June 26, 2015

Meet the Brand Ambassador for Africa Fashion Week London 2015

Noella Coursaris Musunka

Noella Coursaris Musunka is an international model and the founder of Malaika. Noella was born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The loss of her father at age 5, along with her mother’s lack of resources, led to her being sent to Switzerland to live with relatives. After achieving a degree in business management, she moved to London and began a career in modeling, where her first campaign was for Agent Provocateur.

Her success brought her to New York where she has been featured in a myriad of publications, including Vanity Fair, Essence and GQ. Alongside her active modeling career, Noella founded Malaika, a nonprofit that believes in empowering Congolese communities. Malaika’s work in the village of Kalebuka impacts thousands of people through their multiple programmes - a free school for girls, a community centre built in partnership with FIFA, and five fresh-water wells.

Fiercely proud of her heritage, Noella’s determination to help improve the lives of Africa’s youth has made her an international advocate for them. The success of Malaika has enabled Noella’s work to be known to a wider audience. She has been featured on Bloomberg TV, three different CNN programmes and the BBC’s Focus Africa.

She has addressed UNICEF and the Kinshasa Parliament and gave a TEDx talk in Paris. Noella has participated in many international panels and was invited to speak about the future of Africa alongside President Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Opening and Closing Plenaries in Morocco. In 2014, Noella was named one of the 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine

"We are so happy Noella is Brand Ambassador for AFWL 2015.  She has been a great friend and supporter of our event and ethos over the years and a compassionate, hardworking, beautiful individual who understands our drive to showcase the best of Africa."
Ronke Ademuliyi
Founder AFWL 


    "I am delighted to be serving as this year’s Brand Ambassador to Africa Fashion Week London and to help showcase the brilliant work of African designers. It has always been my belief that fashion can be a tool for breaking down barriers and transcending cultures. This industry has the ability to put Africa on the world stage and can provide for countless job opportunities on the ground and abroad, from local factories to international shops. It is time for the world to see the amazing talent that lies within Africa."
Noella Coursaris Musunka

AFWL 2015 will be held at London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX on  August 7-8 2015.  Ticket information can be found here.

Brought by AFWL.

Msadaku.

May 16, 2015

Meet AFWN Male and Red Carpet Host

AFWN 2015 ANNOUNCES MALE HOST AND RED CARPET HOST

Emmanuel Ikubese

May 7, 2015

Meet AFWN designers...too

INTRODUCING
AFWN 2015 DESIGNERS PROFILE | VOLUME 2

We are pleased to introduce to you Volume 2 of designers that will be showcasing at the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria. The event will hold at Eko Marquee on the 23rd of May 2015 and Eko Conventional Hall on the 24th of May 2015. The Eko Convention Hall will play host to the Pre Gala and Gala Show. Full Schedule for both days is now up on our WEBSITE.

May 6, 2015

Meet AFWN designers...

INTRODUCING
AFWN 2015 DESIGNERS PROFILE | VOLUME 1

We are pleased to introduce to you, designers that will be showcasing at the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria. The event will be held at Eko Marquee on the 23rd of May 2015 and Eko Conventional Hall on the 24th of May 2015. The Eko Convention Hall will play host to the Pre Gala and Gala Show. Full Schedule for both days is now up on our WEBSITE.
We have a number of pre events happening before the day which we will reveal to you soon.

April 28, 2015

Fashion film & contest | Evolution of Iro and Buba


'Showcasing our Cultural Heritage through Fashion'
Evolution of Iro and Buba
Model: Oreka Godis (AFWN Brand Ambassador 2015)
Stylist: Olajide Adedeji
Make Up: Zaron Cosmetics
Hair Stylist: Dada's Touch
Designers: Ade Bakare, JReason, Tabeeta Fashion Affair, G321
Bags: Okiki Marinho
Photo Artist: Twelve05 Photography
Assisted by: Ar'zu
Soundtrack courtsey Eclectic 21, Produced by Sagzy
Creative Director: Yetty Ogunnubi
Filmed and Edited by Section 84 Production 
Arcadia Mobile Tv for Africa Fashion Week Nigeria

April 26, 2015

AFWN 2015 Supports the Sickle Cell Foundation

AFWN Founder Ms Ronke Ademuliyi is pleased to announce the Sickle Cell Foundation as our charity of choice to support for the 2nd year running. Our Global Goodwill Ambassador Ms Abiola Okoya further mentioned that we will continue to create more awareness and support for the Sickle Cell disorder by using the AFWN platform.

INTRODUCING SICKLE CELL FOUNDATION NIGERIA

Many people are not aware that Nigeria is the country with the highest number of persons with sickle cell disorder in the world – over 150,000 babies are born with sickle cell anaemia (HbSS) every year in this country and Nigeria also has the largest pool of persons who are healthy carriers of the sickle cell gene (HbAS).

