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The First Lady of Ekiti State, Her Excellency Chief Mrs. Erelu Bisi Fayemi Named as Africa Fashion Week London Patron

Africa Fashion Week London is proud to announce that Her Excellency, Chief Mrs. Erelu Bisi Fayemi, the First Lady of Ekiti State in Nigeria has pledged her support to AFWL as a patron. As well as lending her name to the event, Chief Mrs. Fayemi will also be attending the second edition of AFWL scheduled for 3-4 August 2012 at London Spitalfields.

Chief Mrs. Fayemi is the former Executive Director of London-based NGO Akina Mama Wa Afrika (AMwA), co-founder and president of African Women’s Development Fund, (AWDF) – the first Africa-wide, grant-making fund, which supports the work of organisations promoting women’s rights in Africa and has since supported over 800 women’s organisations in 42 African countries with over U$16m in grants. She is recognised globally for her work with African women. As well as receiving numerous awards and honours for her work; in April 2009, Chief Mrs. Fayemi was named by New African Magazine as one of the 20 most influential African women on the continent.

As the wife of the Governor of Ekiti State where she continues to to pioneer a range of community development projects with her Ekiti Development Foundation, Chief Mrs. Fayemi also continues to lend her support to motivate and encourage positive initiatives led by African women, and as part this, she has taken a keen interest in Ronke Ademiluyi’s brainchild Africa Fashion Week London, pledging her support for the event.

“Chief Mrs. Fayemi has chaired a number of NGOs and worked with Comic Relief, so as well as being a friend of AFWL, she is someone who understands the challenges of funding for fashion designers. It is therefore a pleasure to have her as the patron of Africa Fashion Week which aims to create a platform and new opportunities for up and coming designers,” said Ronke Ademiluyi, the founder and CEO of Africa Fashion Week London.

With a brand new venue, London’s hip Spitalfields Market which is expected to attract over 20,000 visitors at the height of the Olympic summer, over 60 designers showcasing and exhibiting over two days including stellar names of African fashion such as Adebayo Jones and Anita Quansah, high profile partners such as Mizani and MoneyGram, and Her Excellency, Chief Mrs. Erelu Bisi Fayemi as a patron, Africa Fashion Week London is set to be the hottest fashion extravaganza of the season.

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Ticket packages include:

• Basic (free) – access to the show and exhibition

• Shoppers delight package (£7.00) – access to the show and exhibition + 10% discount on all purchases made on the day + AFWL magazine

• VIP (£50.00) – access to the show and exhibition + access to the VIP lounge + welcome drink + 10% discount on all purchases made on the day + AFWL magazine

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