Debonair Afrik bounced back this year after the COVID-19 break with its institutional event the
Style Lounge Weekend 2022 (#SLW22). This year’s event started off with the Creators Soiree at
The Mix Design Hub. The black tie event was well-attended by fashion personalities and
The first-of-its-kind event was tailored to celebrate creatives in the African fashion space and
launch the Visionaries Fashioning Africa (VFA). The “Visionaries Fashioning Africa” is a platform that supports talents in their respective creative projects. The annual event is aimed at
raising funds through the VFA Gala to support one fashion talent.
In his opening address to the audience, Mr. Emmanuel Ekuban, known in the fashion and creative space as Nuel Bans, expanded on what the VFA is and what it sets out to achieve –
“VFA is going to provide fundraising opportunities for everyone to contribute to the cause of the creative
industry through its VFA Gala. Each year, every creative will get to pitch a project to a jury. One
creative will be selected by the jury after careful deliberation and be awarded the grant.
The grant will be used to support the project of the selected creative”.
VFA provides a platform for creators to make a difference through game-changing creative
works, which aims to transform the fashion industry.
The Visionaries Fashioning Africa Gala is a social night to raise funds for a creative talent
collectively. The funds generated, will be used to support the project undertaken by this creative
talent, who will also enjoy a tailored mentorship from key industry players.
Ending his speech, Mr. Nuel Bans encouraged the general public and fashion stakeholders to
recognize the potential of the African fashion industry and be supportive. He also encouraged
creatives to be more collaborative, rather than competitive.
In attendance were creative directors of top Ghanaian fashion houses Ophelia Crossland,
Clatural, Nipo Skin, and Atto Tetteh; Sandra “Alexandrina” Don-Arthur, CEO of Alexiglam
Studios; media personality Vanessa Gyan; and Brimah Mahmoud, operations manager of Amin
Ghana, who doubles as a stylist and creative director.
Also in attendance was researcher and author Ken Kweku Nimo, who in a conversation with
fashion PR specialist, Faith Senam discussed his upcoming book: “Africa in Fashion”, which
examines designers’ priority for African traditions. He praised South African designer Lukhanyo
Mdingi for preserving the traditional culture of textiles in modern fashion.
Debonair Afrik (DA) is a 360-creative agency that branches into fashion, lifestyle, publication,and events. The Brand was founded in 2014 by editor-in-chief Nuel Bans, who is behind the
success of the publication.
Highly acknowledged in the sub-Saharan region, Debonair Afrik has positioned itself as a dominating digital fashion magazine in Ghana. It distinguishes itself with its unique neo-
Africanism approach to the evolving fashion industry in Africa.