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Top Designers Bring Afrocentric Fashions to Nashville!
By: Staff Reports
Tennessee Tribune
Originally posted 5/9/2003


Bright lights will become brighter when The Hurd Agency models step onto the runway wearing fashions by designers Thony Anyiam and Emmanuel Adewumi.

Featured in Essence magazine, Anyiam has captured the attention of fashion lovers all over the world such as Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and former President of the African National Congress.

Spanning the continent of Africa and throughout the United States, Anyiam’s fashions have been worn by celebrities such as music great Stevie Wonder, best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant, world renowned minister Reverend Al Sharpton, , and former U. S. President William “Bill” Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodman Clinton.

Anyiam has, indeed, made the news and continues to dazzle audiences with his fashionable flair designs. He has made the list of 1st. He was the first Black designer to be featured in Brides and Modern Brides. Also, his fashions were featured in the movie “Contact.” Drawing from his roster of clients leaves one to conclude that his designer clothes reach the pinnacle in fashion parlance.

As the show moves on, other fashions will grace the runway by Nigerian Fabrics & Fashions (NFF), a company founded by the “Adewumi brothers” Jonathan and Emmanuel Adewumi. Jonathan serves as the company’s CEO while Emmanuel serves as COO and head designer.

NFF, now considered the largest African clothing company in the country, has a broad spreadsheet of distributions of bridal wear, after five and evening attire. Their specialty is lace, silk, george, and domestic satins highlighted with “imported” brocade. Some of their designs are on permanent display in the New York Museum of the Arts.

Entertainment will be performed by native Nigerian Aju Elumelu-James, an artist who has created a towering blend of Pop, Jazz, Africa, Rhythm & Blues, and Hip Hop. This combination of sounds, when performed in one setting, brings awareness to the beauty of Africa.

Terrance A. Hurd, President/ Owner of The Hurd Agency is the producer of the show. This production is being presented by the Anioma Association, U.S.A., Inc. Anioma is a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to combat cancer and AIDS.

The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Music City Hotel (downtown Nashville). Tickets can be purchased at Kijiji Coffee House and Deli, 1207 Jefferson Street (615) 321-0403, Borders, 2501 West End Avenue (615) 327-9656 and Haddox Pharmacy, 1508 Charlotte Avenue (615) 329-3943 at a cost of $30 per ticket.

Purchase your ticket today and visit Nigeria through fashions and experience —- its culture and style.

For additional information call Olunwa at (615) 327-5901.



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