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Inauguration of Giordano New Store in Algeria as it Marks Debut.

Giordano, the renowned Hong Kong-listed apparel retailer, just embarked on a new phase of expansion by opening its first store in Algeria. The store, located within Algiers’ City Centre Shopping Centre, signifies Giordano’s growing footprint in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Spanning an area of 139 square meters, the L-shaped store showcases a contemporary design concept that is characterized by clean lines and a predominantly white color scheme for fixtures and fittings. The entrance of the store is particularly wide, welcoming shoppers into an inviting retail environment with wood panel flooring adding a touch of warmth.

City Centre Shopping Centre, a prominent retail destination in Algiers, provides an ideal location for Giordano’s entrance into the Algerian market. The mall covers an impressive 32,000 square meters of retail floor space and accommodates 800 parking spaces, offering visitors a diverse selection of international fashion labels, a variety of dining options, and indoor entertainment facilities.

Hoying Lee, Giordano’s Associate Director for Global Franchising and Licensing, expressed his confidence in the company’s continued success in North Africa and beyond, citing the strategic establishment of their first store in Algeria. This achievement comes on the heels of Giordano’s existing presence in Egypt and the positive sales momentum across its key markets, including Greater China, Southeast Asia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Founded in 1981, Giordano has now reached a significant milestone of over 2,100 stores and counters across a multitude of regions. These regions include Greater China, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, India, Africa, and the Gulf Cooperation Council. The brand’s consistent growth and expansion highlight its commitment to delivering quality apparel and contemporary designs to diverse markets.

Giordano’s entry into Algeria not only underscores its dedication to meeting the evolving fashion needs of consumers but also its strategic vision for expanding its global presence. As the company celebrates the opening of its Algiers store, anticipation grows for the impact it will make on the Algerian retail landscape and its continued journey in the MENA region.

Egypt: Artisans Carve Path to World Luxury Market.

Egyptian luxury brands are harnessing traditional craftsmanship from jewelry design to carpet weaving to bring the country’s ancient cultural riches to the world.

According to experts in the sector, the global appeal of Arab and Islamic designs from other countries shows Egypt could do more to promote its rich, millennia-old artistic heritage.

One pioneer has been master jeweler Azza Fahmy, whose signature Islamic art-inspired pieces have graced the world’s rich and famous including US pop star Rihanna and Jordan’s Queen Rania.

Fahmy, who started in an Old Cairo workshop about 50 years ago, said her focus has been designs that “resonate with Egyptian identity.”

Artists and artisans in Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country, draw from a history that spans ancient Pharaonic times, the Mamluk, Ottoman, and modern eras.

“We are lucky to be able to draw on 6,000 years of history,” said textile designer Goya Gallagher, founder of Cairo-based Malaika Linens, which makes high-end household pieces.

“The main challenge is making sure our pieces are timeless, that they’re very well made and always hand-made,” she said at the company workshop on the western outskirts of Cairo.

But while Egypt boasts some business success stories, many more luxury goods makers say they labor against myriad odds to eke out a market both locally and internationally.

In the era of global mass production, Egypt’s once expansive pool of skilled artisans has shrunk, with many young people turning their backs on family skills passed down through the ages.

As businesses struggle to fill the talent gap, they also face the headwinds of a painful economic crisis that has tanked the local currency and restricted raw material imports.

The state’s efforts to support the handicrafts sector, meanwhile, have been “limited and sporadic”, says the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.

Culture consultant Dina Hafez agreed that Egypt offers little in the way of formalized arts and crafts training.

“The training of artisans is still essentially based on informal education and networks of apprenticeship,” said Hafez of Blue Beyond Consulting.

“The sector lacks any structure. We need a real ecosystem. But for the moment, it’s all based on personal initiatives.”

She said Egypt could learn from Turkey and Morocco, “where the opportunities and obstacles look a lot like Egypt”, but which had managed to launch “their designs onto the international scene.”

Still, change is afoot.

Fahmy, the jewelry designer, said there is always space in the market for works made by skilled artisans and “good designers with creative minds and quality education”.

Many designers hope to benefit from government initiatives to draw in investment and tourism revenue from its ancient wonders.

