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Appzone Group Carves Out Qore To Provide Technology For Digitizing Banks Across Africa

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Appzone, the Pan African fintech software provider group, has announced that it is carving out its Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) platform from the existing business into a new business entity (named Qore), to better digitize banks across Africa, and facilitate the emergence of a fully automated and connected financial ecosystem. 

Formerly a collection of four distinct business divisions,, the company is driving exponential growth of fully digital offerings for the continent’s Financial Institutions. Some of the leading Commercial Banks, Fintechs and Neobanks, are able to leverage its platform for delivery of innovative niche products.

The Qore Co-founder/CEO, Emeka Emetarom, during a recently held press conference in Lagos, says the company will continue to empower financial institutions in Africa to become the best performing and most innovative in the world.

As a revolutionary banking innovator, Qore is enabling significant progress for a new era of fully digital Banks in Africa. Over the last decade, we have played a remarkable and active role in driving the digitization of Nigeria and Africa’s financial services ecosystem.

We are excited about what the future holds for us and for digital banking in Africa, especially since we will now operate as a BaaS focused business entity going forward.

Qore’s unique advantages are market fit and cost-effectiveness which allow financial institutions to deliver highly relevant products at a fraction of cost. We are also leveraging the platform’s numerous integrations with mainstream payment systems to achieve instant interoperability with other industry players at no extra cost” Emeka added.

Speaking about how the company is delivering value for the diverse scale of financial institutions in Africa, Co-founder/COO, Qore, Mudiaga Umukoro, says Qore has built the only truly African cloud-native core banking and integrated channel solution, tailored specifically to the African market.

We understand the realities of the African financial ecosystem, alongside the limitations that are preventing financial products in Africa from reaching their full potential and solving once and for all, the age-old Financial Inclusion challenge. This is why Qore is refocusing its efforts towards powering effortless and limitless banking across the continent. Says Mudiaga

Having completely digitized and automated the operations and products of almost 500 Financial Institutions on the continent, we are ready to take on the rest of Africa” Mudiaga added.

In the last 5 years Africa’s financial sector has aggressively adopted digital banking, with more individuals and organizations bypassing physical structures, paper trails and physical cash in favor of self-service offerings on digital devices. Currently, challenger and traditional banks in Africa are limited to using foreign technology solutions tailored for Western markets, and many of these solutions are hindered by prohibitive pricing, poor market fit and a lack of local tech support.

With operations in Nigeria and Kenya, and clients across the continent including Ghana, Gambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania, and Senegal, Qore is supporting the digital transformation efforts of traditional Banks, many of which are still stuck with legacy systems that limit their ability to compete effectively.

Since investing in Appzone, it has been remarkable to witness the business growth and transformation that has now led to the emergence of Qore. We are even more excited to have a front seat at the table as Qore sets the course for redefining the future of digital banking across Africa. We are confident in the team’s ability to deliver on its audacious vision of setting the pathway for delivering effortless, limitless banking for all across Africa” said Yomi Jemibewon, Partner and Managing Director, of CardinalStone Capital Advisers Limited.

Qore also powers an omni-channel self-service platform, USSD interfaces, Payment ecosystem integrations, merchant services capabilities, and instant card issuance. In addition, the platform provides clients with modules that enable end-to-end lending automation, direct debit collections from multiple accounts, and Agent Banking. These functionalities are available to Fintechs like digital lenders and neobanks, as well as traditional banks like Commercial Banks, MFIs, Mortgage Banks, and Consumer Lenders.

The platform also leverages ease of customization and availability of local support to seamlessly plug into the needs of African Banks and Fintechs.

Over the last decade, Qore’s remarkable impact on the Nigerian and African financial services ecosystem, has earned the company a recognition as the de facto provider of banking technology in the OFI segment, and the. first and only African Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) Platform..

Other milestone achievements for the company include, building the first African cloud-based Digital Core Banking and omni-channel software, launching Africa’s first self-service platform for instant debit card issuance and building the first and only Correspondent Banking automation platform with all Nigerian commercial banks integrated.

About Qore

Qore is Africa’s foremost Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) Platform delivering innovative banking solutions that achieve end-to-end automation of African Financial Institution operations and enable the delivery of services to end customers via digital and alternative channels.

