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Emerging as the winner of 2023 Afro-Euro Runway fashion show recently held in Abuja, Nigerian fashion designer Oyindamola Aleshinloye popularly known by her brand name Kadiju will be sponsored by the European Union to Madrid Fashion Week—coming up in September.

Also at the event was Enioluwa Adeoluwa, who won Best Dressed Male during African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2023 in Lagos, wearing a blue Scottish-like suit.

Enioluwa Adeoluwa

Kadiju emerged as the winner among the seven finalists selected from a pool of 124 young Nigerian designers who submitted their entries.

The judges determined the winner based on five key aspects of the competition’s theme: Afro-Euro fusion interpretation, creativity, execution, cohesiveness and presentation, and storytelling.

Samira Mohammed, secured second place, while Oluchi George, claimed the third spot. Happiness Miwori came in fourth.

The top three contestants received different prizes as the first, second, and third runners-up.

During the event, Ms. Samuela Isopi, the EU Ambassador to Nigeria and West Africa, highlighted that the Afro-Euro initiative has identified talented individuals. She emphasized the importance of fostering skills and innovation in the fashion industry, as fashion represents culture and requires creative advancements.

“2023 is the European year of skills. So this will bring about skills and innovation in the fashion industry for young people,” she said.

Ms. Isopi mentioned that 2023 is designated as the European year of skills, which aims to encourage the development of skills and innovation among young people in the fashion industry.

The fashion runway showcased designs from both Africa and Europe, promoting cultural and fashion diversity across the continents.

By Elijah Christopher 

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