On Monday, Dec 7, Aba witnessed the start of a festival of style, culture, grace, and craft, all of which culminated in an exquisite night of music,lights, camera, and fashion.

It was an extravaganza conceptualized by creatives like Toskyme and Samuel for creatives.

Time stood still as models strutted out gracefully, displaying the poise of seasoned campaigners who have walked the runway on the world stage. For some of them, it was their first time but they showed no nerves as they embraced the stage like they have always belonged there.

“I am adding this to my portfolio,” I heard a model say in excitement, nicely dressed in a uniqueness that can only be made in Aba.

The apparent excitement, nerves of steel, and deft movement and touches, even under the gaze of industry leaders and bright spotlights, hinted at years of longing for such a stage and preparation to seize it.

The designers, models, shoemakers, and bag makers have always wanted a platform; a stage to shine and show their ingenuity as well that of other creatives in the storied city. With the Dr Okezie Ikpeazu supported ABA FASHION WEEK, they got their stage.

Brands like Toskyme, Tchukas, Ri-kwech, Nora Pebbles, Ria Bani, Abaz De Royale, KK wears, Needle Fly, Ice Couture, Rev Dior, Tariwills, Star Joyce, Florence Briggs, Didi Tees, Nina Threadworks whose creatives works, alongside thousands of other bubbling young creatives, have been silently crisscrossing the country earned the applause of the esteemed crowd gathered to witness the epic spectacle on display at the runway event.

Last week was a testament that great things can happen here if we collectively put our minds to it. With what we have just witnessed, and like Sam Hart proclaimed at the end of the night, the headline wouldn’t be far off…… if it screams ABIA IS RISING.