Nigeria’s 75th British Council Anniversary Celebrates Nigerian Fashion For It’s Rapid Growth.
Over the years, Nigeria’s fashion industry has grown in reputation, size and stronger global attention which has attributed to striking patriotic move towards made and designed in Nigeria consciousness that has driven an increase in demand.
Events such as Arise Fashion Week hosted by Naomi Campbell, Lagos Fashion Week among others have driven the fashion movement through their anticipated annual runway fashion shows and incubator-style techniques used to grow fashion designers and their brands as well as local artisans.
The growth of the fashion sector has been empowered by various initiatives and programmes by the British Council, aimed at nurturing skill advancement and entrepreneurial acceleration in this industry. This will contribute to the improvement of livelihood as well as national socio-economic growth.
As part of the British Council’s 75th-anniversary celebration in Nigeria, they are celebrating 75 of their programme participants in the areas of their work, arts and culture, education, civil society, businesses and communities who have impacted positively following their participation.
Emmanuel Okoro is one of the participants being celebrated for his participation in the 2017 British Council’s Fashion Focus Fund accelerator programme held in association with Lagos Fashion and Design Week. Emmanuel brought the Nigerian fashion unto the world stage when British former Prime Minister, Theresa May wore his Emmy Kasbit Akwete print jacket on her state visit to Nigeria.
That moment was and still one of the moments Emmanuel can’t and would not seem to forget. He made his debut on the Nigerian fashion scene at the British Council supported Lagos Fashion Festival in 2017 and was one of the finalists winning $13,000, which he reinvested in his business.
Nigerian fashion is growing faster and has received widespread recognition over the years. Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Lupita Nyong’o and many others have been dressed by Nigerian designers.