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Tinie Tempah & Estelle join Africa’s Top Designers at the ARISE Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos – See the Schedule & List of Designers



The buzz, the speculation, the lobbying, the drama, the preparation, the collections…
The ARISE Magazine Fashion Week is at the top of the priority list for just about every African fashion designer based at home and in Diaspora.
It has been about two months since exclusively confirmed that the event would be taking place from the 10th to 13th of March 2011 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Now ARISE has released the complete list of designers and schedule for the fashion week via their parent company’s website –

It is set to be a thrilling fashion experience “spiced” with music from international stars including D’banj, Naeto C, Darey alongside Estelle (who is of Sierra Leonean parentage) and finally Tinie Tempah who will close the show – Tinie Tempah is one of the hottest musicians on the UK scene, he recently scooped 2 BRIT awards and has scored a series of No 1 singles on the UK Charts. Tinie (Real Name: Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu) is of Nigerian parentage and this will be his first performance in Nigeria.

Based on the list, there will be a dynamic mix of shows from designers based all around the world. ARISE also took the added step of encouraging promising new talent by including “new generation” designers including Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Bridget Awosika, Vonne, House of Nwocha, Ré Bahia, Toju Foyeh, Maki Oh and Tsemaye Binite as part of the AMFW.

There were some revelations on the list; Saheed Sulaiman who up until now has provided bespoke services to his clientele will be debuting his label on the ARISE stage, knitwear designer – Buki Akib and South African design wunderkind Gert-Johan Coetzee whose pieces are coveted by the young Hollywood set including Kourtney Kardashian and Kristin Callavari are among the designers who will be showing at AMFW.

As expected, the African fashion “institutions” including Tanzania’s Mustafa Hassanali and South Africa’s Black Coffee will also be presenting during the fashion week.

The ARISE Magazine Fashion Week will open with a “Business of Fashion” conference on the 10th of March 2011 and close with an awards ceremony including a final runway show by Black Coffee and musical performance by Tinie Tempah.

Updated – March 03 2011: Keri Hilson announced via twitter that she will not be performing at the AMFW

ARISE Africa Fashion Week 2011 – Schedule – UPDATED

Thursday March 10 2011

Press Accreditation – 9AM

Press Launch – 12.30PM

The Official AMFW Welcome Dinner/Business of Fashion Africa Conference – 7PM

Closing Music Acts – 9PM
Naeto C & Darey Art-Alade

Friday March 11 2011

Group Show – 11AM
House of Nwocha (Nigeria)
Kiki Kamanu (Nigeria/USA)
House of Farrah (Nigeria)
Viv La Resistance (Nigeria)

Group Show – 12Noon
Nikki Khiran (Nigeria)
Toju Foyeh (Nigeria)
Madam Wokies Couture (Sierra Leone)
Ejiro Amos Tafiri (Nigeria)

Double Show – 1PM
Christie Brown (Ghana)
Eki Orleans (Nigeria/UK)

Double Show – 2PM
Maki Oh (Nigeria/UK)
Buki Akib (Nigeria/UK)

Show – 3PM
Ituen Basi (Nigeria/UK)

Double Show – 4PM
Korto Momolu (Liberia/US)
Bridget Awosika (Nigeria)

Double Show – 5PM
Amine Bendriouich Couture & BS (Morocco)
Okunoren Twins (Nigeria)

Show – 6PM
Jewel by Lisa (Nigeria)

Show – 7PM
Mustafa Hassanali (Tanzania)

Show – 8PM
Tiffany Amber (Nigeria)

Closing Music Acts – 9PM

Saturday March 12 2011

Double Show – 11PM
Vonne (Nigeria)
Jil (Ghana)

Group Show – 12Noon
Jo Black Craze (Nigeria/UK)
Tsemaye Binite (Nigeria/UK)
Mataano (Somalia/USA)

Double Show – 1PM
Chichia London (Tanzania/UK)
Gert-Johan Coetzee (South Africa)

Group Show – 2PM
Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi (Nigeria)
Laquan Smith (US)

Show – 3PM
Alexander Amosu (UK)

Show – 4PM
Bunmi Koko (Nigeria/UK)

Double Show – 5PM
Ere Dappa (Nigeria)
Bestow Elan (Ghana/UK)

Show – 6PM
Kluk CGDT (South Africa)

Double Show – 7PM
Kemkemstudio (Nigeria)
Autumn Adeigbo (Nigeria/USA)

Show – 8PM
Deola Sagoe

Closing Music Acts – 9PM
Estelle & D’banj


Sunday March 13 2011

Group Show – 12Noon
Grey (Nigeria)
Kastle Designs & Treasure Chest (Ghana/USA)
Re Bahia (Nigeria/UK)
Zedeye (Nigeria/UK)

Show – 1PM
Odio Mimonet (Nigeria)

