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Celebrating Excellence: Graduate Akilah Atiba-Davies, a Shining Example of Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Event Industry

Akilah Atiba-Davies, Graduate, The Event School London, Wedding Planning Course
In the bustling, dynamic world of event management, where creativity and innovation are the bedrocks of success, Akilah Atiba-Davies stands out as a shining example of entrepreneurial spirit. Her recent accolade, the prestigious "Graduate Award for Excellence" from The Event School London, is a testament to her remarkable journey and contributions to the event industry.

A Passion Ignited

Akilah's story is one of passion transformed into tangible success. As the founder of 'With Akilah & Co', based in Croydon, she has carved out a niche in the industry by focusing on London Elopements and Intimate Weddings. These are not just events; they are personalised experiences, imbued with the uniqueness and authenticity of each couple she works with. This isn't just a business for Akilah; it's a calling. She thrives on creating days that are personal, unique, and absolutely true to her clients.

The Corporate Ladder to Creative Heights

Before venturing into the vibrant world of alternative and modern weddings, Akilah's professional life was entrenched in the corporate sphere, handling sales, administration, and customer-facing roles. However, the predictability in the corporate world left her craving something more - a realm where creativity reigned supreme, and every day brought new challenges and opportunities for innovation.

Akilah Atiba-Davies, Graduate, The Event School London, Wedding Planning Course

A Turning Point in Bali

The pivotal moment in Akilah's journey came in 2016, during a picturesque engagement in Bali.

This experience wasn't just life-changing; it was career-defining. The thrill of planning her own wedding, from budgeting to managing unforeseen timeline hiccups, ignited a flame in her.

She was often confronted with the phrase, "that's not what happens in a normal wedding", but rather than conforming, she saw it as an opportunity to redefine the 'normal'.

Breaking the Mold with The South London Wedding Show

Akilah's entrepreneurial journey took a significant leap with the launch of 'The South London Wedding Show'. Identifying a gap in the market, she curated an exhibition that brought together the best suppliers in South London. This isn't just another wedding show; it's a celebration of diversity, inclusivity, culture, and tradition, blended seamlessly with contemporary alternatives.

Recognition from Industry Leaders

Akilah Atiba-Davies, Graduate, The Event School London, Wedding Planning Course with Siobhan Craven-Robins

It was a moment of pride when Siobhan Craven-Robins, a leading figure in the wedding industry, presented Akilah with her well-deserved award. Siobhan, the school's Lead Wedding Industry Lecturer and Co-Founder and Director of the National Association of Wedding Professionals, recognised Akilah's passion, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit, hallmarks that make her a true inspiration.

A Model of Success

Akilah's journey is a brilliant example for aspiring event managers. It shows that with passion, creativity, and a willingness to challenge the status quo, success is not just a possibility; it's an inevitability. The Event School London proudly acknowledges and celebrates Akilah Atiba-Davies' achievements. She is not just a graduate who excelled; she is an inspiration, setting the path for future entrepreneurs in the event industry.

In congratulating Akilah, we are reminded of the power of dreams, the importance of embracing one's uniqueness, and the impact of dedication.


The Event School London Awards for Excellence 2024

MC: School Director, Maria O’Dea

Speaker & Awards Presenter: Roger Hooker

Award Presenters: Nick Oxborrow and Siobhan Craven-Robins

Venue: Novotel London ExCeL

Photography: Milo Robinson

Videography: Parris Wright

Student Event Manager: Hayley Clarke

Training Coordinator: Natalie Green



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