They Rock: Anti-Boko Haram inspired designer, Ayo Van Elmar joins line-up for Tribe of Africa fashion fundraiser

by Rachel Ogbu


The last two designers to join the line-up of 10 designers showcasing their diverse work at Tribes of Africa fashion show scheduled for Saturday 26 May have been confirmed.

Fashion designers, Ayo Van Elmar and Adama Paris join the other eight lending their support to iROCK! UK – Adebayo Jones, Anita Quansah, Nkwo, Kutowa Designs from Zambia, VIP Designs, Chichia London, Tina Lobondi, and Shivani Chavda. Vienna-based Ayo Elizabeth Olaogun with her label Ayo Van Elmar is revered for showcasing her powerful Autumn/Winter 12-13 collection which drew attention to the atrocities in Nigeria’s northern states at the London Fashion Week and Adama Amanda Ndiaye is known for her gorgeous African print swimwear.

Tribes of Africa (TOA) fashion fundraiser will hold at the prestigious Grange Tower Bridge Hotel will boast some of Africa’s finest in fashion to showcase in front of an elite audience including some of Africa’s internationally recognised icons such as Nigerian media mogul Ben Murray-Bruce (who is flying in from Nigeria specifically for the night), CNN 2009 Hero Betty Makoni, UK-based Zambian property tycoon Caroline March, footballers John Shittu, and the Sodjoe brothers is set to be one of the most memorable black tie fundraisers for Africans in the diaspora and fans of African fashion.  

 “We are absolutely delighted with the final line up of designers who come from not only different states and tribes of Africa but also lend their support for iROCK! from far and wide geographically and we hope to put on a fashion show which reflects the diversity of African fashion,” said Sinem Bilen-Onabanjo of FAB Magazine who is in charge of the fashion show along with some of the industry’s greatest talents, wardrobe stylist and creative director Crystal Deroche, hair stylist Angela Plummer, make-up artists MINK, and catwalk choreographer Julius Reuben.

Tribes of Africa event is set to be a fashionable black tie fundraiser which will give the guests on the night an opportunity to celebrate not only iROCK’s charitable work but also Africa’s talent and diversity in fabulously ROCKing style. 

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  1. The event will be a true celebration of Africa with a complimentary African brew cocktail reception, 4-course African fusion dinner, goody bags and a high profile fashion show with designers representing diverse influences of Africa, with names such as Adebayo Jones, Anita Quansah, Nkwo, Chichia London and Zambia's Kutowa Designs amongst others.

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