Over 200,000 exhibitors dealing in indigenous business, trade and services as well as over 40,000 shoppers will participate in a trade exhibition among Muslim women in Ilorin, Kwara state.
The organisers of the exhibition who are Muslim women entrepreneurs under the aegis of the Muslimah Entrepreneurship Forum (MEF), said that arrangements have been concluded to organise the event strictly according to Islamic teachings in October.
The conveners of the programme, Hajia Marufat Oladosu and Hajia Fatimat Saliu, said the event is aimed at supporting business growth among Muslim women in and outside Kwara State.
The organisers also said that the forum, with over 1,000 membership, has made positive impacts on businesses of Muslim women through business orientation and therapy for members with useful engagement of business experts.
Hajia Oladosu said that the aim was to create a community of Muslimahs who engage in business in rightful ways.
She said that the forum which started in January 2023, had organised a previous edition where about 200 exhibitors participated, adding that the coming edition would involve over 200 vendors in 20 categories such as kiddies, food, wears, packaging, etc.
She identified inadequate finance as a major challenge, calling on the three tiers of government for support in order to improve businesses.