Friday, 20 July 2012


The MTN British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur of the Year award programme

The MTN British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur of the Year award programme is here again with calls for submissions from practitioners in the fashion industry.
A little back-story on the Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) awards programme: It recognises the talent and initiative of young creative entrepreneurs from across various creative sectors. It also rewards the central role these creatives play in the development of a competitive and sustainable creative economy.
There are different design categories in within this umbrella – publishing, design, music, screen, fashion, and interactive performing arts.
This year’s focus will be on only the fashion industry, however.

Why the fashion industry?
The Nigerian Fashion industry is still in its early stages but has witnessed the emergence of several talents in the sector. Like, most sectors of the Nigerian creative industry, the fashion industry still needs to be restructured with its players, mentored in such a way that it can compete alongside fashion industries in other  countries of the world.

This is part of the reason why British Council in partnership with MTN and StyleHouse files has identified the need to spot such talents and, ‘provide them with the right networking abilities to further expose their business to the much needed prominence and simultaneously grow the Nigerian fashion industry’.

The Sector definition for Fashion in this context includes:

Fashion, textile, accessories or perfume design and production
Fashion promotion: shows, exhibitions, festivals, events
Fashion presentation: styling, photography
Fashion retail: buying, merchandising
Fashion product research, sourcing, supply chain management

The winner of the Fashion award will be invited to take part in a tour of the industry in the UK but that’s not all! To find more about the prizes and how to take part in the competition, log on  to

About the British council

The British Council is the UK's leading international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.

We work in more than 100 countries with over 10,000 leaders and decision-makers each year. British Council has had a presence in Nigeria since 1943 and currently has offices in Abuja, Kano , Lagos and PortHarcourt.
Starting out offering mainly library services, we have developed into a hub that creates opportunities for young Nigerians.
The areas we focus on are creativity, education and civil society. We develop and implement programmes and services that create and enhance learning opportunities and build access and understanding between Africa, the UK, and the global community. The broad sectors in which we operate are Arts, Development Services, Governance, Education, Science and Sport. We are a non-political organisation which operates at arm’s length from government.

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