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One of the most highly anticipated events in the fashion world, commences on November 11, 2023 , it promises to be an extraordinary celebration of style, creativity, and innovation. This year’s event is set to be a spectacular showcase of global fashion trends by emerging designers, and industry leaders.

 

The GTCO Fashion Weekend, now in its 6th edition, has consistently redefined the fashion landscape, bringing together designers, fashion enthusiasts, industry professionals, and trendsetters both locally and internationally. This year’s event is expected to be no exception, featuring a line-up of exciting masterclasses and runway show by renowned designers.

Here’s a list of some of the designers to look out for this weekend:

1. Sergio Hudson

Sergio Hudson is known for his elegant and sophisticated designs, often featuring bold and glamorous elements. Sergio grew having a great love and respect for fashion idols of the age like Azzedine Alaïa, Gianni Versace and Grace Jones. It was evident at a young age that Sergio was destined for a career in fashion, so it was no surprise when he went on to study design at Bauder College. In 2014, Hudson launched his namesake ready-to-wear collection, establishing an aesthetic defined by immaculate tailoring and infusions of androgyny paired with sexy silhouettes. Hudson gained a loyal following from Hollywood’s biggest names including Beyonce, Blake Lively, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez and Tracee Ellis Ross. He recently had the pleasure of dressing both the former first lady Michelle Obama and the current Vice President for Inauguration and gracing the cover of Essence September issue. His vision is to bring back the joy of dressing which he is doing one collection at a time.

 

2. Jawara

International hairstylist Jawara is one of the most sought-after names in fashion. The Senior Beauty Editor-at-Large of i-D Magazine has a number of notable accolades under his belt, including 2 x British Fashion Council ‘New Wave Creatives’ Awards, as well as Business of Fashion 500 and Dazed 100 rankings. He is also Global Ambassador of Farfetch Beauty and Global Styling Ambassador for Dyson Hair. Jawara first started his career as a salon assistant in Brooklyn when he was just 16. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Aveda Institute, Jawara moved to London and began assisting industry legends Guido Palau and Luigi Murenu on runway shows and shoots. It was after being mentored by icon Sam McKnight that Jawara reached the level of artistry at which he works today. When Jawara left McKnight’s team in 2013, he began working independently. His extensive knowledge and remarkably diverse skill set and range of work soon garnered the attention of many influential names, including Beyonce, Rihanna, Dua Lipa, Naomi Campbell, Kim Kardashian, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Serena Williams, Bella Hadid, Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige and Solange Knowles. Jawara’s work is frequently featured in the pages of American Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Italia, Re-edition, Dazed, i-D, Pop Magazine, T Magazine, W Magazine, and WSJ Magazine, among others. His impressive roster of clients includes Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Versace, Alexander McQueen, Off-White, Dior, Lanvin, Tom Ford, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Loewe, Bally, Nina Ricci, Thierry Mugler, Chloe, Chanel, and Hermès.

 

3. Banke Kuku

Banke Kuku is a visionary in fashion and design. Her designs have travelled far, connecting with a global audience through local and international stockists. Before her eponymous label, Banke honed her skills at esteemed international fashion houses. Notably, she contributed her artistic touch to Designers Guild, crafting fabrics for the royal collection displayed at Buckingham Palace. Expanding her creativity beyond fashion, Banke’s interior design division attracted prestigious clients, including Selfridges, Aynhoe Park Hotel, Le Bon Marché, and Bazar et Grande Manger. Her luxury loungewear reflects her culturally rich experiences in London and Lagos, which has heavily influenced her bold patterns, resulting in statement prints with captivating impact. Banke’s journey is a testament to her fusion of talent, passion, and unrelenting innovation in the world of design.

 

4. Sir John

Sir John is a globally renowned makeup artist and creative director who, with over two decades of experience, has been a transformative force in the makeup industry. He is currently the creative director for the luxury brand, Kilian Paris, and boasts an impressive clientele that includes A-list celebrities like Beyoncé, Naomi Campbell, and Joan Smalls. His collaborations, such as The Lion King x Luminess Collection and his role as the KISS Lash Ambassador for KISS Products, have solidified his position as a trusted figure among Hollywood’s elite. Sir John’s work stands as a beacon of creativity and inspiration in the constantly evolving beauty industry.