With a team of over 160 professionals and clients in eight African countries (Ghana, Gambia, Nigeria, Kenya, DRC, Senegal, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea), Qore processes over $11.9 billion worth of transactions annually in 21.6 million annual transactions serving 18 commercial banks and over 450 microfinance institutions. Our platforms issue 12 million cards and disburse over $1.7 billion in loans annually while managing $200 million in deposits across 20 million hosted accounts. We are working with the brightest minds on the continent to digitize and completely automate financial services. Our vision is to be the Digital Banking Platform dominating the new era of fully digital banks in Africa.

CELEBRATING FOOD AND THE BILATERAL PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES

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 Exquisite food, comprehensive dialogues and empowerment have been the order of the first few days in the “Week of Italian Cuisine” in Nigeria. This week of celebrating Italian cuisine is brought to you by the Italian embassy of Abuja and the Italian consulate of Lagos.Chef Tracy Eboigbodin, winner of MasterChef Italia is in Nigeria and is touring 3 cities in the country. She has been to Abuja and then to Benin. We gave you a glimpse of her activities in Abuja, let’s find out what she was up to in Benin.Chef Tracy arrived in Benin city, Edo state which also happens to be her hometown. This second stop of the “Week of Italian Cuisine” in Nigeria focused on investment opportunities and training of youth in the HORECA (Hotel/Restaurant/Café)sector. She narrated her experience and engaged with the youth of the Government science and Technical college Benin on the importance of training, regular migration and how Nigerian youth can harness opportunities in the HORECA sector.Chef Tracy found time to tour her birth city. She  visited the National museum in Benin, the Palace of the Oba of Benin, the John Odigie Oyegun Public Service Academy and she was hosted by the Governor of Edo state, His Excellency Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki and and the First Lady First Lady Her Excellency Betsy Bene Obaseki at the Government house. By the end of her stay in Benin, she got special gifts from The Governor and from the Ministry Of Education & Board for Technical and Vocational Education, Edo state in recognition of her contributions towards being an inspiration for women and young girls especially in Edo state.She is currently in Lagos for the Grand finale of the “Week Of Italian Cuisine In The World” in Nigeria.We will keep you updated on the final leg of this journey.Follow us on all social media platforms to get firsthand updates.Facebook: Consolato General d’Italia Lagos – Consulate General of Italy in Lagos
 Instagram: @Italyinlagos


THE WEEK OF THE ITALIAN CUISINE IN THE WORLD 2022

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It’s that time of year again where we celebrate the best of Italy’s food production and gastronomic traditions all over the world; It’s The Week of Italian Cuisine in the World!! This is an annual themed event, launched by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and produced by Slow food.


Returning for the 7th year, the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World will highlight the key elements of the model for food and wine production which are Respect for knowledge and traditions, Sustainability and innovation. The major aims of this initiative are to publicize regional food, wine and tourism itineraries, rediscover villages through traditional food production,  promote the Mediterranean diet and its ingredients, raise the profile of products with protected and controlled designations of origin, combate the phenomenon of “Italian-sounding” products and encourage the internationalization of Italian cooking and hospitality training.The 2022 edition will be held from November 14th to 20th and will be focusing on key players in the food production world.



The exhibition tells the stories of five heroes with stories that symbolize a commitment to adding value to local products while respecting the environment and the surrounding area thereby representing Italian artisanal excellence. Follow us as we unwrap more exciting news while celebrating the good food of Italia.

Exciting Bar Battles, SME Empowerment & a Fun Finale: Lagos Cocktail Week 2022 Was Epic!

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On air personality Toolz, Convener of Lagos cocktail week, Lara Rawa

The 8th edition of West Africa’s largest and most anticipated cocktail event, Lagos Cocktail Week (LCW), showcased and celebrated the amazing individuals and organizations “Behind the Bars, Drinks & Brands.’’

Denola Grey at Lagos Cocktail week

The 9-day event which started on October 14th with an exhilarating Mastercard-sponsored Bar-Hop activity, in which cocktail lovers enjoyed unique African-infused signature cocktail creations across top bars in Lagos, ended with a two-day seminar and grand finale, from Thursday October 20th  – Friday October 21st at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace, Victoria Island.

