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APPZONE TO HOST INDUSTRY LEADERS AT THE UNVEILING OF ZONE, AFRICA’S BLOCKCHAIN PAYMENT INFRASTRUCTURE

On Friday the 10th of December 2021, captains of industry and leaders from the payment, finance, and technology spaces will converge at the prestigious Eko Hotels and Suites as Appzone Group, sub-Saharan Africa’s leading fintech software company unveils Zone, the continent’s first blockchain platform for payment processing.

Developed by Appzone Switch, a subsidiary of Appzone Group, Zone forms the foundation of Appzone’s plans to build out Africa’s first decentralized payment network which will allow inter-bank transactions to be processed directly between banks without the involvement of any intermediary.

Speaking about the event, Mr. Uche Elendu, CEO of Appzone Switch said: ‘’We are happy to officially unveil Zone as a decentralized blockchain-based payment infrastructure that enables real-time settlement of fiat transactions, both in-country and out-country while enabling the retail distribution of stable digital currencies including Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) in Africa. Because of the impact that the innovation will have on the payment and finance landscape in Africa, we are bringing together industry leaders across the payment, technology, and finance industries to see firsthand how the Zone platform is positioned to power a truly cashless society.’’

In addition to core functionality like payments authorization, and real-time settlement, the team at Appzone Switch are looking to evolve the platform’s digital token for settlement into a stable Pan-African digital currency that is fully compliant, approved by Central Banks, and backed by a basket of fiat currencies in Africa. The plan is for Zone to manage stable coin wallets for regular individuals on the same distributed ledger that currently facilitates payment authorization and settlement. 

With 10 commercial Banks in Nigeria already connected to the network, Zone provides Banks and Fintechs with simple APIs for various types of transactions including account-to-account transfers, merchant payments, and cash transactions at ATMs or agent locations. The platform’s architecture achieves high throughput and record transaction success rates while eliminating typical reconciliation issues that delay refunds to customers where necessary.

Physical attendance at the Zone unveil event is strictly by invitation but interested participants can register to attend the event online.

By connecting every financial service provider to Zone’s decentralized payment network, Appzone Switch envisions a future beyond cash where payments are frictionless and instantaneous within and between every African country so that Africa can accelerate trade and economic prosperity.

For additional information on Appzone Group, please contact the Group Chief Marketing Officer, Efosa Aiyevbomwan – efosaa@appzonegroup.com


About Appzone

Founded in 2008, Appzone is Africa’s no.1 Fintech Software Engineering firm which builds innovative proprietary solutions that digitize Banking operations, interconnect financial institutions, and provide individuals and businesses with a broad range of payment services. With a team of over 160 professionals and clients in seven countries, they process over $2 billion in transactions annually serving 18 commercial banks and over 450 microfinance institutions. The platforms issue 18 million cards and disburse over $360 million in loans annually while managing $200 million in deposits and 10 million hosted accounts. They are working with the brightest minds on the continent to digitize and completely automate financial services. Their vision is to have one dominant financial operating system built for Africa by Africans.

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Kenyan Singer/Songwriter, Victoria Kimani lands Major Endorsement deal with Maybelline New York

Kenyan Singer/Songwriter, Victoria Kimani lands Major Endorsement deal with Maybelline New York, the worlds leading cosmetic brand.
 The sensational Afropop singer is excited to announce the Lucrative partnership deal with the Global cosmetic giant.
 The songstress joins Jourdan Dunn and Gigi Hadid in landing a Maybelline deal, but is the first African artist to collaborate with the brand, setting a new precedent for African artists in both the music and business world. Talk about Black Girl Magic!
Kimani who recently released her eccentric EP Afropolitan, is the New face of the IT GIRL campaign by Maybelline NY Kenya.
Victoria Kimani says “I am very excited to partner with Maybelline NY especially here in Kenya, AFRICA. Not only because of my love for Maybelline products, But for what Maybelline stands for. The brand has always shared my personal view and philosophy as it pertains to my goals….. to “MAKE IT HAPPEN”

Victoria Kimani’s has shown her dedication, hard work and hustle in the Pan-Afric music scene and it has really paid off. Congratulations Victoria Kimani!