 

5. Huishan Zhang

Chinese-born and Dior haute couture-trained designer, Huishan Zhang has been making waves before he graduated from the BA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins in London. He is most influenced by his Chinese heritage, particularly aspects of his native country’s craftsmanship and design, but he has taken these initial inspirations through his own global lens to produce typically feminine, refined silhouettes. He won the now-shuttered Dorchester Collective Fashion Prize in 2013 and had launched his label just two years earlier. His debut 2011 collection was picked up by Browns, the same boutique that carried John Galliano and Hussein Chalayan’s graduate collections.

 

6. Ejiro Amos-Tafiri

Ejiro Amos-Tafiri is a Nigerian fashion designer known for her contributions to the Nigerian fashion industry. She is the creative mind behind the fashion label “Ejiro Amos Tafiri,” which specializes in contemporary African fashion. Launched in 2010, the brand’s inception followed the Creative Director’s tenure at Out of Africa, Zizi Ethnic Clothing, and Tiffany Amber. It was through this journey that she breathed new life into the Iro and Buba ensemble, birthing the iconic Oleku outfit.

Ejiro pursued her Fashion education at Yaba College of Technology, where she earned the prestigious Best Student Award. As an accomplished artist, she has collaborated with esteemed names like Samsung, Vlisco, Belvedere, British Council, Lagos Fashion Week, and Paris Fashion Week, serving as both Designer and Brand Ambassador. Her brand has ascended the ranks of emerging labels in the ever-evolving fashion landscape. Ejiro Amos-Tafiri has presented her collections at Fashion Shows in America, Europe, and various African countries.

 

7. Julee Wilson

Julee Wilson is the Beauty Editor-at-Large at Cosmopolitan. Prior, Wilson was the Beauty Director at Cosmo and she has held the roles of Global Beauty Director at ESSENCE, as well as ESSENCE’s Fashion & Beauty Director for three years. She also formally served as the Executive Director of BeautyUnited — a non-profit in the beauty space. Wilson spent several years at The Huffington Post and left holding the role of Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor.The award-winning journalist started her career at Real Simple magazine where she worked her way up from assistant to the Editor-in-chief to Staff Fashion Editor. Her writing has appeared in InStyle, Conde Nast Traveler, The Business of Fashion, and The International Journal of Fashion Studies – just to name a few. Wilson has also appeared on CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and the CBS Early Show. She received her B.A. in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond and is an alum of Stanford University’s former Professional Publishing Course. Wilson sits on the board of trustees at the Museum of the City of New York, the executive board of the Black In Fashion Council, the advisory board of Harlem’s Fashion Row, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She resides in Harlem NYC with her brilliant husband, two dope sons, and a massive shoe collection.

 

For more information on this event, please visit, https://fashionweekend.gtcoplc.com

 

Attendance is FREE.

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Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni: Harmony Gardens Chairman and Wife Inducted into Spiritual Roles

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In a momentous occasion of spiritual significance and community recognition, the Chairman of Harmony Gardens and Estates Development LTD, Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa, popularly known as Mr. Ibile, and his wife, Hadjia Aishat Adebimpe, were recently installed with revered titles at an event hosted by the Al-Irshad Islamic Foundation.

 

Hon Saheed Mosadoluwa Ibile inaugurated a multi-billion naira ultra-modern Central Mosque at Ibeju-Lekki immidiately after he got recognized by the West Africa Islamic Council as the AL Mujaddid in Rabbat, Morocco.

 

According to popular Muslim tradition, the term refers to an individual who emerges at the turn of each century in the Islamic calendar to rejuvenate Islam, purging it of extraneous elements and restoring it to its original purity. In contemporary times, a mujaddid is regarded as the preeminent Muslim figure of a century.

 

The concept of Mujaddid is based on a hadith (a saying of Islamic prophet Muhammad), recorded by Abu Dawood, narrated by Abu Hurairah who mentioned that Muhammad said:

 

Allah will raise Mujaddid for this community at the end of every 100 years the one who will renovate its religion for it.

 

Recall that in a grand ceremony attended by distinguished personalities and spiritual leaders, Hon Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa, Chairman and CEO of Harmony Gardens and Estates Development LTD, officially commissioned and handed over a state-of-the-art central mosque in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State, on Friday, January 19th, 2024.

 

The auspicious event witnessed the presence of esteemed religious leaders, including Sheik Semiu .A. Opeloyeru, The Grand Chief Imam and General President of the League of Imam and Alfa in Ibeju-Lekki L.G.A. The ceremony commenced with the arrival of Sheik Semiu .A. Opeloyeru, setting the tone for a day of spiritual significance and community celebration.

