The recently held Fashions Finest Africa Epic Show 2022, was a testament to the abundance of fashion creatives’ in the country. Typically designed to promote emerging fashion designers across the continent, the Epic Show which was held for two days-17th and 18th of June, threw the spotlight on new and emerging entrepreneurs, giving them the opportunity to showcase timeless and ingénue designs on a global scale.
For two days, over 2000 young people from different sectors of the fashion industry, as well as representatives from banking, lifestyle, and e-commerce, gathered at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, to gain knowledge from veterans in the fashion industry, as well as showcase their craft.
The two-day runway show featured amazing designs from numerous designers including Eugene D’Wise from Ghana, LovelabelbyIfe, Cute-Saint, Joseph Ejiro, Afro King and Queen, Deefurse Leatherware, and many others. These Designers sent models down the runway in corporate, smart, casual, daring, and edgy designs made with mostly African fabric with the adire holding sway as one of today’s foremost indigenous fabrics.
As a way of empowering young people who have had an interest in fashion and modeling, three young people went home with 100,000 naira each as winners of the People’s Catwalk Competition.
Here are some sassy pieces from the event.
Triple Win! Obinna Omeruo, Felix Asuquo, Sophie Chamberlain Win Design For The Stars Competition At The First-Ever AMVCA Runway Show
Obinna Omeruo, Felix Asuquo, and Sophie Chamberlain emerged winners of the Design For The Stars competition at the first-ever Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) Runway Show, which held at The Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, on Sunday, May 8, 2022.
Over the past two weeks, the young, upcoming designers selected from hundreds of entries for the competition have worked to create the unique collections they displayed at the Runway Show. They were coached by some of Nigeria’s biggest designers Lanre Da Silva Ajayi of Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Mai Atafo of ATAFO and Adebayo Oke-Lawal of Orange Culture.
The nine finalists – Amy Aghomi, Azeezat Alawusa, Ezioghene Egbelefiyo, Felix Asuquo, Ikechukwu Nwosu, Obinna Omeruo, Omowunmi Pillot, Oseluese Okpamen, and Sophie Chamberlain showcased their unique fashion pieces. However, Obinna Omeruo, Felix Asuquo, and Sophie Chamberlain walked home with N5 million each, having clinched most of the votes from the event’s audience and judges – Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Denola Grey, Idia Aisien and Stephanie Coker.
The finalists also presented a Pepsi Street Style collection as part of their showcase. Pepsi, tactical sponsors of the AMVCAs, rewarded the winners, Obinna Omeruo and Sophie Chamberlain, with N1 million each, bringing their total grand prize to N6 million each.
Another highlight of the evening was when the Lush Hair models strutted the runway with their unique and show-stopping hairstyles. Award-winning Afropop singer, Yemi Alade and popular media personality, Denrele Edun who are both Lush Hair ambassadors, also made a special appearance on the runway with their bold hairstyles and poses.
Guests were also entertained with performances by R&B pop group, Styl Plus and urban afropop duo, Ajebo Hustlers.
The AMVCA Runway Show is the second event from the 8-day lineup of events for the eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards. Other events are Young Filmmakers’ Day, with movie screenings and panel discussions by students of the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy on Monday, May 9th. Africa Magic will also host industry stakeholders for a special Content Market Workshop on Tuesday, May 10th. On Wednesday, May 11th, there will be a Digital Content Creators’ brunch to spotlight the growing popularity of online content creators. It will be followed by a pan-African food festival and cultural day on Thursday, May 12th, and a special gala for nominees on Friday, May 13th. The glamorous awards night will hold on Saturday, May 14th, 2022.
The eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards is brought by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and is proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta.
The annual GTCO Food and Drink Festival returned this year, after a two year break, due to the Covid19 Pandemic. Powered by the Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) PLC, the event which ran from April 30th to May 2nd is aimed at promoting Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises (SMEs) in the country.
For three days, exciting food enthusiasts and shoppers who were apparently delighted at the return of the annual food fair, trooped to the Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, venue of the event in celebration of all things delicious with family and friends.
Tagged, “Authentic Nigerian food” the free-to-attend three-day festival featured insightful masterclasses from renowned international chefs, over 150 free retail stalls showcasing everything from the best of Nigeria’s street food, confectioneries to fresh farm foods and dr
It was a night of glamour and extravagance in the true Eko style at the exclusive launch party of The Real Housewives of Lagos. The party which was held last Saturday at The Jewel Aieda, was attended by top executives, A-list celebrities, and influencers.
Some of the guests at the show included Toke Makinwa who was also the host of the show, as well as popular media personalities Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru, Bolanle Olukanni, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, actors Kunle Remi, and Akah Nnani. Others were BBNaija stars, Whitemoney, Erica Nlewedim, Elozonam, and more.
The Real Housewives of Lagos follows the lives of 6 opulent women in Lagos, Carolyna Hutchings, Laura Ikeji-Kanu, Chioma Ikokwu, Toyin Lawani-Adebayo, Iyabo Ojo, and Mariam Timmer. These women did not hold back in bringing all the glam and fabulousness to the premiere.
See the event in pictures.
