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Christmas is here!! the season of love and giving and it is about to get even better as Ethnik by Tunde Owolabi will be holding its Christmas pop up. Why worry about what premium items to gift your loved ones when you can get the very best at the Ethnik Christmas Pop Up and enjoy a glass of wine.

Ethnik by Tunde Owolabi is a premium fashion brand that creates fashion accessories from handwoven fabrics (Asooke). The brand is Afrocentric and draws its inspiration from many African cultures especially the Yoruba culture in Nigeria via the art of storytelling through patterns and colours woven into beautiful fabrics and designs.

The Ethnik Christmas Pop Up is set to hold on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at Red Door Art Gallery, Victoria Island, Lagos from 12noon.

The new bag collection by the Ethnik brand will be up for viewing as well as on sale for the very first time including the Utu bags which are limited edition bags with just 20 pieces produced. The Utu bags are produced from Asooke, exotic leather, and beads made by the Maasai women of Kenya, the embellishment on each Utu bag is unique and there are no two of all the designs. Other Pieces by Ethnik by Tunde Owolabi brand that will be available at the pop up includes unisex bags, footwears for men and women, unisex T-shirts, laptop bags and home furniture.



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LLF2019 Day 1 Highlight

What an EXCITING day we had yesterday!

Were you able to make it to the event? As expected, it was truly one-of-a-kind!

From the opening by Her Excellency, First Lady of Lagos State (ably represented by Mrs. Otuyalo), to the exhibitions, conversations, and presentations, we had a swell time!

Don’t just take our word for it – have a look for yourselves on our Instagram page. For now, here are a few pictures from the event.

We have more exciting activities lined up for today, 8th September. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this!

Check out the schedule:

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Meet some of the brands Exhibiting at The Lagos Leather Fair 2019

Meet some of the brands Exhibiting at The Lagos Leather Fair 2019.

The Lagos Leather Fair is about the best thing that has happened to the Nigerian leather industry. The Fair was birthed out of the need to bring all the major players in the leather industry together under one roof to address the industry’s challenges as well as the way forward.

This year’s edition promises to be bigger than the first two editions combined and will feature a specially curated private investor showcase, exhibitions by leather designers and manufacturers, a great shopping experience, runway presentations, networking opportunities, and knowledge-sharing activities, amongst others. The 2019 edition of the Lagos Leather Fair, tagged #LLF2019, which will take place from Saturday, September 7 to Sunday, September 8, 2019 at The Harbour Point, Victoria Island, is themed: Advancing the Conversation.

It will play host to about 70 Nigerian leather designers and feature 5 topical Conversations, 2 Workshops and 6  Runway Presentations. This year will also showcase a few international designers.

Here we introduce to you the first set of exhibitors who will be showcasing their crafts.


Yili was founded with the hope of changing the narrative of producing and purchasing quality leather footwear in Africa. Their aim is to celebrate creativity and promote artisanal craftsmanship.

Yili footwear style and designs draw influence and inspiration from colours, textures, travel and the interesting things in between.
All the styles in each collection have a personal inspiration behind it. The colours represent Yili’s attempt to capture the zest of life.

Their sandals are handcrafted using a variety of locally sourced leathers, fabric and skin of premium quality.


Since 2017, AABOUX has been creating unique, stylish, luxury leather goods proudly handcrafted in Lagos, Nigeria.

Designer Zainab Aliyu and her team explore various silhouettes with interesting combinations of locally ethically sourced skins and textured leathers.

Our distinct signature stitch-less bags combine beauty and functionality.

Our vision is to be a Global pan-African brand with an ethos of quality craftsmanship, elegance and style.


Ethnik by Tunde Owolabi was founded in 2015. The brand is about making leather and asooke accessible to the fashion-forward modern man and woman. Beyond accessibility and creating fashionable yet very durable pieces for brand savvy trendsetters, we are about promoting culture and giving back to the community. The essence of our design philosophy is to produce sustainable fashion accessories that are uniquely Afrocentric, drawing inspiration from the Yoruba culture of Nigeria and other African cultures by telling our stories to the world through patterns and colours woven into beautiful fabrics.

