PRINCESS KELECHI OGHENE C.E.O OF GMYT FASHION ACADEMY GRADUATES ANOTHER BATCH OF FASHION DESIGNERS
GMYT Fashion Academy, one of Nigeria’s truly international standard fashion institutes, has produced It’s second batch of top skilled fashion designers and entrepreneurs. On 10th December, they will be graduating in a grand ball event organized by GMYT FASHION ACDEMY with a fashion expo at the Oriental Hotels Lagos.
The economic future of Nigeria lies in the ability of the private sector to recreate it’s narratives despite challenges unsolved by the public sector, and find ways of advancing enterprise and commerce in a global terrain that is constantly evolving. One of the most promising organizations that is playing a powerful role in this regard, is the GMYT Fashion Academy.
Founded upon the highest cosmopolitan benchmarks with innovative curriculum management system, suited for the time and resource constraints of the working Nigerian woman, GMYT Fashion Academy teaches two aspects of fashion design known as Patterned and free hand fashion design. GMYT Fashion Academy graduates are proficient both in free hand and pattern design as well as illustration. The academy also teach the business management aspect of fashion to ensure that graduates become properly rounded entrepreneurs.
According to the proprietress, Princess Kelechi Oghene, GMYT FASHION ACADEMY will on Saturday, 10th December, send its second batch of graduates into the enterprise market. She said: “We do not send them into the job market because we do not produce job seekers, rather we produce well rounded entrepreneurs who are already making serious money while still in under our training! At GMYT Fashion Academy, we produce job creators and fashion enterprise trend setters. We produce game changers who redefine the progress of the fashion industry in Nigeria, in line with global standards”
It will be recalled that tuition at GMYT Fashion Academy is in the same range with that of the best fashion schools abroad and runs into six figures in naira. Thus the school tends to have mostly the high net worth individuals coming to enroll. However, the GMYT Foundation was created to raise funds and offer scholarships to less privileged students as well so that the contributions of the school will be spread across the economic strata of the Nigerian society. The proprietor explained: “It costs over a million naira to train our students. At GMYT, we have every equipments obtainable in the world’s best fashion academies. We have the best skilled teachers and resource persons. These ones have to be paid. The lecture materials are e-books, purchased from the world’s best fashion academies and we have generators running round the clock to power the school equipments and even air-conditioners. Maintaining this standard costs a lot of money. So we take those who can pay for it, but through the GMYT Foundation, we also give scholarships to those who are less privileged to enable us impact the society more profoundly”
GMYT academy also retains some students as staff if they want to work, even though most of them always set up their own businesses. They work as staff fashion designers, illustrators or instructors for the company. The school also assists in placing some on employments through referrals. GMYT Fashion Academy also empowers those who want to go into enterprise, to set up their own companies. GMYT Fashion Academy also celebrates them and gives them visibility so that they are assisted in building their own brands and fashion labels. Princess Kelechi adds: “We are committed to creating well rounded fashion entrepreneurs. That is why we are appealing to government and corporate organizations to assist us with sponsorships so that we can do more in the lives of less privileged but highly talented students. We graduated 3 scholarship students last year without any external funding, this year we are graduating another three and we have already enrolled five into the scholarship program. These we are doing without support funding from anybody. If we have more money, we will do more”
The theme for the graduation ceremony of the 2017 class is “Frozen”. The idea is to put the GMYT graduating students to the same type of skill tasks that their contemporaries abroad will be facing, rather than leaving them in the same Ankara comfort zone that has become the norm of contemporary Nigerian fashion design. The theme will challenge their imagination and bring out the best of their creativity. It will put them on a global level of competition and see how they can compete with their contemporaries globally. Thus the students will be making and showcasing a collection of dresses and bridals with a touch of white, pink and blue for the occasion. Given the proven skills of GMYT students, it will be an occasion not to miss for fashion aficionados.
There will also be a free exhibition for fashion designers, both from among the students of the GMYT fashion academy, as well as outsiders. This is to offer the students opportunity to make money by exhibiting and selling their creations and to offer them visibility and networking platforms. There will also be excellent food and top notch classy entertainment. Guests are to expect the pomp and panache that has become the natural attributes of GMYT events.