has the words “may be subject to copyright” This means you cannt use the image without first securing the permission of the copyright holder. It means you have to contact the owner before you use his image.
3. It does not cover names, titles, short phrases and slogans or list of ingredients that appear on your product. However, through trademark, you can protect your product, logo and company symbol.
Note that your craft is your intellectual property, which is defined as: intangible property or assets. This is something that does not have physical presence or something that cannot be touched. e.g. mobile apps, downloadable music, copyrights, trademarks.It is not only meant for authors, songs writer, photographers and music publishers alone. Crafters are included because they create artistic works.
Handicraft comes under Intellectual Property which is a pool of ideas, concepts, inventions, stories, songs, materials or anything emanating from the working of the human requiring protection. Handicraft also called craftwork or handiwork is an activity which involves the making of decorative domestic or other objects by hand or by simple tools. It is to be noted that craft making is all about creativity and talent which may or may not reflect one’s culture and tradition.In other words, all crafted items include the crafter’s original works of arts and forms of creative output. This is not limited to written works alone but equally includes Drawing, Painting, Music, Poetry, Songs, Sculpture, Photos, Images, the Graphics, Illustrations, Designs you use on your products,prints and patterns that you craft on garments and accessories.. Overall, these crafts are your artistic elements and your unique patterns mostly fueled by imagination- the imagination you have brought alive.
As soon as you create your crafts into a finished fixed form or into a physical medium, copyright automatically protects your work. This means two things. First, the Law is encouraging you to make useful innovations, inventions and other discoveries,while secondly it is also ensuring that your craft is kept intact by having copyright protection. The Law is also telling you in essence that you can turn your ideas in for intellectual property for commercialization purposes.
With Copyright, the Law is encouraging you to be honest with yourself and your audience to produce something worthwhile. However, copyright will not protect the useful aspects of your craft because other people are also free to create different ones apart from yours. For example, hair attachments, pens, etc
This is to introduce the world of Crafters/Craftprenuers to you at your fingertips
You’ll be taken through the world of creative doers, change makers and legendary entrepreneurs
They’ve been long under-rated, un-celebrated and/under-celebrated
We will explore their world wherever they are in Nigeria/Africa and across the globe
We will celebrate them by sharing their profile and crafting skills as this motivate them to do more, inspire many more to confidently explore/express their own inherent skills while also boosting the patronage of craft services and products
Please expect some short notes on anything about crafts and crafters. Also there’ll be really long notes too (sometimes in series), written by experts in related fields that promote handicrafts and creativity in general.
To summarise what to expect here :
The Crafters’ profile
Snippets of diverse Crafts skills
Special Features on Handcrafted Products
News, reports and Press Releases on any Craft event, training/workshop and activities across the globe.
Professional tips by experts in various fields to help guide crafters in their craftpreneurial journey
We’ll all be learning. So please feel free to share your experience with us
CRAFTERS ARE OUR CREATIVE CELEBRITIES! -TCC
Let’s get started as we hope to contribute to a most sustainable industry in West Africa- The Crafts Industry, especially in Nigeria/Africa