We pay critical attention to every detail in our design and production process, through excellent craftsmanship and ethical values.


Hanker and Reech is a Nigerian Leather Goods Brand with a real passion for crafting functional products with distinctive attention to details, aesthetics and durability.

Their pieces are carefully designed and crafted to complement an appreciation for contemporary fashion and lifestyle.

They also cater to customized pieces which reflect personal preference, style and brand identity. They believe very much in the concept of value and constantly endeavour to fuse this with our creativity.

HankerandReech Leather Goods.  Aspire….Achieve!

PereLei is a leather goods brand that creates finely crafted leather pieces utilizing the finest array of colours textures and skins. The brand was born out of the need for finely finished leather goods produced locally. From inception, it was apparent the need for inculcating world-class standards within the local leather goods market. Currently, the brand is engaged in the production of items such as bags, shoes, accessories and corporate souvenirs and other gifts. We pride ourselves on passionately creating world-class leather goods locally.

Lamide Samuel is an Artisanal Leather Accessories Label established in 2016. Made in Africa, they take pride in employing traditional artistic techniques of craftsmanship to interpret local creative genius with an urban and contemporary taste.

Their designs appeal to Fashion-forward consumers who value authenticity and style.
The brand believes in purpose and sustainability; Their leathers are sourced in Nigeria and across Africa, thier creations are locally produced in Lagos, Nigeria by hand, They also engage experienced artisans from Senegal and Ethiopia. Our noble approach to connecting and adopting unique cultural know-how and stories from accross the continent.

Each one of their pieces inspires the spirit of African arts and pays homage to their brand’s core values of love,  originality and craftsmanship.


We welcome sponsorships and partnerships from companies and other organisations. This is an ideal way to demonstrate your organisation’s interest and commitment to great initiatives like ours.

Get in touch here.

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Announcing our Second set of panellists. The Business of Photography Conference is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Landmark, Event Center, Lagos. It promises to be bigger than the maiden edition. The maiden edition which took place on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 opened its doors to over a thousand participants who learnt all about the basics of the business of photography, the challenges and the solutions as well as access to microfinance to scale in business.
This year’s event doors will open at 8 am and end at 9 pm. The conference would feature five segments; the Opening, the Conversation (panel session), Break out time (master classes), Cocktails/Networking and Exhibition. During the conversation segment, attendees would have the opportunity to listen to and chat with award-winning Nigerian photographers about the future of photography in Nigeria.

