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The Winners, The Collections, The Red Carpet! Glamour Amplified at Vlisco Urban Beat



The anticipation had been building for weeks. Vlisco was bringing Urban Beat to Lagos and we couldn’t wait! Brand new collections from Nigeria’s top designers using Vlisco fabric; Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Tiffany Amber, Jewel by Lisa & Odio Mimonet. A design competition featuring bright and talented young Nigerian designers. On Sunday 22nd February 2009 at the Expo Centre in Victoria Island Lagos, the stage was finally set and it definitely lived up to expectations.

The show was hosted by TV Personality & TW Magazine publisher, Adesuwa Onyenokwe garbed dresses by Jewel by Lisa & Odio Mimonet. She did a great job of keeping things lively and exciting all through the show.There were 2 major elements of the show. The design competition and the unvieling of the new collections from the established designers. The design competition was incredibly FIERCE. Fierce as in fabulous and Fierce as in very competitive. Any Nigerian will have felt bursts of pride because we were very well represented by the upcoming designers. The show of talent was dazzling. Bimpe Adebambo, Zainab Hamza, Doro Udeh, Jemimah Otagada, Chineze Araka, Kelvin Wayas, Chisom Ogundu and Ifeanyi Ejimadu are definitely names to watch out for!

Who won?

You’ll have to scroll down to find out!

Timi Dakolo of Idols West Africa fame was another relevation! Ever since he released his new single some weeks ago, Timi has been on a performance blitz. There is absolutely no doubt that Timi is an outstanding talent. He performed hits including George Michael’s Faith, Lemar Obika’s ‘Time to Grow’ which he serenaded Adesuwa with and his song ‘Let It Shine’.

Timi Dakolo Shines!

How about the new collections from Folake Coker, Lisa Folawiyo, Odio Oseni & Lanre da Silva Ajayi; you ask? No sneak peeks, you’ll just have to keep clicking Bella Naija all day to get a full look! The red carpet? The Lagos swagger was in full effect! Click back at BN for full Red Carpet Fab!

Below are the full collections from the winners of the Vlisco Fashion Academy Urban Beat competition. The contest was judged by Roger Geralds of Vlisco, Folake Coker of Tiffany Amber, Ruth Osime of ThisDay Style & Shade Thomas-Fahm. The Top 5 were Jemimah, Chisom, Bimpe, Chineze & Ifeanyi.
The Winner’s prize includes:

  • A customised designer workshop in Europe
  • 2 AirFrance/KLM return tickets to Europe
  • A tour of the Vlisco Factory and the Vlico design process
  • 5 Fate Foundation Entrepreneurship program scholarships for the first five finalists

Winner: Ifeanyi Ejimadu’s Collection

Runner Up: Chineze Araka’s Collection

Bella’s Fave: Chisom Ogundu’s Collection

Overall, a really fabulous show! We mean it! All the elements were spot on! The designs, the competition, the logistics. Kudos to Vlisco, Omoyemi Akerele & the entire event production team!


  1. Lamide

    February 24, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Really great designs. Kudos to all the participants, here’s hoping I’ll be able to afford this stuff when they launch their own design houses, lol!!

  2. Nma

    February 24, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Chisom Ogundu’s collection is the only ok ones…the rest were bla and bland actually. Really liked the multi-colored one-shoulder ball gown in Chisom’s collection.

  3. Sara

    February 24, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    i love love love chisoms collection….

    he MUST have won! no fair he didnt. dont knw why he didnt….
    whatever the vlisco people were basing their judgment on it MOST definitely was NOT creativity!!!

    his was the ONLY original collection.. the rest were very “seen it before”
    but only chisom ogundus were very very original… and i love HIM!!!

    cant wait till hes out there for us to patronise him….



    February 24, 2009 at 3:22 pm


  5. hawt

    February 24, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    oh i thought the ball gown was one of Chineze’s collection,and the ones below it were Chisom’s…i’m kinda confused 🙂

  6. gee

    February 24, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    the one with the ball gown is chinezes and the ones below are chisoms…

    he has the mini-UBER HOT baby doll dress…’
    the SUPERBLY sexy jacket with the detail at d back…
    the brown pant suit like combo…
    the flowing number with blue lining, which i MUST have.. if you’re reading this chisom.. CALL ME 08055658462…. i MUST have dat dress.. price not an option…

    Chisom was AMAZING you just had to be there to understand…. you jst had to….

    love it, love his creativity and cant wait till he starts to blow up BIG and make us Naijas proud!!!!

  7. dezy

    February 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    chineze was good but chisom was amazing… i really wish he won, i can see the outfits/collection and it looks so original… nothing there has been done before.

    the winner had nice “regualr clothes” wonder what vlisco was thinking…

    take it easy chisom, all the best, i can see it… you’re going places…. MUCH respect!!! from the UK!

  8. Qed

    February 24, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    ok its timi’s shirt adere?…if it is he is on another level with fashion, iLike


  9. Elle Woods

    February 24, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I prefer chineze’s collection

  10. Bree van der Kamp

    February 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Bella what the hell (you have brought out the worst in me!!!!!!!) is ‘click back to BN’? Where are the red carpet pictures? I have clicked on every possible caption and nada!!!! Okay…now I am begging. Please where are the pictures? Biko.

  11. xoliquoricexo

    February 24, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    i like pieces from all 3 but chisom’s collection stepped things up a notch. and his shorts are wicked. lol.

  12. Nma

    February 25, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    oops, u’re right dear…i meant, i like Chineze’s collection better. thnx

  13. Qed

    February 26, 2009 at 12:50 am

    another bellanaija addict…lol

  14. Qed

    February 26, 2009 at 12:57 am

    second look at timi’s hair, he needs to get a good hairdresser…it lacks color and structure

  15. jo

    February 26, 2009 at 3:15 am

    i like chineze ‘s !! she should have won 🙁

  16. Dorah

    February 26, 2009 at 3:49 am

    LOVE the guy Chisom’s shorts. BANANAS!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Sam

    February 26, 2009 at 4:42 am

    I mean, only Chison Ogundu’s collection was worth writing home about. Me loves him already!

  18. andrew ashiofu

    February 26, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Chisom Chisom Chisom Chisom Chisom u are good

  19. nene

    March 5, 2009 at 10:06 am

    im sooo loving chinezes collection, how come she didnt win. the winner didnt do anything extra. o well.

  20. jide

    June 21, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    the designs are very very bizzare cept for chineze’s, looks like the others jus joined some pieces n presented them witout thinkin bout d reasonability,feasibility n wearabilty of the clothes in the outside world,cos i beliv dats the essence.anyways the judges saw wat am obviously not seein.

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