Group Show – 2PM
Samantha Cole (Nigeria/UK)
Angelo Von Mol (Belgium/Ivory Coast)
Pierre Antoni Vettorello (Belgium/Ghana)

Double Show – 3PM
Nkwo (Nigeria/UK)
Lola Faturoti (USA)

Show – 4PM
Gavin Rajah (South Africa)

Show – 5PM
B-Side by Wale Adeyemi (Nigeria/UK)

Show – 6PM
Xuly Bet (Mali/France)

ARISE Magazine Fashion Week Awards – 8PM

Black Coffee (South Africa)

Closing Music Act
Tinie Tempah

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Photo Credit: Cafe Maroon


  1. Nice

    March 2, 2011 at 11:03 pm


  2. say it as it is

    March 2, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Would love to attend

  3. moi

    March 2, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Tinie Tempah is soooooooooooo cute!! yummy!

  4. sallybonne

    March 2, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    yeah me too

  5. Layo

    March 2, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I looovvveeee….tinie tempah!!!

  6. bobbydox

    March 2, 2011 at 11:54 pm


    • Lillian

      March 3, 2011 at 12:15 am

      Do you really have to say that? It says AFRICA’S TOP DESIGNERS. Why couldn’t it be YES AFRICA WE ARE TAKING OVER. Anyways, YES AFRICA WE ARE TAKING OVER. More power to the mother land. It’s OUR time to CONQUER the world. AFRICA! AFRICA! OH MAMA AFRICA! May the good Lord keep on blessing MAMA AFRICA!

    • meeee

      March 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      LOL! You’re clearly not Nigerian. Nothing wrong in routing for one’s counry amidst the pile

  7. Dith

    March 3, 2011 at 12:05 am

    love me some Tinie Tempah man!

  8. partyrider

    March 3, 2011 at 12:13 am

    cool stuff..for those of us far from home,BN pls u guys should as usual give us better download of the event.from videos(yes videos!) to pictures.
    good to know my Naeto Super C will be performing 😀

    • bobbydox

      March 3, 2011 at 1:41 am

      trust bellanaija they would deliver so dont worry

  9. afronubia

    March 3, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Tinie yummy Tempah! Asked him to marry me and he’s yet to get back to me! Very talented young man. God bless u Tinie.

  10. wisper

    March 3, 2011 at 3:19 am

    this is a nice collection of africas best, i wish i cld attend

  11. gigi

    March 3, 2011 at 7:17 am

    vonne should NOT be amongst the young upcoming designers pls, that spot should be for some other designer that deserves it. this is just some secret connection moves.

  12. Miss ATL

    March 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I wanna attend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙁

  13. Miss ATL

    March 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    BTW, I hope these events are taped and edited for TV viewing…

  14. partyrider

    March 3, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    so Keri Hilson just announced on twitter that shes not coming..hissss

  15. dirty

    March 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    keri …is not coming pls take her name off

  16. mzdiva

    March 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Yes! Going back to his homeland. I wonder what song he’ll sing. Love the song ‘written in the stars’.

  17. Roli

    March 4, 2011 at 3:17 am

    wat an exciting list of designers… this sure competes with Africa Fashion Week usually held in Joburg in the summer.

    I guess this independent show answers my question of why Thisday withdrew from sponsoring Africa Fashion Week.

    I look forward to seeing all the collections 🙂

  18. mbabazi

    March 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    good for the african designers, Why is nigeria over represented and others no t evn..just asking

  19. Lillian

    March 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    @Meeee What does this got to do with whether a person is Nigerian or not? I’m not saying he/she shouldn’t rout for Nigeria, but this is about AFRICA. Read in betwwen the lines before you reply to a comment sweetheart.

  20. Zinne

    March 5, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Why would keri come?

  21. Scot

    March 5, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Can’t wait to catch Darey performing live! the new album is totally cool!!!

  22. Emmanuella ngozi ezeadi

    March 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Tinie tempah i luv yah,can’t wait to see you.(written in d stars ,million miles away,up and through the main oooooh)

  23. Godwin tl'r Wi

    March 6, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Pls any means of getting a pass or ticket….

  24. Ohmigash

    March 7, 2011 at 3:06 am

    I wish African designers will not follow suit of the westerners by using such sickly tooth pick looking models but rather to use models with beautiful curves (like Kim Kardashian or Beyonce curves)

    Its so sad when we have to emulate the west in everything. I wait for the day that one designer will stand up and make a difference in using models who look like the average african woman.I mean who are you targeting with your clothing – WESTERN WORLD or AFRICA.

  25. zinni

    March 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Ejiro Amos Tafiri representing…will definitely be there 😉

  26. maggie

    March 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    wao didnt know tinie tempah is nigerian and i live n d uk,am so proud now

  27. Africa Batik

    March 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    African fashion shows and their designers are going from strength to strength which is brilliant news for this fashion industry.

  28. Got some cool pics of Tinie @ Webster Hall.

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