Uzoma Dozie, CEO of former Diamond Bank PLC, is not only an inspiring leader but also a remarkable individual.
He is known for his calm demeanour as well as his multi-tasking abilities and an eternal yearning to learn more.
Known for his down to earth approach, Mr. Dozie began his journey with Diamond Bank in 1998 and since then he has played several roles with utmost perfection.
He started working there as an Assistant Manager and Head of the Bank’s Oil and Gas Group, where he expanded the Bank’s Oil and Gas businesses.
Mr. Dozie used his strong background in Retail Banking, Management, and Organizational Behaviour to set up the Personal Banking Group at the Bank.
Combining his passion for technology with his insights and operational expertise, he fostered a culture of innovation at the Bank. He resurrected e-banking and introduced Diamond Mobile app. He also launched Diamond Y’ello which offers a safe and easy means of opening and operating a full bank account from the convenience of MTN Mobile phones.
Mr. Dozie believes that the success of retail banking lies in its convenience; accessibility and cost-effectiveness for the customers.
Kelechi Amadi-Obi, after obtaining a law degree and his call to bar in 1993, settled to full-time studio art. He has earned international renown for both his photography and paintings. His unique style and mastery of aesthetics and creative lighting in his paintings have been reinvented in his photography to create understanding, dynamic and result oriented photography for his clients.
Some of his works have been featured in exhibitions within and outside Nigeria. These include; 2006
“Snap Judgement” – New Position in Contemporary African Photography, International Centre of
Photography, New York, USA,2005 “Depth of Field” South London Gallery, UK, 2004, “Lagos” Ifa Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany, 2003 “Transferts” Africalia, Brussels, Belgium. In 2004, he won the St.Moritz Style Award for Photography.
Some of his clients include Guinness Nigeria Plc, MTN Nigeria Plc, PZ Nigeria Plc, British American Tobacco, The Ford Foundation, PrimaGarnet Ogilvy, SO&U, InsightGrey, Nigerian Flour Mills and Orange Drugs Nigeria
George Okoro is a renowned and award winning photographer in Nigeria and the publisher of George Okoro Weddings and Lifestyle magazine. His portfolio ranges from weddings across the globe covering countries like the UAE, UK, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Spain, Italy and of course across most of the states in Nigeria. In 2016, he was nominated for the prestigious Future wards for “business professional of the year” and in 2018 he won the award for “Event Photographer of the year” by association of events and party planner of Nigeria. His work has been published in several magazines and journals in Nigeria and the Diaspora. His career extends beyond photography, after his published the first edition of George Okoro Wedding and Lifestyle magazine in 2017. A magazine designed to celebrate and foster growth and collaborations in the event and wedding photography space. George Okoro believe that for the industry to continue on the growth path, creatives need to start thinking like businesses so we can attract the right attention and investment needed to achieve exponential growth.
Obi Somto was born on August 1, 1988, in Lagos, Nigeria, Somto has always been art inclined – to draw, paint, mould and carve. After he discovered Photoshop and Fireworks, he launched his career as a graphic designer and illustrator, and has been shooting professionally since 2010.
He brings a unique blend of experience, vision and distinction to his style of photography. He has been commissioned by several top advertising agencies with clients like First bank, Etisalat, Union Bank and Virgin Atlantic. He has photographed several Nigerian celebrities and dignitaries and has become a go to name for portraits in Nigeria
He holds a degree in Banking and Finance from Babcock University.
A graduate of Pure and Applied Chemistry from the University of Lagos, Bayo Omoboriowo is a professional photographer. His unwavering passion for development influenced his involvement in the genre of photography he simply calls ‘Reality Photography’.
Bayo believes the pictures he takes today are materials of communication for tomorrow. This drives him all around the Africa and beyond as he tells the story of everyday reality. His works have been widely published and with his series on Nigerian Unsung Heroines which was featured on CNN, he is on a mission to celebrate exceptional people contributing to the development of Nigeria.
An inspiration to young Nigerians, Bayo has trained many aspiring photographers and mentors several award winning photo artists. He has been part of various workshops, conferences and programmes where he has impacted countless numbers of lives using photography as a channel.
He is presently the Personal Photographer to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari.
He has won many awards, including Sundance Institute Short-film Challenge 2014, the MTN Afrinolly Short-film Competition 2013, and the Future Awards Creative Artist of the Year 2012.
He is the author of Buhari: A New Beginning and Curator of Lagos: A City in Progress which was used in celebration of Lagos at 50 and is on his journey to his 3rd book project.
Ijeoma Balogun is an award-winning journalist, relationship builder and the Founder/ CEO of Redrick Public Relations, a PR agency specialising in designing and executing strategic integrated campaigns that support enterprises and start-ups to innovate, accelerate and grow. Redrick PR past and present roaster of clients consist of government agencies, international corporations and SMEs such as: Viber, BAV Consulting (a unit of the WPP Group & Forbes Global 2000), We Connect International, The Federal Ministry of Trade & Industry, The Federal Ministry of Communication & Technology, Jumia Nigeria, Style House Files, Terra Kulture, Food PRO, SO Fresh Ltd. to mention a few. In 2016, Ijeoma Balogun brokered a strategic partnership with Celebrity Services Africa (CSA.Global).

In May 2018, She gave a TEDx Talk at the TEDxBellsTech event. Ijeoma is an honours graduate of Global & Integrated Marketing Communications from the American University of Paris, France and holds an Advanced Certificate in CSR & Sustainability from the London School of Public Relations.

Imole “Tobbie” Balogun is an award winning Lagos based photographer. After studying Graphic design and Digital Film Making in school, he ventured into professional photography full time.

Tobbie is the lead photographer at TCD Concepts. His areas of interests range from Music to Fashion, Food, Documentaries, Lifestyle and Traditional portraiture.

