Congratulations are in order for Senegalese fashion designers Sarah Diouf and Omar Salam, the head designers behind Tongoro Studio and Sukeina respectively.

GTBank Fashion Weekend 2018 | Sukeina

Both brands have made it to the final stage of the Essence Black Fashion Designer of the Year Awards. This is a huge win for the designers who have made headlines in top publications because of their huge impact in the fashion industry. Beyoncé has become quite fond of Tongoro studio; she even wore one of their designs in her latest Spirit music video and Omar is behind some of Naomi Campbell‘s most stand-out looks.

Lagos Fashion Week 2018 | Tongoro

The brands were both featured in the latest “Global Issue” of Essence Magazine.

Sharing the news with her followers on Instagram, Diouf expressed gratitude with the caption:

WOWWWW !!!!!!! The news just dropped !!!!!!!!! @tongorostudio is a finalist for @ESSENCE inaugural #BlackFashion Designer of the Year award ?✨ woohoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Winner will be announced during #ESSENCE New York Fashion Week celebratory dinner on Sept 4.
I am taking it all in……..??❤️ #Tongoro#MadeInAfrica