April 18, 2015

AFRICA MAGIC SUPPORTS AFWN 2015

Africa Fashion Week, the leading platform for showcasing emerging and exciting fashion talent in the country, has announced Africa Magic as its Media Partner for the 2015 edition of the Fashion Week in Nigeria. The annual African Fashion Week Nigeria provides aspiring Nigerian designers with an opportunity to showcase their works to the continent and the rest of the world. AFWN 2015 will take place on the 23rd and 24th of May 2015 at the Eko Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.

April 15, 2015

AFWL 2015 enlists Motions as official hair sponsors


Leading hair care brand Motions have been announced, once again, as the official hair sponsors of Africa Fashion Week London 2015. The annual fashion event designed to showcase the best of contemporary African design takes place on 7 & 8th August at Olympia, London.

April 12, 2015

Evolution of Iro and Buba - AFWN

AFWN's goal is to showcase Nigeria's heritage through fashion. This year, we take a step back to fashionistas of our past to get a glimpse of how they lived. Through the years styles evolve but kinda remain the same (sort of).  Let's just say we get our stylish gene from somewhere (wink!) AFWN will put up an exhibition on May 24th, Gala night that consists of images of fashionistas' best expression in Iro and Buba. Competition starts now, read on for a chance to enter.

April 10, 2015

Meet the Face of Africa Fashion Week London 2015

Maggie wears dress by Bestow Elan and accessories by Pebblelondon.com
Maggie Smith
Africa Fashion Week London is the biggest event in Europe with a focus on African and African inspired fashions, and Face of AFWL is the flagship competition, awarding the winner with the chance to work with and learn from industry professionals at this high-profile event.

Maggie was the overwhelming favourite, chosen by the public on our social media platforms and takes over the mantle held by our lovely 2014 winner Chi-Chi Nwuba.

March 22, 2015

Meet the chosen ambassadors for AFWN 2015

Meet Abiola Okoya 

Ms. Abiola Okoya continues as the global goodwill ambassador for AFWN. Ms. Okoya can teach many women what it means to be stylish yet classy.  Her aim is not just about fashion, Ms. Okoya is a passionate advocate for a cure for Sickle Cell Anemia. More on her here.

February 8, 2015

Africa Fashionweek Nigeria Press and Bloggers Brunch

Celebrating African Fashion

January 30, 2015 at Amaris lounge in Lekki Phase 1, AFWN held an exclusive press and bloggers brunch to unravel what it's got up it's sleeve. This year's event is potentially big, expect bigger presentation with more notable designers on board. Noteworthy is the fact Nigeria is now supporting it's own. Right now, there's no better time to be part of a forward moving country, at least in the fashion sector. Lovers of fashion who want to be part of a cause are welcome. This event hosted numerous bloggers and members of the press. We all have our fingers crossed, can't wait for this year's event.

Notable designers this year include ÀsȧkéogéAnuba couture, Lines by ChabOvemsfashionOmaemihe, King Hakbal, Marco Martinez, Souza Fashions. Expect to see more showcase by emerging designers.

January 4, 2015

Africa Fashion Week Nigeria 2015


AFRICA FASHION WEEK NIGERIA - PRESS RELEASE

AFRICA FASHION WEEK NIGERIA is a platform for African fashion designers to be appreciated and celebrated for the aim to display their creativity and originality to the global market.
AFWN officially announces its second edition AFWN 2015 preparation and call for participation to all Nigerian and African designers who will be displaying alongside with various established African designers.

The 2015 AFRICA FASHION WEEK NIGERIA edition, will be having an open call to all student designers who will be hand-picked to showcase alongside established brands; as our own way of discovering, introducing new creative and innovative designers to add to the populating Africa industry.

AFWN 2015, second edition is scheduled to commence in MAY 2015, Designer/ Exhibitor form is open for submission from December 2014 to 24th Feb 2015. Selected designers showcase will be fully or partly funded by our sponsors.

AFWN is organised by Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) the biggest fashion festival in the UK & Europe for African inspired fashion and owners of the first African concession store on Oxford Street, London.

Interested designers/ Exhibitors should send their request for an application form to info@africafashionweeknigeria.com

For Sponsorship and Media Partnering, email us on info@africafashionweeknigeria.com

Things are shaking up for this season, keep it here for updates.

Msada.

May 27, 2014

Live from Africa Fashion Week Nigeria 2014

Just like a kid at the candy store, I found myself at this year's Africa Fashion Week in Nigeria.  As usual for a fashion show, it's models galore; crew that included stylists, make-up artists, loads of lights, camera, oglers, and most importantly the people that keep it all going smoothly—the backstage manager and model coordinator.

In my usual habit, I have a thing for lenses that flicker, especially my own.  So as usual, my lens flickered while I quietly observed.  One thing peculiar about models—they are consummate professionals in unflinching stances.  It's easy to mistake them for mannequins as they're all dolled up like so.  It's easy to forget: that's a human standing there, until one walks up to you in the restaurant while you're getting some lunch and says "Hi, I hope you're coming back?" And I say "Of course, I'm not going anywhere!"  How do you yank a kid away from a candy store?
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