Graduating student of the Department of Creative Arts (Textile major), Faculty of Arts, Omotayo Paramole, has clinched the first prize at the 2018 Vlisco Fashion Fund Competition.

The graduating student who runs a fashion label, “Tesmi” won the competition with his collection which was inspired by the Yoruba goddess of river, fertility, love, beauty and order, Osun and her multifaceted nature. His collection portrayed the Royalty, Gaiety, Fury and Passion of the goddess.

The Vlisco contest, a global contest established to help emerging African fashion designers get their business off the ground, was open to African fashion designers, living within and outside Africa. The fund supports emerging tailors and fashion designers by sharing knowledge, expertise and network, in launching and strengthening their own fashion label in West Africa.

Annually, the competition is held simultaneously in six African countries: Nigeria, Ghana, DRC Congo, Benin, Togo and Ivory Coast, where Vlisco is present. Also, African fashion designers living in other parts of Africa and abroad were also allowed to enter the competition and make up the Global contestant category. One winner was selected from each of the participating countries, alongside one winner from the Global category.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS, on behalf of the Senate, Management, members of staff and students of the University of Lagos congratulates Omotayo Paramole on this achievement.


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