The #BNSDigitalSummit: Harnessing Africa’s True Potential, which was held on Saturday the 14th of August, outlined the steps that need to be taken over the coming decade to align the blossoming African industry with global goals and trends. All the discussions emphasized one common fact; African designers, creatives, and influencers need to gain the much-needed skills to thrive both on the continent and globally.

BellaNaija Style hosted 7 African fashion industry leaders over a 4-hour live broadcast of interactive conversations and panel discussions to discuss the dynamics of the textile industry in Africa, proffer solutions on how we can create more commercial value internationally for our locally produced fabrics, and how Africa can have a more environmentally responsible fashion future.

We’ve rounded up 7 unmissable quotes from Saturday’s event. Watch all the panel discussions here.

There are so many opportunities available right now for African designers to access funds. But the no one is taking advantage of these opportunities.

– Omoyemi Akerele, Founder and Executive Director of Style House Files.

It’s important to create a high-quality product so that Nigerians can be interested in buying instead of shopping abroad

– Morin Oluwole, Director- Global Head of Luxury, Facebook & Instagram.

Success to me is when we have chartered our own path, in a sustainable way, that the international fashion scene can follow

– Roberta Annan, Founder African Fashion Foundation.

Having a good fashion and PR agency governs fashion creatives in a good way

– Elizabeth Elohor, Founder, Beth Model Africa.

Sustainable fashion is a way of doing what I love to do in a way that protects the environment, preserves culture and takes care of people

– Nkwo Onwuka, Founder, NKWO.

Sustainable fashion is a conscious approach to design, taking into consideration nature and people

– Ekwerike Chukwuma, Founder, WUMAN.

Sustainable fashion is a vehicle to create imagery and stories that are about the future, planet and people

Sydney Emeka Nwakanma, Founder, EMEKA.


Watch all the panel discussions HERE