Some petty traders at the ongoing 2019 Nigeria Universities Theatre Art Festival (NUTAF) in Lagos have said that their business witnessed a boost and lauded the organizers for the huge patronage of their products.
They told the Nigeria News Agency at the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu venue that sales during the five-day event had been very encouraging.
Adesokan Ajike, a dealer in fashion accessories, told NAN that most of her wares were sold out.
Ajike said that she hoped the festival could continue beyond Oct. 25.
“I am enjoying good patronage of the students,” she said.
Ajike, who sells shoes, bags, beddings, hand bangles, neck beads made with Africa fabrics, said that students liked the products which came in different styles and designs.
“We are using this festival to promote and exhibit African culture, products designed in Africa with fabrics and the students appreciate them a lot,” she said.
Shola Amurah, who sells assorted ice cream, said that sales had been good as he had sold several cartons of ice cream.
However, Toyin Philips, a snack seller, who got a space for an undisclosed amount, told NAN that sales had not been encouraging for her.
“I got the space specifically for this festival, as I know that students like assorted snacks and drinks but sales have not been going as I expected.
“My drinks are very chilled and the prices are the same as elsewhere but I don’t know why the students are not forthcoming,” she said.
NAN reports that 15 universities with over 300 students are attending the festival.
Mr Israel Eboh, a member of the organising committee and President, National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners, said that the committee had advised the traders to come with wares students would patronize.
NAN reports that the 25th edition of NUTAF hosted by the Lagos State University (LASU), which kicked off on Monday with 15 private and public universities across the country, would end on Friday.
Editing by Joe Idika/Wale Ojetimi