MAKE IT HAPPEN VIDEO – VICTORIA KIMANI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28H0XkmCvTY

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FFA’S GARMENT AND FASHION INDUSTRY CONFERENCE SET TO TAKE PLACE MAY 25TH, 2018

FFA’S GARMENT AND FASHION INDUSTRY CONFERENCE

BALMORAL CONVENTION CENTER, FEDERAL PALACE HOTEL. VI.

The Fashions Finest Africa team isn’t relenting at ensuring that Fashions Finest Africa Epic Show 2018 brings nothing but the very best to the African fashion industry. In line with the runway show, exhibitions and prestigious awards, there would also be a conference where those that matter in the African Fashion Industry would be present.
The conference is set to hold on Friday, May 25, 2017 at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, from 9am to 3pm.

The conference being the opening activity of the Fashions Finest Africa Epic Show 2018 will hold with the theme: “How to Increase Nigeria’s Participation in the Global Garment Production Industry”.
It will host fashion designers, fashion entrepreneurs, international and Nigerian Industry experts (public and private sector), experienced professionals academicians, analysts, development finance institutions and textile industry groups, among others.
Nigeria’s population is expected to be the 3rd largest globally by 2050, the necessity of ensuring attention in terms of policy formulation and implementation, appropriate investment, skill acquisition/ training is paid to the fashion, garment and textile industry “NOW” cannot be overemphasized.

The FFA Epic Show Conference presents an international platform that offers unparalleled opportunities for key stakeholders in the Textile and Fashion Industry to learn from;
The conference will feature keynote addresses, panel discussions, master classes, presentations and knowledge sharing.
Major policymakers and business leaders will engage with leading and aspiring/ ambitious Textile & Fashion Industry Stakeholders at Policy, Strategic & Tactical levels and disseminate Policy and Intervention Information to the right target.
We will ensure that there will be valuable and frank feedback that will help fine-tune MITI Interventions and contribute to achieving the government’s objective of diversifying and strengthening our economy via the Nigerian Fashion Industry.

The conference is a timely intervention focused on increasing textile and garment production in Nigeria thereby positioning and promoting home-grown fashion entrepreneurs for emerging opportunities in an increasingly globalised world. As Nigerian designers and fashion entrepreneurs gain increasing recognition across the world there is more than a compelling need for the local fashion production value chain to be strategically positioned to face the influx of global challengers.

MAY 2018
25
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THEATRE OF FASHION BY FASHIONS FINEST AFRICA IN CONJUNCTION WITH BRITISH COUNCIL & LAGOS THEATRE FESTIVAL

THEATRE OF FASHION BY FASHIONS FINEST AFRICA IN CONJUNCTION WITH BRITISH COUNCIL & LAGOS THEATRE FESTIVAL

March 4th

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Ember Creek, Beach Front. Landmark Towers. Victoria Island

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The Lagos Theatre Festival (LTF) 2018 is set to hold from February 27 till March 4, 2018, in Lagos across various venues with a focus on presenting innovative interpretations of new ideas that will inspire and challenge audiences, and new works that will spark conversations and debates. It has ‘Theatre in Unconventional Spaces,’ as the theme.
Lagos Theatre Festival was conceived and launched in 2013 by the United Kingdom’s cultural organisation, British Council, inspired by the need to provide a platform for theatre-makers in Nigeria to produce works for unconventional spaces and develop audiences for theatre productions.
This year, Fashions Finest Africa in conjunction with the British Council & Lagos Theatre Festival will be presenting the ‘Theatre of Fashion’ show taking place during the Lagos Theatre Festival on Sunday 4th March at Ember Creek, Victoria Island, Lagos at 5pm. This particular show is designed to be a blend of fashion, costuming and of course, theatre. This is to enlighten as well as entertain the lovers of the arts, fashion, and promote this integral area of theatre.
The Lagos Theatre Festival is ultimately aimed at creating a platform for the brains behind the captivating, creative outlooks designed through the sheer ingenuity of the costumiers while, behind the scene and is produced by Sola Oyebade.
It will feature a Fashion Show and Panel talk on Costumes and Fashion in Theatre
Four amazing costumiers will feature as panellists at the event showcasing their works and speak about the theatre world.
Ituen Bassey is the innovative Nigerian Designer behind the multi-award-winning label ‘ItuenBasi’. She is a Theatre Arts graduate from the University of Ife in Nigeria. She trained under Theatre Art ‘greats’ like Wole Soyinka, Yemi Ogunbiyi, Kole Omotosho, Femi Euba and Chuck Mike. Ituen later majored in Tailoring and Clothing Technology at the London College of Fashion, UK.

