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Ogunbekun Olaitan; The Founder of Crafts Village, Nigeria

My name is Ogunbekun Olaitan, I’m the founder of Crafts Village Nigeria. An online community that promotes and connects creative arts, crafts and other Afrocentric businesses in Nigeria to their target customers.

Crafts Village was founded in April 2014. It is an online platform that helps consumers connect easily with their favorite Art & Craft products and services, as well as other locally made creative Afrocentric items, fashion, gifts, art supplies and architectural materials. This is made possible with the online local directory, the multi-vendor marketplace as well as a physical retail store, CV Creative Shop. 

I am a Paper Crafts Artist who specializes in Handmade Greeting Cards and have impressed up to the Presidency level of the Country. Being a graduate of the prestigious University of Lagos with a Bachelors in Biochemistry. I have accrued several years’ experience of online businesses, the e-commerce and online retail field where my skill set has been further broadened to include Content Management, SEO, Google Analytics, Search Engine Marketing, Web design, development and management, Strategic planning, and business development. 

I’m a multi-potential creative guru and I’ve personally built myself in several handicraft trades. These includes creative digital prints services, ankara bags making, tailoring, functional and decorative crafts such as wall frames, artistic clocks, utensil designs, Afrocentric fashion and more.  

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Hello Followers… Its a wet #wednesday so let's run a quick recap of our startup company, craftsvillage.com.ng. . Crafts Village HUB™ is an Online Community startup project aimed at creating a retail outlet & directory for local creative businesses, art practitioners, craftsmen, and general art enthusiasts. This bridges the gap between local producers & their target market, stimulating the local economy while offering attractive discounts to shoppers, tourists and local craft lovers in Nigeria. . WHAT WE DO. At Crafts Village HUB, our aim is to promote, connect, create a retail marketplace that helps consumers connect with unique Afrocentric businesses. We are keen on Proudly Made in Nigeria Products and Services. We believe in promoting local talents which contributes to job creations in the Nigerian economy. . OUR SERVICES INCLUDE: – Online Art Store/Marketplace – Online Local Directory – Handicraft Training Centre – Art News & Events Promotion . Our online store/marketplace offers an online retail storefront where producers & retailer of locally made creative products & other Afrocentric items can sell while shoppers, art enthusiasts & lovers of creative items can buy their favourite creative crafts. . Our online directory enables you search, locate and connect with reliable & creative Afrocentric Businesses, Local Artisans, Crafts men, Galleries and best Art Places across Nigeria. Producers & owners of local creative businesses can also list their businesses on our portal. . Our Handicraft Training Centre organizes scheduled trainings on creative arts, crafts & other vocational skills. We also offer an Outdoor Training Space available for rent for one-on-one soft skills training, art & craft training or events. . Got an upcoming art event, training, stage shows or exhibition?! We help you promote & advertise to the right audience. . #craftsvillagehub #onlineartstore #art #crafts #madeinnigeria #promotingnigerianart #artstore #artnews #nigeria #wearenigeriancreatives #artandcraftsstore #nigerianart

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In a country where the originality of crafts is going into extinction, it is imperative to ask some questions and look back on how the values of our culture are being abandoned. However, looking at years back which I’m sure the children born in the 90s will attest to; that local craft was a thing of pride. Basket weaving, knitting, paper craft, woodworks, beadworks and lots more were things of pride and joy then. But the question we ask ourselves now is whether local crafts have really been driven into exile in our nation.

I remember vividly how we use to mould objects out of clay, build houses with mud, make creative boats and airplanes from papers, mats and hats from straws, weave baskets and knit sweaters. It was such a beautiful time with lots of fun and experiences. This knowledge later helped some of us grow up to be lovers of crafts and arts thus making a living from them.

But, it seems that with the advent of social media, internet and modernization; local crafts have been relegated to backwardness thus giving crafts to only the old and local people. In this present dispensation, local craft has been pushed to the last position which I say is a thing of shame.

However ,to those wondering what this whole article is about and do not understand what I mean by local crafts, exactly the younger generation, I will briefly explain what craft means and how important it is.

According to Wikipedia; A craft is a profession that requires particular skills and knowledge of skilled work. While Merriam-Webster dictionary defines craft as an occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill. There are three aspects to human creativity and they include arts, crafts and science. But it seems majority of people in this century have gone with arts and science and left crafts to suffer the loneliness and pains of relegation and backwardness.

Furthermore, Handicraft according to Wikipedia is the traditional main sector of crafts. It is the type of work where useful and decorative devices are made completely by hand or by using only simple tools. The term crafts as further explained is often used to describe the family of artistic practices within the of family decorative arts that traditionally are defined by their relationship to functional or utilitarian products or by their use of such natural media as wood, clay, ceramics, glass, textiles and metal.

There are various types of crafts and they include: ceramics and glass, fiber and textile, leatherworks, paper crafts, wood and furniture crafts, etc. Also, there are a lot of beautiful ways to express yourself as a craftsman. The joy of being creative and using the things around you to bring your expression into life makes you feel like a mini-god. The proximity of the natural resources or raw materials to help create various aspects of crafts makes the whole craft idea very interesting, the raw materials are everywhere around us and with our skills; we can use these simple materials to make mind blowing works. For example from our everyday textile, we can make tie and dye, crocheting, appliqués etc. You can also make different objects from clay which leads us to pottery; beautiful house wares like flower vase, jugs and even pots can be made from clay. You get other beautiful materials from wood works, metal works, glass, fine stones, beads and paper crafts.

Also, do you remember how beautiful greeting cards used to be many years back? A birthday celebration without birthday cards is just incomplete. There was this joy, happiness and fulfillment that came with greeting cards then and you pride yourself as a celebrant in how many birthday cards you received. That is a beautiful example of paper crafts, an aspect of crafts that is gradually going into extinction. It is not all about internet surfing or white collar jobs alone, it is about bring our creative values back into existence.

Finally there is need for us to go back to the basics and remember how important local crafts are to us and our nation, to encourage, sponsor and increase the values of crafts in the face of the whole world. Let us teach and show our children the beauty of crafts and how important it is to them and the generation unborn. Let us bring back CRAFTS which is the forgotten one.

Eyitomi Oyelami

Babalola Adewale Victor

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
  • Creative Exploration
  • 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.


Helping Crafters Navigate their Journey and the Law (Part 3 of 3)

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:

1.         Recognition of your rights, so you can reap the full benefits of your inventions.

2.         Compliance – through the Law

3.         Institutional 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 the T-shirt.

6. How can Crafters protect themselves?

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 success.

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.

2.         Register 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.

4.         You need legal advice. This is proper for ensuring compliance with applicable laws to help you navigate the craft journey.

Helping Crafters Navigate their Journey and the Law (Part 2 of 3)

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.

Oluwatomi Ajayi (Esq.)

A Legal Practitioner and Author of

Introducing; The Crafters and their Crafts – a Craftzine

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

Let’s get started as we hope to contribute to a most sustainable industry in West Africa- The Crafts Industry, especially in Nigeria/Africa