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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NATIVE & VOGUE INTERNATIONAL FASHION WEEK PORTHARCOURT 2013

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Native and Vogue International Fashion Week was birthed by a deep-set passion for fashion. Inspired by a long-term vision for the Fashion Industry in Nigeria and Africa at large, the fashion event combines the creativity of exquisite African inspired designs and eclectic look, with an ethical approach to business, achieving this blend through utilizing resources from its operating environment.
Having identified the high level of poverty and missed opportunities abound in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria, The Rivers State Government in conjunction with Allure Magazine has established a platform with a mandate to create awareness on the issues facing the region, create a means of employment for indigenes and simultaneously bring a positive contribution to society, hence the creation of the Native & Vogue International Fashion Week (NVIFW). A registered Fashion event which paraded both upcoming designers and established fashion designers, and the socially driven arm of the brand, focused on empowering and developing communities through fashion projects, vocational competition and training programs, the Initiative seeks to combat poverty and inequality in underdeveloped communities by inspiring and empowering young men and women to believe they can achieve their dream especially in the fashion sector.
The three days event which had the full support of the governor of the state, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, and the Commissioner for information and strategy is the very first edition and first of its kind in the region. According to the commissioner for information Mrs Ibim Seminetari who claims the creation of the NVIFW is to achieve vocational educational and training programmes involving fashion and fashion related professionals who can promote specialization in the field and the achievement of international standards that will benefit Nigeria ‘s fashion industry, stimulating growth both at a local and international level and create sustainable development.
This September, was a date that cannot be easily forgotten in the Nigerian fashion sector, when international fashion designers, fashionistas, fashion icons, models and the paparazzi all shifted their focus from the well known Paris fashion show and stormed Portharcourt, the Rivers state capital to witness the glitz and glamour of the world of fashion at the native and Vogue international fashion week.
The event which stood to beat many international fashion shows off their feet had camera on for more than 72 hours, exquisite fashion parade, fashion competition for the up and coming designers among other side attractions were few of what the audience witnessed at the show.
The 3 days event which had our own former miss world, overly gorgeous Agbani Darego as the Hostess and Dayo Dane calling the shot on the expansive blue carpet, started with a fashion show which had designers like, Beelicious, Zhalima couture, Davida, Tejiri and Sunny Rose respectively as the designers of the day 1.
Davida opened the floor of the show on the day 1, and she was a true indigenous designer with her fantastic black and white collections that accentuate a very matured way of combining black and white.
After her, Agbani again came on stage and compelled the audience to take a short break with a light entertainment of cocktail and small chops, which lasted for another 30 minutes.
While the cocktail session was ongoing, the Amiable Governor of the state, Chairman of the Nigeria’s governors forum, Gov, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi strolled into the hall in company of Alabo Raham Douglas, Mr Boma Ozobia, MD of Shell Nigeria, and the commissioner for information and strategy Mrs ibim Seminetari.
The Show 2 kicked off with the welcome address from the commissioner for information, and she declared the show open.
Tejiri came out in its exclusive collections that radiates creativity and the combination of our local fabrics with continental attires.
Prince Alvince was an extra ordinary designer. He was later described by the crowd as a small man with big ideas.
His collections were exclusive, and they could not be copied easily, one of his collections had a black suit that even the governor of the state admired with glee.
After the Display from Prince Alvince, Zhalima, Suny rose and Beelicious also came on the run waqy with their collections and that brought the day 1 event to a close.
The day 2, event had started earlier in the morning, with a well arranged competition between the young and coming designers who were selected after a rigorous selection process.
Here are the Future and the participants of the Young designers fashion competition:
Daniel Ukam, he is a young designer with a deep passion for fashion and rthe Ceo of Delim Designz
Dorris Gam-Dede, a fine and applied art graduate of the UNIPORT. She has a natural flair for fashion and style, and the Ceo of Jazz Effect
Jason Samuel, he is the founder and creative director of Jason Porsche clothing company. His brand is especially characterized by style, class and finishing.
Joe pagatanga, ceo of the award winning life-style driven brand that embraces the finest standards in creativity, his fashion label is called Joe pagatanga Designs
Linda Igwe Ogbonnaya, is the Ceo of Ady by Linda, her love for fashion emanated from her early years of watching her mum sew.
Adubuike Chidiebube, she calls the shot at Joon Clothings, without mincing words, her brand can best be described as pro-Afrocentric.
Promise Okey is the creative director at Promzy collection. And erstwhile model and winner of the raeality TV shown Face of Hope (2012).