Elonozam at Lagos cocktail week

Guest speakers and facilitators at the seminar and masterclass sessions, which were powered by Mastercard, empowered SME founders and executives present, with valuable knowledge and resources to ensure business success and scalability. Renowned personalities in the cocktail, bar, and beverage industry globally, including, Dr. Olawale Anifowoshe, Georgie Barnard, Lola Pedro, Kevin Conroy, Bolatito Elizabeth Okolie, Bayo Ijasan, amongst others, were facilitators.

White Money at Lagos Cocktail week

The Cocktail Village, which was a two-night event that spanned two nights, was truly epic, as guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails from partner brands including Absolut Vodka, Ballentine’s, Martell, Olmeca Tequila, Nestle Water, Beefeater Gin, Fayrouz, Desperadoes, Star Radler, Johnnie Walker, Singleton, Captain Morgan & Gordon’s, Whispering Angel, Terrazas, Volcan, Campari,  and more.

Erica Nweledim at Lagos cocktail week

Attendees also enjoyed networking, music, games, and the most anticipated activity, the bar battle, which took place at the grand finale on Friday. Notably, several female bartenders participated in the bar battle activities this year, which was amazing to witness, as the bartending industry in Nigeria is mostly male-dominated. Mastercard awarded cash prizes to 3 restaurants for their cocktail creations: Slow Lagos, Noir Lagos, and 355 Lagos. The winners of each bar battle challenge were also given cash prizes by the sponsoring drink brands.

Uriel Oputa at Lagos Cocktail week

In addition to the eclectic guests that attended the event, celebrities and influencers were also in attendance, including: Toolz, Daniel Etim-Effiong, Diane Russet, Alex Unusual, Noble Igwe, Beverly Osu, Denola Grey, Anto Lecky, Mimi Onalaja, Uriel Oputa, and more.

Tallulah Doherty at Lagos cocktail week

Lagos Cocktail Week has become one of West Africa’s landmark events, celebrating the craftsmanship behind mixology and the cocktail culture in Nigeria through events, seminars and training since its inception in 2014.

Mimi Onalaja at Lagos Cocktail week
Diana Russet and Hadiza at Lagos Cocktail week
Winner of Gordons Moringa bar battle challenge
Winner of Mix her challenge
Winner of Fayrouz Challenge
Lagos cocktail week conference
Lagos Cocktail week conference
Convener of Lagos cocktail week,Lagos State Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf
Nollywood actress, Omowumi Dada at Lagos cocktail week.
Convener of Lagos cocktail week, Lara Rawa.

Lagos Cocktail is social: Instagram – @lagoscocktail | Twitter – @lagoscocktailwk | Website: https://www.lagoscocktailweek.com/

Other sponsors of the Lagos Cocktail Week include: Sterling Bank, Balmoral Events, Monin and Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

SPRITE AND FILMHOUSE TO HOST A WEST-AFRICAN PREMIERE FOR BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER IN LAGOS

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It’s “Marvel-ous” news that the West African film premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled to hold in Lagos, this November 9th, 2022 at Filmhouse IMAX, Lekki, Lagos.

With an Afro-Celebratory theme, the premiere promises to give attendees a grandiose show of celebration of the African Culture. Hennessy, Indomie and Keystone Bank are among the partner brands ensuring an unforgettable experience for the big night.

“In celebration of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, alongside Filmhouse Cinemas, we want to ignite viewers’ experiences and together celebrate our shared cultural heritage, our infinite potential and zero-limits to discover our gifts .”

– Yusuf Murtala, Marketing Director, The Coca-Cola Company.

Filmhouse Cinemas continues to play facilitatory roles in delivering memorable premieres to the Nigerian audience, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is no exception. The Chief Cinema Operating Officer, Dr. Onamari Horsfall remarked, “Black Pantheris a story carved out of African culture and history. It projects the heights Africa can attain if it gets its technological and economic playbook right. We are excited to partner with Walt Disney in showcasing this box-office success that will be remembered for decades to come, and we are committed to doing so in a grand way.”

