Our distinct journey as a proudly Nigerian, Proudly African and international brand began about 6 years ago in London. What we started then as a small brand to satisfy a niche, has now gone on to become an award winning and very well recognised brand which is the biggest platform of its kind in Europe showcasing African designers and African inspired fashion. The popularity and success of the Africa Fashion Week London brand was what triggered us to bring the brand home to Nigeria. Discover young new exciting brands by providing a platform to build and promote them to an international standard.
Africa Fashion Week Nigeria promotes the beauty of Africa, from the creative side of fashion to the business of it. Ronke Ademiluyi founder of AFWN said ‘This year, we chose someone who embodies the true African woman. A strong, intellectual and musically inclined woman; her music reflects what’s good, what’s great and what’s best about the motherland. We couldn’t have chosen anyone more suitable to be our brand ambassador’. Known to the world as Mama Africa, but known to us as Yemi Alade. The incredible and talented singer dancer, actress and all round entertainer, Yemi Alade, is our 2016 AFWN & AFWL brand ambassador.
Africa Fashion Week London is the biggest African-inspired fashion event in Europe at the moment. It has been running for five successful years. The project has successfully launched the careers of over 400 young fashion designers of Nigerian origin in the Diaspora. AFWL discovered, nurtured their careers and shot them into the limelight, and are ensuring that they stay there for good. Having succeeded in London and seeing that most of the show’s talent finds are Nigerians, we decided to bring the project home and in May 2014, we launched Africa Fashion Week Nigeria. It was an explosive success, long awaited and became the most anticipated fashion runway in Nigeria today.