At the Grand Egyptian Museum at the foot of the Giza pyramids, Egyptian luxury stores enjoy pride of place.

Although its official opening has been long delayed, the museum offers limited tours and events, and the shops already “showcase the best of Egyptian crafts”, said the owner of one, Mohamed al-Kahhal.

In Cairo’s historic center, linen company Malaika trains women from marginalized backgrounds in embroidery and sells the wares to its customers and other fashion and textile brands.

Carpet maker Hend al-Kahhal works in the same spirit, of bringing Egyptian identity to global frontiers.

Standing on the factory roof, where wool and silk creations hung out to dry, Kahhal said the family business works with designers “to give a contemporary touch to Pharaonic and Mamluk motifs.”

The Egyptian Handicrafts Export Council, under the Trade and industry ministry, has long been working to showcase such Egyptian creations internationally.

But Hafez, the culture consultant, said she hopes for more progress in the future, as often “budget constraints, red tape, and customs regulations don’t exactly make things easier”.

The question, she said, is whether Egyptian “authorities are aware of the soft power these creators can have.”

 

Algerian Designer Launches Brand to Support Local Seamstresses.

  • Asma Mokhtari has always believed in the potential of entrepreneurship to empower women but due to the difficulties of it, she took a traditional path.
  • She later started working with ASCE, witnessing and learning from trainers till becoming a trainer herself.
  • She teaches employees empowering skills to help them better assert their labor rights, including obtaining their craftswomen’s card.

Asma Mokhtari has always believed in the potential of entrepreneurship to empower women but due to the difficulties of it, she took a traditional path.

Asma by Am is a fashion start-up that was established in 2020 by the 31-year-old entrepreneur, Asma Mokhtari. Due to her upbringing, she has always believed in the potential of entrepreneurship to empower women, she said, “I grew up surrounded by seamstresses, including my mum and aunt, and I had always been fascinated by fashion. But I was also painfully aware of the difficulties to make ends meet in this sector, especially in Algeria.” This made Asma decide to follow the traditional path and went ahead to study architecture in Algiers. “Since there are no higher education courses for fashion designers in Algeria, you have to make it on your own and go off the beaten track. I wasn’t ready or even brave enough for that,” she admits.

She later started working with ASCE, witnessing and learning from trainers till becoming a trainer herself.

She started working with the Algerian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, for whom she organized training sessions on social entrepreneurship. This allowed her to witness and learn from trainers until she became a trainer herself.

ACSE is one of the seven incubators and accelerators supported by the EU-funded SAFIR project as part of its Innovative Entrepreneurship Support Structures (SAEI). Implemented in 9 countries across North Africa and the Middle East, SAFIR aims to back the establishment of a regional ecosystem that favors the development of projects with social, cultural, or environmental impact. “ACSE is a pioneer in social entrepreneurship supporting innovative solutions to social and environmental problems in Algeria,” explains ACSE Director Mériem Benslama, noting that the launch of the first Algerian incubator of social entrepreneurism back in 2018 aimed to enable young social entrepreneurs like Asma to “act positively in favor of their country by giving life to projects with social impact”.

Backed up by the support of the ASCE, Asma felt ready to dive in and enroll in a training program on clothes making. “I already had the idea of ‘’Asma by am’’, but it was still taking shape in my mind. I also wanted to ensure that I wouldn’t end up in a financially unstable situation that wouldn’t allow me to offer decent working conditions to my workers. This is when the idea of children’s fashion came in.”

She spent six months learning how to formulate value proposals, conduct market research, test prototypes with samples of potential customers, and attend finance training. “One should never rush into incubators. I truly believe people should take the time to know which areas they need support for and think everything through. I joined the SAFIR program because I was aware of my shortcomings in financial and management skills,” Asma stresses, adding that she never lost sight of her initial goal, which was to use her skills to help women and make something positive out of it. Without a proper business plan with detailed tables, predictions, and costs, you risk putting your employees at risk and jeopardizing the quality of your brand, the young entrepreneur warns.

She teaches employees empowering skills to help them better assert their labor rights, including obtaining their craftswomen’s card.

