The ARISE Magazine began its inaugural Fashion Week with a marathon 20 individual shows at the specially erected tents at the Federal Palace, Lagos
Local and International models wowed the audiences with a marathon series of back-to-back catwalk shows that made the fashion industry and media announce that African design had been put "firmly on the map thanks to this incredible showcase of 50 designers."
Young Lagos-born designer, Mo Alatise, presented her Viv La Resistance collection, made up of Ostrich-feathers and velvet. She concluded the inaugural Group Show line-up and  bought gasps of excitement from the packed audience in the ARISE Magazine Tent.

The day's designers that dazzled the elite audience with their ‘’Art Creations’’ were:
House of Nwocha (NG), Kiki Kamanu (US), House of Farrah (NG), Viv La Resistance (NG), Christie Brown (Ghana), Eki Orleans (UK), Nikki Khiran (NG), Toju Foyeh (NG), Madam Wokie's Couture (Sierra Leone), Ejiro Amos Tafiri (NG), Maki Oh (NG), Buki Akib (UK) , Mustafa Hassanali (Tanzania), Ituen Basi (NG), Korto Momolu (Liberia/US), Bridget Awosika (NG), Amine Bendriouich Couture & BS (Morocco), Okunundoren Twins (NG), Jewel By Lisa (NG), Tiffany Amber (NG)

The longest standing ovations went to the local boys, Okunoren Twins (NG) and the two closing dynamic duo of Jewel By Lisa and Tiffany Amber.

Naeto C and Darey Art-Alade popping on stage to the surprised delight of the audience was the icing on the delicious cake.
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ARISE Magazine concluded its Lagos fashion week in spectacular style at the ARISE MAGAZINE FASHION WEEK (AMFW) AWARDS.

Award show presenters Lola Ogunnaike (BET presenter) and Nigerian singing sensation Darey Art Alade revealed Tsemaye Binitie, Jewel by Lisa, Bunmi Koko, Kluk CGTD and Pierre-Antoine Vetterello will represent Africa at the AMFW Gala in New York
on September 14th 2011 during New York Fashion Week.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards
Deola Sagoe (Nigeria).                                                                                                                                    Xuly.Bet (Mali/France).                                                                                                                                  Eredappa (Nigeria).                                                                                                                                              Kluk CGTD (South Africa).                                                                                                                                Sade Thomas (Nigeria)
Designer of The Year Award
 Kluk CDGT (SA)

Other show winners include:-

Best in Creative Designs - Ituen Basi (Nigeria)
Best in Innovative Designs - Pierre-Antoine Vettorello (Belgium/Ghana)
Menswear Designer of the Year - Anjelo Von Mol (Belgium/Ghana)???
New Face of the Year - Chika (Nigeria) - model.
Fashion Brand of the Year - Tiffany Amber (Nigeria)
Emerging Designer of the Year - Maki Oh (Nigeria)
Young Designer of the Year - Buki Akib (Nigeria)
Style Icon of the Year - Nike Oshinowo
Model of the Year - Flaviana Matata

Chairman/CEO of This Day newspaper and founder of ARISE Magazine Nduka Obaigbena promised, "Move over Gucci - you have not seen nor heard the last of us!"

After completing a marathon of back to back catwalk show, showcasing a credible 50 international designers, AMFW still had room for three more exclusive performances. Local and international designers took to the stage one last time to model an exclusive contemporary show by South African designer Black Coffee.

Nigerian artist Mo'Cheddah hit the stage in a special surprised up beat performance, whilst two time BRIT award winner Tinie Tempah closed the night with an outstanding set of performances including the nation's favourite hit 'Pass Out'.

Arise Magazine Fashion Week is a fitting end to the traditional fashion season. After New York and
Paris Fashion Week AMFW completes its international global fashion week season. It has kept its word and more.

quota for women on boards

Opposition frontbencher Joe Hockey says he would back enforced quotas that ensure 30 per cent of board positions are occupied by women.
He says corporate Australia has been given long enough to improve gender equality on the executive level after talking about it for more than a decade.
"If they don't meet a reasonable target within a period of time, then more punitive measures need to be taken by the parliament," he told ABC television on Monday.
"I would think that you would need to have a target of about 30 per cent."
Women make up about 25 per cent of board appointments in Australia at the moment, but it slips to 11 per cent for the top 200 companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
On the eve of International Women's Day, Mr Hockey said it was time for real action, although he insists quotas were a last resort.
"Corporate Australia has had so many warnings, they've put in place so many programs ... but Australia has actually fallen behind," he said.
"I just don't understand how you can claim that as a director of a company, that all wisdom and knowledge lies in the hands of men only."
Minister for the Status of Women Kate Ellis said the government was committed to its election pledge to have women make up 40 per cent of public board positions by 2015.
It is hoping for improvements in female board numbers when a census wraps up in 18 months, but Ms Ellis wouldn't be drawn on taking faster action with the opposition's help.
She said businesses were shown to be more productive with female board members and it was time Australia got the return from educating and training them.
Westpac chief Gail Kelly, one of Australia's most prominent female executives, said she was already seeing significant changes in the boardroom.
But she'd like to see organisations left alone to make their own targets, rather than be forced by law.
Ms Kelly earlier laughed off her standing as one of Forbes magazine's 10 most powerful women in the world, noting that she was "sandwiched between Lady Gaga and Beyonce".
"I absolutely hate it when people introduce me in that way. It's one of those sort-of, lovely, causes-a-laugh kind of conversations."