His mission is to merge technical proficiency with aesthetic intuition to produce rich, beautiful and effective high quality photographs suitable for print, web and other platforms. He delivers his services with a personal approach and a genuine interest to deliver and enhance the marketing power of his client’s future.

Tobbie’s broad capabilities and diverse range of style have allowed him provide creative services for a wide array of clientele, ranging from private individuals to public companies. He’s worked on projects for Celebrities, Fashion and corporate clients and a host of others.

Engr. Ifeanyi Christopher Oputa is the MD/CEO of COLVI LIMITED which is an umbrella company for STUDIO 24, KODAK EXPRESS CENTRE, TWINKLE STAR IMAGING & PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES LTD, STYLE SQUAD Other businesses have thorough knowledge of the digital imaging industry & related fields and is a seasoned property developer. His extensive experience, strong leadership capabilities and entrepreneurial vision help make COLVI LIMITED the successful and internationally recognized organization it is today.
Engr. Oputa has built this organization from its inception over 27 (twenty seven) years ago with just a few team members and one outlet to having over twenty working outlets and 5 (five) upcoming outlets nationwide currently employing well over three hundred (300) skilled team members. Studio 24 is a company that has reached international recognition as it has rendered services to very high profile events.

Lucky Idike is a  graduate of Economics from the University of Lagos. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

He has garnered over 25 years of experience in the professional services and retail (fast food and garments) sectors, in roles that span Executive Management, Financial Consulting, Strategy and HR Consulting, Accounting, Audit and Taxation.

A proactive thinker and strategist, he is a great writer and communicator.

Lucky is the Chief Executive Officer of the firm LOI PARTNERS LIMITED.

Tolani Alli is an acclaimed documentary photographer whose images and stories have been featured on BBC news, World Press Photo, The Guardian (U.K), The VII Agency and more. She was recently commissioned as a freelance photographer by The Guardian (U.K) on a special report on the women in the Niger Delta. Additionally, Tolani was the first African enrolled in the debut of World Press Photo Noor Images and Danish school of Photojournalism/ Media Documentary Program, which she completed with honours.

Tolani currently is the photographer to the Governor of Oyo, one of Nigeria’s most notable states.

While this role has historically had female representation, she battles hard to push for more gender equality and prides herself as a proponent of equity in her profession.

A Distinguished Alumni of The University of Michigan, She credits her photography journey to a chance of interest in a camera after watching an Aston Kutcher Nikon commercial while battling a grave illness. As her true passion for photography emerged, she transformed from being medical school bound to becoming obsessed with photography and telling her stories with lens.

Tolani Alli continues to be a trailblazer and unapologetic in redefining what it means to be Nigeria, American and global citizen. In the delivering keynote presentation at the world.

Colette Otusheso is an experienced, value-driven marketing, communications and project management professional with a proven record of championing organizational wide initiatives within cross-functional teams.

Colette has worked with well-established global and local organizations including VIACOM International Media Networks Africa and MNET Africa. She was instrumental in the successful launch of several Africa Magic channels across several African countries as well as the marketing of MNET’s Tinsel, Big Brother Africa and other MNET shows. Whilst at VIACOM, Colette spearheaded major MTV, Nickelodeon and BET projects in Nigeria including the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA’s), The MTV Africa All Stars and the MTV VJ Search.

Colette is currently the Head of Accelerate. A digital content platform owned by Access Bank, specializing in online content creation around lifestyle programming.


As a Corporate Sponsor or Partner of the BOP Conference, your company, large or small, will be supporting a great initiative. We offer various levels of event and national sponsorships allowing you and your company to customize your level of support.
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Italian Lighting Design Expert Sergio Padula set to speak at the Made By Design Home & Hospitality Exhibition


Italian Lighting Design Expert Sergio Padula set to speak at the Made By Design Home & Hospitalit... 

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6th October 2018

Made by Design Masterclass 2018


Speaker: Sergio Padula


Topic: The Intelligence of Light


Date: 6TH OCTOBER, 2018

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

3:00PM – 4:00PM

Sergio Padula was born in Venosa (PZ), Italy, in 1977. A love affair with light started during his time at Politecnico di Milano where Padula was mentored by Piero Castiglioni. After spending a final year studying at UQAM in Montreal, Padula graduated in Industrial design and immediately focussed on his passion for light.