Ceremonies marking the birthday celebrations began with the opening and dedication of the newly built, St Peters Catholic Church in Odoragunshin, by Lady Otedola. Thereafter, guests were treated to a lavish reception party, with singer Dare as compared. Rotimi Otedola, younger brother to Femi Otedola, was on the bandstand with his Afrinero Band, thrilling guests to some afro, highlife music. Granddaughter of lady Doja, DJ Cuppy brought down the roof with a spectacular performance, while music maestro King Sunny Ade, got guests on their feet all night long.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun; the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari as well as the President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, amongst other dignitaries who were all present at the event, paid glowing tributes to the former First Lady in different letters written to her on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
Here are personalities at the event.
Nigeria’s former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Kingsley Moghalu, and Dr. Siju Iluyomade were amongst top personalities present at the Second International Christian Leadership Colloquium held last Thursday in Lagos, in honour of Pastor Ituah Ighodalo at 61.
Organized by the Triune Foundation with the theme: ‘The African Christian Leadership: Radical Transformation In Unsettled Times,’ personalities, including Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe; Founder of The House On The Rock, Pastor Paul Adefarasin; and Dr. (Mrs.) Siju Iluyomade, challenged Christian leaders on their roles in transforming the nation. While agreeing that leadership is the number one problem facing the country, the discussants however noted that there is a need for radical change in Nigeria, a change that must be propelled by Christian leaders. They urged Christian leaders to show a high level of discipline, wisdom and must be seen walking in the steps of Jesus Christ.
In his remarks, the celebrant, Pastor Ighodalo, urged leaders of the country to come together and decide what is really right for Nigeria. He said, “A few of them have had the opportunity to do great things and they have allowed it to slip through their fingers. So, now is the time for them to restitute and come together and decide on what to do.” Pastor Ighodalo concluded by asking the church to unite and agree that we must have a great nation.
As celebrations marking this year’s women’s month came to a close last Thursday, the Ooni of Ife, Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, the House of Oduduwa Foundation, and Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, vice president of the Foundation, brought together royal fathers, government officials, amongst other dignitaries for the exclusive book launch of Unspoken- a chronicle of women kings in Yorubaland.
Held at the Eko Hotel and Suites Lagos, the event which was in commemoration of the just concluded women’s month anniversary, was a eulogy to women for their unsung, but important roles in society.
Delivering her keynote address, Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, the Erelu Kuti of Lagos, traced the origin of female kingship in Yorubaland, saying it gave rights to sons of female royals to ascend the throne.
She informed that the creation of the stool of Erelu Kuti was the patriarchal answer to prevent the female royal from aspiring to be king of Lagos. She urged the menfolk to ensure a restoration of the women pride, by encouraging and working with them in transforming the world.
On her part, the wife of the Kwara State governor, Mrs. Abdulrazaq, called for sustained advocacy on gender parity and due inclusivity of women in leadership.
Unveiling the book, Oba Ogunwusi, said: women are the epic center of human existence and should be celebrated. “Why are we mute and we don’t give them that recognition? Like the name of the book Unspoken, we just have to speak about them.”
The 123- page book is authored by Princess Ronke Ademiluyi.
Here are some faces at the event.
Ooni of Ife and House of Oduduwa Foundation to launch ‘Unspoken’ A Chronicle Of Women Kings In Yorubaland (Oba Obirin)
The Ooni of Ife, Arole Ooduduwa, Olofin Adimula Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, and the House of Oduduwa Foundation, are set for the book launch Of ‘Unspoken’ A Chronicle Of Women Kings In Yorubaland” (Oba Obirin).
Authored by Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, the one hundred and twenty-three-page book is about women who ruled over Yoruba kingdoms centuries ago. According to the author, who also published the book on the Legendary Queen Moremi, which was adapted into Moremi The Musical (a musical drama of the legendary Queen Moremi Ajasoro of Ile Ife) Oba Obirin aims to celebrate Women in monarchy and public leadership positions.
Princess Ademiluyi- an illustrious daughter from the Lafogido royal family in Ile Ife, affirms that women in many areas of the society were given a certain amount or range of power and authority to carry out certain leadership, “duties in areas such as trading, commerce, spirituality and even in royal affairs as found in women in positions such as Iyalode, Iya Oba, Olori and these women through their actions, counsel, and advice played vital roles in different spheres of the Yoruba scenery.”
These roles, she emphasized, show the respect accorded to women in the Yoruba society. “Invariably, there have been some women who have gone above and beyond these stipulated positions to become venerated women in history and have become kings in their respective Kingdoms, female kings and what we call Oba Obirin.” Says Princess Ademiluyi.
Published with bold illustrations depicting events at the time, Oba Obinrin is a meticulous excursion into the heroic past, a sweet elixir for the present, and a joyous prediction for the immediate and distant future.
In celebration of Women’s month, Oba Obirin will be officially released to the public at a prestigious exhibition and book launch tagged ‘UNSPOKEN’- A Chronicle of Women Kings in Yorubaland.
The event will hold on the 31st of March at the Apa Suites of the Eko Hotels and Suites Victoria Island Lagos. Chief host is the Ooni of Ife, the Arole Oodua Ooni Babatunde, Enitan Ogunwusi.
Keynote addresses will be delivered by Erelu Abiola Dosunmu the Erelu Kuti of Lagos and Her Excellency The 1st Lady of Kwara State, Mrs. Olufolake Abdulrazaq. There will be a panel discussion comprising HE Toyin Saraki, Mr. Yemi Candide Johnson (SAN) Mr. Dele Adesina (SAN) Mr. Muyiwa Ige, and Mrs. Khairat Okunnu-Lamidi, Mrs. Yemisi Ransome- Kuti and Omolara Wood.
The discussion will be moderated by Balogun Akin Osuntokun (MFR).