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is distributed in West Africa by FilmOne Entertainment which remains focused on the distribution and production of filmed content, from Nigeria and West Africa to the World by distributing and producing a wide range of mainstream and commercial motion pictures, including international and indigenous films, and maintain strategic alliances and relationships with international studios and distributors.

For all press-related enquiries, contact Savvy Media Africa (pr@savvymediaafrica.com) &

Nowe Alexis Segun-Ojo (nsegun-ojo@filmhouseng.com).

Contact Bukky George Taylor for guest lists (Giselle.bejjani@roberttaylormedia.com).

Lagos Fashion week is officially a wrap!

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From October 26th – October 30th, Heineken Lagos Fashion Week brought together buyers, press, enthusiasts to experience a week-long schedule celebrating African talent. Here’s a rundown of how the highly anticipated event that welcomed over 3000 people went. XRetail in partnership with ZinkataLagos Fashion Week commenced on Wednesday 26th October 2022 with XRetail in partnership with Zinkata. Focused on facilitating commerce and creating access to market opportunities for fashion entrepreneurs to enable their business(es) to generate sales, the XRetail experience this year welcomed african fashion enthusiasts who got to shop some of their favourite Nigerian brands. Lagos Fashion Week Opening Party

Creatives, enthusiasts, designers, stylists, and fashion journalists gathered for an exclusive Fashion Week Opening Party/ Meet & Greet with 2022 Bestseller Foundation Green Access Finalists. The evening set the stage for what was to come, guests showed up in their best; agbayas, hats, well-tailored suits, tassels, and sequins were some of the style trends spotted at the opening party.Lagos Fashion Week Swap Shop

As part of our on-going commitment to facilitate conversations and exchange of ideas surrounding sustainability in fashion in Nigeria and Africa, Lagos Fashion Week returned for its inaugural block chained enabled Swap Shop experience. Putting into practice the foundations of a circular economy that prioritises reuse, reduce & recycle.

The Swap Shop initiative invites consumers to think about the ways they can effect change with their own buying choices by facilitating the exchange of pre-owned items through swapping, sharing, donating and resale. It was a major engagement hub at the experience tents as pieces from  Abiola Olusola, Orange Culture, The Style Infidel, Eku Edewor, and Fia Factory, were swapped. 
 Physical Runway & Offsite ShowsThis year, we continued with a more decentralised format for our shows with designers organising independent #LagosFW supported shows within the Lagos Fashion Week Calendar, a triumphant development in so many ways, indicative of how far we’ve come as an industry. The Lagos Fashion week onsite tent, welcomed over 50 designers from across the continent, a key element this year, was to showcase a wider selection of fresh talent.The runway welcomed the 2022 Green Access finalists such as Oshobor (Nigeria), SVL Designs (South Africa), Olisa Kenya (Kenya), Metakay (Ghana), Heru Shezi (South Africa), Aorah (Nigeria), House of Akachi (Nigeria), Lullastudio (Nigeria), Pettre Taylor (Nigeria), and Sahrzad Design (Morocco) as well as first-timers Olooh (Côte d’Ivoire), Algueye Dakar (Senegal), Duaba Serwa (Ghana), Jermaine Bleu (Nigeria) Tia Adeola (Nigeria), Abigail Ajobi (Nigeria), Maxhosa by Laduma (South Africa) and Awa Meite (Mali).Fashion Business Series with Prosper Africa

On Friday 28th October, Lagos Fashion Week in collaboration with Prosper Africa hosted a roundtable discussion with institutional investors, fashion buyers, Nigerian fashion brands and key industry stakeholders who discussed on the topic  “Financing the African fashion Ecosystem”. Prosper Africa is a U.S. Government initiative that provides tools and resources to increase two-way trade and investment between the U.S. and African countries.Experience Tent 

A key engagement hub for all attendees with interactive booths from Partners TECNO, LUSH Hair, Sunlight, Mac Cosmetics, Showmax etc. LagosFW presents SHF Prism by Sunlight Nigeria

On Saturday 29th October, Sunlight Nigeria facilitated a workshop for SHF Prism – a hub for creativity, collaboration, investment and knowledge sharing. The one-day workshop featured seasoned professionals as Kemi Ogunleye, Creator & Host of Chrystallis Conversations; Claire Idera, Founder of CI workshop; Sola Babatunde, CEO and Founder of the OSC group; and Tosin Olaseinde, Founder of MoneyAfrica who spoke on how to succeed in the fashion industry. Lagos Fashion Week 2022 is sponsored by Heineken and supported by partners: Bestseller Foundation, TECNO, Lush Hair, Sunlight Nigeria, Austrian Lace, MAC and Lagos State. Lagos Fashion Week is exclusively produced by Style House Files.Media Partners: BellaNaija Online, Bella Naija Style, Guardian Life, Business Day, The Will DownTown, Pulse, Okay Africa and Culture Custodian.

