Africa Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN) is a social enterprise that provides a platform to help promote Nigerian fashion brands through worldwide visibility, distribution and manufacturing. We focus on empowerment, creating jobs and supporting education and skills training in fashion.
The first edition launched in May 2014, was created by Ronke Ademiluyi, who is also the founder of Africa Fashion Week London. The core mission of Africa Fashion Week Nigeria is empowerment through fashion, to create jobs, support education in fashion and develop skills, training and capacity development in the fashion industry.
To see fashion in Nigeria grow and be recognized as a multi-million pound industry as it is in the UK, we hope that it contributes to the GDP like in the UK, where fashion is a million pond industry.
Our core aim is providing visibility platforms for new talents, who would otherwise not have the means to gather attention and awareness on their own. Our platforms allow the global audience to see what Nigerian and African Fashion is all about, and then they can contribute to its growth as we believe that for creativity to grow, there needs to be a platform that supports and contributes to its growth.
We have plans to open a fashion hub in Nigeria, to host student workshops, provide internships, scholarships and short coursework to develop talent and also help designers produce their fashion collections and build their own design business.
This year’s edition is scheduled to take at The Eko Hotel & Suites between the 1st-3rd of July, 2016. It will include 5 Catwalk Shows, 50 Designers, a fashion gala & awards night & Panel Discussions aimed at promoting Nigeria as a production hub.
The panel discussions will include the following topics.
VALUE SUPPLY CHAIN
INDUSTRIAL TRAINING & MACHINERY
QUALITY & STANDARDIZATION & PRODUCTION FOR INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS.
SETTING UP A FASHION BUSINESS IN NIGERIA – THE LOGISTICS
PRESS, BRANDING & MARKETING
RETAILING OF MADE IN NIGERIA FASHION PRODUCTS
TRENDS & UNDERSTANDING THE GLOBAL MARKET
TEXTILES – THE OPTIONS & QUALITIES IN NIGERIA.
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