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Ghanaian/British Menswear Designer Ozwald Boateng Turns Attention To Africa’s Development, Set To Open Stores In Nigeria, Angola And South Africa
Ozwald Boateng, the first black designer to own a shop on the prestigious Saville Sow in London known for bespoke tailored suit. Ozwald has made suits for important dignitaries around the world including actors such as Laurence Fishburne, Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Fox with the brand now owning stores across the United Kingdom. However, Ozwald is now turning his attention to the development in his home continent Africa and is set to open stores in Nigeria, Angola and South Africa.
In an interview with BBC's Savahna Nightingale, the Ghanaian/British designer based in London is talking about changing the perception in Africa at a time when the African Development Bank is floating the continent's first infrastructure bonds to member nations.
“The bond aims to raise up to $22bn (£14bn) for investments in much-needed projects like ports, railways, roads and energy. It is a project that is attracting interest from outside the continent too, with some Africans in the diaspora wanting to get in on the action”.
Ozwald’s suits are typically known for their clean British bespoke tailoring, however for the stores he will be opening in Africa, the designerwill incorporate local African fabrics into his signature British bespoke designs.
Mode Afrique Launches FTV Africa
Number one go-to channel for fashion and lifestyle, Fashion TV will be launching in Africa courtesy Mode Afrique, which was specifically set up to showcase and market Africa’s Fashion to the international market. The channel, FTV Africa will contain the same content as FTV BUT African content will be introduced into it and will be aired worldwide via the FTV Network.
The FTV Africa broadcast will be Free-To-Air (FTA) and will be available across Nigeria and other African countries as a standalone channel on the Star Times Digital TV Platform24 hours, 7 days per week with available ad spots of 12 minutes per hour.
FTV Africa will be syndicated on Nigerian commercial TV stations such as Silverbird, TVC and ONTV, on a one hour per day, 5 days a week basis. It will air in other commercial TV stations in other African countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania , Ghana and Benin.
To announce the launching of Mode Afrique, a press conference will be held in Lagos which will have the founder of FTV Micheal Adams in attendance. The Venue of the Press Conference will be at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Oniru but a date for the conference is yet to be confirmed. A private reception with Micheal Adams and the who-is-who of the industry will follow at the Porsche Showroom.
The conference will be used to enlighten the public on how to get access to, and participate in providing content and advertising on Fashion TV Africa and the FTV Network.