   

Afro-Futurism- Fashion Guide For Black Panther: Wakanda Forever African Premiere in Nigeria 

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On Sunday 6th November 2022, Nigeria will be hosting the first African premiere for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever at Filmhouse Cinemas – Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria. The African premiere is set to celebrate Wakanda and the Marvel Studios’ film franchise and all its African heritage and richness.

An African premiere of the sequel to the Black Panther movie, hosted in Nigeria, sheds light on the global rise and impact of the African entertainment industry. This recognition attests to the incredible talent and work showcased by Africans in the creative industry and promises to fill the atmosphere of the premiere with celebration.

The allure and glamour that dominates African movie premieres, will not be lost at this event with notable A-list actors, filmmakers and entertainers walking the carpet before watching one of the most-anticipated movies of the year.

In celebration of the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the dress code is  “AfroFuturism: Show Them Who We Are!”, a theme that is adequately depicted in the movie. As a whole, AfroFuturism synergizes aspects of science fiction, magic realism and fantasy to reimagine Afrocentrism. Representations of this would include futuristic accessories, metallic fabrics and makeup looks merged with African prints/fabrics and hairstyles.   FilmOne Co-founders, Moses Babatope and Kene Okwuosa, are enthusiastic about the premiere and film’s release, “Being instrumental to the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in West Africa is a proud achievement and a milestone for us and the entire FilmOne team, it will be celebrated for a long time. We are excited and fully committed to working with The Walt Disney Company to deliver a grand African premiere, even as we channel all our arsenal towards realizing a momentous box-office performance for the title,” they said.Here are some styles to draw inspiration from for the event:






                    
We can’t wait to see the various representations of the theme from the stars. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever brought to you by Marvel Studios is out nationwide by Friday November 11th 2022.
 

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In Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, opens in cinemas from 11 Nov, 2022.
 Stay updated on Instagram  @filmhousecinemas @filmoneng  #WakandaForever





 



ADVAN RECHRISTENS MARKETING AWARDS-ADDS SIX NEW CATEGORIES

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In a bid to cover the rest of Africa and position Advertisers Association of Nigeria Awards as a continental award for marketing practitioners and organisations across the continent, the Advertisers Association of Nigeria has rechristened the ADVAN Awards for Marketing Excellence as

ADVAN African Awards for Marketing Excellence.

In August, ADVAN had announced, the call for entry for the 11th edition of the ADVAN African Awards for Marketing Excellence, which opened Monday 29th August, 2022.

The awards, themed: Marketing as a Tool for sustainable economic development, is scheduled to hold on November 20th, 2022, in Lagos and judges will include seasoned marketing professionals, faculty deans of faculties from the various business institutions, and respected entrepreneurs.

While speaking on the Awards, Chairperson of the Awards Planning committee, Mrs Bolanle Kehinde-Lawal, Marketing Director Unilever Plc said, “The ADVAN Awards, which is the most prestigious and respected awards in the Nigerian and African marketing community, provides the opportunity for organisations across Africa to gain competitive advantage, by having their marketing projects, initiatives, contributions as well as their products and services recognized.”

The Awards, according to Kehinde-Lawal, “Provide the ultimate platform for improving brand awareness, loyalty and customer retentions by increasing the respective recipients’ prestige. The ADVAN Awards winners are acknowledged as industry leaders and named the elite in their industry. This year ADVAN will be hosting the 11th edition of the awards ceremony.”

The ADVAN Awards is not just given, it is earned. The selection of winners is done through a very thorough evaluation process by renowned Marketing professionals, who assess entries based on stipulated guidelines and judging criteria, which can all be found on the awards website www.advanawardsng.com, she said.

