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ARISE announces Lineup for the 2012 ARISE Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos – 77 Designers from 6 Continents!



In January 2012, announced the return of the ARISE Magazine Fashion Week to Lagos for the 2012 edition, since then we have been inundated with questions about the design labels participating in this year’s edition of AMFW. Scroll down for your first look at the list. Look out for more details to be revealed soon.


Due to the phenomenal response to the call to participate in the much anticipated, ARISE Magazine Fashion Week, which last year hosted 5,000 guests, 51 designers, 81 models, 5 musical acts over three days – ARISE organisers have announced that it will return to Lagos in March 2012, only this time it will feature 77 participants from 6 continents – including designers as far away as India, the Caribbean, USA, Europe and Africa.

The ARISE Magazine Fashion Week – Lagos 2012 fashion extravaganza will run for an extended period of SIX days from Tuesday 6th March to Sunday 11th March 2012 in THREE tents on the grounds of the luxurious 5-Star Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria.

So far, 66 of the 77 participants have been revealed:

  1. Adama-Paris (Senegal/France)
  2. Amine Bendriouich Couture and BS (Germany/Morocco)
  3. Amrapali (India)
  4. Angelo Van Mol (Belgium/Ghana)
  5. Grey (Nigeria)
  6. Bestow Elan (UK/Ghana)
  7. Bridget Awosika (Nigeria)
  8. Buki Akib (UK/Nigeria)
  9. Chichia London (UK/Tanzania)
  10. Christie Brown (Ghana)
  11. Clan (Nigeria)
  12. David David London (UK)
  13. Davida (Nigeria)
  14. Duaba Serwa (Ghana)
  15. Ejiro Amos Tafiri (Nigeria)
  16. Eki Orleans (UK/Nigeria)
  17. Frank Osodi (Nigeria)
  18. Funlayo Déri (UK/Nigeria)
  19. Gavin Rajah (South Africa)
  20. Gloria Wavamuno (Uganda)
  21. House of Divas (Nigeria)
  22. House of Farrah (Nigeria)
  23. House of Nwocha (Nigeria)
  24. Iconic Invanity (Nigeria)
  25. Imane Ayissi (France/Cameroon)
  26. Jacob Kimmie (UK/South Africa)
  27. Jewel by Lisa (Nigeria)
  28. Kastle Designs & Treasure Chest (USA/Ghana)
  29. Kaveke (Kenya/UK)
  30. Kevan Hall (USA)
  31. Kezia Frederick (UK/St.Lucia)
  32. Kiki Clothing (Ghana)
  33. Kinabuti (Nigeria/Italy)
  34. Klûk-CGDT (South Africa)
  35. Koke (Botswana/India)
  36. Korto Momolu (USA/Liberia)
  37. Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi (Nigeria)
  38. LaQuan Smith (USA)
  39. Laurenceairline (France/Ivory Coast)
  40. Loza Maléomsho (USA/Ivory Coast)
  41. Madam Wokie’s Couture (Sierra Leone)
  42. Mai Atafo (Nigeria)
  43. Maki Oh (Nigeria)
  44. Mataano (USA/Somalia)
  45. Meena (Nigeria)
  46. Mustafa Hassanali (Tanzania)
  47. Nkwo (UK/Nigeria)
  48. Odio Mimonet (Nigeria)
  49. Okunoren Twins (Nigeria)
  50. Osman (UK)
  51. Paul Hervé  Elisabeth (Martinique)
  52. Poisa (Kenya)
  53. Re Bahia (UK/Nigeria)
  54. Sandra Kennedy (Jamaica)
  55. Sandra Muendane (Mozambique/Portugal)
  56. Sunny Rose (Nigeria/UK)
  57. Taibo Bacar (Mozambique)
  58. The Vessel. By Lois (USA/Jamaica)
  59. Tiffany Amber (Nigeria)
  60. Timo Welland (USA/South Africa)
  61. Tsemaye Binitie (UK/Nigeria)
  62. U.Mi-1 (UK/Nigeria)
  63. Virgos Lounge (UK/Nigeria)
  64. Viv La Resistance (Nigeria)
  65. William Okpo (USA/Nigeria)
  66. Zekaryas Solomon (Eritrea/UK)

ARISE will invite this year’s intake of 77 designers to participate in its fashion extravaganza from Tuesday 6th to Sunday 11th March 2012. The event will end on the night of Sunday 11th March 2012 with the spectacular ARISE Magazine Fashion Awards where each designer will hope to secure a Golden Ticket to showcase their designs at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week 2012 this September.

Award-winning New York-based producer, Kevin Krier & Associates and celebrated UK-based Inca Productions have been appointed AMFW 2012 show producers.

