Accra, 29 Sept 2015 – Ghana Fashion & Design Week® (GFDW) is pleased to welcome to its NEW TALENT SPOT™ (NTS) initiative space and three budding new graduate talents: Julia Shika Odamtten (Womenswear), Radiant Jackson (Menswear), and Michael Kofi Owusu (Menswear) from Radford University College (RUC) in Ghana. The trio were selected for their outstanding efforts in creative fashion design discipline, having completed their Bachelor of Arts degree education this year.
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The anticipated GFDW event will be held at Kempinski Hotel Accra on October 23 to 25 and will feature the selected graduates alongside the 2014 elected graduate Designer Afua Biney who is currently in development at the space to advance her business in the industry as she sets off to become a new creative entrepreneur fully supported by GFDW under its New Talent Spot™ (NTS) initiative space.
The Graduates, who have been under the carefully managed and capable hands of Mrs. Yvonne Ntiamoah, HOD of the Fashion Design Department during their time at RUC, are excited to be granted the unique opportunity of business development support at the NTS initiative space.
Ntiamoah says, “It is truly uplifting to see a new wave of creative talents graduating with the right skills to propel them further in their chosen career, and indeed very exciting to see that all efforts made are gradually yielding fruitful results as we continue to move forward in creating the next generation of industry savvy fashion designers equipped with the right knowledge of fashion as a business that can lead to a successful and fulfilling career in Ghana and Africa if approached and guided well.”
Whilst Ntiamoah’s statements echo our vision and mission at the New Talent Spot™ initiative space, we also congratulate Papa Oppong, who is one of the recent fashion graduates at RUC this year whose creative talent was also nurtured under Ntiamoah, earning him the opportunity to be selected to join Macy’s fashion incubator in the USA for an external industry experience beyond Ghana.
This year, the one to watch at the NTS initiative space will be Afua Biney’s eponymous collection and brand, which will be launched at the fashion week event.
NTS is equally proud of all the fashion design graduates this year at RUC. Their work will be on display at the New Talent Spot™ curated space during GFDW 2015 event (23 – 25 OCT). We encourage all aspiring creative talents to seek the needed education, skills, and know-how to be well-equipped for their career journey in to the global fashion business industry.
As a leading innovative platform, NTS is encouraged to explore new ideas for fashion and creative business development in Ghana and create opportunities that will drive successful industry experience for nascent graduate talents in transit from higher education into their future careers as creative business entrepreneurs.
GFDW 2015 event is supported by its renowned sponsors and media partners, including Mercedes-Benz, Silver Star Auto Ltd. Ghana, Vogue Italia, Fashion One TV (USA), B&FT Newspaper (Ghana), ABN TV (UK), SPICE TV (Nigeria), AB2020 (U.K.), Neighbourhood Gong (Ghana), HauTe Fashion Africa (Online), FashionMag.com (Global Online), Business Day Ghana Newspaper, PulseGh, Time Out Accra, and Raine Magazine (USA).
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About New Talent Spot™:
The NEW TALENT SPOT™ (NTS) Initiative space at Ghana Fashion & Design Week® is dedicated to spotlighting the work of emerging new fashion design and creative arts talent graduates with outstanding skills and innovative ideas that translates creativity in fashion and product design with relevance, and communicates forward thinking ideas through their work to a global audience as emerging creative entrepreneurs with the purpose for trade. New Talent Spot™ aims to create a sustainable platform for fashion and creative design business continuity. It is an incubator for inspiration and innovation in fashion, design and creative arts business development.
Ghana Fashion & Design Week® is Ghana’s most innovative and leading platform for commerce, responsible for placing Ghana on the international fashion week map. To date the platform continues to attract significant interest across the globe, and among the top fashion platforms for commerce in Africa. GFDW is an international resource for creative design talent, and has been responsible for launching new and emerging designers to an international audience. The platform is designed to bridge the gap between Ghana’s creative business entrepreneurs and international exposure, and it is renowned for providing new opportunities for global fashion media promotion.
The event promotes the work of designers through its outstanding display of catwalk presentations and showcase for business at its trade exhibition salon, that gives entrepreneurs in Ghana and across the globe the opportunity to exhibit their collections, lifestyle products and relative business services alongside the catwalk shows. An educative business seminar for knowledge transfer in fashion business advancement sits at the core of the platform’s activities. GFDW ETHIKHA™ focuses on Ethical Fashion and sustainability development, the ETHIKHA™ platform is dedicated to showcasing the work of designers and social enterprises with a social mission, who are committed to supporting and improving the lives of society’s underprivileged.