BEFFTA Awards which stands for Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion and the Arts, is the first of its kind Awards show in the United Kingdom honoring the works of exceptional talent in the Black community, talents who would otherwise be ignored by mainstream award shows. Two of Nigeria’s designers are vying for the Best Male Designer position. Designers Adebayo Jones and Yemi Osunkoya. Below is a quick profile of Yemi . Be sure to vote for him if you feel he should be the winner. Also Watch out for our follow up with Adebayo Jones!
Designer Name: Yemi Osunkoya
Location: Studio 7, 44 St Paul’s Crescent, London NW1 9TN
Education: BA Fine Arts (Textile design)-OAU, Ife, Nigeria. Diploma Womenswear & Menswear – Paris academy school of fashion, London, UK.
Label: Kosibah Creations
Products: Couture Bridal & Eveningwear.
Osunkoya on BEFFTA nomination: I have been nominated for a BEFFTA Award in the Best Male designer category. BEFFTA stands for black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts. Nominees have to then be voted for by the public through the website www.beffta.com so I’m hoping people that like what I do go to the site and support my nomination by voting for me.
Accolades: Nominated for Best Male designer at the upcoming BEFFTA Awards October 17th, 2009
Diamond Recognition from National Weddings UK,Winter 07/08 Sep.
Bridal Designer of the Year, 2002 and 2004, Mahogany Bridal Awards.
Highly Commended, National Wedding Show, March 2002.
GAB (Gathering of Africa’s best) Award, Through Fashion 2006.
Fashion Diversity Honorary Award September 2008