The Africa Fashion Week Nigeria AFWN is back for the next season and the team behind the project mean business and the business is to promote African fashion industry to the rest of the world.
The African fashion industry is vast and is starting to take its place in the world market. We are a platform that will help nurture it and help reduce gaps between African fashion and global fashion trends.
Ronke Ademiluyi was born in London to a scion of the royal family in Ife Kingdom in the South Western part of Nigeria. She is a rare combination of beauty and brains. A graduate of Law from Thames Valley University in London, her passion and flair for fashion stood her out among the high and the mighty in Nigeria and internationally.
Ademiluyi is the founder and Chief Executive officer of Africa Fashion Week London and Nigeria. She is on a mission, fueled by the lack of retail space, production factories and start-up funds and how it is hindering the growth of the potentially multimillion dollar African Fashion Industry. Africa Fashion Week London, her brainchild got global recognition and become an unparalleled platform for over 2000 UK and non UK designers and In 2014 she decided to bring the show to her country of origin.
Ronke continues to be dedicated to promoting African fashion and supporting African inspired designers across the globe.
Sola Oyebade aka Mr Mahogany is the CEO and Creative Director of Mahogany International, a Corporate, Events and Entertainment Management Group of Companies, which was founded in 1996.
Sola Oyebade is the Creative Director for Africa Fashion Week London and Africa Fashion Week Nigeria and has worked on both shows as their show producer and creative director since their inception.
He is a recognized figure within the African & Caribbean entertainment & fashion industry and has produced or project managed some of the biggest shows in Europe and Africa including Lagos Jazz Series, Love Like a Movie, Saro The Musical, Britain’s Top Designer, Nigerian Student Fashion & Design Week and London Fashion Week to name just a few. He received international acclaim and recognition for being the man who was responsible for making the Italian Vogue – All Black Issue the biggest selling edition of Vogue ever. He is also a recipient of a Nigerian Centnary Award (UK), being recognized as one of one hundred influential Nigerians over the past 100 years.
Abiola Olatunde Aloba, presently the Coordinator Africa, Africa Fashion Week London, which is a sister brand to the new baby Africa Fashion Week Nigeria. It has been a colossal 4 years for us at the AFWL and we are set to deliver a glorious 5th anniversary edition this year at the Olympia in Kensington.
“My belief is that Africa is the richest and most blessed continent in the world, and if given the opportunity her people are some of the most talented and creative people, in all areas of life.”
He currently is the Principal Consultant at a thriving Public relations and Media relations firm Maestro’s Media based in Lagos. He also writes for a blog Maestro’s Media, and has had the opportunity to cover some fashion shows around the world in places like London, South Africa, Dubai, UAE and the US just to mention a few.
Yetty Ogunnubi (Yetty D) is a professional in the Fashion and Art Industry. She Is the head of PR and Marketing for AFWN 2015. Having over 11 years work experience in the fashion industry, she is the creative director and Owner of Yetty D label/ Revolution by Yetty D which is based in London.
“My main aim is to help solidify the place of African fashion industry in the world, as fashion is my passion and Africa is home to me.”
She co-produced, mentored and project managed soon to be aired reality TV Show Uber Africa Unmasked a show which followed the lives of up and coming designers in London to find the next best African inspired designers.
Her creativity extends to the children in which is the Creative Art director, teacher and partner of Paint-and Wear (Children’s Party Organizers London).
Ar’zu Okaro the Ceo X-Ray Clothing online unisex clothing brand. He made his Debut collection at the black heritage lagos state fashion week in 2010. At the Africa fashion week Nigeria (AFWN)2014 he worked as the Wardrobe manager, and would be working for AFWN this year as the back stage manager.
Jide Adedeji, is the creative designer and stylist behind the menswear brand JREASON founded 2 years ago. Having showcased his collections across major fashion platforms from ECOWAS fashion week to Music Meets runway. He has styled at nearly all the major fashion shows and tv production (including spice TV). This year Jide Adedeji takes up seat as one of the head stylist for Africa fashion week Nigeria 2015 tasked to ensure that everything from make up to models is up to standard.
Micheal udeh is a stage manager, and also the executive director of hitbeatz entertainment a fast rising entertainment company in Africa, he has worked in major fashion shows in the continent such as, Nigeria’s next top designer, Nigerian student fashion and design week, Lagos fashion Meniac awards, freedom foundation charity ball Africa, Nigeria international super model, Michael who is currently studying for his 1st degree in Nigeria currently work with mahogany production one of Nigeria No1 event production company, who also has strong passion for event planning and production with an experience you want on your shows trust me you find him where there is creativity.
Interested designers/ exhibitors should send their request for an application form to email@example.com.
*Kamdora is a Media Partner with The African Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN) 2015*