Kunle Afolayan, Mai Atafo, Yinka Davies headline DWSeries11

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The organizers of the Design Workshop Series are delighted to announce the confirmation of Kunle Afolayan multiple award-winning Nollywood filmmaker, Ohimai Atafo creative director of the MAI Lifestyle fashion brand and Yinka Davies Nigerian Idols’ judge and 2007 NMA Voice of the Decade as speakers for the eleventh (11th) edition of the DWSeries.

Kunle Afolayan, scion of the renowned Nigerian theatre pioneer, Ade ‘Ade Love’ Afolayan, famously dumped a career in banking to pursue a diploma in film-making at the prestigious New York Film Academy NYFA. This decision and a strong eye for quality has led to the production of three (3) ground-breaking movies: Irapada (2007), Figurine (2010) and

Phone Swap (2012); with each setting an unprecedented standard in the local film industry- Nollywood. Afolayan was educated at the Lagos State University LASU where he received a degree in Accounting.

Ohimai Atafo, arguably Nigeria’s most cerebral fashion designer runs a fashion cum lifestyle brand that he seeks to build into a world-class one. ‘Mai’ as he is fondly called has a cumulative ten years’ experience in branding, marketing and merchandising. He was responsible for the appealing brand campaigns at Guinness Nigeria Plc. till a couple of years ago and has exhibited at international fashion festivals including the Arise Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos. He is respected for his iconic wedding collections, some of which have been adorned by top celebrities locally and internationally. When Mai isn’t designing clothes, he is a compere, speaker, mentor or critic. He currently sits as the Senior fashion editor at Nigeria’s Genevieve magazine.

Yinka Davies was named the Nigerian Music Awards NMA ‘Voice of the Decade’ in 2007. She is respected as one of Nigeria’s best vocalists, a hallmark that has earned her a place on the Nigerian Idols’ jury. Yinka’s greatest asset is her voice; that unmistakable energy of the stunningly sonorous voice that touches the soul. Yinka Davies has been compared to

Eartha Kitt because she can perform any style: Jazz, R n’ B, Afrobeat, Pop, Soul and Alternative. She is an artiste who makes music easy to listen to while using intricate traditional folklore parables from the home front. Yinka who was a one-time lead vocalist in Lagbaja’s Colours band has done collaborations with local and international music acts and her latest album, Black Chiffon has been getting rave reviews.

Established in 2011, the DWSeries has become a major avenue for consistent interaction between industry practitioners and students or willing youths, hence bridging the gap between the two worlds and challenging young minds to creativity and focus. Set on the main campus of the University of Lagos, the Design Workshop Series has received an enthusiastic response from the audience as the forward-looking, experimental and context sensitive show.

In December 2011, the organizing committee decided to re-work the workshop series by introducing a system where industry practitioners who have made a reputation out of careers in the creative economy: art, architecture, cinema, literature & music; are invited to keep the lectures expository and interesting.  Since 25th February 2012, Tunde Kelani, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Paul Kodje, Bez Idakula, Omoyemi Akerele, Dapo Akintunde and a myriad of others have graced the DWSeries stage to deliver thought-provoking sessions.

Attendance has been fully paid for by the facilitators – ONE EA but seat reservations need to be made.

Send an e-mail to dwseries@gmail.com in the following format

Subject: ‘Reservation’| Body: “Your Full name”

The organizing committee includes Tony Oladeji Director of the Lagos Biennial, Segun Oduola Head Communications ONE EA, Tosin Adeoye Head of Marketing ONE EA, Adedamola Osinloye Head Development at ONE EA and Pelumi Olowolafe, Head DWSeries. The 11th edition of the Design Workshop Series is funded by ONE EA. Prospective project investors are welcome: kindly write projects@oneea.com.ng.Date:   Saturday 30 June 2012

Time:   12.00 noon prompt [Attendees to be seated by 11.30am]

Venue: PG Architecture Studio, University of Lagos, Akoka-Yaba, Lagos.

If you have questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

More information concerning the workshops is available at www.facebook.com/DWSeries and


Head DWSeries

Pelumi Olowolafe

Head Communications

Segun Oduola

| +234 807 103 8650| +234 812 718 0658| +234 805 045 2728| www.dwseries.oneea.com.ng



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1 comment

  1. Kunle Afolayan is one of the iconic figures that
    Nigerian entertainment industry has
    Witnesses in contemporary times!A product of
    two different generations and one that can be
    a perfectionist!
    Beyond is nack for a good quality job,is his
    ability to draw,garner the necessary investors,
    endorsements and media attention to his projects!Which
    is a phenomenal achievement in the film industry especially!
    He keeps impressing the critics,the movie lovers and the investing financial industry
    to the point that there is a crave for his films!
    Kudos to Mr.Kunle Afolayan and I wish many more years in the top of the movies food chain!

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