FROM: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
ATTN: News Editor
The Crocodile city of Kaduna was thrown into festive mood as over 67 members of International Cake Exploration Societe (ICES) Nigeria, commenced a 2-day exhibition to enlighten the people on the science and crafts of cake making.
Speaking to newsmen at the venue, the Liaison Officer for the North, Oluwatoyin Aiyegbusi-Iyela, said the Association is having a mini-exhibition of a bigger one that members normally attend in the United States of America.
She added that the exhibition was put in place to debunked the general believe that Kaduna state is a theatre of war, as cake makers from across the country assembled in the town and found out that what was on ground is quite different from what they have heard.
She disclosed that that ICES was formed 43 years ago with its headquarters in the United States of America. She added that every country has a representative and in Nigeria the Country Representative is Susan Ogunbayode.
The ICES Northern Liaison Officer said that the association is a non-profit making that tries to bring members together and update them in latest development in cake making; stressing that cake making is a serious business that desires new technologies.
“We normally have a day like this when cake makers are brought together. We also bring in Vendors and Manufacturers to network together.
“This year’s event has guests coming in from all over the country. Most of our Vendors came all the way from Lagos, Onitsha and Port-Harcourt to join us. The 2-day event is held once in a year with a theme. The theme for this year is; “Diversity In Culture: Our Northern Heritage”.
“You know that Northern Nigeria is large, and we have different cultures which you can see portrayed on our cakes. There is normally a theme cake of the show called; ‘Cake of the Show’, and has everything that represent the culture of the North on it.
“The mission of ICES is to preserve, advance and encourage exploration of the sugar arts. ICES promote and provide opportunities for continuing education, development of future sugar artists and enjoyment of the art form in a caring and sharing environment.
“ICES is for everyone who is interested in sugar art in any form. The organization includes home, master, professional decorators, famous artisans, teachers, show owners and wholesalers.
“All our displayed cakes reflect something about a particular culture in Northern Nigeria. This even is where sugar lovers are brought together, and even if you are not a cake maker you can come and see,” she said.