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How to start Ankara business in Nigeria – Have you been thinking of buying and selling of Ankara or you want to venture into designing Ankara Product for final use.

Today you shall get all the information you need to start Ankara business in Nigeria from this this blog. Ankara product is mostly use in Western part of Africa, and also there are various types of Ankara products.

How to start selling Ankara in Nigeria and make good profit;

If you wanted to start selling Ankara in Nigeria and make good profit from it, there are some points you need to put into consideration which i will make list of them below;

Ankara is made from 100% cotton fabric with different types of colour, it is commonly worn to Event centers or any ceremony because of how beautiful it looks when worn.

Points to consider before starting Ankara business in Nigeria;

  1. Initial Capital
  2. Knowledge and Skills
  3. Choose a Niche
  4. Choose a Good Location
  5. Set up Your Boutique
  6. Advertising

Reading to this point it shows you are ready to learn how to start Ankara business in Nigeria, Let me quickly rush into details, but before i go into details let me tell you common little things you don’t know about Ankara.

How to start Ankara business in Nigeria

All you need to know about Ankara

Ankara is commonly called African print and also known as African wax prints Holland wax and Dutch wax.

it has vibrant patterns. It is usually colorful and it is majorly associated with Africa because of Its tribal-like patterns and motifs. It is a fabric which has multi uses.

Numerous items like hats, shoes, bags caps, socks to name a few can be made from it. Ankara print fabric is made through an Indonesia wax-resist dyeing technique called batik.

Ankara business or Ankara material in Nigeria is a lucrative one as most Nigerians wear the ‘native’ attire in Nigeria especially on Fridays and for events like wedding, naming ceremony etc. When sown, Ankara can be worn to any event.

It’s a must use for Aso Ebi during wedding ceremony because of how stylish and good it looks. I think i have told you what you need to know about Ankara, if you have any question to ask, you are free to use the comment section below.

How to start Ankara business in Nigeria – Points to consider;

  • Initial Capital

To set up a profitable Ankara business in Nigeria, you need to start with a specific amount of money which i refer to as Initial Capital.

You can make a lot of profit from Ankara depending on the design, so if you choose to be making your own design by your self, you need a little capital to start but you must learn how to sew, Acquire the skills required before starting.

But if you want to buy already made, what will cost you money will be the business space, Ankara fabrics and other numerous equipments. With N500,000, you’ll be able to start this business.

However, don’t let this ridiculous startup cost pursue you.. you can start from somewhere, little by little till you make it big.

Do you know, You can start this business from your home and still make your money. Yes you can, But when doing that, have expansion in mind. Think widely about the things you needed which are urgent before concluding on the capital you intend starting the business with. I can’t make a good estimate cause prices vary from one state to the other.

Also make sure you have a business plan, this help to keep record on your spending.

  • Acquire the Required Knowledge and Skills

Like i said earlier, you need a little knowledge about what you are about to start, If you want to be able to sow your own Ankara, then consider getting a training. You will only make profit from Ankara business if you good in sowing and also your customers are satisfied with what you are giving them.

All it takes to make it in this business is being creative and different. Depending on your determination and passion, it can take at least 6 months to acquire the skill. Look for a very good seamstress or tailor, perhaps a skill acquisition center.. Enroll and acquire the skill. The future might not look bright immediately, but it will when you’re ready to start sowing your own Ankara designs.

Also Read: Best business to start with little money in Nigeria

  • Choosing a Niche

Choosing a Niche is just like choosing your area of concentration, you need to target some specific kinds of people and don’t worry your customer will come. Just make sure deals in one specific niche. You can decide to deal on ladies wears or maybe men wears. Jack of all trade don’t make it big easily in Ankara business.

  •  Choosing a Good Location

Choose a good location in a busy downtown area, a local art community, a shopping complex etc. You understand what i am trying to say here. Space should be both wide enough and open enough to display your various types of Ankara o.

  • Now Set up Your Boutique

Make sure you get a spacious apartment, very Important. This is a Ankara Boutique Business article which means that a space where you display or sample your wears are needed. Get a location that’s known to harbor lots of pedestrian traffic. Make sure it’s a good business location, approximate to potential customers. This business is location-based which means that your location impacts greatly on the success.

  • Advertising

You advertise by opening a website for your Ankara business online and make ads and tag these ads on popular website people visit regularly, make flyers and business cards, include photos of your Ankara store on your website, state your working hours, list the items available, contact information and customers testimonies, hand out flyers to communities to attract other artist,sewers etc in need of your Ankara fabric


Irrespective of the fact that your boutique is on the right location, you still need to adopt some promotional measures to boost sales and make your brand known.

• SIGNPOST – Firstly, you need a good and attractive signpost in front of your boutique.

• BUSINESS CARD – Having a business card is a must have also.

• ON AIR – Advertising your business on local television or radio stations is also good if you have the means. They aren’t costly though. One minute airtime isn’t up to N2000 in some states here in Nigeria.

• CLASSIFIED AD – What about classified advert? Those change of name small boxes you see on newspaper.. It has been proven to work tremendously.. Running a classified ad isn’t up to N5000.

• SOCIAL MEDIA – Social media like facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, forums, instagram etc are good places to promote your ankara boutique business.

Ankara Boutique Business is a goldmine and the few players won’t even advice you to delve in, they don’t want competition. Acquire the skill and you’re one step away from your dream. Ankara business is among these lucrative businesses in Nigeria and because of the rise in fashion, it’s only getting more lucrative. Demand is on the increase, join the players and make money for yourself.

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