On Saturday 27th of February 2016 I hosted the first ever Afternoon Tea in Ankara (ATIA). This newly founded event was held at the Café Royal Hotel in Piccadilly and saw 60 winners, friends, and family sit together for a traditional afternoon tea with a Nigerian twist (the puff puff was my personal fav!) The 25 young people who won a place had submitted videos or short essays describing why they thought they could benefit from attending ATIA 2016.
The reason I held this event was to inspire, and encourage young Africans and ethnic minorities who are trying to break into the highly competitive fashion industry both in the UK, and Nigeria. This year, the first year, ATIA aimed to ignite this conversation by inviting some of top players in the fashion industry today to share their own experiences.
There was a riveting creative workshop by bomber jacket designer Zainab Van Du. After this, there were short speeches and a panelled Q&A including some fashion industry heavyweights. The guests heard invaluable words of wisdom from Reni Folawiyo (Alara Lagos), Omoyemi Akerele (Style House Files), Vanessa Kingori (British GQ), and Caroline Rush (British Fashion Council).
It was a truly fantastic day and an even bigger start to where I hope to take ATIA in the future. The main aim of ATIA is to promote much need backing in helping youngsters launch their own fashion careers whilst gaining wisdom from those already excelling in the field. Wherever ATIA leads next I’m just proud of where it’s begun – and I can’t thank this year’s speakers enough for this.
So I hope you enjoy all the lovely photos from the day and I hope see you all at the next ATIA!