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A little about me, I am a Nigerian born, NYC based model signed with Muse Model Management. 

Based on the immense knowledge and exposure I have gained in the fashion industry as a model, I have transferred the skills to various avenues such as, creating content for an online web series called iofafrica.

I OF AFRICA is an online series celebrating individualism on the continent and telling inspirational stories which will feature Africans and friends of Africa who are doing progressive things around the world. I cover topics that influence the image of what African is, “African beauty”, what African cultures are, influences the continent has on the world from a global perspective, and the evolution of these things. I consider these individuals to be trailblazers, navigating and conquering various industries in Africa and the Diaspora.

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Check out iofafrica’s layered interview with Nigerian born, Paris based filmmaker Andy Amadi Okoroafor. Lovely host Aina Fadina takes a walk with him around the Lower East Side/Chinatown in New York City, one of his favorite places, as Andy talked about his work as a filmmaker, fashion photographer, and his magazine Clam. 

Andy also discusses his movie Relentless, which premiered during the New York African Film Festival. Shot in Lagos, Nigeria Relentless explores the effect of war on soldiers, their loved ones, and society and takes a provocative look well at issues such prostitution, bribery, and corruption.

Why We Love Lagos Fashion And Design Week

“You get to see creativity and business merge together and it showcases Nigerian talent. I think it’s a great environment to get a new perspective on African design. I think it’s quite nice for the world to see that we don’t just to Ankara fabrics, so it’s such a breakthrough to see our fashion week in Lagos and there’s so much happening in terms of infrastructure and it’s nice to have different people in the industry come together. I’m a model so I love fashion. Asides walking the runway, it’s nice to be a spectator and a consumer, asides being part of the creative process.” -Aina Fadina, Model  

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Aina Fadina of I of Africa interviews British Nigerian furniture designer, Yinka Ilori, at his East London studio.

Aina Fadina celebrates individualism and achievement with progressive original content. The series features Africans and friends of Africa, performing progressive work around the world, be it in art, fashion, music or business. I of Africa broaches the greater topic of what it means to be an African through a kaleidoscope of individual stories. She curates the beauty, culture and spirit of Africa. Her creative lens passionately explores the global influence the continent has on the entire world.

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Iofafrica’s founder model Aina Fadina, traveled to Nigeria for a series of interviews. In this episode, Art meets Fashion and features Tsemaye Binitie, a Nigerian born, UK based designer, and Nigerian based artist George Ighodalo. 

Tsemaye also debuts his first BRIDAL range!

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IOFAFRICA Interviews Tsemaye Binitie in Lagos, Nigeria.

Iofafrica’s founder Aina Fadina, travels to Nigeria for a series of interviews. In this episode, art meets fashion and features Tsemaye Binitie, a Nigerian born, UK based designer, and Nigerian based artist George Ighodalo. 

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MODEL MOVES: AINA FADINA LAUNCHES TALK WEBSERIES IOFAFRICA

[NEW YORK, NY] With a successful career as model as her foundation, Nigerian born Aina Fadina has her sights set on many other creative avenues. Her most recent venture is the documentary-style web series Iofafrica, that she launched in early 2013. As the web series’ creator, Fadina visits and interviews African cultural entrepreneurs (music producers, fashion designers, actresses and musicians) who are based in New York City. She explains that IofAfrica “is about showcasing the diversity of what Africa is [as well as] the different layers and textures of who Africans are. It’s basically telling the global African story.”  Throughout the web series, she plans on “covering topics that influence the image of what African is, what African cultures are, the influence the continent has from a global perspective, and the evolution of these things.”  Africa Models Daily spoke with Fadina to get the scoop about her life as a model and Iofafrica.

AFRICA MODELS DAILY: People may not know, but you are a noted fit model here in New York City. Can you tell us a little bit about that part of your life?

AINA FADINA: [Laughs] This is true. I’m a fashion and commercial model in New York City.  I’ve done everything from fashion shows, presentations, showroom, e-commerce, TV commercial, and print work. Most of my work is being an in-house model for a number of brands like Versace, Akris, Akris Punto, Armani, Oscar De La Renta, Alexander McQueen, and McQ. As a model, I have gained an immense knowledge about the fashion industry from a creative and business perspective. Basically, I see the journey from sketch until it gets into the hands of the consumer season after season. In addition to working with luxury labels, I’ve worked with designers of African descent such as Duro Olowu, Tsemaye Binitie, Mimi Plange, and Omer Assim.

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Credit: Africa Style Daily

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IOFAFRICA: In this episode, host Aina Fadina interviews Lisa Folawiyo, the creative director Jewel by Lisa, and Zara Okpara, head of PR at their showroom in Ikoyi, Lagos

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Aina Fadina Presents I of Africa

Aina Fadina celebrates individualism and achievement with progressive original content. The series features Africans and friends of Africa, performing progressive work around the world, be it in art, fashion, music or business. I of Africa broaches the greater topic of what it means to be an African through a kaleidoscope of individual stories. She curates the beauty, culture and spirit of Africa. Her creative lens passionately explores the global influence the continent has on the entire world.

The series ‘show’ guests in their element. Aina has shot in Lagos, Cape Town, New York, Paris and London where she interviewed innovators in Africa and the Diaspora. Some of her guests include Nigerian Designer Deola Sagoe, Kenyan DJ of BBC extra DJ Edu, British Nigerian Yinka Ilori, Ghanaian American rapper Blitz the Ambassador, South African design team Kluk CGDT, and Nigerian artist Seun Kuti. Previous episodes include Lisa Folawiyo, Tsemaye Binitie, and Andy Okoroafor.

I of Africa is here.

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