The Nigeria Edition of at The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) 2017 happened last night at The Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island.
21 exceptional young were celebrated and honoured for their outstanding achievement in their various fields. See the full list of winners here.
Adetola Adetoye, also known as Anita Brows, professional makeup artist and beauty influencer won the prize for beauty. Her time studying journalism in the University of Belfast and Media production at the Lewisham College provided her insight that she turned to her true passion, beauty. She was one of the first Nigerian beauty entrepreneurs to properly harness the power of social media, turning to then new image sharing platform Instagram, to build a following.
She was one of the first Nigerian beauty entrepreneurs to champion a ‘signature’ style; her cutting edge approach to make up, specifically the often hard to pin-down on-trend brow, earned her the name Anita Brows and made her the go-to beauty expert for celebrities like Annie Idibia, Vimbai Muthinri and Stephanie Coker.
Others nominated were Grace Okoli, Ifeyinwa Ojekwe, Jennifer Uloko and Vanessa Onwughalu.
Bisola Adeniyi, CEO, Founder and Creative Director for womenswear fashion brand LadyBiba, took home the prize for the fashion category. As a second generation designer introduced to the art by an aunt, LadyBiba started making clothes to fill a niche; the struggle to find work appropriate clothing that also flatters the silhouette of the wearer while impressing her counterparts.
As a writer, she has taken her fashion related knowledge and her perseverance and shaken them up into a cocktail of success, and a brand that is basically scripture among young working women.
Nominations in this category included Gozel Green, Ike Joseph & Akindehinde Ola, Paolo Sisiano and Muktar Onilade.
@tfaafrica is a platform I have followed over the years and I have respect for. What a time to be young, female and African! A revolution is happening and I’m honoured to have been chosen as one of Nigeria’s new tribe for the award for Fashion and Design. It’s definitely a defining moment for the Lady Biba brand. We are ever grateful to all those who have been on this journey with us!