By: SUNDAY ADEBAYO

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AFWN 2022: African Fashion Week Nigeria Wraps Up With Special Recognition Awards

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Africa Fashion Week has established itself as the fashion event of the continent.
Regardless of the changes to the flow of African Fashion Week, the event remains, at its core, primarily the same: a platform for designers to showcase their work to a global and local audience. This year, after the huddles of COVID-19, Africa Fashion Week took place in a series of digital showcases, runway presentations, and a physical runway show at the Eko Hotel And Suites in Victoria Island Lagos for its 2022 event, which happened between September 7th to 9th 2022.

With a well planned and organized showcasing that featured emerging and established designers like Kola Qudus, Adire Oodua, Glue by Nasir Elias among others. The week made for a beautiful showcase on the runways and the streets of Lagos.

It will be recalled that AFWN was founded in 2014 by an extraordinary fashionpreneur, Ronke Ademiluyi, AFWN is a sister platform to Africa Fashion Week London AFWL which showcases emerging and established designers with creative talents, connecting them with stakeholders in the fashion industry…
This years edition had a new dimension to it as some fashion forward stakeholders were awarded with special recognition award for their contribution to the fashion industry.
Amongst the recipients of the award was fashion designer Ejiro Amos-Tafiri, Oba Saheed Elegushi (King Gucci), Kelechi Amadi -Obi among others.

The event also had in attendance dignitaries and special guests from all works of life. with the likes of Kwara State 1st lady Amb. Olufolake Abdulrasaq, Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja the 11, Dr. Mrs. Erelu Abiola Dosumu, Doyin Abiola, Oba Saheed Elegushi among several others.
Below are pictorials from the event and some of the most colorful and daring outfits we saw during the just concluded African Fashion Week 2022……………..

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Capital Market Rules: NGX Slams N13.5m Fine On Unity Bank, Union Bank, First Bank….

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Unity Bank, under the leadership of Oluwatomi Somefun, has been sanctioned for failing to comply with the rules of the capital market authority, the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), relating to release of financial statements.

The management of the company failed to submit its Full Year financial results for 2021 and First Quarter financial statements for the period of 2022 before the deadline. This led to the company being fined N4.2 million.

According to the capital market rules, it is mandated that listed companies in the stock market should release their Full Year financial statements 90 days after the end of the year, with Quarterly financials expected to be submitted 60 days after every quarter.

NGX penalised Unity Bank N3.6 million for failing to release it’s Full Year financials in line with the capital market’s rule, while the Somefun-led company was also sanctioned N600,000 for delay in the submission of its Q1 2022 earnings.

Aside from Unity Bank, NGX also fined Emeka Okonkwo’s Union Bank and Adesola Adeduntan’s First Bank Holdings N8.1 million and N1.2 million respectively for the same offense.

It was gathered that NGX fined First Bank N2.6 million for failing to meet deadline of the Q1 financial statements for 2022, and N5.5 million for not releasing it’s Full Year earnings report as at when due.

Meanwhile, Union Bank, which failed to submit its Full Year financial statements, was sanctioned and fined N1.2 million by the capital market authority.

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Florence Bodex Hungbo Dazzles, As She Hosts 2020 Citypeople Fashion and Beauty Award

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Celebrity Blogger & CEO Bodex Media, Florence Bodex Hungbo was the host of the 3rd edition of the City People Online Fashion and Beauty Awards.

It’s one of the country’s biggest fashion awards show.

The organizers gave over 50 awards to individuals that excelled in their respective categories in the year under review with scores of guests in attendance.

Bodex once again proved to be the queen of style, as she hosted this year’s edition in dazzling green outfits which were designed and styled by @rikaotobyme for the first appearance and @sisikemi_ for the second appearance. Her stunning look has since been attracting wild reactions from fashion enthusiasts.

Her charisma and presentation were exceptional, classy, and professional all through the event. Bodex’s craft has indeed proved that class has come to stay in the entertainment industry with her flawless makeup which was done by @kfloxy_makeover to keep her face glowing all through the event

remarks, the publisher of City People, Mr. Seye Kehinde said the award was meant to promote fashion creativity in the digital space. He added that the pandemic has made people be more creative, hence the need for them to be celebrated “in our own little way”.

The event also featured exhilarating musical performances by one of Nigeria’s finest highlife act, SBlive, who kept the audience up on their feet throughout the show.

The event ended at about 9 pm with lots to eat, drink, and time to mingle.

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