 Asma by Am prides itself on creating premium quality children’s clothes with traditional designs. “We want to help our clients consume less, by delivering the longest-lasting, top-quality products,” the fashion designer explains. A reality confirmed by the satisfied customers who share her designs across social media. “The quality is impeccable and the designs very refined,” wrote one mother who ordered a blouse for her kids, adding that “you can feel the love and passion she puts in every stitch.”

She has taught her employees several empowering skills to help them better assert their labor rights, including obtaining their craftswomen’s card which entitles them to retirement, benefits, or even to find a new job. Apart from her employees, she also delivers training to fellow designers and female entrepreneurs, who have also confirmed that she constantly helps and teaches others. 

Aware of the difficult business environment she has to evolve in, Asma remains proactive and hopes that she will ignite the change needed in the way fashion is being produced and consumed.

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AMVCA 2023: RMD, Brotherhood, others eye best movie, actor as full nominees list emerges.

Source: https://www.dstv.com/africamagic/en-ng/home
  • The full list of nominees for the 9th edition of the AMVCA has since been generating a lot of reactions from lovers of entertainment and the screen.
  • The organizers of the event, the contenders, and the voters or viewers are all hyped up for the big day.
  • The voting categories are open to the public on AMVCA (dstv.com).

 

Stars headlining nominations for the highly awaited 9th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, AMVCA, 2023 include Chidi Mokeme, Tobi Bakare, Bimbo Ademoye, and others. MultiChoice, the organizers of the awards, on the evening of Sunday, April 16, 2023, released a comprehensive list detailing the various categories and the nominees ahead of the significant event, and different African news platforms have since been stirred.

 

Chidi Mokeme in Shanty Town. Source: www.pulse.ng

 

AfriSQuare gathered that digital content creators in Nollywood, and in Africa generally, have also earned recognition; this shows an expansion in the annual event’s scope, which traditionally recognizes outstanding performances in film, television, and entertainment.  The nominees are spread across more than 30 award categories, some of the categories, about ten of them, are open to the public; voters from the general public can choose their preferred nominees, while some other categories are to be decided by a panel of judges set up by the organizers. The event itself is scheduled to hold from the 18th to the 20th of May 2023, in Lagos State, Nigeria, and will be broadcast live on Africa Magic channels.

Source: AMVCA (dstv.com)

 

The AMVCA has grown into a premium event that acknowledges outstanding accomplishments in African television and film. This year, numerous talented actors and actresses across Africa, all contending for awards in different categories, will feature. The list of nominees contains talented film makers as well as prominent actors and actresses such as Nkem Owoh, Mercy Johnson, Chinedu Ikedieze, Chidi Mokeme, Richard Mofe Damijo, and several others. A number of movies and television series have also been nominated for awards, including ‘Brotherhood’ directed by Jade Osiberu, ‘Ile Owo’ directed by Kayode Kasum, among others.

 

According to the organizers, talented Big Brother Naija alumnus, Bisola Aiyeola and Ghanaian actor, Adjetey Anang, will be the main hosts for this year’s award show. There are several ways to vote for nominees of different categories. Members of the public are encouraged to cast their votes for their favorites as this could make them big winners of any of the public voting categories on awards night. To vote, one must register first before they can get behind their favorite nominees for the ninth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.

Adjetey Anang and Bisola Aiyeola, the event’s hosts. Source: AMVCA (dstv.com)  

 

To see the full list of nominees, as well as to register and vote for your favorites, the AMVCA site AMVCA (dstv.com) will come in handy. Feel free to visit. Also, share with us, here in the comment section under this post, who you think should win what awards. Is anyone on the nominees list who should not be there? Is there someone who should have been on the list? What do you think of the nominees and the categories? What do you think about the inclusion of online content makers in the mix? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section, even as you share the post with your friends.

 

 

Davido’s ‘Timeless’ debuts remarkably on Billboard 200, streaming platforms.

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  • Davido’s ‘Timeless’ album lends credence to his talent and mastery of the art.
  • After several losses, he has stamped his feet solidly on the path to recovery with this new body of work.
  • Teeming fans hope that the Album’s name will speak; they hope to see it stand the test of time.

