Ankara Miami 2018 Takes Over Miami | Leighton DaCosta, Miami Fashion Photographer

Ankara Miami's Founder and Producer Evelyn Onyejuruwa

Ankara Miami's Founder and Producer Evelyn Onyejuruwa

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FL. For the 7th year, Ankara Miami has taken over the fashion scene in South Florida, bringing the freshest in African and African inspired fashions. Produced by Evelyn Onyejuruwa (@EvelynO11), Ankara Fashion Week has grown to be a semi-annual event, with a fashion showcase during Miami Swim Week in July.

This year's showcase was presented at the beautiful venue of the Newport Beachside Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, FL. The evening was full of a wonderful, positive energy as the guests filed into the venue.

Returning was legendary host, Marcellus "Chello" Davis (@ChelloBlueMagic), while DJ Baboo (@IAmDJBaboo) kept the music going all night. There were unique performances by Ayaninrin and International Recording Artist, King Kanja. Designers weren't all local to the South Florida area, with Jean Decort 507 and Tasha & Tianne Fashion traveling from Panama and Jamaica, respectively. 

Ankara Miami CEO, Evelyn Onyejuruwa presents Adanma Osuji with the Ankara Miami Cultural Arts Advocasy Award.

Ankara Miami CEO, Evelyn Onyejuruwa presents Adanma Osuji with the Ankara Miami Cultural Arts Advocasy Award.

This year the Ankara Miami, Cultural Arts Advocacy Award, was presented to Cultural Ambassador, Adanma Osuji. The Award recognizes South Florida Community Leaders for their commitment to uplifting cultural arts and education initiatives within the African Diaspora.

All donations and a part of the ticket sales from Ankara Miami 2018 goes to bridging and advancing cultural arts and education through community programs and initiatives. 



Red Carpet Hostesses:
Adoch (@Adoch), Ana Thomas (@Lovelymodelana_), Meline Rose (@Melinerose)

Key Hair:
Simone Hylton (@SimoneSetsTrends)

Key MUA:
La'Tara "La-La" Deshazior (@TheFashionistis)

Key Wardrobe:
Anjela Smith (@StylistAnjelaMarie)


Ayanbinrin (@Ayanbinrin)


King Kanja (@KingKanja)


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To see my first Ankara Experience, check out the link below.

Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!