In 2009, she launched her first full home-based collection to critical acclaim and pioneered a new era of Ankara interpretation in Nigeria and Africa. In its 4 years, the label has been featured in Vogue Italia, British Vogue, Elle (South Africa), Ebony and Pride magazine, amongst other international press. The label has shown on runways in Dakar, Milan, Paris, London, Vienna and Johannesburg (where the label was awarded Mercedes Benz Designer of the Year, 2012).In addition, Vogue Italia invited Ituen Basi to take part in Pitti (Milan) trade show under their SUPER Talents.

Being part of the Theatre is a major devotion for Ituen Bassey; she has made innovative costumes for stage plays like, For Coloured Girls 2011, Kakadu the Musical 2013 and Hear Word, the stage play 2014. Also, Ituen Bassey was invited to be on the panel of the Stanford Business Forum, as a speaker in April 2014 and in February 2014, she was a panellist at the Fashion Africa Conference in London.
Ituen Bassey continues to work tirelessly to support and capacity build practitioners of the Nigerian Garment Industry through her training programmes and initiatives

Margaret Henshaw-Da Costa’s career started in the 80’s where she worked in the Centre of Cultural Studies at the University of Lagos.

Over the last 30 years, she has worked on both local and international stage and featured as an Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, Theatre & Carnival Costume Designer and Production Consultant.

Her versatility has enabled her work with several production outfits and veterans such as Fred Agbeyegbe’s AJO Productions, Ben Tomoloju’s Kakaaki Troupe, the Late Christiana Essien Igbokwe, Epiphanio Farofa (dance troupe), UNILAG Africarribean Carnival, Wazobia Carnival, to mention but a few.

She is currently the Creative Principal Cultural Officer at the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Akoka.

Mrs Da Costa has a costuming brand called Magaret Henshaw and if you ask anyone, you’ll hear that she is simply a delight to work with.

ISAAC BASSEY is a widely travelled costumier who specializes in carnival costumes.
Isaac, who had a stint with costuming at The Departments of Theatre Arts, University of Calabar, moved to study proper costuming in Doki, Egypt and Trinidad and Tobago.
He has since costumed numerous stage plays, T.V series, weddings, festivals & carnivals.
Some of his costuming credits include; The International Drums Festival, (Cairo, Egypt), CARNIRIV (The Port-Harcourt Carnival), The Calabar CarnivalOgwash Carnival (Delta State), Confluence Carnival (Kogi state), Wazobia FM Carnival, Lagos, Africaribeanna Carnival, (Unilag) , and a host of others.
He currently heads the Artistic Management Affairs Department of Udo Marriam Theatre Company. He is also the CEO of Zikky’s Creations, a costumes outfit.
Yetunde Mojola is a Nigerian costumier with over 8 years of experience in the field.

She has a flair for detailed, thematic and artistic costuming which is greatly influenced by dance, movement and nature.

She has served as lead costumier on a number of productions/performances and assisted on some.

Some of her costuming credits include; “Moremi the Musical”. “The Butcher and The Bridge”, “Maltina Dance Hall”, “Lagos Dance Exhibition 2017”, etc

Yetunde currently serves as MD /Head designer at COSTUME SHOP.

Costume Shop is the leading costume company in Nigeria and caters exclusively to all things costume related.

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FASHIONS FINEST AFRICA PRESENTS ‘THEATRE OF FASHION’

FASHIONS FINEST AFRICA PRESENTS ‘THEATRE OF FASHION’

‘Bleh! Thespians are not fashionable’… dare says who?

With a perfect blend of the best of theatre and creativity in designs, the theatre would be hitting the runway and providing an exclusive insight into the minds of the designers behind the glam on the stage.