Travelling around the World has enabled him to work on scores of varied projects and his professional knowledge is only complemented by his charismatic approach to teaching, which has seen him as part of the design syllabus at the University of Rome La Sapienza, the University of Architecture of Florence, the China Central Art Academy Architecture School in Beijing and both Manipal and American Universities in Dubai and Sharjah.
Sergio has also spoken at various conferences and participated in several initiatives throughout the region, such as Light Insight Arabia at the Light Middle East, INDEX and the Architectural Lighting Conference in Qatar.
Padula has been a member of APIL, The Italian Lighting Professional Association and a fully trained Relux trainer with over 10 years experience working as a visual designer and product manager, in 2008 he joined iGuzzini in their Middle East office where he is currently working as Technical Director and Lighting Design Expert. He is also the Training Supervisor, leading numerous workshops across the region.

As a designer, his practice is promoting an eco-sustainable approach and is essentially led by simplicity and functionality, being mainly inspired by the work of Caravaggio, Castiglioni Brothers, and Isao Hosoe. His most prestigious projects in the Middle East include:

National Archaeology Museum – Beirut, Lebanon
Ministry of Finance – Riyadh, KSA
The Women’s Museum – Bastakiya, Dubai;
The Commercial Bank – Doha, Qatar;
State Mosque – Doha, Qatar.
Ritz Carlton – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Majalis Oman – Muscat, Oman
Queen Alia International Airport – Amman, Jordan
Grand Hamad CBQ – Doha, Qatar
Holcom Headquarters – Beirut, Lebanon
Sowwah Square – Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Beach – Dubai, UAE
The Walk – Dubai, UAE
BoxPark – Dubai, UAE
Malek Museum – Tehran, Iran
Dowlat Building – Tehran, Iran
Central Market – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Yas Marina – Abu Dhabi, UAE
KAFD Mosque – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Ferrari Store – Dubai Mall/Mall of the Emirates Dubai, UAE
La Creperie Restaurant – Beirut, Lebanon
Etihad Museum – Dubai, UAE

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For further information or details of how to exhibit or register your attendance, please email or call 0809 481 5324.


The event is proudly sponsored by

Interstyle ceramics, Woodstyles, frontier capital and Il bagno


Attendance is free but registration is required.

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We are excited to announce


Plussize Fashion Week Africa is back, this time it promises to be bigger, better and more exciting. Following the success of the maiden edition of the fashion show dedicated to celebrating the plus sized African woman, the planning towards the second edition is in full gear.

This year’s edition is set to hold on Saturday, November 3, 2018, and Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the Main Banquet Hall, Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The activities this year has already begun with the search for Africa’s Next Plus-size Model (ANPM), where the participants will grace the stage at the PFWAFRICA and the winner will get international modelling exposure.
This year’s modelling competition will only be open to the models under the Golden Curvy modelling agency as it is the number 1 plussize modelling agency in Nigeria, and this guarantees that the models will be well trained by the best and of high standard. We will also ensure that this year’s participants have parental consent to travel and model if they do win.

There would be exhibitions running for the two days where designers and retailers will display their wares for the hundreds of people that will attend from all over the world. Emerging and established designers will also be bringing their A—game to the PFWAFRICA runway to showcase their creativity and diversity.
On the Finale day, we will be launching and having the maiden edition of our Masterclasscalled “Glow up and Flawless”.  This year masterclass will see plus-sized ladies being taught about mental well being, body positivity and self-confidence. The finale day will close with The Fashion Gala Night which is set to be an exclusive event where awards will be given to those who have contributed immensely in Plussize industry in Africa.

This year’s Plussize Fashion Week Africa is themed #BeautifullyMe and it as all about self-awareness.

