AFWN, QMA 2021 styles in Adire, Aso-oke, Ankara
It was a celebration of the beauty of cultural attires as this year’s African Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN), merged with Queen Moremi Ajasaro (QMA) beauty pageant, held at Ile-Ife Osun State on December 5, 2021.
At the event, the organisers took guests, monarchs and high profile personalities, who came from far and near on a show of exquisite designs with adire, aso-oke and ankara fabrics worn by models and contestants.
The elegantly dressed AFWN models and QMA contestants graced the walkway with vintage adire, aso-oke and ankara dresses made by indigenous designers, including Ejiro Amos Tafiri.
A 400-level Psychology student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Akinwale Grace Oluwabukunmi, made first runner up of the QMA pageant and was given N1million, a saloon car and the opportunity of a global tour with His Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
The convener of AFWN and QMA pageant, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, also known as Iya aladire, said the ideology behind merging the two shows this year was to showcase indigenous aso oke and adire fabrics. “Most of the costumes and outfits were worn by participants were fabrics that we made at the Adire Oduduwa Textile Hub here in Ife and were also designed by Africa Fashion Week Nigeria designers.
“This is the fifth edition of the QMA contest and it is to enable us to institutionalise the legacy of the legendary Queen Moremi. Everybody knows what she did and how she offered herself for sacrifice. People know how selfless she was, so we are trying to instil that attribute into young women of today. Whoever emerges the winner is trained to depict these virtues,” Ademiluyi said.
She noted that most of the contestants and models are students and graduates of Nigerian higher institutions.
“His Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife’s throne tries to bridge the gap between culture and learning, and what he did with this year’s event is to invite the professors of the students in academia to witness the show and be recognised instead of just focusing on the students who are the participants.”