Unique ex­hi­bi­tions that de­fined Abuja trade fair 2015

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Chris Agabi

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.

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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.

PHOTO:Ikechukwu Ibe.

Dis­played refuse col­lec­tion bin at the just con­cluded Abuja int. trade fair. PHOTO:Ikechukwu Ibe.

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