This year is expected to see over 200 brands competing in the 16 categories of the ADVAN African Awards for Marketing Excellence.

Some of the new categories for the11th edition of the awards include Excellence in Corporate Branding and Reputation Management, Excellence in Customer Experience, Outstanding Marketing /Communication Professional of the Year, Future Leader of Marketing -Junior Managers, Marketing Team of the Year and the Judges Choice Award

As part of Activities leading up to the Awards ADVAN will host an SME Growth Summit tagged ADVAN SME Business and Marketing Summit- The program is geared at supporting SMES in developing best practice marketing and brand building strategies for business and economic growth

The sectoral group is the only trade association in Nigeria that represents the collective interests of ‘Advertisers’ (Multinational and Local organizations that engage the services of advertising and media agencies to promote their products and services).

ADVAN is a strong voice of 100 of the biggest organizations in Nigeria representing over 300 brands that control 90% of annual marketing and advertising spend in Nigeria.

ADVAN is a member and on the Executive Council of the World Federation of Advertisers, a body of global brands and marketing associations in over 60 countries of the world.

Lagos Fashion Week is officially over!  Here’s a recap of Day 4 & Day 5

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Day 4

Saturday, 29th October, marked Day 4 and the final day of on-site runway shows. It also marked the last day of Fashion Week Swapshop.

Day 4 hosted a one day-workshop charged at empowering female fashion entrepreneurs with the SHF prism by Sunlight Nigeria.

Some Collections from the Runway:Austrian LaceThe Austrian Lace show opened with live music and was filled with multiple looks from fringes to corset floor-sweeping gowns, three-pieces, monochrome looks with bucket hats, and Agbada. Pieces from the showcase were collectively designed by AnnCranberry, Derin Fabikun, Getoworld, and Weizdhumfranklyn.Abigail Ajobi

Straight off from London, Abigail Ajobi is a streetwear sustainable brand. For her debut collection at Lagos Fashion Week, she was inspired by the love story of her parents whose faces featured in prices. Babayo

After a digital presentation at 2021 Lagos Fashion Week, Babayo returned with a proper runway debut. The brand’s nomadic aesthetic was fresh and captivating.Pepperrow

Pepperrow is a sustainable fashion brand and with its 2023 Spring/Summer collection, the ethos of the brand was even more clear and fore-fronted. We saw colourful prints, raffia skirts, puffy sleeves, and lace. Overall, the collection was a beautiful body of work.Orire

This season, the ethical brand debuted their 2023 Spring/Summer collection titled “Sequoia”. The collection was filled with beautiful colorful silhouettes reminding us that the brand explores artistic femininity.Maxhosa Africa
 Maxhosa Africa is a South African fashion brand. Maxhosa’s design highlights the beauty, culture, language, and aspirations of the Xhosa people. For the brand’s showcase at Lagos Fashion Week, designs were a mix of streetwear in colorful palettes, gowns, and matching headpieces like bucket hats, face caps, and caps with fringes. In addition, the brand’s initials were printed on the fabrics.Bloke

Titled “A Polaroid named Camouflage”, Bloke’s 2023 Spring/Summer collection was filled with cool prints and had an androgynous feel.Cynthia Abila

Last year during Cynthia Abila’s 2022 Spring/Summer at Lagos Fashion Week, the show opened with a model wearing a mask with a kaleidoscopic gown inspired by traditional Nigerian masquerades. Opening her 2023 Spring/Summer, a masked model walked down the runway, what followed next was a familiar colourful silhouette- the multi-coloured gown but now re-made.

The remaining piece was radiant as expected.Awa Meite

Awa Meite is a Malian sustainable brand. On Day 4, the brand showcased an array of beautiful pieces that celebrated Malian rich culture.Ugo Monye
 A regular in the Lagos Fashion Week schedule, Ugo Monye collections stand out with each outdoing the next and the new collection was no different – excellently tailored, carefully thought out and impeccably delivered. Odio Mimonet

To close out, light fabrics transformed into striking silhouettes dominated Odio Mimonet’s 2023 Spring/Summer collection titled “One With Nature” for womenswear.  Day 5

On Day 5 of Lagos Fashion Week, private and exclusive offsite shows took place at different locations. Lagos Space Programme, Andrea Iyamah, Banke Kuku, and Imad Eduso had offsite presentations which wrapped up the fashion season officially.