On the 31st of March 2023, Nigerian ace afrobeats musician, Davido, stirred global and African news platforms with the release of his keenly expected fourth album, titled ‘Timeless’. In the week of release, the album achieved ground-breaking triumph; it broke several records within the continent and internationally. ‘Timeless’ recently debuted on United States’ Album chart, Billboard 200. Different reactions have since trailed the Album’s progress so far.

 

After early commercial profits, ‘Timeless’ got tipped for a debut in the upper part of the chart, and, in the latest episode of the Billboard Chart dated April 15, 2023, Davido’s ‘Timeless’ unveiled itself at number 37 making it the second topmost Nigerian album to ever debut on the chart next to Burna Boy’s ‘Love, Damini’ which made an entrance at number 14. ‘Timeless’, so far, has crushed multiple records, in Nigeria, Africa, and globally, across major streaming platforms. On Spotify, ‘Timeless’ set a fresh all-time record for the biggest entrance of any album in Spotify Nigeria history; the Album tallied 14.5 million streams during its release week, March 31st — April 6th, exceeding the preceding record of 4.89M streams by Burna Boy’s ‘Love, Damini’.

 

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On Apple Music Nigeria, Davido’s ‘Timeless’ broke the previously existing record of the biggest debut week for any album on Apple Music Nigeria, and while breaking one record, it equally, set a new record for the most streams on a debut day for an African album on Apple Music globally. Davido’s ‘Timeless’, on Audiomack, had more than 12 million streams in its first 24 hours, more than any other album in Audiomack’s history. Also, its release week is the biggest release week on record for any African album in the history of Audiomack. Similarly, the album also set a new record on Boomplay Nigeria, it created the biggest debut week ever on Boomplay Nigeria, four days after release ‘Timeless’ amassed more than 22 million streams on the platform surpassing the previously existing highest record of 18.8 million streams by ‘Love, Damini’, from July 8th to July 14th, 2022.

 

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Even on YouTube, ‘Timeless’ carved a new record; with 4.10 million streams, it created the biggest debut week for any album on YouTube Nigeria. The Album waxed powerful in its release week, reinforcing Davido’s place as one of Africa’s contemporary music greats. The album showed off an impressive performance as well as Davido’s commercial dexterity which are both evident in the way it is being received and consumed by teeming lovers of Afro Music. In addition to making a significant entry into the respected Billboard 200, ‘Timeless’ also made a resounding statement on major streaming platforms, continentally and globally.

 

The buzz from the Album has got people asking: ‘how can an African album make such a global impact on streaming platforms in such a short while? Clearly, the album’s US success is not accidental as it has also ranked 1st in the UK Apple music top albums chart; it has ranked 14th in Germany, 12th in Italy, 17th in France, and 24th in Switzerland. ‘Timeless’ sits comfortably on each of the mentioned country’s lists of top 200 albums.

 

 

Kigali hairstylist’s artsy videos put him atop.

  • African youths are prominent for creativity.
  • They find available ways to showcase the diverse beauties of the continent.
  • Young hairstylist, Safari Martin, has defined himself as an unusually creative barber.
  • His regular social media videos have drawn attention to the precision with which he presents his creative haircuts.

Either by word of mouth or by watching some of his delightful videos on Instagram one may have come across the thrilling tale of 23-year-old Martin Safari, a creative young man who, in his spoofs, cuts clients’ hairs with all types of tools, hammers inclusive. Surprising as it may, Safari finds hammers, knives, forks, and other weird tools useful in doing a remarkable job.

 

In his videos, actually acted out, the young barber dresses for each part, sometimes he simulates a mechanic trying to fix a spoilt car, other times he explores other roles. Safari mentioned that, as a child, he always imagined himself living the life of an extraordinary artist using pencils, brushes, pallets, and paint. But his parents had nudged him into the sciences because they expected a doctor to emerge from their son.

 

Many years later, neither medicine nor artistry has kept Safari gainfully engaged; though he has found a unique way to bring art into his work.

 

Safari talked about how he obeyed his parents at first and closed in on the sciences, deserting his interest in arts until, one afternoon, in his boarding school in Uganda, a friend asked for help with tidying up their hair because a proper haircut outside the school was quite beyond most students’ budget. That was destiny’s call; Safari answered the call wholeheartedly. From then on, without fully understanding what he was getting into, he found a new interest. For him, it continued as a simple hobby, just a courteous service to his peers. But, when the demand for this hobby of his began to swell, he joined heads with his school friends, and they smuggled in a clipper after which he began to attach stipends to his services.

