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Highlights From 2018 Fashions Finest Africa: Photos And Full List Of Winners

The show has begun as Fashions Finest Africa (FFA) has hosted its first Epic Show in a bid to help improve the Nigerian Fashion Industry.

Bolanle Olukanni. Photo: Idris Dawodu for Guardian Life

It kicked off earlier today with a fashion conference at the Balmoral Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos themed “Increasing Nigeria’s Participation in the Global Garment Production Industry”. Then, in the evening, the Fashions Finest Africa Awards took place to celebrate those who have made a mark in the fashion industry.

The show’s host, Bolanle Olukanni, also performed beautifully in three looks that embodied a truly stylish Nigerian, a guest at the royal wedding and a celebrity at the Catholic-themed Met Gala.

Here are the awards that were presented at the show. Winners names will be in bold.

Bag Designer of the Year

  • Femi Oyelabi – FemiHandBags
  • Zainab Ashadu – Zashadu
  • O & Eclat – O & Eclat Designs
  • Akaoua Afriye Kumi (Ghana) – AAKS
  • Morin Obaweya- Morin.O
  • Adele Dejak (Kenya) – Adele Dejak

Creative of the Year

  • Obinna Omeruo – Obe Spoke
  • Akhigbe Okhai – Leankid Illustrations
  • Kobby Adu (Ghana) – Kobby Adu
  • Pola Maneli (South Africa) – Pola Maneli
  • Papa Oppong (Ghana) – Papa Oppong

Photo: Idris Dawodu for Guardian Life

Fashion Show of the Year

  • Glitz Africa Fashion Week (Ghana)
  • Mercedes – Benz Fashion week (South Africa)
  • Swahili Fashion Show (Kenya)
  • Lagos Fashion and Design Week
  • GTBank Fashion Weekend

Accessories Designer of the Year

  • Katherine – Mary Pichulik (South Africa) – Pichulik
  • Laura Nyahuye (Zimbabwe) – AdornU
  • Ashley Heather (South Africa) – Ashley Heather Jewellery
  • Lisa Folawiyo – Lisa Folawiyo
  • Morin Obaweya – Morin O
  • Uzez kulture – Uzez kulture

Stylist of the Year

  • Oluwatosin Ogundadegbe – The Style infidel Studio
  • Empress Jamila (Ghana) – Style by Trey
  • Akosua Vee (Ghana) – Akosua Vee
  • Moashy Styling – Moashy Styling
  • Jeremiah Ogbodo – Swanky Jerry
  • Harvella Styles – Harvella Styles
  • Rhoda Ebun – Rhoda Ebun

Oluwatosin Ogundadegbe – The Style infidel Studio with Ebiye. Photo: Idris Dawodu for Guardian Life

Shoe Designer of the Year

  • Temilade Osinfade – T.T Dalk
  • Mikhayel & Mikjagga” Tesfaye (Ethiopia) – Mikhayel & Mikjagga & Tesfaye
  • Nuba Elamin, Lynn & Tetsi Bugaari (Kenya and Uganda) – Bugisi-Ruxx
  • Adebola Martins – Marco Martinez
  • Jide Ipaye – Keexs

Outstanding Contribution to Nigerian Fashion Award

  • Deola Sagoe
  • Agbani Darego
  • Omoyemi Akerele
  • Ziz Cardow
  • Chimamanda Adichie

Model of the year

  • Ayomide Ayodele (Nigeria) – Winner

Womenswear designer of the year

  • Tubo (Nigeria) – Winner

Makeup Artist of the year

  • D’ Artiste Dodos (Nigeria) – Winner

Menswear designer of the year

  • Mai Atafo (Nigeria) – Winner

Fashion magazine of the year

  • Schick Magazine – Winner

Fashion influencer of the year

  • Time Makinwa (Nigeria) – Winner

Photo: Idris Dawodu for Guardian Life

Fashion icon of the year

  • Deola Sagoe (Nigeria) – Winner

Young designer of the year

  • Emmy Kasbit (Nigeria) – Winner

Designer of the year

  • Lisa Folawiyo (Nigeria) – Winner

CEO of Mahogany International Sola Oyebade, popularly known as Mr Mahogany. Photo: Idris Dawodu for Guardian Life

The show goes on for two more days on Sunday and Monday, the 27th and 28th of May, 2018 with fashion shows featuring established, new, emerging and student designers. There will be special exhibitions and vendors available to give fashion lovers the opportunity to shop their favourite looks.

Scroll through for more photos from the event.

Photo: Idris Dawodu for Guardian Life

Photo: Idris Dawodu for Guardian Life

Photo: Idris Dawodu for Guardian Life

Photo: Idris Dawodu for Guardian Life

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