A foundation known as Church Girl production is planning to host a one week fashion show for girls and women between the ages of four and forty-two.
The Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Gedah Etefia,told journalists in Calabar, Cross River State that the non-profit organisation was poised to train and mentor young girls to discover their talents.
“The Church Girl Production is doing what the church is expected to do, with our focus on the girl-child. CGP is a girl-child service organization, designed to identify, recruit, train, mentor and project talents and values within the African girl-child,” Etefia stated,.
According to her, the fashion week, which has the theme “Pure and UltraGlam” was the first of its kind event targeted at bringing the best out of the African girl.
She further stated, “this event coming up in October will showcase glamour, decency and make young girls realize that being conservative does not mean dressing drably. We need them to understand that they can be fabulous, joyful and can be expressed in her style”.
Etefia explained that the concept of Church Girl Production was first to assist young girls and women including mothers understand the moral challenges facing the youths of today and the need for mentoring them to make endearing life decisions.
The CEO, who is also an educationist, said “our motivation is the discovery that the major challenges facing the girl who grew up in church is the lack of growth and mentorship. She has big dreams, but unable to accomplish them because she does not know how to go about them”.
She noted that “the few who dare to try, back out after many failed attempts, because of the lack of mentorship and little or no support. A small number of them succeed, but only after compromising standards and most times, never get the opportunity to return to church, for fear of being judged or ignored”.
“It is because of situations like these, that we have designed programs that will identify gifted African girls: train, mentor and give them a platform to maximize their potentials, without compromising standards or losing their faith,” she emphasised.
The founder said for the fashion show, ten local designers and ten models would walk the runway, while the event was open young girls from Nigeria irrespective of religion or ethnicity.
“Church Girl Production in collaboration with Pink Africa Foundation, has plans to train and mentor 1,000 girls by the end of twelve months through other talent hunt events and skills acquisition programmes,” she added.