New York African Restaurant Week is like no other. It is an annual cultural event that celebrates the best of African food, art and fashion. Founded in fall of 2013 by Akin Akinsanya, NYARW features various events at different locations that showcase African culture and finest cuisines.

This year’s celebration ran from May 31st to June 14th, and it was a bit different from previous years’ as the grand finale event introduced the first annual Ms. Iya Oge Food and Fashion Showcase. Iya Oge means a woman of style and elegance. The event took place at The DL(95 Delancey Street).

We were treated with the best African cuisines and versed by DJ “Hard Hittin Harry” with some African-House mixers, and some Afro-Beats tunes from legendary artists like the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti. As we danced and mingled, the audience was introduced to a new style of African-chic attires by young aspiring African designers.

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase




After the fashion show, we were entertained with a dance performance by the group called Your Queens who teach the legacy of historical African Queens like Amina, Cleopatra, Makeda, Nefertiti and Goddess Isis through storytelling, song and dance.

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase


And then, with the help of the audience, Your Queens crowned a new Queen aka Ms. Iya Oge.

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase



Guests at the event were from different cultural and geographical backgrounds, looking good and stylishly dressed in their best interpretations of African fashion.

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase

NYARW 2015 Presents Ms. Iya Oge Food & Fashion Showcase




Were you at the event? Please share your thoughts about the fashion and food in the comment section below or tweet me @Linda_LMExpose