First Lady Visits Stand of African Culture House and Handicrafts Market

First Lady Emine Erdoğan, accompanying President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, visited a stand of the African Culture House and Handicrafts Market, which was built under her auspices. The stand which the First Lady visited was opened in Istanbul as part of the 16th EXPO held by the Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (MÜSİAD).

During the visit, the First Couple obtained information from officials about the objects handmade by African women.


The project of the ‘African Culture House and Handicrafts Market’ was implemented on May 25, 2016 under the auspices of First Lady Emine Erdoğan with an aim to contribute to social development efforts in Africa. The project is aimed at generating revenues by selling in Turkey handicrafts of African women for medical and educational purposes in Africa.

Handicrafts produced by African women from Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Gambia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Senegal, Benin, Mali, Cameroon and Guinea are on display at the market. In addition to being home to the center of the African Culture House and Handicrafts Market, where those interested in African handicrafts can find what they are looking for, Ankara’s historical neighborhood of Hamamönü also serves as a meeting point of African cultures.