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Evolution Of Iro & Buba – 2015 African Fashion Week Nigeria Photo Exhibition & Competiton

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According to the founder of this great cultural and heritage competition, Ms Ronke Ademiluyi, the theme for the 2015 Africa Fashion Week Nigeria is ‘Showcasing our Cultural Heritage through Fashion’. And how better to do that than with a delightful, cultural themed photo exhibition and competition.


Oreka Godis, who serves as the Brand Ambassador, Africa Fashion Week Nigeria 2015 starts the competition aimed at encouraging the importance and relevance of cultural heritage with these few words.

“One of my favourite things to do whenever I get the chance to is to look through old family photos. It is the only real invitation you get to look at the lives of the people you know now & see who they were long before you came along. Through pictures, you can imagine who they were, their hopes, dreams, the shy and the Alan Poser.

Some pictures through clothes and attitude depict clues about the lives they lived, the government regime of that decade, socioeconomic position of the people and how they rebelled against conformity. Fashion is a part of who we are. Our evolving culture is woven in the fabric of everything we wear today and pictures beautifully show just how far that thread connects us to generations.

Every decade has its own defining statement piece. Hemlines go up and down over the years, prints and textures come and go but our flair for expression through the ages remains constant. Africa Fashion Week celebrates fashion through all the ages and we invite you to join us as we launch a competition that will end in an exhibition and spectacular display at our AFWN Gala Night on the 24th May 2015.

I share some special pictures of my own with you now. These are some of my favourite family members rocking Iro and Buba their way. I hope you will do me the honour of sharing your special memories with me too”,

iru and buba

Wearing Tabeeta fashion Affair and bag by Okiki Marinho

Wearing Tabeeta fashion Affair and bag by Okiki Marinho

Wearing Tabeeta Fashion Affair

Wearing Tabeeta Fashion Affair

Wearing Jreason

Wearing Jreason

Wearing Jreason

Wearing Jreason

Wearing Oleku by G321

Wearing Oleku by G321

Wearing Ade Bakare, handbag by Okiki Marinho

Wearing Ade Bakare, handbag by Okiki Marinho

To participate in this enlightening and exciting photo exhibition and competition, here are the guidelines to follow –

  • Follow @afwlandafwn on Instagram
  • Follow @africafwnigeria on Twitter.
  • Follow @stylevitae on Twitter
  • Follow @Africafashionweeknigeria on Facebook.
  • Use the hashtag #AfricaFashionWeekNigeria #AFWNContest to send your pictures and include a description of who is in the picture.
  • Your images will form has a time-scale exhibition of the Evolution of Iro and Buba during the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria holding on 23rd & 24th of May 2015.
  • Images should reference the date (era) it was taken and possibly location.
  • We welcome a variety of entries – black and white, monochrome, full coloured to represent each decade.
  • Damaged images would be automatically disqualified.
  • The sender must have the right/permission to submit such image (indemnifying us of any infringement).
  • The name of the person in the picture would be required and the year it was taken
  • A short reference to a notable event around the time the particular ‘oleku’ was in vogue would be welcome but is not compulsory.

The winning photographs get:

  • 2 VIP tickets to the Gala Night and After Show Party.
  • Tickets to all the show.
  • Fabrics Courtesy DaViva
  • A Designer Outfit.
  • Meet & Greet with our Brand Ambassador Oreka Godis.
  • 20 of the best images will be exhibited at the Evolution of Iro and Buba Exhibition.


Model: Oreka Godis (AFWN Brand Ambassador 2015)

Stylist: Olajide Adedeji

Make Up: Zaron Cosmetics

Hair Stylist: Dada’s Touch

Designers: Ade Bakare, JReason, Tabeeta Fashion Affair

Bags: Okiki Marinho

Accessories: Stylist’s Own

Assisted By: Ar’zu Okaro

Film Production: Arcadia digital network

Photo Artist: Twelve05 Photography

Creative Director: Yetty Ogunnubi

Official Style Partners: Stylevitae


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