2012 MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week announces Finalists for Young Designer of the Year & Young Creative Entrepreneur Awards

2012 MTN British Council LFDW Young Designer of the Year finalist – Agu Anumudu

The MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) will take place in October 2012. In addition to showcasing the best of the Spring/Summer 2013 collections from Nigeria’s premier designers, the week will once again present The MTN LFDW Awards where cash awards will be given to the Young Designer of the Year, Young Creative Entrepreneur of The Year and the Young Model of The Year.

With the success of last year’s events still fresh in everyone’s minds, the MTN LFDW team couldn’t wait to start the journey to this year’s LFDW! Travelling to different parts of Nigeria to screen candidates for each category played a huge role in setting LFDW apart from other fashion events. This year, judges travelled the country again looking for the future stars of the fashion industry. Port Harcourt, the Treasure Base City, was host to the first screenings.

Held at the Le Meridien, Ogeyi Place on the 8th of August, the city welcomed the team with open arms. The LFDW Port Harcourt judges included Akpos Okudu, a MTN Lagos Fashion & Design Week 2011 finalist; Ijeoma Arugba from British Council; Kester Osahenye from MTN and Wadami Amolegbe of HauTeFashionAfrica.com.

Abuja, the capitol of Nigeria was the second city and second stop for the MTN Lagos Fashion & Design Week Awards screenings. The LFDW team arrived on the 10th of August, 2012. Denis Hotel was the venue and the “Center of Unity” was full of fashion creatives who brought their A game! The judges were Sephora Imomoh from British Council, Melvin Awolowo of XLR8 & Oyinkansola Momoh from Style House Files.

Lagos, the budding fashion city was the last stop for the screenings. As expected, the metropolitan did not disappoint! By far the most attended screening, the crowd gathered on the 13th of August at the British Council, a LFDW sponsor and the perfect venue for the “Center of Excellence”.

The judges for the Lagos screenings were MTN’s Bukola Kajero and Ibobo Chukwuma; Ojoma Ochai from British Council; Veronica Odeka-Ebie of Vanestyle, and fashion designer Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi.

Each day of screenings went smoothly, with participant after participant, impressing the judges… and leaving them with very difficult decisions to make! Picking models, designers and those being considered for the Young Creative Entrepreneur category was not easy but the judges finally reached an agreement and nominated (in no particular order):

2012 MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week Awards – Young Designer Category – Finalists

  • Agu Anumudu
  • Ponmile Olawoye
  • Karen Jacobs
  • Jennifer Adighije
  • Kehinde Osotimehin
  • Wana Sambo
  • Uju Offiah
  • Wisdom Anaba
  • Orange Culture
  • Buchi Okoro
  • Joshua Udiminue
  • Kopho Jomo

2012 MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week Awards – Young Creative Entrepreneur Category – Finalists
• Ogo Atariete
• Olajide Okerayi
• Isoken Ogiemwonyi
• Yusuf Kolawole Kuddus of Kola Kuddus – who was the 1st finalist for the YCE awards in Lagos, and took home the Blackberry 9230, a gift from MTN LFDW Official Technology Partners, RIM Blackberry.

2012 MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week Awards – Prizes
• MTN British Council Young Designer of the Year (YDE), which includes a cash prize of N4,000,000, business mentoring and capacity building working workshops
• MTN British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur of the Year (YCE), which includes a cash prize of N2,000,000 and a tour of the London Fashion week
• MTN Young Model of the Year which includes a cash prize of N1,000,000

Photos from the Screening

Judges – Akpos Okudu, Ijeoma Arugba, Kestner Osahenye, Wadami Amolegbe

Judges – Sephora Imomoh, Melvin Awolowo, Oyinkansola Momoh

Judges – Bukola Kajero, Ojoma Ochai, Veronica Ebie-Odeka, Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi

Ogo Atariete, YCE with the Judges

Kola Kuddus is presented with BlackBerry by judge Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi

Chitoro of Chi 2 Rule

Chris Ambassador

Isi Atamagan

Isoken Ogiemwonyi

Jennifer Adighije

Jules Puma

Karen Jacobs

Kehinde Osotimehin

Ponmile Olawoye

Tomilola Adewoye

Uju Offiah

Wana Sambo

Wisdom Anaba

17 Comments on 2012 MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week announces Finalists for Young Designer of the Year & Young Creative Entrepreneur Awards
  • bbb August 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm


  • mlg August 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    congratulations to all the finalists! Also I see Terence’s sis… good going Wana!

  • aisha August 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    congrats kareen and all d finalists an so hapi for u dear…….

  • daarrmmm August 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    why is lanre dasilva looking like that *SMH*

  • Nnenna August 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Pomsyyyyyy a.k.a Ponmile for the win!!!:-*

  • Julit August 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Congrats to my fav girl uju.

  • aliyah August 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    i hear applicants were not really notified about the screening

  • Vicsax August 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm


  • Toxin August 27, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Orange culture. I loveeee that brand. Cant wait!

  • ayetoro kan August 28, 2012 at 8:16 am

    congrats uju,bayo and wana! Cant wait to ese what Agu Anumudus collection

  • Couture By Makioba August 28, 2012 at 9:48 am

    very nice and inspiring…..

  • Lanny August 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Fashion Ne?!

  • Nigeria Speaks August 29, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Congrats to all of them. Hardwork is the highest-paying job. The smarter (not just harder) you work, the further you progress and the more you gain. It’s as simple as that.
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  • lizzy anumudu August 29, 2012 at 9:51 am

    congrats 2 my best cousin…..agu anumudu….c u at d top….yehhhh….

  • liz August 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

    congrats 2 agu anumudu….c u at d top…..yeaaa…blss u .

  • BFFs September 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Congrats CU’s very own Kopho Jomo. KJ behbey, i believe in u. we r winning dis by God’s grace

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