 

Representing the executive governor of Lagos State, His Excellency Babajide Sanwoolu, was Hon. Ahmed Abdulai Jembe, the Special Adviser on Islamic Affairs to the governor, graced the ceremony. The Onibeju in attendance emphasizing the significance of the event in the cultural and traditional context.

 

The event saw the attendance of various traditional rulers, highlighting the communal and inclusive nature of the mosque inauguration. Notably, the newly appointed Lagos NURTW Chairman, Mustapha Sego, drew attention as his presence added an extra layer of recognition to the occasion.

 

However, the prestigious ceremony, held at Monarch Hall in Osapa London Lekki, Lagos State, saw Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa bestowed with the title of Baba Adinni, signifying a revered position within the religious community. His wife, Hadjia Aishat Adebimpe, was similarly honored as Iya Adinni, a title of great respect and responsibility.

 

The Al-Irshad Islamic Foundation, under the guidance of its founder Sheik Rasheed Adeleke, who is also the owner of Al-Irshad Travel and Tours, organized the event as a Pre-Ramadan lecture, award ceremony, and Turbaning ceremony. The atmosphere was filled with spiritual fervor and communal joy as community members gathered to witness the momentous occasion.

 

Notably, Abu Abel and other prominent figures, was also present at the event, adding to the significance of the gathering. The ceremony, held on Sunday, February 25th, 2024, brought together individuals from diverse backgrounds to celebrate the exemplary contributions of Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa and his wife to both the community and the Islamic faith.

 

The Turbaning ceremony, a traditional rite of passage within the Islamic community, symbolizes a deep connection with cultural heritage and spiritual leadership. The titles of Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni carry great responsibilities, signifying the honorees’ commitment to serving the community and upholding the values of the Islamic faith.

 

As the community celebrates this significant event, the installation of Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa and Hadjia Aishat Adebimpe as Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni reflects their exemplary leadership and commitment to the principles of Harmony Gardens and Estate Development LTD. The event serves as a beacon of unity, spirituality, and communal recognition within the Osapa London in Lekki community.

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Squad Powers OmniPay’s Trade Business to Simplify Payments for FMCG Industry

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In a strategic move aimed at furthering its mission to empower African traders with the necessary payment solutions for thriving in the digital era, Squad, a fintech subsidiary of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO), offering comprehensive payment and e-commerce solutions for businesses, has entered a partnership with OmniPay, a subsidiary of OmniRetail Inc.

 

This collaboration has currently benefited more than 65,000 stakeholders, which include retailers, distributors, and manufacturers through improved payment and collection methods using Squad’s Virtual Bank Account without incurring any charges. Additionally, they have gained more accessible and affordable working capital to procure goods on credit for their businesses, contributing to the daily transaction volume exceeding N3 billion, and this figure continues to grow.

 

Adeyemi Atanda, the Chief Marketing Officer, Squad, shared insights on the partnership’s significance, emphasizing, “At Squad, our mission revolves around providing African businesses with the right solutions for effortless payment processes, available at their convenience. We understand the pivotal role small businesses play in our economy. Through strategic alliances like this, we aim to empower even more merchants by granting them access to rapid, user-friendly, and dependable payment solutions that optimize their business operations and, in turn, boost their revenue.”

 

Deepankar Rustagi, CEO of OmniRetail stated, “As we join forces with Squad, we are driven by our shared vision of transforming the digital payment landscape for African businesses. With OmniPay, businesses will gain improved payment methods with zero transfer fees, while retailers and distributors will have easier access to OmniPay’s BNPL (Buy Now Pay Later) solution. This partnership aims to empower businesses, streamline payment processes, and enhance record-keeping accuracy through automated reconciliation for orders. This partnership reinforces OmniRetail’s commitment to innovation and financial inclusion.”

 

About Squad

 

Squad is a complete payment solution that is reliable, secure, and affordable, making receiving in-person and online payments simple and convenient.

 

Our goal is to support SMEs, micro-merchants, large corporations, and other fintechs (Tech Stars) with the tools they need to thrive in an evolving digital economy and expand beyond their current market reach.

 

Squad’s current products and service offerings include SquadPOS, Squad Payment Links, Squad Virtual Accounts, USSD, and E-Commerce Storefront.

 

Find out more at www.squadco.com.

 

About OmniPay

 

OmniPay, a subsidiary of OmniRetail Inc., is a company with a mission to simplify payments in Nigeria and provide working capital to trade businesses. OmniPay provides an API-based wallet built to simplify trade payments.

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