Five young Nigerian fashion entrepreneurs win British Council's £2,000 grant

Five young Nigerian fashion entrepreneurs win British Council's £2,000 grant

- Five young Nigerians have won £2000 each from the British Council in Nigeria

- The winners emerged in the British Council's creative enterprise support programme

- The programme which kicked off last year with 60 entrepreneurs, is an initiative to support young FashionTech entrepreneurs

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Five winners on Monday, September 21, emerged in the British Council's creative enterprise support programme with the winners going home with £2,000 each in grant funding and mentorship with key fashion industry players.

The Creative Enterprise Support Programme is a British Council initiative to support young FashionTech entrepreneurs with training and mentorship to grow their business.

The programme is specifically designed to offer enterprise, artistic, technical and skills training to existing and potential fashion-tech entrepreneurs in Abuja.

The programme kicked off last year with 60 entrepreneurs as participants participated in a two-phased programme, led by experienced professionals working in the fashion industry in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

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Five young Nigerian fashion entrepreneurs win British Council's £2,000 grant
One of the winners, Vivian Ogbuagu was selected for a unique business which focuses on fabric wastes being turned into raw materials. Photo credit: @ngBritishArts
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The first phase was a 2-week intensive training programme followed by a 6-month incubation programme for those who made it to the next phase. The incubation phase included mentoring, coaching, internships opportunities and much more.

After 10 months, 10 finalists pitched their businesses, with 5 of them coming out winners. On Monday, the 10 finalists were each given five minutes to make their presentation virtually to the judges of the contest, while the judges used two minutes to give their feedback on the presentations.

The winners selected were Cherish Ibeh of Cher Stunner, Vivian Ogbuagu of Handsmithen, Sule Anthony of Antoine Collections, Misan Atsemude of Omali Bridals and Mabel Sontan of Adire Biz Hub.

Speaking to journalists after the event, Uju Dubas-Agbasi, project manager arts & creative economy, British Council, said:

“What we do is to train them to run their business the way businesses should be run. Give them more knowledge, give them exposure and bring in trainers from Nigerian and the UK to widen their scope and to basically, to help them run their business better and make money.

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“We know that the creative industry is one of the employers of labour in Nigeria. So, we are doing this to help them build that self-confidence, inject the business aspect into what they are doing, and actually run it in a professional way.’’

The highlight of the programme was the presentation of cheques to the winners by the Procurement Head, West Africa, British Council, Idowu Akintade.

Meanwhile, to recognise scholarly excellence, James Hope College received multiple prizes which acknowledge exceptional Nigerian-based learners’ achievements in Cambridge examinations taken by students around the world.

The primary purpose of these awards is to celebrate and recognise the success of high-performing Cambridge learners and the partner schools that have exemplified Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Child Protection policies.

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