This promises to be a ‘show and tell’ like you have never experienced before.

It’s fashion! It’s theatre! It’s the ‘Theatre of Fashion’!!

FREE ENTRY BUT YOU MUST APPLY ONLINE FOR YOUR TICKETS AT   https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/theatre-of-fashion-tickets-42685329971

 

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FASHIONS FINEST AFRICA EPIC SHOW SET TO BLOW YOUR MINDS IN MAY!

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FASHIONS FINEST AFRICA EPIC SHOW SET TO BLOW YOUR MINDS IN MAY!

Fashions Finest Africa debuted in Nigeria on Sunday 27th August, 2017 at The Guest House Ikoyi, Lagos, it was tagged Renaissance and it featured four amazing emerging designers SGTC Clothing, 1407, Sally Bawa and Nkadz. The fashion show was talked about for weeks in the fashion sphere as it surpassed all expectations.

The Fashions Finest team is here again with The EPIC Show which is bigger, better and more packed.
The Epic Show would be a three-day event running from Friday 25th May to Sunday 27th May 2018; it will be three days of non stop fashion with a lot of activities for those in the business of fashion and for lovers of fashion.

The fashion extravaganza will kick off on Friday at noon with a Fashion conference where those who matter in the fashion industry will take on panel sessions. We will also play hosts to Exhibitors and our marketplace vendors giving the opportunity to fashion lovers to shop till you drop. The fashion show will continue on Saturday and Sunday featuring Student designers, New and Emerging designers and established designers out of Africa.

Fashions Finest Africa EPIC Show 2018 is set to take place at The Balmoral, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. Nigeria.

APPLICATIONS OPENS FOR FASHIONS FINEST AFRICA
The African Fashion industry is about to take a new turn as the multi-award winning event management Company and online fashion magazine, Fashions Finest expands to Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

Fashions Finest Africa is set to be a platform that assembles the very best fashion industry talents out of Africa so as to expose and showcase their craft, creativity and uniqueness. We believe that the very best talents in Africa are still untapped and undiscovered, so we are bringing Fashions Finest to Africa to bridge that gap. We won’t only be paying attention to just the fashion designers but the entire fashion industry will be our forte. Photographers, Make-up Artists, Hairstylists, Fashion Stylists and models with potential and talent will be under our tutelage, as we would also have them trained and mentored by experienced and established industry professionals.

Fashions Finest Africa is produced by Mahogany International, YD Agency in partnership with Fashions Finest UK

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‘Floral Fusion Collection by Morin.O private viewing this weekend

The Morin.O New Collection ‘Floral Fusion’.
‘Floral Fusion’ is an Incorporation of floral patterns and motives inspired by henna designs and motifs that represent a floral fusion of the Morin.O logo. The new collection entails creations of floral patterns infused with henna motifs done on their classic designs, designed with embroidery, exclusive beadwork and hand painting.
The collection includes an array of handbags, slippers and accessories for men and women.
The launch of the new collection will be an exclusive event which would hold on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at  2 pm at Lekki Centro Mall, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

 

RSVP box below and send us your mailing address so we can include you in the VIP list and have a formal Invitation sent to you.

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Thank You For Attending Fashions Finest Africa Renaissance

Thank you for attending

FASHIONS FINEST AFRICA- RENAISSANCE

August 27th will be remembered as the day when a group of Fashion Creatives started a new movement in the course of bringing a fresh new idea to the fashion scene in Nigeria and support those who aspire to make an impact in the fashion industry. The theme of the day centred around “Miami Vice X Tropical”  sees four emerging designers showcase their capsule collection at the beautiful The Guest House Ikoyi.

The first edition of Fashions Finest Africa – Renaissance has come and gone and the event has been getting great reviews.

The entire Fashions Finest Africa team would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made the event successful. It is the vision of the team to help young upcoming fashion creatives showcase their talent and creativity.
The event kicked off with an exhibition which lasted all through the day, the exhibitors cut across fashion retailers, furniture stores and fashion designers.