On the inspiration behind the theme #beautifullyme, Temi Aboderin-Alao the conveyer of PlusSize Fashion Week Africa says,  “Being a Christian, the bible says that we are faithfully and wonderfully made, this means that God has made us beautiful. So, #beautifullyme is how God has made me and I am striving to be the best version of who I am”.
The Plussize Fashion Week Africa was birthed out of the need to stop the stigmatization and body shaming of the plus-sized woman, we believe that every woman should be comfortable in her skin and body regardless of what the society thinks as long as they are healthy.
Temi Aboderin-Alao

For Partnership and Enquires
For Media Enquires 


African culture is one that has historically celebrated the healthy looking plus-sized woman. She is the everyday woman, in the office, the shop, the marketplace, and on the streets. Contemporary fashion trends in the global West have exhibited an exponential tendency to alienate the plus-sized woman, to the point of stigmatizing her body size. The cross-cultural exchange between these two locales has led to a significant rise of “size zero” models on the African runway. This fact tends to question the integrity of conventional African Fashion runways, with ‘zero’ sized models walking for audiences, 85% of whom are plus sized! This has created a noticeable divide between the audience and the fashion show.

To Bridge this gap, and put the real needs of the average African woman on the runway, the Plussize Fashion Week™ was born, thus bringing an African Fashion Feel to an African Audience. The Plussize Fashion Week™ is poised to celebrate the African Woman’s Body, whilst not excluding models and apparels of a variety of shapes and sizes.

Opening in Lagos for the second edition, this is the only fashion runway show ever dedicated to Plus size designers, models and apparels. In support of Nigerian Tourism and business hub opportunities, the event is open to a host of local, international and diaspora designers and models who are willing to be part of the event. Last year we also extended our links to welcome UK based and US-based designers for this event, which proved an enriching experience of cultural diversity, reflective of our ever globalising world.
Plussize Fashion Week (PFWAfrica®) Founder and Executive Producer; Temi Aboderin-Alao is the Creative Director of JPKouture By Hadassah which is the high end plus size fashion brand, C.E.O of JPKingdom a ready to wear one stop shop for plus size women and Golden Curvy agency, one of the first and leading plus-size modelling agency in Nigeria, which was found in 2011. Temi Aboderin-Alao is also part of the Punch Newspaper Dynasty, as one of the daughters of the founder the Late Chief James Olubunmi Aboderin.

Plussize Fashion Week Africa powered by Shiloh Abraham Ltd, an international and UK based fashion agency.”

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THE ELOY AWARDS is BACK! Celebrating 10 years of Championing Women. 

THE ELOY AWARDS is BACK! Celebrating 10 years of Championing Women.

In 2009 a long conceived idea came to life, the Exquisite Lady Of the Year (ELOY) Awards, the first ever successful award ceremony of its kind was packaged and executed by Exquisite magazine, led by its publisher Tewa Onasanya also the creator of ELOY.

The spotlight is beaming on women, It is evident in Nigeria and around the world, as policymakers and business support organizations are waking up to the idea that women are good for the economic prosperity of the nation. Financial institutions, the government and others are recognizing the untapped potential of women.

The exquisite magazine is organizing the tenth edition of the Exquisite Lady of the Year (ELOY) Awards. The ELOY Awards is first of its kind to be held in Nigeria. The aim is to have it grow each year as we recognize and award outstanding women and their roles in the society. From their humble beginnings, they have grown to become people other women and men admire and emulate while striving for success

The ELOY Awards, celebrating women of excellence.

#ELOYAwards2018  #WeAreHere2018 #ThePowerisHers #TheYearofAudaciousAmbition

The ELOY Awards are for Exquisite ladies in different fields who will be nominated and voted for by you. We are looking for nominations in the categories above who have been active during the ELOY period of Dec 2017 to date, they will then be shortlisted and the final categories and nominees announced in September.


Criteria for Nominee:


The criteria for the ELOY Awards focus on the character of the individual, her ability and achievements and how her work impacts the Nigerian society.


Must have a proven record of:


1. Direct leadership: responsible for the duties of others in a business environment. The leadership ability to affect human behaviour and accomplish a mission. Must be capable of influencing people to achieve set goals.

2. Indirect leadership: she has earned the respect of others due to past or current achievements.

3. Service: has helped a colleague, associates to grow, develop and achieve goals and given assistance to the community.

4. Commitment: shows a level of dedication to her goals and ability to achieve them.

5. Achievement: shows evidence of growth in her business or profession.

6. Integrity: must act according to values, beliefs and principles that shape the future for the better. Actions of integrity.

