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Africa Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN) staying true to its African heritage in conjunction with Lagos State Government, will be holding the 2017 edition on the 3rd & 4th of June at one of Nigeria’s iconic venues – The National Arts Theatre Lagos, where Africa’s culture was showcased in all its grandeur and splendour 40 years ago when Nigeria hosted the World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77) .

Founder of AFWN, Ronke Ademiluyi stated that long term growth of the fashion industry is grounded on developing initiatives to ensure that Nigeria remains the centre of fashion and a leader at the forefront of creativity, style, and innovation which is why the best of Africa’s emerging and established fashion talents will be showcasing at this historic monument to reflect the dynamism of African fashion and our roots.

This new location fulfills the much desired goal to host a Fashion Week in a location that is true representation of our continent.

The AFWN 2017 theme ‘Celebrating the Vibrant Pulse of Africa’, dedicated to Africa’s colourful and rich heritage, is aimed at bringing spunk and new energy to style and fashion across the continent. The exciting venue for the 2017 edition, dubbed ‘the powerhouse of AFWN’, has been tried and tested from the resounding success of the first ever iconic catwalk shows held in April. The Theater space offers the freedom and flexibility to transform it to the required aesthetics. The facilities available can be compared to any like facility across the globe – health & safety, security, commercial catering, electronics etc.

Honourable Adebimpe Akinsola, the Acting commissioner for Culture, Arts & Tourism in a recent interview said “The use of an iconic monument like the National Theater as the venue for a fashion show, is a welcome innovative idea and is in line with the State’s drive to promote the tourism, entertainment and the creative arts industry. This move by Africa Fashion Week will generate positive interest in one of the most important iconic locations in Lagos state.”

Commissioned in 1976 in preparation for the World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77) in 1977, the National theater, was designed and constructed by Bulgarian construction company Technoexportsroy. Its design bears a close resemblance to the Palace of Culture and Sports in Varna, Bulgaria, though the National Arts Theater is much bigger. Its exterior is shaped like a military hat and it has a 5,000-seater Main Hall with a collapsible stage, and two capacity cinema halls, all of which are equipped with facilities for simultaneous translation of over 20 languages amongst other facilities.

This architectural masterpiece called “the culture house”, represents one of the great symbols in Nigeria arts and culture. Spanning an area of about 23,000 square meters and standing well over 31 meters tall, the multipurpose National Theater was established for the preservation, presentation and promotion of Arts and Culture in Nigeria. The theater was purpose built to allow for flexibility of use of both its internal and external facilities. The daring move to the mainland sees AFWN increasing its footprint across the capital and marks the next stage in the evolution of the annual event and the fashion industry in Nigeria.

Aiki Odiawa Chief Operating Officer of AFWN, said “The decision to host this year’s fashion week at this iconic location is a conscious effort to take our guest on a nostalgic journey of the best of the past and the vibrant pulse of the future by using this venue as a point of reference. Recall that this is same location that hosted the continent 40 years ago to FESTAC 77, a spectacular event that is yet to be rivaled in the continent to date”

This year’s event promises to be something like never seen before in Nigeria, according to the show producer Bayo Haastrup and with support from partners and sponsors like The Lagos State Government, Daviva (principal sponsor), ABC English Wax,Acceleratetv, Rite foods, Biggie drinks, Unilever, Domino Pizza, Morsi Pr, and media partners across the globe (for a full list please visit our website)

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Style by Zenith 2.0 will hold on the 29th of November till 1st December, 2019 at the Eko Energy City (By Eko Atlantic) Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island Lagos. To register, simply visit www.zenithbank.com/style

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The audition for male and female models that will participate in the much-anticipated Style by Zenith 2.0 fashion shows is scheduled to hold as follows:

Date: 15th of November, 2019

Time: 9am prompt

Venue: Balmoral Hall, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State.

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GTBank Fashion Weekend 2019: Get Ready For Africa’s Biggest Fashion Experience [VIDEO]

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This November, industry leaders, style connoisseurs, and fashion enthusiasts from across the globe will converge in Lagos, Nigeria for the 4th edition of the GTBank Fashion Weekend. Holding Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of November 2019 at the GTCentre, Plot 1, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, the 2-day event will put a spotlight on Africa’s emerging fashion industry whilst showcasing the talent and creativity of indigenous small businesses in the fashion space.

Since 2016, the GTBank Fashion Weekend has been at the forefront of promoting enterprise in Africa’s rapidly growing fashion industry. Over the years, the event has brought together renowned fashion experts and personalities to interact with hundreds of thousands of young Africans passionate about fashion and entrepreneurship. This year, the GTBank Fashion Weekend, which is free to attend, will feature over 30 distinguished fashion leaders, designers, and industry experts, whilst providing more than 130 indigenous small businesses with free stalls to showcase and sell Africa’s finest ensemble of apparel and fashion accessories.

Attendees at the 2019 GTBank Fashion Weekend will be treated to an exciting repertoire of fashion moments, from fashion and entrepreneurial masterclasses facilitated by internationally renowned fashion experts to enthralling runway shows that will present the latest in fashion styles and design trends. There will also be pop-up stands where talented indigenous designers will display their works and interact with some of Africa’s most passionate fashionistas, an Arts & Crafts Village that showcases the beauty and dexterity of traditional African design.

Commenting on the 2019 GTBank Fashion Weekend, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Segun Agbaje, said; “Africa is home to some of the most creative fashion talents on the planet, and we are delighted and proud to provide them with a global platform that connects them to the world. As we work towards the 4th edition of the biggest fashion showcase in Africa, our goal is to not only showcase the wealth of talent, innovation and enterprise that abound in Africa’s fashion space, but to also grow the continent’s contribution to the global fashion industry by empowering budding entrepreneurs at home with everything they need to thrive on the world stage.

He further stated that “At the heart of the GTBank Fashion Weekend is our vision of promoting enterprise in industries where we believe that we can help small businesses grow and dominate. In fashion, as well as in food and the creative industry, we see not just the amazing talents and passion of our people, but how, by championing their entrepreneurial spirit, we can enrich millions of lives, uplift communities and grow our economy.”

GTBank has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry. The Bank is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world-class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality, and innovation. The Bank is also going beyond the traditional understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility as corporate philanthropy by intervening in key economic sectors through non-profit consumer-focused fairs and capacity building initiatives for small businesses.

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