Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Lagos State hosts first ever Tourism Summit (Photos)

Tourism, another thriving and key sector of any economy, needs to be more tapped into. As part of measures to grow this sector, the Lagos State government held its first ever Lagos State Tourism Summit that took place at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island yesterday, April 16. It was also an opportunity to showcase Lagos State rich heritage and culture.

The summit which was tagged "Destination Lagos: Towards A Sustainable Tourism- Driven Economy", had the Lagos State Governor , Mr Akinwumi Ambode deliver a special message with focus on developing a masterplan to make Lagos a mega city-state which is culturally attractive and functional. 

Another keynote speaker at the event was the former President of Ghana, Mr John Dramani Mahama, who noted that Nigerian and Ghana could collaborate to grow their tourism sector. According to him, Ghana ensures that 1 percent of taxes  go to the tourism of the country and the film act of Ghana, among other laws.

Foul panel sessions where papers were delivered and discussed by Nigerian tourism bigwigs and other invited guests,  included CEO of Access bank, Herbert Wigwe, Professor Pat Utomi, Honourable Desmond Elliot, Mrs Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi, Mo Abudu and others, was was one of the high points of the event.

Other guests included Nollywood stars, Monarchs and other Lagos State stakeholders. 

See more photos below:


Photo credit: acceleratetv.com, Instagram@akinwumiambode

Thursday, 5 April 2018

#AriseFashionWeek2018: Highlights of what went down

Why do people attend fashion shows? To stay updated with latest fashion trends? To meet with the who and who in the fashion industry? To establish connections and build relationships? To see the works of established and upcoming fashion designers and collaborate with them?  To slay and make a fashion statement?  To expand one's creativity? To get free souvenirs?  All these and more were obviously some of the reasons why people from different walks of life made it to Lagos Intercontinental hotel, Victoria Island - the venue of the Arise Fashion Week 2018.

After taking a long break from inception in year 2012,the Arise Fashion Week returned with a bang with stellar appearances on the runway from international top models particularly  Naomi Campbell and Oluchi Orlandi.

The  mind blowing  three day event made it an Easter to remember if you ask me. Even though, day one started on a slow note with the organisers starting pretty late, it picked up in the following days.One fashion fabric that stood out for me was the #Ankara, in different styles and designs, it left one completely mesmerised. It was creativity at its peak.

The red carpet ws another area that was bubbling with activity. It witnessed the arrivals of  fashionistas/guests all slaying their looks in different outfits of different colours and designs. The videographers and the photographers had a field day, as in there was no 'dulling'. Every opportunity was perfect to get the right shot and video.

More so, the show was the perfect opportunity for A-list and upcoming fashion designers to show case their creativity in their works. Some notable designers present included Gavin Rajah, Ozwald Boateng, David Tjale, LaQuan Smith, Lanre DaSilva, DEOLA, Jewel By Lisa, Ituen Basi, Odio Mimonet and more representing Africa.

The show featured over 45 designers from 15 countries (South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, France, Morocco, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Caribbean and Nigeria) that included:
  • Abaya Lagos / Nigeria
  • About That Curvy Life / Nigeria
  • Amine Bendriouich / Morocco
  • Andrea Iyamah / Nigeria
  • Aurora James / Canada
  • Banke Kuku / Nigeria
  • Bridget Awosika / Nigeria
  • Bukola Akomolafe / Germany
  • Chularp Suwannapha / South Africa
  • Colrs / Germany
  • Dzyn / Nigeria
  • Fashpa / Nigeria
  • Funke Adepoju / Nigeria
  • Gavin Rajah / South Africa
  • Gozel Green / Nigeria
  • House of Divas Lagos / Nigeria
  • House of Irawo / Nigeria
  • House of Nwocha / Nigeria
  • Ilare / Nigeria
  • Imad Eduso / Nigeria
  • Ituen Basi / Nigeria
  • Karolynne Ashley / Bahamas
  • Kenneth Ize / Nigeria
  • Kimono Kollection / Nigeria
  • Kluk CGDT / South Africa
  • Koko Kamala / Botswana
  • Lahnayo Midnigi / South Africa
  • Laquan Smith / USA
  • Laurenceairline / France
  • Lanre Da Silva / Nigeria
  • Lisa Folawiyo / Nigeria
  • LOZA Maleombho / Ivory Coast
  • Lulu Lingerie / Nigeria
  • Mai Atafo / Nigeria
  • Maxhosa by Laduma / South Africa
  • Maxivive / Nigeria
  • Moofa / Nigeria
  • Mustafa Hassanali / Tanzania
  • Odio Mimonet / Nigeria
  • Orapeleng Module / South Africa
  • Ozwald Boateng / UK – United Kingdom
  • Prim By Michelle Elie / Germany
  • Quiteria & George / South Africa
  • Rich Mnisi / South Africa
  • Rokus London / Ivory Coast
  • Style Temple / Nigeria
  • Sunny Rose / Nigeria
  • Thebe Magugu / South Africa
  • Tiffany Amber / Nigeria
  • Tinie Tempah / United Kingdom
  • Tokyo James / Nigeria
  • Tsemaye Binitie / Nigeria
  • Tzar / Nigeria
  • Vonne Couture / Nigeria
  • Weiz Dhurm Franklyn / US
  • Washington Roberts / USA
  • Yutee Rone / Nigeria
  • Ziva Lagos / Nigeria

It was also an array of models, both local and international, of different sizes, shapes and complexion bringing it on on the runway. Guess who made the models up? None other than House of Tara and they are known to represent professionalism. 

Speaking of the runway, it was quite broad enough. So no matter where one sat, it was possible to get the perfect view of everything happening at the show. The ambiance of the hall was another detail to not be forgotten in a hurry. It was spiced with abstract and latest music from Nigerian artistes-thanks to the DJ in the house.

Personally, I think the Arise Fashion Week 2018 deserves a round of applause for creating a world class event. It has come and gone but the experiences it left attendees to savour can only make them look forward and anticipate for a bigger Arise Fashion Week come 2019.

***Check photos of some of the attendees: #IShotIt

Check also some designs on the runway:

photo credit; roberttaylormedia