7. Character: meeting her responsibilities and being a good Nigerian.


Send nominations to or nominate online at eloyawards.comincluding your contact details and reasons for the nominations: In your own words, please describe in detail your nominee’s specific accomplishment with a focus on impact, the potential for growth and the ability to inspire.

Our aim is to continue to use the ELOY awards to celebrate, inspire, empower, encourage and challenge women to be audacious and ambitious. A woman’s place is wherever she wants to be and she can become whatever she desires to be. We want to encourage all women to unleash their true potential.
We have been consistently celebrating, empowering and motivating women since 2009. We are in the 10th year of the ELOY Awards, The Year of Audacious Ambition, The Power is Hers.

Tewa Onasanya
ELOY Awards.

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London-Based Fashion Brand Emmy Collins set to launch in Lagos with Event themed Trendless Style Weekend

Emmy Collins London, the multi-faceted top-end fashion brand based in London, is set to unveil its latest designs in Lagos and has finalized arrangements to host an upscale fashion event tagged ‘Trendless Style Weekend’ at the African Arts Foundation (AAF) Gallery in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The brand that caters for menswear and womenswear in the global fashion market has built a reputation for designing exquisite runway pieces and ready-to-wear outfits for both sexes.The ‘Trendless Style Weekend’ according to its Creative Director, Emeka Collins, is a prelude to the return of Emmy Collins to Nigeria.

“We are headquartered at the creative hub of London-Shoreditch, East End, catering for our global clients but we are set to establish physical presence here in Nigeria with offices opening soon in Ikoyi, Lagos,” he said. Endowed with the elegance of quality British tailoring and design, Emmy Collins is a force to be reckoned with in the contemporary world of fashion but wants to extend the gains of the brand back home to the very discerning and fashion loving Nigerians who like quality and innovative pieces.

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Since debuting 16 years ago, Emmy Collins has made clothes for local and international clients including some private and public sector leaders, businessmen, industry bigwigs, upwardly mobile executives, fashion icon as well as stars in the music, movies and Nigerian entertainment industry.

“Nigerians are some of the biggest shoppers in the world as statistics from Selfridges, Harrods and some of the global departmental stores have shown. I am convinced that Nigerians will be willing to shop locally if they find the right quality of apparels. We are poised to bridge that gap and reverse that trend, with tastefully designed pieces that are designed and tailored to global standards” he said.

Guests at ‘Trendless Style Weekend’ will have the opportunity to view some of the designs on display and worn by models, while the Creative Director will be there to take orders for the made-to-measure pieces. Additionally, the guests will be afforded the opportunity to browse through and choose suiting fabrics sourced from Holland and Sherry of Savile Row, London and fabrics from Ringhart Shirting for their made-to-order suits, jackets, trousers and shirts.

Emmy Collins

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On behalf Fashions Finest Africa 2018 Team, we will like to offer a heartfelt thank you for your commitment to making this event so successful. This event is possible thanks to the involvement of our sponsors, partners, media partners, designers, exhibitors and participants. We appreciate your support and we want to say THANK YOU!


Sponsors: Nivea, Darling, ICAN, NEPC, Lagbus, BOI , Zaron, Glitz event centre and all other contributors.

Fashions Finest Africa 2018 kicked off with pre-event activities in collaboration with Eagle 8 Consulting organised master classes on Wednesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 24 at NEPC Training Center, Apapa. The Master classes were anchored by Mabel Doe (Fashion Consultant/Fashion Technologist) and Jennifer Sutton (Development Director, Fashion Enter/Capital Uk). The master classes themed ‘How to transform from boutique to Mass production” had a lot of fashion entrepreneurs in attendance.

