With the Yuletide season here, it’s only expected that there will be a lot of event ranging from fashion shows and end-of-the-year parties to musical concerts.
One event that stood out from the shows last weekend is Access Bank’s BAFEST, a festival that characteristically fused everything music, arts, film and fashion in a day-long celebration and runway showcase at the Eko Atlantic City on December 15.
The Born In Africa Festival was filled with innovative and immersive African experiences dipped in the world of quality entertainment like never seen before. BAFEST since its inception in 2018 has become a platform to celebrate and showcase Africa’s exceptional talent and creatives to the World. The Festival is curated in two events- A creative park and marketplace to enable fashion enthusiasts and art lovers engage with cutting edge styles and designers on display.
This year, the best in the fashion industry across the continent such as Tokyo James, David Tlale, Weizdhurm Franklin, and Odio Mimonet showcased how they are shaping Africa’s fashion’s future using cuts, patterns and designs inspired by the African culture.
The Born in Africa Festival (BAFEST) came to a climax at the end of the day with electrifying performances from leading African artists at the Eko Atlantic City, Lagos. Among the A-list artists who ensured the crowd remained excited and engaged were, Burna Boy, Flavour, Teni, Patoranking, Niniola, Seyi Shay, Joe boy, Becca, Mr. Real, 9ice, Ice Prince and Naira Marley.
With BAFEST, Access Bank is recognizing the new generation and making changes to the African narrative. These talents and creatives are making their mark globally across music, art, film and fashion.
Speaking about BAFEST, Group Head, Communications & External Affairs at Access Bank Plc, Amaechi Okobi, said, “It has become impossible to ignore the energy and talent coming out of Africa and this is giving rise to a greater awareness of a strong and proud African identity. These talents are challenging African stereotypes. Taking charge of the African narrative is one of the core reasons for Access Bank’s Born in Africa Festival fusing all of Access Bank’s activities in music, art, film and fashion with an aim to draw the attention of the World to Africa’s true culture and lifestyle”.
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