Faith Oluwajimi, the Creative Director of Bloke has been named the winner of the first Emerge ALÁRA Awards by an esteemed panel of judges – Bola Adesola– CEO Standard Chartered Bank, Duro Olowu – International Award Winning Designer, Uzoma Dozie – CEO Diamond Bank, Folake Coker – Creative Director, Tiffany Amber, Helen Jennings – Co-founder, Nataal, Ronke Bamisedun – Founder, BWL PR Agency and Reni Folawiyo – Founder, ALÁRA.

The judges based their decision on originality, craftsmanship, business viability and relevance to the African continent.

Faith Oluwajimi will receive a grant to create a collection, the opportunity to be stocked in ALARA, and mentorship by industry leaders. Two runners-up were also announced, Kayinsola Onalaja of Onalaja and Ekwerike Chukwuma of Wuman. They too will receive support from ALÁRA Lagos.