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Isoken Ogiemwonyi of Obsidian, LPM & L’Espace wins the 2012 MTN Lagos Fashion & Design Week/British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur Award – N2,000,000 & Tour of London Fashion Week Prize


 on is excited to announce that Isoken Ogiemwonyi, a creative director of Nigerian contemporary fashion label Obsidian and co-founder of retail brands, Le Petit Marche (a monthly shopping event in Lagos, Nigeria) and L’Espace (independent fashion and lifestyle concept store) has been chosen as the 2012 MTN Lagos Fashion & Design Week/British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur of the Year!

Isoken wins a N2,000,000 cash prize and a Tour of London Fashion Week courtesy British Council who will also be hosting 30 other Young Creative Entrepreneurs from different parts of the world!

The search for the 2012 MTN Lagos Fashion & Design Week/British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur Award winner included online applications and rigorous screenings in Port Harcourt, Abuja and Lagos. The panel of judges included Bukola Kajero and Ibobo Chukwuma representing sponsors MTN, Ojoma Ochai from the British Council, Veronica Ebie-Odeka of Vane Style and fashion designer Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi.

Young entrepreneur Isoken is a graduate of Law (LLB Law – Hons.) from the University of Nottingham with a PGD in Hospitality Administration from GIHE, Switzerland and an MSc in Management from BPP London. She has been in the business of fashion since 2006.

The 2012 MTN Lagos Fashion & Design Week will kick off on the 24th of October.

Click to read Isoken and L’Espace co-founder Wonuola Okoye‘s BN Making It! Interview HERE



  1. konnie

    September 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Bella,you don’t have to publish this. Here is my question.

    What is the difference between a post graduate and a Master degree. See an excerpt of you write up below. If you she two masters degrees state it clearly…..
    “Originally a graduate of Law from the University of Nottingham, Ogiemwonyi went on to obtain a post graduate degree in Hospitality and a Masters in Management. She has been in the business of fashion since 2006.

    • Mary

      September 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      @Konnie there is a tiny difference between PGD and Msc; with PGD the individual does not do a thesis at the end of the course meanwhile those who do a thesis get awarded an Msc.

    • Imelda

      September 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      A postgraduate diploma degree is COMPLETELY different from a masters degree here in the UK. Although you can do either subsequent to completing an undergraduate degree, you can choose to do a postgraduate diploma or if you do not get enough credits to obtain a masters degree, you get a ‘pass’ with just a postgraduate diploma in your chosen subject. Trust me, I should know, i’ve got 1 PGD and 2 Master’s degree’s here in the UK.

    • Anonymous

      September 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      You have bagged so many degrees yet you cannot use apostrophes appropriately? (last sentence)

  2. kay

    September 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    this one looks fixed, you people know each other, hmmm. Last year winner still looked a bit more real why this aje butter now, well connected already!

    • Noble Kilonsparkles

      September 12, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      You’re clearly not bright. How is a business woman not deserving of an entrepreneurship award? If she was some brat blowing around millions on bs you’d call her names. You believe it’s fixed because she’s from a wealthy background? Cos such kids don’t amount to anything or what? Stupid.

      Congrats on your award!

    • chike

      September 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Kilonsparkles ori e o pe o

  3. name

    September 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    congrats to her! the glory is in winning. I dont know who she is but i bet she can comfortably cough out N2m on her own…….mtn haba! after all we nigerians have done for you

  4. brandigest

    September 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    What a great feat. This is definitely a surf board for her to make it to the global limelight. congrats girl. Thanks MTN

  5. Sbaby

    September 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    One word ….. Fixed

    • a hater!

      September 14, 2012 at 1:50 am

      Another word…. FIXED.

  6. Bad Belle

    September 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    As an entrepreneur we have to give it to her, very well done. As a designer! she definately wouldnt have made the cut off point!

  7. tress

    September 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    As an Enterprise, it is a well deserved award

  8. Mma

    September 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I love seeing young people doing big things! I’m inspired!

  9. PJ

    September 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    @ Konnie, I’m thinking the postgraduate degree in Hospitality isn’t necessarily a masters. It could have been a postgraduate diploma

  10. filigee

    September 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Congrats to her oO ild win something 1 day too,amen.
    Pls check your features mail na ahahn!

  11. Light

    September 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    This is a fantastic award to be received by anyone! Great job very well done Isoken! People will sit on their back sides finding fault in other peoples achievements , yet accomplish little or nothing in their own pathetic lives! Give credit where credit is due! The young lady works hard evidently!

  12. Fee sola

    September 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Fixed! N I know from inside sources! Isoken is d one person that doesn’t need this award/ help , omoyemi well done! We already know! Who cares tho, same thing everyday, ignoring those who really need support! So wonu didn’t win last year’ but she was on top ten , now isoken wins??? Okay o! We’ll pay along! Congrats !!!!!!!!!!!

    • Wow

      September 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Sorry out of curiosity, it should be given to someone that NEEDS it wether they’re deserving of the award or not? Such a pity! This is the problem with Nigeria! Imagine if the Pulitzers were run by weird thinking people like yourselves. Real pity!

  13. Miss Pepeye

    September 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    @ Mary and PJ, so is a post grad diploma now a degree? I think its Bella Naija and their use of words that are causing confusion. Congrats to her though it seems fixed with all their swapping of used clothes

  14. Ol

    September 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    ever heard of post graduate diploma?

  15. Sisiekomi

    September 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Congrats !

  16. faith

    September 12, 2012 at 11:25 pm


  17. Pd

    September 12, 2012 at 11:40 pm


  18. Nikki

    September 13, 2012 at 4:19 am


  19. iamfascinating

    September 13, 2012 at 6:11 am

  20. Laiza Lounge

    September 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

    People like Isoken just inspire me!

    I really don’t get why anyone should hate though…argue from now till 100years later, she would have gone far ahead, while others sit down and argue.


  21. Show some love

    September 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Congratulations and weldone girl


    September 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Isoken…very well deserved

  23. mini

    September 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    More grease to her elbow.

  24. Lovet

    September 14, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Wel done and congrats

  25. Laura

    September 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Dare i say – hairy legs??!

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