Well-dressed fashionistas thronged the venue looking dapper and exquisite in their fantastic attires. The theme for the event was “Culture as the pivot for making Africa’s Fashion Industry a Global Brand”. This influenced the Center for Black and African Arts and Civilization, CBAAC, to partner Fashion and Life Magazine to make the event a resounding success.
According to the Host of the event Peter Roc Ike Onwuka – Smarty, “The Fashion industry is perhaps the highest employer of labour in Nigeria and probably Africa. It also has the highest number of small businesses considering the fact that virtually every street in Nigeria has a tailor, designers, tailoring materials seller etc. An estimated 15 million people are employed in the fashion industry’.
Prince Peter Roc Ike Onwuka In the keynote speech delivered by the Director General of CBAAC, Dr. Ferdinand Anikwe, who was represented by the Director Information Management Division, CBAAC, Mrs. Osayande Osaro. He noted that “for Africa to be a global player in the fashion industry, she must learn from the Chinese experience. China is ranked among the top countries of the world that has a flourishing fashion trade.
This feat was achieved because China developed her traditional textile industry and made it the bedrock of their economy. They equally ensured that their appetite and consumption of homemade fabrics far outweigh the choice for foreign dresses. The Chinese people take pride in their culture and perhaps believe that if they do not promote their traditional attires, nobody will do it for them. Today with approximately $255 billion in exports in 2012, China has become one of the biggest exporter of garments in the world.”
About 15 people and organizations in the fashion, finance and entertainment industries received accolades at the event. CBAAC was presented with the Best Culture Promoting Organization of the year award, while Mr. Jim Obazee, the Executive Secretary / CEO, of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria received the Public Administrator of the Year Award, for his support of the growth of SMEs and his dogged fight to ensure proper financial reporting amongst corporate bodies in Nigeria.
Kola Kudus Couture was awarded the Most Outstanding Fashion Designer of the Year, Lapenza Couture was the Most Innovative Designer of the Year. Aris Fashion and Style Academy was adjudged the Most Outstanding Fashion Academy in Nigeria, while Ginani Fashion Design School is the Best Pattern Making Fashion Academy.
Others are OSC College of Fashion- Most Inspirational Fashion Design School, Bimbo Balogun (Bimbeads Concept)-Most Outstanding Fashion Accessories Designer of the year. Kammys House of Beauty, Emerging Makeover Artist of the year and 3D Makery Africa is Africa’s Most Innovative Photo Technology Provider.
Also, honored were Yellow Interior Design Company- Emerging Interior Design Company of the year. Clarion Chukwurah was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence for her contribution to the growth of Nigeria’s film industry over the past 35 years.