ARISE Magazine founder Nduka Obaigbena says: “There has been a surge of interest from around the world including major UK and American brands this year, following our successful inaugural event last year, which is why we have decided to give even more designers an opportunity to participate. The world has recognised that Nigeria has much to offer in the way of vibrancy and extraordinary talent in abundance making it the cultural capital of Africa. Once more we are proud to be associated with nurturing new designers from the vast continent – and continuing our support of those who are more well-known in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.


  1. brianna

    February 18, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Awesome!!!! pls keep us updated with pictures of all the collections,Street style,Trends from the shows & of course pictures of people attending , cant wait..excited!!!!

  2. jane

    February 18, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Yayyy..77 is 2mch though

  3. Teetee

    February 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

    please when are they opening up press registration this is really important.

  4. Me

    February 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Number 67 to 77 da?

  5. Francesca

    February 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Cant wait to see the pictures! Wish I could be there. Fashion Week New York was amazing.

  6. BukiOni

    February 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    This is all so exciting x

  7. Brittle Paper

    February 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    So proud of these guys. The international reach of the project is getting ridiculously cool.

  8. Food for thought

    February 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Bella Naija – What is the details for VIP Tickets ?

  9. Ij Obiagwu

    February 18, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Awwww!! Fabulous!!!! Cant wait.

  10. emmanuel idim

    February 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    how do i attend the fashion show

  11. Fab1986

    February 19, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Oh plzzzzz!!!. We are tired of seeing all these deigners from Nigeria. There r nt d only once, There are a lot of talented up n coming young designers n I’ve seen their designs, no doubt they’ve got talent. These ppl where there last year and they’re back again.#come on!!#. Likes of project runway, the winners n d paticipants are doing well for themselves n its due to d fact that they were given d chance to. My problem with Nigerians, we dnt encourage ourselves or gv ourselves the opportunity to b out there. Its alwys about the Influential ones n who they r connected with. No wonder we still running in 360.

    • U

      February 19, 2012 at 8:25 am

      I so agree with Fab 1986.. We need another medium to step up for upcoming designers in Nigeria or Africa as a whole. But then when a private establishment has the revenue. They have a right to pick who they want. I know so many upcoming designers that kept on sending emails and trying to get across to the Arise team. No response, because obviously they are going with people they already know. Wish them all the best Sha. If Fadan cannot step up to it’s responsibilities. Other private bodies, will help them. Issorai we go dye dia….

  12. olusheyi

    February 19, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    OMG! I can’t wait.

  13. Mak Nisy CEO

    February 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    i cant wait to view the pictures.. i also wish that the arise team will give new and upcoming homebase designers the chance to showcase their work, even if its to exhibit in stalls and network with industry people coming. well good job to them and i know Bella Naija will be bringing Fab pics to us.

  14. Ope B

    February 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Please are the tickets on sale? If they are, where can i get them?

  15. Francesca

    February 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Thats a long list of designers! Great job to those who put this together.

  16. segzy

    February 21, 2012 at 12:54 am

    nice onee

  17. xoxo

    February 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Maki Oh, Virgos Lounge and House of Divas- three girls, same set, same class, same secondary school!

    • happyhilly

      February 23, 2012 at 9:05 am

      Which school did they attend

  18. Winston Sylvans

    February 22, 2012 at 10:26 am

    This is all very gripping. Can’t wait.

  19. Iphie

    February 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Amazing!!! And do you know what’s even more amazing? I was picked by an amazingly awesome stylist to work BACKSTAGE at the show!!!! My excitement knows no bounds.. 😀

  20. kika

    February 28, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Wooah Its been 5yrs ago I participated in the fashion week,am so so excited,this time around am gonna be one of the makeup artist workin backstage with the lovely models,last time I checked was one of the dressers backstage workin with the likes of emmi collins,cris arie etc.I hope this one is gonna be faaabulous.muah

  21. P-83

    March 1, 2012 at 4:43 am

    not on the list Prajje 1983 Haiti/USA

  22. Abeni

    March 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    NICE!!! are tickets still available and where can we get them?. thanks

  23. Jane Michael

    March 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

    i dont agree wiv fab1986. there woulda been som factors that dese new designers dint meet up to. also,dey hav more list of designers dis yr, meanin dey added a few extra. alot of people capitalize on talent alone and forget the extras. how many new designer hav a look book? some dont even know wat a look book is. dont 4get dat dere r certain criteria dey hav to meet up to too. project runway is a reality show specifically for upcoming designers, so its not a good comparison. you cant see omawunmi or waje or dare goin to contest for project fame or ex beauty queens goin to contest for d next MBGN again. xoxo

  24. sayitlikeitis

    March 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Yes there was a set of criteria that these designers had to meet. Some of these designers did not meet the all the criteria set e.g. website – does everyone of these desgners have a website? or a point of sale other than their garage? It is clear that it is a matter of who you know, how good you can lobby or your PR is. Nigeria Fashion 360 – fashion for the elite designer.

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