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Welcome to Africa Fashion Week Online Webinar Series – Fashion Futures

Welcome to the new world. During this time, we are not only overcoming our challenges with COVID, but finding new ways to engage.

Today we launch 3 weeks of webinars featuring experts in the fields of fashion photography, sustainability and ethics, technology, finance and funding and inclusivity. We also hear from our AFWL team of models and stylists telling us what they do to bring our catwalk shows to life.

Our exclusive panellists include The British Council, The Mayor’s Office, Parsons School of Design, UK Black Pride and the Southbank Centre as well as artists Nigerian fashion photographer, Kelechi Amadi-Obi and UK Nigerian visual artist, Asiko.

Join us for our exclusive Zoom Webinars starting with Week 1 on 28 April with The Art of the Image, Model Talk and Empowering Creatives. Please log onto our website  if you want to see the full programme.


Join our panel of experts: Nigerian artist and fashion photographer, Kelechi Amadi-Obi; London-based visual artist, Asiko and designer, art director and lecturer, Samson Soboye. They have worked together on fashion shoots and are uniquely placed to give us a masterclass on what it takes to bring an idea of a fashion editorial to life.

Webinar: 28 April at 3pm via Zoom


Kelechi Amadi-Obi
Kelechi Amadi-Obi is Nigeria’s foremost fashion and style photographer. His experience as an artist and a photographer has made him a trendsetter and important influencer across art, fashion, design, architecture and journalism. Vogue International has called him a tour-de-force in the creative scene in Nigeria.

Àsìkò is a British Nigerian visual artist who expresses his ideas through the medium of photography and mixed media. His work is constructed in the narrative that straddles between fantasy and reality as a response to his experiences of identity, culture and heritage. Àsìkò uses his unique way of seeing the world to create portraiture constructed narratives for clients within the fashion and music industry.

Samson Soboye
Samson Soboye is the British Nigerian founder and Creative Director behind SOBOYE, a successful London based African Fashion and Lifestyle brand and boutique established in 2002 in Shoreditch, East London. In 2015 Samson was appointed Head Stylist for African Fashion Week London and.




AFWL wouldn’t be AFWL without our model corps! every year we audition over 200 models at our castings and chose over 50 models to walk our runway. Hear from a select few about what they are doing during the lockdown to stay camera-ready, their careers and also what else they do besides modelling.

Webinar: 29 April at 3pm via Zoom


Veteran model, Gayle has walked for AFWL for at least 6 years. She is also a script-writer and television host. She has so much advice for the aspiring model.

Hassan Reese
Hassan is also one of our longest standing model of AFWL. Now a successful CEO of DAM Model Management, signing the hottest male models in the UK.

Benedictah is our Ghanaian beauty. She has been seen on many an afrobeats artist music videos.


Governmental, quasi-governmental, and art and culture organisations discuss ways in which they empower creatives and accessibility to resources including mentorship, fellowship, apprenticeship and internship.
Jeannette Bains-Burnett is Head of Community Engagement at the Mayor’s Office
Hannah Robinson is the British Council’s Architecture, Design and Fashion Programme Manager
Deborah Bankole
Rachel Victor-Sampson is the Founder of Victorious Arts

Webinar: 29 April at 3pm via Zoom

Hannah Robinson
Hannah joined the British Council in 2018 to curate, programme and commission international projects across architecture, design and fashion. She is developing global programmes, including Making Matters and Fashion Revolutionaries. Hannah is also the lead for architecture, design and fashion programmes across Sub Saharan Africa.

Jeanette Bain-Burnett
Jeanette Bain-Burnett is Head of Community Engagement at the Greater London Authority. Before moving into Social policy and community engagement, she worked in the cultural sector, including senior advisory roles for Arts Council England, BBC Arts and Voluntary Arts UK. Jeanette led the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (2007-2014) and is a board member of Arts Depot in North London. She is also a Clore leadership fellow.

Debo Amon
Debo Amon is Literature Programmer at Southbank Centre, Europe’s largest arts centre. He has programmed events for the Southbank Centre’s year-round programme including London Literature Festival, Being a Man Festival and is co-lead programmer for Africa Utopia festival. Debo previously worked for the British Council on their international Literature Programme and has also worked on a variety of projects across literature and theatre at other organisations

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