The Epic Show started on Friday, May 25, 2018 with a Fashion Conference themed, ‘Increasing Nigeria’s participation in the global garment production industry”. The conference was enlightening and in-depth about the garment industry and the production process. The headline Speaker Jennifer Sutton, explained thoroughly the process of garment making, Mabel Doe, Fashion Consultant also gave explanations on the garment production and the factory process. There was also a panel session featuring Nigeria Fashion industry experts where they spoke about their experiences and challenges, the session was moderated by Lucky Idike Jr. and Jennifer Sutton, the panellists included, Mabel Doe (Fashion Consultant/Fashion Technologist), Chris Oputa (CEO Studio 24), Funmi Ajila-Ladipo (FADAN President), Morin Obawaya (CEO Morin.O), and Ohimai Atafo (CEO Mai Atafo). There were also groundbreaking speeches by Mallam Ismaila Zakari (ICAN President), Veronica Orierie (representative of Mr Olusegun Awolowo, CEO NEPC), Adenike Ogunlesi (Founder Ruff ‘n’ Tumble) and Dr. Waheed A. Olagunju, ED (SME) Bank of Industry.

Later in the evening, we held the first prestigious Fashions Finest Africa Fashion Awards hosted by Bolanle Olukanni, celebrating those who have made a mark in the fashion industry across Africa and the winners are Lisa Folawiyo, Rich Mnisi, Mai Atafo, Emmy Kasbit, Artiste by dodos. The Style Infidel, GTBANK Fashion Weekend, Omoyemi Akerele, Pichulik, Tubo, Papa Oppong, Buqisi – Ruux, Femi handbags, Reze Bonna, Toke Makinwa, Schick magazine, Adire Lounge, Tosan Dudun, Ayomide Ayodele, Payporte, Kefi boo and Deola Sagoe.

The Epic Show continued on Sunday and Monday with an Exhibition arena showcasing goods and services from our amazing vendors, Style talk panel sessions by Glamofficial and runway shows featuring Student designers, New and Emerging designers and Established designers. The Sunday designers who showcased included, Guzzling, Ageless Fashion, Sakky 7 Creative Fashion, The Fabric Hub, House of Caacuun, Oma Humprey Signature, Oma Couture, Love Nwafor, Made by Needle Queen, Saanduks, SGTC Clothing, Fhibbs Signature, Isi Atagamen and Jane Michael closed the show beautifully with her amazing collection and a beautiful dance act.

Monday’s runway show was opened by Ghanian designer Gavachy, House of Moreni, Apex Clothing, Keerahs Fashion Cave, Adejo, Hackky, Tai.Lore, Vonray Designs, Morin.O, Niiffe, Lines by Chaab, JP Kouture and headline designer Mai Atafo (white and black collection in collaboration with Nivea) closed the show.

After the fashion show on Monday, we had ‘Fashion Rave’ in collaboration with Must Blow and DJ CrowdKontroller on the wheels on steel featuring Artist Falz the bahdguy, Praiz and showcasing alongside Must Blow designs amongst some other designers to wrap up the week-long activities.

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed one way or the other to making Fashions Finest Africa Epic Show 2018 a success.




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The Fashions Finest Africa team is pleased to announce FASHION MASTERCLASS

In a bid to further help improve the Nigerian Garment Production Industry, the FFA team decided to put together master classes to run for two days just before the Epic Show. The master class will run for two days Wednesday, May 23, 2018 and Thursday, May 24, 2018 at NEPC Training Facility, Road, Apapa, Lagos. The topic for the master class is ‘How to transform from boutique to Mass Production” and will be facilitated by  Mabel Doe and Jennifer Sutton

“The Product Life Cycle”.


DAY – 1

The Buying Team
The Buying Process
Range Development
The Customer
Prototype Development

The Design Room / Sample Room: Equipment Required.
Sample Procedure: Initial Sample / Fit Sample / Sealed Sample / Pre-Production

Sample and Shipment Sample [Tech Packs]

Operation Breakdown: By Style.
Costing: Supplier & Factory.

DAY – 2
Purchased Order
Pre-Production Meetings: Style File Check List
QMS [Quality Management System]
Line Balancing
Sharp Object Control Policy: Needle Policy Flow Chart
Pilot & In-Line Inspection Report
AQL – Normal Level Sampling Plan [BS 6001:1999
Metal Free Zone

  • Where
  • When
    Wednesday, May 23, 2018 10:00 AM —
    Thursday, May 24, 2018 4:00 PM BST