Amazing fashion style was the dress code that stole the night at the just ended West Africa Fashion Award (WAFA), with Lofa Magazine and Tekay Design emerging as winners out of 12 Liberian nominations that made the final list.
The astonishing fashion design on display at the event at Oriental Hotel in Lagos March 24, 2016 recognized, inspired and promoted the wealth of fashion talents from within West Africa, highlighting the potential role the industry can play in the region’s economic development.
Lofa Magazine, an online fashion magazine, won the Fashion Media of the Year, and renowned fashion brand Tekay Designs walked away with the Women’s Wear Designer of the Year.
In addition, renowned publicist Junda Morris-Kennedy was honored with the Fashion Recognition Award for her major contributions to the fashion industry over the years from the Dispora.
Liberian fashion practitioners received 14 nominations out of the 21 categories. Twelve made the cut after voting.
WAFA President, Adewole Olanrewaju, said the event organizers were excited that this year’s event featured several high profile nominations, noting that the journey to success was not an easy task.
“We did everything possible to make sure that the competition was free and fair,” he explained. “This is the reason no one has complained about cheating. While we acknowledge the fact that there were losers, we believe that everyone that got nominated are all winners.
“This year may not be yours, but keep on working. Your time will come,” Mr. Olanrewaju encouraged the nominees.
The head of WAFA nominations for Liberia, Junda Morris-Kennedy, noted that she wished all of Liberia’s nominations had won, but said she was happy for all of the winners.
“I believe that this is the beginning of more regional and international recognitions that will soon come to those that are working hard,” she said.
Check out the full winners list below:
Fashion Stylist of the Year
Dieudonne Senato (Ivory Coast)
Make Up Artist of the Year
Priscilla Nyarko of Glam Faces (Ghana)
Female Model of the Year
Lucky Favour (Nigeria)
Male Model of the Year
Stephen Owusu (Ghana)
Pageant of the Year
Miss Tourism (Nigeria)
Modeling Agency of the Year
Few Model Management (Nigeria)
Fashionable West African Celebrity Female
Zainab Sheriff (Sierra Leone)
Fashionable West African Celebrity Male
Bryan Okwara (Nigeria)
West African Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year
Toyin Lawani – Tiannah styling (Nigeria)
Model Search of the Year
Nigeria’s Next Super Model (Nigeria)
Urban Wear Designer / Accessory Designer of the Year
ADU Amani Klodin, VAAD Style (Ghana)
Fast Rising / Next Rated Fashion Entrepreneurs
Uchenna Okwudima (creative director ECOWAS Fashion Week / International fashion week)
Next rated fashion entrepreneurs
Herty Twens (Gold TV / Gold Modeling Agency)
Fashion Photographer of the Year
Emmanuel Bobbie of Bob Pixel Photography (Ghana)
Fashion Media of the Year
Lofa Magazine (Liberia)
Online Fashion Media of the Year
Fashion Ghana (Ghana)
Fast Rising Entrepreneurs
Biola Orimolade (Black and Bold Fashion House)
West African Fashion Event of the Year
Afrik Fashion Show (Ivory Coast)
Men’s Wear Designer of the Year
Ozwald Boateng (Ghana)
Women’s Wear Designer of the Year
Tekay Designs (Liberia)
West Africa Fashion Academy of the Year
Zaris Fashion & Style Academy (Nigeria)
Fashion Recognition Award
Junda Morris-Kennedy (Liberia)
Shola Oyebade (Nigeria)
Mrs. Funmi Ajila Ladipo (Nigeria)