The Masterclass session with topic “Creativity in the business of Fashion” started the event properly. The panel session was moderated by Yetty Ogunnubi and the panellists included Teni Oluwo of Style Territory (Fashion Stylist and Brand Manager), Godson Ukaegbu (Editor-In-Chief Stylemania Magazine), and Mary-Jane Ohobu (General Manager Zaron Cosmetics).
SGTC CLOTHING                                                   1407 STYL
NKADZ                                                  SALLY BAWA
RUNWAY IMAGES
There were two musical performances by fast-rising music act Genuizz, then the amazing designers graced the runway with their unique design, the designers that showcased were SGTC Clothing, 1407, Nkadz and Sally Bawa.

We thank everyone for honouring our invitation, supporting us and coming to cheer us for this first ever edition.

We now begin the planning for the main edition of Fashions Finest – EPIC SHOW which is set to take place 25th – 27th of May 2018 and hope you will join us again.

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CREDITS
Photographer- @insignaonline
Makeup- @Zaroncosmetics
Hairstylist – @zubbydefinition
Models by – @mahogany_models
Stylists – @thestyleinfidel @madam.kofo @mayreejay
Designers – 1407 Styl, SGTC Clothing, Nkadz and Sally bawa
Lights- @yemilight
Stage- @fuertehands
Official Venue- @theguesthouse
Official DJ- @crowdkontroller
Official chair Partners – @glitzeventcentre and @cozy_concept
Decor Partner- @maverickdecorng
Strategic Partner- @360creativehub
Security Partner- @augusteyesecure
Production and Events Company- @Mahoganyinternational
Publicist @ydagency
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BE THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL PLUS SIZE MODEL IN AFRICA

BE THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL PLUS SIZE MODEL IN AFRICA

The Plus-size Fashion Week Africa (PFWA) team is opening a window of opportunity for all plus size
 models in Africa.  The winner of the modelling competition would be one of the headlining models at the
first ever Plus-size Fashion Week in Africa and also a modelling contract with an international modelling
company in the UK.
Plus-size Fashion Week Africa (PFWA) is a first of its kind fashion runway show that highlights plus size
models and apparels. The event is set to hold on Sunday, September 2, 2017 at the Main Banquet Hall of
the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.   The event will feature a plus size runway fashion show, plus-size
modelling competition and exhibition booths to create a unique shopping experience for consumers.

PFWAfrica is aimed at maximising the growing focus on the plus-size fashion industry and also the
promotion of the African culture. This maiden edition is themed: “Celebrating the Real African Woman”.

If you are a plus size model or you have what it takes to be a plus size model be sure to attend the
audition on Saturday 8, July, 2017 at Villa Angelia Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos from 11am.
Ladies who are 18 and above from sizes 12 – 20 are invited to enter the competition.
DRESS CODE 
Plain black top
Dark blue jeans
5-inch heels (no wedges)
For more information contact us on: models@plussizefashionweekafrica.com 09036479245
www.plussizefashionweekafrica.com
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FASHIONS FINEST TAKES AFRICA

ANNOUNCING

FASHIONS FINEST TAKES AFRICA

The African Fashion industry is about to take a new turn as the multi award winning event management Company and online fashion magazine, Fashions Finest expands to Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

Fashions Finest Africa is set to be a platform that assembles the very best fashion industry talents out of Africa so as to expose and showcase their craft, creativity and uniqueness. We believe that the very best talents in Africa are still untapped and undiscovered, so we are bringing Fashions Finest to Africa to bridge that gap. We won’t only be paying attention to just the fashion designers but the entire fashion industry will be our forte. Photographers, Make-up Artists, Hairstylists, Fashion Stylists and models with potential and talent will be under our tutelage, as we would also have them trained and mentored by experienced and established industry professionals.

We would be having the maiden edition of our quarterly event on 27th August 2017 and it would feature young designers, show casing their very best designs on the runway, an interactive session or seminar on various areas of the fashion industry, good music and exhibition stands.

The quarterly event would be for a limited number of young fashion creatives and a preamble to our annual event which will debut in Africa in May 2018. The annual event will feature more talents and more opportunities for everyone in the fashion industry and will be a fantastic platform for every young designer out of Africa.

Fashions Finest Africa is produced by Mahogany Productions & Events and YD Agency in partnership with Fashions Finest UK.

For more information contact ydagency@yettyd.com