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June 3rd, 2013

Africa’s Quest for Talent: Two New Shows Brings Top Models & Designers to the World

Nigeria’s Next Top Designer is an initiative of Africa Fashion Week London and EbonyWorths.

EbonyWorths is a leading model management, profile styling, event planning outfit for emerging talents in the modeling and fashion industry.

The growing of fad and attraction for African inspired designs globally and the level of creativity displayed by Nigerian designers at the 2012 edition of AFWL, provides ample inspiration for the emergence of Nigeria’s Next Top Designer, NNTD.

It is a talent hunt show, aimed at promoting African inspired designs from Nigeria and fostering the promotion and development of aspiring Nigerian designers on the world stage, showcasing the richness of the Nigerian fashion Culture and fabrics.

The project will provide overall management for the distinguished designers, help them develop their skills through our various workshops and training sessions.

NNTD will instill pride in Nigerian fashion designs, promote the creativity of our talented designers, and celebrate the diversity of the Nigerian fashion culture and its  collective contribution to the fashion industry. It will pave the way for the expansion of Nigerian  designers into the global fashion industry, through our international partners. After eons of deliberating and pondering  on how to go about the project, a branded vision has now been conceptualized.

The global fashion market has seen a remarkable growth  in African inspired designs. Looking around us today, majority of mainstream designers have adopted  the new African urban look in their designs. Common and well known designs include the popular Ankara used mostly by Nigerians, which is now finely crafted in unique and jaw dropping  styles.Participants will include fashion designers, textile designers, accessory designers, footwear and handbag designers, jewelers and milliners.

The winner gets an all expense paid trip to UK for the African Fashion Week London AFWL 2014, goes home with a cash prize, equipment  and a workshop and showroom space  at the AFWL concession store for one year.

Their collections will also be shown at African Fashion Week Nigeria AFWN 2013. There will be a lot of public and audience involvement. Viewers will be allowed to comment but the final winners will be chosen by the judges. At the heart of NNTD is the willingness to showcase the works of Nigerian designers to an international audience and also to work with them to build sustainable brands.

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 It’s music to our ears to hear Tyra Banks expanding her empire of ‘America’s Next Top Model’ to embark on the motherland Africa. ‘Africa’s Next Top Model’ will be hosted by international model Oluchi OnweagbaCBS Studios International announced Onweagba’s production company Lulu Productions will own the African format rights.

According to reports ‘Africa’s Next Top Model’ will begin filming in Cape Town South Africa in August. The spin off will feature 12 models from across the continent.

AFG are really excited to see the launch of  the African model contest. ‘Africa’s Next Top Model’ will be a great platform to expose the 12 aspiring models as a collective, to create a more diverse look of true African beauty. This competition will be a hot topic trending in the African Fashion scene and watched with great anticipation. How will the African model be perceived? If they get this right, the show will be a definite global success.





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