Journalist have been advised to imbibe good dressing habits as it exudes confidence in the field.
This formed the crucial message during the maiden edition of NUJ Fashion and Art Exposition 2022 organized by the Nigerian Union of Journalists Anambra state council in collaboration with Anambra State Government held at the Godwin Ezeemo International Conference Center, Awka.
Speaking at the event, Mr Don Onyenji, the Anambra Commissioner for Culture, Entertainment, and Tourism, thanked the NUJ for organizing the event, which he said showcased Igbo culture and made in Anambra arts.
He stated that Igbo culture has eroded over time, but there has been a recent turn around, with Ndi Igbo now embracing the culture as part of Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s administration’s agenda.
The commissioner advocated for proper dress culture, noting that first impressions matter and that one’s clothing can elicit either a positive or negative reaction from others.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Agbanyim Chijioke, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Anambra State Signage and Advertising Agency, thanked the event’s organizers, saying that the concepts of art and journalism have creativity at their core, and as such, journalists have a role to play in bringing Igbo arts to the forefront.
While thanking everyone who came, the Chairman of the NUJ, Anambra State Council, Dr Emeka Odogwu, stated that art, fashion, and journalism cannot be separated because journalists are the ones who make art visible.
Speaking on the theme ‘The Relevance of Art in Discerning Effective Journalism,’ Barrister Edith Anyanor, a private legal practitioner, stated that journalism is an enviable profession that allows one to meet people from all walks of life, but there is a need to employ decency in dressing in order to make a good first impression.
Barrister Anyanor advised journalists to be courteous and hold themselves in high esteem, pointing out indecent dressings of a journalist such as revealing outfits, shabby garments, blouses with missing garments, rumpled shirts, among other things.
She also urged stakeholders to look into the well-being of journalists in order to revitalize the profession.
Others who spoke at the event including the director National Orientation Agency, Barrister Charles Nworji represented by Barrister Ifeoma Chijioke and the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, Sir Chuka Nnabuife.
Fashion runway exhibition and art presentations featured at the event