After more than three months of voting, West Africa Fashion Awards (WAFA) has released its finalists, with 12 Liberian fashion practitioners making the cut.
During the voting round, Liberian fashion practitioners were nominated in 14 out of 21 categories, but tow were dropped before the final list was release.
Some of the categories that Liberian fashion practitioners were in included: Designers of the Year (women), Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year and Fashionable West Africa Celebrity Female.
WAFA president Adewole Olanrewaju said, “Putting this list together was not an easy task because we have lot of professionals that were nominated this year. But the team was able to do it best to get the list done after a tense voting period.”
He explained that in each category there were ten nominees selected through the call for nominations, adding that those with the highest votes automatically qualified as finalists for the event.
“I believe that the African industry is taking more global market trends seeing the high level of energetic fashion entrepreneurs that will soon make it happen. For us we will try to do all we can to make their work exposed to the international market,” Mr Olanrewaju said.
The head of WAFA nomination, Junda Morris Kennedy, said she feel happy that Liberian fashion practitioners were able to make the list, despite the seemingly highly competitive categories they were placed in.
Madam Kennedy said: “This has always been my dream, to see our fashion practitioners’ hard work being hugely recognized in numbers at the international events like this one. I believe there is more to come this year.”
“I’m not totally happy that all the nominees did not make the cut but those that made it took their precious time to lobby for more votes, and this is why they made it.”
In the three special awards categories, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will receive a special recognition for support of fashion. Also receiving similar appreciation will include Abraham Pelham, Junda Morris Kennedy and Sundial Creation, a Liberian-owned multimillion-dollar company.