   

#LagosFW2022: Everything from Day 3 of Lagos Fashion Week.

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Friday, 28th October 2022, marked Day 3 of Heineken Lagos Fashion Week with XRetail at Zinkata still on as well as SwapShop.

Fashion Business series with Prosper Africa commenced during the early hour of the day which featured a roundtable discussion with institutional investors, fashion buyers, Nigerian fashion brands and key industry stakeholders who discussed on the topic  “Financing the African fashion ecosystem”.
 THE RUNWAY SHOWS
Some of the collections from Day 3.House of Akachi

2022 Green Access Finalist, House of AKACHI debuted their 2023 womenswear  Spring/Summer Collection. Titled,“ N’okpuru Mmiri”- the collection centers around a conversation between some elements of nature like water, architecture, and global climate change. Olisa Kenya

Olisa Kenya brought a bright color body-fitting garment to the runway on Day 3.SVL Design

2022 Green Access Finalist, SVL Design opened the runway show for Day 3 with their 2023 Spring/Summer Collection. Looks from the collection consisted of reworked jeans and headstock fabrics. Items like a plastic bucket and the popular plastic bag- (Ghana Must Go) were seen on the runway.Jermaine Bleu

It’s been three Days of the fashion season, and if there’s anything we’ve learned so far about designers this year, it’s that colors remains and will continue to be indisposable to a designer. Take Jermaine Bleu’s Spring/Summer Collection titled Harmony which evoked different shades of colors on the runway with delicate cut-outs.Geto

Already showcased at Paris Fashion Week back in October, the Lagos-based fashion brand returned to give the people of Lagos a show of their new collection. The outcome was colorful, with a wide range of loose garments, skin-revealing pieces, oversized coats, and lastly a larger-than-life handbag.Duaba Serwa

Duaba Serwa is a Ghanaian womenswear brand. Known for its signature triangular origami pleat, the brand’s latest offering this fashion season saw flowy skirts, straight skirts, crop tops, and puffy sleeves get the triangular origami pleat treatment while also blending different palettes of colors.Abiola Olusola

Abiola Olusola is a womenswear fashion brand and for her 2023 Spring/Summer collection, she returns with minimalistic pieces. We saw straight body-fitting armless gowns, color-block chiffon, and a couple of light fabrics in white. To accessorize, we saw floor-sweeping handbags with fringes complimenting the silhouette. Emmy Kasbit
 Titled “Home Come- in”, Emmy Kasbit returned this fashion season with thirty bright-colored looks for their 2023 Spring/Summer collection. This marked the highest piece we’ve seen from a single collection from the brand so far. A wool embellished handbag, wool wig and yards of folded fabrics were also used as accessories on the runway.Tia AdeolaTia Adeola came with the drama. Opening her show with a ballad dancer, what followed next was a statement-worthy green body-hugging dress with the phrase “God Help Nigeria”. The rest of the collection showed lots of skins.Ejiro Amos Tafiri

For Ejiro Amos Tafiri latest offering, we saw glitters and gowns made with colorful light fabrics. As models strut down the runway two dancers delivered a stunning choreography which provided an interesting backdrop for the show.What to expect on Day 4.
 Day 4 will mark the final day of the physical on-site runway show and the SwapShop. 

Sisiano will host a private offsite show.

The remaining 5 Green Access finalists Metakay, Pettre Taylor, Lulla Studios, Heru Shezi, Aorah will showcase today with Awa Meite, Austrian Lace, Pepperrow, Orire, Babayo, Bloke, Abigail Ajobi, Maxivive, Studio 189, Cynthia Abila, Eki Silk, Ugo Monye, Maxhosa Africa and Odio Mimonet also unveiling their 2023 Spring/Summer Collection. 


Lagos Fashion Week 2022 is Title sponsored by Heineken and supported by partners: Bestseller Foundation, TECNO, Lush Hair, Sunlight Nigeria, Austrian Lace, MAC and Lagos State.