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Top Designers, Models set for 2014 Port Harcourt International Fashion Week…

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Leading international and Nigeria based designers across the nation are set to place Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State into the world Fashion map having confirmed their participation in the second edition of the Port Harcourt international fashion week themed ‘2014 Native & Vogue’ which will hold from September 19 to 21, 2014 in Port Harcourt.

Among the international designers who will be showcasing their works at the 3 day fashion event include Malcolm Kluk & Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit popularly known as KluK CGDT from South Africa, Shaldon Kopman a.k.a. Naked Ape from South Africa and Ade Bakare from the UK.

The list of international designers that have confirmed their participation at the event also include Yemi Osunkoya of Kosibah Creations from the UK, Luis Jimi ‘De Laja from South Africa and Agbani Darego.

Top Nigeria based designers who will also be showcasing their works at the Presidential Hotel venue of the event are Frank Osodi, Zizi Cardow, Yomi Casual, Amos Ejiro Tafiri, Oluwagbon Oshinowo (Carpe Diem), Valentine Ejimakor (Dark Val) and Princess Peaceful Owoghiri.

The 2014 Port Harcourt International Fashion Week – Native & Vogue which will be hosted by Nigeria’s most talented and popular Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw and the winner of the Big Brother Africa Season 5 and TV Presenter, Uti Nwachukwu will also have 2 Face Idibia, Cobhams, Chidimma and K Cee as performing acts during the three day event.

Other celebrities whose attendance have also been confirmed include Bryan Okwara, Alex Ekubo, Denrele, Eku Edewor, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Kenneth Okorie, Isio Wanogho and Gbenro Ajibade amongst others.

Sponsored by the Rivers State Government and jointly organized by Neo Mantra, an intellectual property development company in partnership with Vanguard Allure and Bunor Creazioni, a renowned Nigeria indigenous fashion design, consultancy and model management firm headed by Frank Osodi, the event which is a Private Public Partnership (PPP) initiative of the state government would also have top and upcoming Port Harcourt based fashion designers showcasing their works.

Designed to provide the platform for upcoming designers to undergo tutelage under the mentorship of professionals, the 3-day fashion event will also have young designers showcase their works in a competition that will have the winner presented with an all-expenses paid six months scholarship to an international Fashion School.

Speaking about the state’s preparedness for the event, the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari stated that the government is powering the project in partnership with the private sector because of its commitment to restoring the state to its place of glory and make it a destination of choice for Business, Tourism, Fashion and Entertainment.

“Rivers state was the channel from which fashion came to this part of the world because we made the first contact with the whites and Rivers people are very fashionable, Native & Vogue would showcase designers in Port Harcourt, take the best of Rivers and present it to the world.

Among the 80 models who will be part of the event are 13 from South Africa, Robert Evans from the UK, Ojy Okpe from the US, Devyn Abdullah from the US, Millen Magase from the US and 56 others from Nigeria. Everybody involved in fashion, from designers, models, stylists to jewelry makers has the opportunity to participate and tap into the world of unlimited opportunities that Native & Vogue presents”, she added.

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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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