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Ronke Ademiluyi, Denrele Edun, others rock African Fashion Week

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The founder of African Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN), Ronke Ademiluyi said the just concluded two-day AFWN was historic because it was hosted in Africa’s culture, grandeur and splendour site, the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.

She added that the move was in a bid to promote and showcase the African culture and heritage to a global audience, using African and Nigerian fabrics in various designs and styles.

Ademiluyi stated further that the long term growth of the fashion industry was grounded in developing initiatives to ensure that it remained in the forefront of creativity, fashion, style and innovation.

“This year’s AFWN is unique as we had 56 designers and 40 exhibitors selected from various parts of Nigeria and the African continent, displaying their talents and brands in the two-day catwalk show.

Four African designers from Ghana, Cameron, Senegal and Zambia, joined 52 African designers in the creation of cloths, bags, head gears, suitcases and footwear’s, using African and Nigerian fabrics”, she said

Ademiluyi said that this year’s fashion show concentrated on promoting African fabrics, since African prints was gradually becoming household attire for Nigerians and beyond.

The cultural promoter noted that Nigerians currently wear the Ankara mostly on Fridays, adding that it was not enough.

“It should be adopted officially for workers and even the school children, so it should be won proudly to official functions. African fashion industry is currently worth $31 billion so we must collaborate to promote it within our country, we should be proud of our culture because it is rich.

In trying to infuse our culture with the western world, people should not fail to see the beauty and richness of the Nigerian culture”, she said. Some of the fashion designers on the catwalk show were: Reverse, (handmade bags, suits), Zainab Bridals, Lamzie from Owerri, Simply Sleek, Women in Nigeria Designs (traditional Oleku). Others were Modella, Kola Kuddus, Maufechi, Regalia by FAL, Blingshiki, Zizi Cardow, Marobuk, Tash by Tasha, Linda Ngwi (Cameroun) Sally Bawa and Alex Akande (Cameroon).

However, the youngest designer, The Zibronetti, a 13 years old girl, who said her motivation was drawn from her mum, also trilled the audience with her unique designs. Some of the dignitaries in attendance were Hon. Fumilayo Tejuosho, Aba Folawiyo, (first fashion designer), Erele Dosumu, Nike Gallery, Denrele Edun, among veterans in the industry.

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