Nigeria will host the Africa Fashion Reception in Abuja from July 3 to 5 following the consideration of its bid by the World Fashion Organisation ahead of five other African nations, South Africa, Kenya, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Uganda. The event will be organised by Branzuk Gold, which is the franchise holder in the country.
The decision was made in Paris last year. Nigeria is a member of the 115 nations that constitute the World Fashion Organisation. It became a member of the body five years ago. The Africa Fashion Reception is three days of fashion shows and exhibitions for fashion designers and accessory producers from all over the continent. Forty African countries will participate at the event to celebrate cultural diversity with the theme Africa is the New Inspiration of Global Capital. Only one top designer will be selected to represent each of the participating African countries.
Nigeria is a leading exponent of fashion in Africa. Nigerian designers are redefining fashion globally as their works are now seen in some of the most luxurious stores across the world. The World Fashion Organisation is looking to establish a garment industry in addition to a University of Fashion in Nigeria.