It has been some weeks since we placed an article and we promise you that we are preparing more good things for you. We’re happy to announce the forthcoming edition of Africa Fashion Week Nigeria(AFWN) with the fashionable Yemi Alade as its brand ambassador. We have been to a few African and black inspired Fashion Week events hosted in cities like Barcelona, London, Amsterdam and even Paris. But we haven’t experienced one in our home continent yet. That is about to change soon.
Africa Fashion Week Nigeria
Africa Fashion Week Nigeria is a social enterprise that provides a platform to help promote Nigerian brands through worldwide visibility and distribution and manufacturing. It focuses on empowerment, creating jobs and supporting education and skills training in fashion.
The first edition launched in May 2014, was created by Ronke Ademiluyi, also the founder of Africa Fashion Week London and her team. The core mission of Africa Fashion Week Nigeria is empowerment through fashion, to create jobs through fashion, to support education in fashion and develop skills training and capacity development in the fashion industry.
To see fashion in Nigeria grow and be recognized as a multi-million pound industry as it is in the UK, its goal is that it contributes to GDP like in the UK where fashion is a million pond industry.
The core aim is providing visibility platforms for new talent, who would otherwise not have the means to gather attention and awareness on their own.
The created platforms allow the global audience to see what Nigerian and African Fashion is all about, and then they can contribute to its growth as the belief is that for creativity to grow there needs to be a platform that supports and contributes to its growth.
The plan is to open a fashion hub in Nigeria, to host student workshops, provide internships, scholarships and short coursework to develop talent and also help designers produce their fashion collection and build their own design business.
Date 1st-3rd July 2016.
Venue -The Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos
AFWN 2016 Will Include 5 Catwalk Shows | 50 Designers | A Fashion Gala & Awards Night & Panel Discussions Aimed At Promoting Nigeria As A Production Hub.
The Panel Discussions Will Include The Following Topics.
VALUE SUPPLY CHAIN
INDUSTRIAL TRAINING & MACHINERY
QUALITY & STANDARDIZATION & PRODUCTION FOR INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS.
SETTING UP A FASHION BUSINESS IN NIGERIA- THE LOGISTICS
PRESS, BRANDING & MARKETING
RETAILING OF MADE IN NIGERIA FASHION PRODUCTS
TRENDS & UNDERSTANDING THE GLOBAL MARKET
TEXTILES- THE OPTIONS & QUALITIES IN NIGERIA.
The brand ambassador
Known for her dance-floor-moving records, energetic performance and style, Yemi Alade is this year’s brand ambassador to Africa Fashion Week Nigeria and London. Her innovative and fashionable style is one that is a perfect match to the Africa Fashion Week franchise. We are a fan of her style and we hope to see Yemi collaborate with more designers.