The much anticipated African edition of the Africa Fashion Reception was hosted from 3rd – 5th July, 2014 by the government of Nigeria. It was held in Yenagoa, the oil rich capital of Bayelsa state. The event was put together by Legendary Gold Limited in collaboration with the Nigerian Ministry of Tourism, Culture & National orientation, the World Fashion Week and the African Union.
The event kicked off on the 3rd of July with an opening ceremony hosted by the Executive Governor of Bayelsa state, Hon Seriake Dickson. The honorable Minister of Tourism & Culture Chief Edem Duke was the Co-host. He also represented the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, who was expected to declare the event open.
The Africa Fashion Reception continued on the 4th and had an elaborate gala dinner on the 5th which was the last day of the event.
Africa’s leading designers who were nominated to represent their countries showed their collection throughout the 3 days. 25 designers representing 25 countries participated. Some of them include Lisete – Angola, Botocy – Botswana, Chrystalix – Cameroun, Ecriture – Congo, Akou – Cote D’Ivoire, Nesma Helmy – Egypt, Hall of Peters – Ghana, Alphao fashion – Guinea, Darkaoui – Morocco, Amakeya design – Namibia, Zizi Cardow – Nigeria, Inco – Rwanda, Diarra Bousso – Senegal, Keepeekee – Sierra Leone, Diana Magesa – Tanzania, Kil fashion – Togo, Rumbie by Rumbie – Zimbabwe, House of Jose - Uganda etc
Some guests present included Paco De Jaimes, President of the World Fashion Week, Margaret Farrell, international fashion consultant representing most of the big buying chains around the world, Piercarlo Boegogelli, representative of Italian top buying group, Camera Moda Buyer, Angela Martins who represented the Chairperson of the African Union etc.
In her address, Angela Martins expressed the African Union’s strong belief on the goals and objectives of the Africa Fashion Reception.
The hosting by Nigeria of the Africa Fashion Reception was coordinated by Branzuk Gold Limited who got the 2014 rights of the event in Nigeria. Partners include World Fashion Organization, World Fashion Week, Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture & National Orientation, Bayelsa state government, AIT, Ovation International, Soundcity, GoTv, Amina, Forbes Afrique, Ubiz News etc
The event moves to Paris in October and Montreal the first quarter of 2015 where it will be presenting top nominated designers from over 40 African countries.