Be a part of the BellaNaija Style Summit #BNSDigitalSummit – Harnessing Africa’s True Potential on the 14th of August 2021.
In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the fashion industry’s environmental impact, sparked by abundant evidence of increased worldwide clothing consumption and fuelled by increased clothing accessibility and affordability. The environment has been at the forefront of many critical discussions in 2021.
On the continent, landfill sites brim with rotting clothing from fast fashion brands. The fashion industry’s continued expansion has caused a spike in landfills loaded with discarded clothing that no longer fits the trend. According to research, the United Kingdom sends 10,000 items of clothing to landfills every five minutes, with major African cities like Lagos and Accra having huge dumping grounds flooded with discarded fashion items.
From responding to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, new advances in recycled fabric technology to the promotion of African textiles heritage, how are top our designers and key industry leaders paving the way for a more environmentally responsible future of fashion?
Meet the Panellists
Morin Oluwole is a luxury industry thought leader in digital transformation, business development and innovation. As the Director & Global Head of Luxury, she leads the global luxury division at Facebook, where she has managed multiple products and business teams for the past 15 years.
She was formerly Chief of Staff to the CMO, where she developed business strategies for global brand partners. In her prior roles, she led Product Marketing and Public Content Partnerships for the fashion and luxury sector. Prior, she led management consulting at Sachs Consulting in New York.
Morin holds a BA and MA from Stanford University in Human Biology and Sociology and an MA in Management from Columbia University. She was a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar and received the Stanford Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence – both for 5 consecutive years.
Morin has been featured in WWD, Vogue, Vogue Business, Business of Fashion, Fashion Network, Journal du Luxe, CB News, L’Opinion, Stratégies, Luxury Daily, Luxury Society, France 24, The New York Times and Black Enterprise. Morin is also on the Innovation Council for One&Only Resorts. She was born and raised in Nigeria, speaks four languages (English, French, Spanish and Yoruba) and has lived on three continents. Morin currently resides in Paris.
Roberta Annan is the UN Environment Program (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador for the Creative Economy and the Founder of Annan Capital
Partners, African Fashion Foundation (AFF), IFFAC Investment Holdings, and Frallain Group. She is also a Member of the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design Advisory Council. Roberta recently convened the inaugural AFFIndustry Retreat, the first-ever creative industry retreat in West Africa. An award-winning entrepreneur, Roberta is committed to raising the economic potential of Africa through investments in capacity building, creative arts, technology, and infrastructure. She sits on the board of Frallain Group, Industrie Africa, Women’s Empowerment and Investment Group (WEIG), and Ghana France Business Club.
Roberta draws from her wealth of experience across various markets globally while using her extensive network to help startup entrepreneurs bring their ideas to the market and scale globally. Her interests span mentorship, funding startups, and infrastructural investment within the creative economy. Roberta is involved in conversations on various socio-economic issues including women empowerment, entrepreneurship, youth unemployment and gender parity.
Elizabeth Elohor is a former Beauty Queen and founder of Africa’s most sought-after modelling agency Beth Model Africa, C.E.O of Prive Luxury Wedding and Event company, and the founder of Future Face Africa. Elizabeth has received various awards in the fashion and entertainment industry including modelling agency of the year three times in a row, an award for outstanding establishments for establishing the first modelling agency in Nigeria. She has appeared on several covers and interviews both locally and international.
She successfully launched Beth modelling Agency in Nigeria in December 2004, the biggest and longest-standing modelling agency in Nigeria. In 2007, Elizabeth secured a franchise deal with Elite Model Management Paris to organise Elite Model Look Nigeria. The annual event which debuted in Nigeria in 2008 has under Elizabeth’s leadership consistently churned out thousands of commercially successful models to date. In 2013, she launched Prive Luxury Wedding and Event company and in July 2015 also launched a one-stop luxury bridal store in Lagos, Prive Atelier.
Her agency Beth Model Africa is one of the few in the world that promotes African talent on a global scale. Beth Model Africa has also worked with major fashion houses like Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, Victoria’s Secret, Tiffany & Co., Dolce & Gabbana, Berluti, the list goes on.
Mark your calendars and stay tuned to @bellanaijastyle and follow the hashtag #BNSDigitalSummit on Instagram as we unveil the different panels and interviews as well as announce the incredible lineup of speakers we have for the day!
Date: Saturday, August 14th 2021
Time: 4 PM – 4:50 PM