The Founder and Creative Director of Creo Hub Designs, Mr Ifeoluwa Sopeju has emerged as the winner of the maiden edition of the Designers Arise Contest (DAC) Live Edition in Lagos.
The DAC Live Edition, a one-day design competition had designers converge andassigned a brief by Wakanow to be executed in two hours. The event, organised by Ellae Branding Agency, was borne out of the need to create a community for Nigerian graphic designers, giving them an avenue to interact and learn from one another, while exposing them to local and international opportunities.
The competition, whose theme was, “Let’s Design Together”, was sponsored by Ellae, Wakanow, Guaranty Trust Bank and Red Bull Nigeria. The award sees Sopeju, as the grand prize winner, receiving N100,000 plus flight ticket to Dubai from the organisers.
Announcing Sopeju as winner of the maiden edition, a statement from the organisers revealed that “over 300 designers applied for the live edition, submitting a number of their works, but only 40 topnotch designers were selected and invited to participate in the live event.”
The agency through the CEO, Mrs. Noella Ekezie, said “The Designers Arise Contest will be a quarterly event, and is expected to address every aspect of the design field and draw graphic designers from around Africa. Our aim is to project Africa to the world through designs and to provide an enabling platform for creative talents to showcase their work and get discovered by the global design and tech communities.”
Sopeju started his professional career as a Senior Graphics Associate at The Guardian Newspaper in 2011 and moved to KPMG Nigeria as a Graphics Design Specialist in 2013.
He later joined Deloitte & Touché in 2016 before he was poached by Visionscape Group as a Lead Creative Designer in 2017, after which he left to establish CreoHub Designs – a creative outfit that proffers design solutions to organisations, small and medium businesses who want to be distinct and remain ahead of their competitors.
A graduate of Visual Arts from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Sopeju said he is grateful to God, his family, organisers and co-competitors for the award. “I am thankful and grateful to Ellae Branding Agency for putting up an amazing event with the aim of developing and growing the design ecosystem, which I believe has raised the bar for other creative agencies, as no one has done such before,” he said.
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