Unique exhibitions that defined Abuja trade fair 2015
The 10th Abuja International Trade Fair ended last Saturday at the J.T. Useni International Trade Fair Complex, Airport Road, Lugbe, Abuja, with some 200 exhibitors from within and outside Nigeria showcasing their products.
As usual, many products, from household products to industrial machines and raw materials, were exhibited.
While the turnout of buyers at the fair wouldn’t pass as impressive, due largely to what many visitors described as the relatively high cost of products and services, the fair did play host to some unique products. Three of those products caught our reporters’ attention. The Ku’dje D.V.S Chair u’dje D.V.S is a brand name for a specially crafted chair made of cow horns and antelope skin. Indeed, the unique chair caught every visitor’s attention.
The chair was the creation of a Cameroonian artist, Djoko Valentine Samuel, founder of the Art Djoko in Cameron.
Mr. DV Djoko, as he is popularly called, told our reporter that the chair, made with only the royalty in mind, is his sole “invention” and he is its only producer in the whole world.
“The chair is principally for royalty. It is made of antelope skin and cow horns. Both items are treated with certain chemicals to a state of friendliness to man,” he explained.
The technology, he said, didn’t come easy. It took him “some painstaking effort, quality time and attention to details” to produce.
Making any one of the chair takes DV Djoko, working alone, a minimum of two months. But with a team of four or five, it could take less than a month. “A lot of polishing and crafting is goes into producing this chair,” he emphasized. “I also make beds with the same materials,” he added.
As Djoko disclosed, he has made only seven of the chairs in 10
Kyears. The chairs are specially handcrafted and not mass produced. “The design of the chair is exclusive to me anywhere in the world,” he boasted.
The artist said that because of the importance he attaches to the chairs, he doesn’t make available in the open market.
“I only exhibit the chairs at trade events like this. I brought it to Nigeria for the first time last year and the former First Lady, Patience Jonathan bought one from me. Currently, only five persons own the chairs all over the world, majority of them royalties. Two chiefs and two ministers in Cameroon have one each. Patience Jonathan has one. I have got two left to be sold,” he explained.
Of course, the price of Djoko’s chair doesn’t come cheap. “It goes for about 1 million Cameroon francs, which is about N300,000,” he said. Djoko said he didn’t learn the craft from anyone. “The products are my ideas and patent. I also didn’t learn it; it’s a gift from God. This is the first in the world. I also won an award on the invention,” he claimed.
He said because of his concepts, he offers 15 hours of art lectures annually to a Cameroonian university called Universite’ Dschang.
He was quick to add that his product doesn’t seek to extinguish the antelope breed in the forest, which is why, he stated, the units are few. “The decision is deliberate so our animals are preserved. Also chiefs can use it and pass it on to others after them,” he noted. Motor bike-powered waste management mini-van. his invention also caught visitors’ attention. The waste management mini-van is attached to a specially built motorbike and promises to help evacuate waste in narrow and difficult terrains.
The product, indeed, resonates well within the waste management crisis in Nigeria, particularly in terrains where the heavy waste management vehicles can’t access to evacuate waste.
Esther Aidoko, a representative
Tof Simba Motors limited, marketers of the Kary-Go waste management mini-van, told our reporter the vehicle has been positively received.
She explained further that the product has a value-based waste disposal solution, ideal for rural and metro use as it enhances access to difficult terrains. “It can go where larger waste vehicles cannot go and has a tipping facility which makes it a complete waste management vehicle,” she noted.
She would also say the motorbikepowered vehicle is suitable not only for waste management but also farming, orchards, factories and local government needs. Motor bike-powered ambulance he Kary-Go Ambulance, also powered by a motorbike, was also novel at the fair. Aidoko explained that the product is ideal for rural communities and difficult terrains in the city centres.
According to her, the vehicle can easily enable hospitals to quickly reach patients, irrespective of the difficulty of the terrain they live in.
With this vehicle, bad roads are not a challenge, she offered.
Perhaps, there may have been other unique products on display at the trade fair, but, our reporter reckons, these three stood out.
The Ku’dje D.V.S Chair and the inventor Cameroonian artist, Djoko Valentine Samuel, at the Abuja international trade fair. PHOTOS: Chris Agabi
Displayed ambulance at the just concluded Abuja int. trade fair.
Displayed refuse collection bin at the just concluded Abuja int. trade fair. PHOTO:Ikechukwu Ibe.