30 minutes before the start of the show and I’m really looking forward to it. West Africa’s biggest night in fashion is finally here, embodied in The West African Fashion Award (WAFA) 2015 is holding this evening @ 4pm and the venue is The Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island. Haven’t been for previous editions, well I will be there and bring you pictures and updates on what happened. Now, a little bit on what to expect: “Some of the most important names in style will take the red carpet in seriously chic attire. The ceremony honors the most forward-thinking designers, models and plain, good ole’ dressers who have made an impact across the pond. The “West Africa Fashion award” is a ceremony held annually in West Africa to showcase West African designers and present awards to those who have made the most outstanding contributions to the fashion industry during the year. The main awards include that of: – Menswear Designer – Women’s Wear Designer – Fashion Event of the Year – Style Award and – Outstanding Contribution Other awards include the ‘most-fashionable’ celebrities in various fields, etc. The ceremony is organized by Fashion Instinct and runs as part of West Africa Style Week every March. The event, produced by Fame Mansions, will see 18 categories awarded. Here are the nominees: EMERGING DESIGNER OF THE YEAR Slitz Coutoure (Nigeria), Doozie June (Nigeria), Diamond foray Fashion (Nigeria), Ophelia Crossland Designs (Ghana), 101 Clothing (Ghana), Fadi Prestation (Togo), Serwa Duaba (Ghana), AAMAA A la Mode (Nigeria), Vovwe Omoko(Ovems Fashion) MODEL OF THE YEAR (MALE) Raphel Zillary (Ghana), Wale Bello (Nigeria), Daniel Graca (Cape Verde), Emeka Okakpu (Nigeria), Abs Ceasay (Gambia), Hassan Reese (Ghana), Stephen Owusu (Ghana) MODEL OF THE YEAR (FEMALE) Herty Twen (Ghana), Believe Dampite (Togo), Nana Afua (Ghana), Bunmi Ademokoya (Nigeria), Chika Emmanuel (Nigeria), Kathy Mingele (Cameroon), Doyin Haastrup Olatokunbo (Nigeria) DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (MEN’S WEAR) Yomi Casuals (Nigeria), Monarki (Ghana), Orange Culture (Nigeria), Big Ben Kilani (NIGERIA) KING HAKBAL (NIGERIA), MAI ATAFO (Nigeria) DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (WOMEN’S WEAR) House of Eccentric (Ghana), Christie Brown (Ghana), Ejiro Amos Tafiri (Nigeria), April by Kunbi (Nigeria), Afro Mod Trends (Ghana), AVD (Ghana) PAGENT/MODEL SEARCH OF THE YEAR (FEMALE) Nigeria’s next Super model (Nigeria), Miss West Africa international (Regional), Elite Model Look (Nigeria), Miss Universe Ghana (Ghana), Gambia Next Top Model (Gambia), Miss Sierra Leone (Sierra Leone), Miss Cameroon (Cameroon), Pearl Look (Nigeria) NEXT RATED MODEL OF THE YEAR(MALE) Marius Isikalu (Nigeria), Nii Tackie Laryea (Ghana), Isaac Igwahi (Nigeria), Bolu Olaitan (Nigeria) NEXT RATED MODEL OF THE YEAR (FEMALE) Bukola Anthony (Nigeria), Kemi Amusan (Nigeria), Nosa Davids (Nigeria), Grace Sarfo (Ghana), Opeyemi Awoyemi (Nigeria) CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Obi Somto (Nigeria), R.O.B Media (Nigeria), Stephen Adusei (Ghana), Kristien Photography (Nigeria), Emmanuel Oyeleke (Nigeria) PAGENT/MODEL SEARCH OF THE YEAR (MALE) Male Icon (Ghana), Mr Ideal (Nigeria), Elite Model Look (Nigeria), Male Model (Ghana), Mr Cape Verde Universe STYLE AWARD (CELEBRITIES) Melvin Oduah (Actor), Adetoke Oluwo (Talk Show host), Tonto `Dike (Actress), Jim iyke (Actor), Van vicker (Actor), Yvonne nelson, Morachi (Artist), Yaw (OAP), Ann Banner (MBGN 2013), Dbanj (Entertainment Entrepreneur), Ik Ogbonna (Actor), Adams, Princess Adesile (Miss Ideal Nigeria), Lara Jojo (Miss West Africa UK), Alex Ekubo MODELLING AGENCY OF THE YEAR Exopa Modelling Agency (Ghana), Mahogany Model Management (Nigeria), ISIS (Nigeria), SPARKZUTA models (Ghana), Mic dunamis (Nigeria) FASHION EVENT OF THE YEAR Gambia Fashion Weekend (Gambia), Lagos Fashion Design Week (Nigeria), Music Meets Runway (Nigeria), GLitz Fashion Week (Ghana), Miss Tourism Nigeria (Nigeria), Nigeria’s Next Top Designer (Nigeria), Pearl Look (Nigeria), Mr IDEAL (Nigeria) FASHION MAGAZINE/BLOG/SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM OF THE YEAR Fashion Ghana (Online , Ghana), BellaNaija (Online , Nigeria), Complete Fashion (Print, Nigeria), Groom Inspiration (IG, Nigeria), Thisday Style (Print, Nigeria), Vanguard Allure (Print, Nigeria), Onobello (Online, Nigeria), Spice Tv (TV , Nigeria) FASHION PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Neville Nomaosigbon – for Glitz on the runway, Ayotunde Twitch for Mr Ideal Nigeria, Nana Tamakloe for Miss West Africa International, Saint Mensah for Male Model (Ghana), Onome Fesan for Nigeria’s Next, Top Designer, Ronke Ademuluyi for African, Fashion Week Nigeria, Dele Onabowu for Miss Black UK, Ayodeji Olatokunbo/Doyin Olatokunbo (CEO, TOKAD International / Pearl Look) RED CARPET DESIGNER OF THE YEAR MAI ATAFO (Nigeria), AFRO MODE TRENDS (GHANA), King hakbal (Nigeria), 101 Clothing (Ghana), Aduni Oge (Nigeria), Fadi presentation (TOGO) FASHION ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR Neville Nomaosigbon (CEO, Glitz on the runway), Santiago Roberts (CEO, Miss Tourism/Mr Universe Nig), Jennifer Olize (CEO , Music Meets Runway), Ayotunde Twitch (CEO , Mister Africa International/ Mr Ideal Nigeria/Miss Ideal Nigeria), Spark Zuta (CEO , Sparkzuta Models), Joy Osusu (CEO, Links&Glitz/Fashion Diaries), Tunde Afolabi (CEO, Create your world), Biola Orimolade (CEO, Black n bold Fashion house), Bashiru Olu Wasiu-Ayinde(CEO, Fashion Icon Award) FASHION PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Jennifer Olize (CEO , Music Meets Runway), Ayotunde Twitch (CEO , Mister Africa International), Neville Nomaosigbon (CEO, Glitz on the runway), Ayodeji Olatokunbo/Doyin Olatokunbo (CEO, TOKAD International / Pearl Look), Adetoke Oluwo (Style.com , superscreen) FASHION RECOGNITION AWARD Bayo Haastrup, Frank Oshodi, Joan Okorodudu, Mudi, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Reze Bonna Zizi Cardow, Adebayo Modela Now get out of your seats, get dressed and see you there…. Ciao!