 

Most of his needs in school were met and he stopped asking his parents for pocket money. He explained that “when I went back home for the holidays, I decided to take it to another level. I subscribed to some of the biggest barbers’ YouTube channels and took some online courses. “Safari substantially added to his skills during holidays so much that his school noted his improved talent and hired him as the official school barber. Just after his graduation, he set up a small-scale barbershop in that Ugandan neighborhood. Eventually, he returned home to Rwanda.

 

Safari has gone ahead to carve a brand in Kigali as one of the most skilled barbers in town. He leverages on the internet; he picks ideas, shares his unique works, as well as secure clients’ appointments online, through his Instagram handle, @safro_fades. Currently, he does not operate from a fixed address, he has niched himself as a pro barber who is accessible online and available for home services. Safro, as he is fondly called, charges from 15,000 Rwandan franc upward; his distinct home package goes for about 20, 000 Rwandan franc and above, depending on factors like location, clients’ preferred style, and other cost influences like dyeing, tinting, etc.

 

Averagely, Safari’s cuts usually take about 40 to 50 minutes. He believes he is still an artist and his art manifests in his haircuts, he says “I think my talent didn’t fully disappear. People tell me that they see my art just by looking at how I present my content and the way I make a haircut. This gives me the ultimate satisfaction”. He says that the ‘beauty of existing in this era’ contributes immeasurably to some of his successes in the barbing trade. “I can imagine that if this was a decade ago, I would just be some other barber. But because of technology and social media platforms, through proper content creation, I’m able to reach my desired audience, willing to pay adequately for my services,” he pointed out.

 

While a lot of people see Safari as a skilled barber, he looks beyond the trade, he works to establish himself as a captivating content creator, consistent and creative. “Most of my clients are Rwandans, but considering their conservative nature, I usually have a hard time convincing them to let me post them on my online page,” he mentioned while explaining probable reasons for a possible delay in his global exposure. Safari opines that anyone can prosper in any career path they pick to pursue, whether they originally dreamt of it or not. He admonishes young African talents by saying “make sure you master your craft, attract and keep your clients coming back and then promote your craft and then, make money.”

Green Ghana 2023: Queen Mothers encouraged to begin bamboo farms.

  • Ghana’s potential in the area of agriculture is undisputed.
  • The authorities are making efforts to maximize Ghanian green lands for subsistence and commercial purposes.
  • Bamboo and rattan are invaluable plants grown in Africa.
  • Demand has been placed on the influences of the Queen Mothers of Ghana to enhance the growing of the cash plants.

Efforts are going into the restoration of Ghana’s landscapes, as well as into the lasting fight against global warming; and the country’s Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, in collab­oration with the Forest Plantation Fund Board, organized a two-day preparation workshop for Asanteman queen mothers on bamboo farms development.

 

This supports the government’s tree planting works, as at least 22,671,696 trees planted in 2022 outdid the government’s target of 20 million trees across the 16 regions of Ghana. The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources of Ghana, Samuel Abu Jinapor, said that the government hopes to plant no fewer than 10 million trees this year under the Green Ghana program. Speaking on the downward review of the number of trees to be planted, the Minister said that government wants to be more dedicated and devoted to nurturing the over 30 million trees planted already in recent years so that all the trees can reach maturity as soon as possible.

                     

The workshop, strategically placed to leverage on the immense traditional and political powers of the revered queen mothers’ stools, follows the  government’s prior regeneration moves, and comes after the Minister had visited Ashanti Region in De­cember last year to enlist the support of the queen mothers in fighting against unlawful mining, and to promise them that they will be integral parts of the 2023 Green Ghana agenda aimed at planting bam­boos in marketable amounts.

                           

While speaking with the queen mothers at the workshop, in Kumasi, on the 9th of March, the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources responsible for Lands and For­estry, Mr. Benito Owusu-Bio, expanded on the pertinence of the workshop to the govern­ment since it acknowledges the potential of bamboo and rattan resources as valuable materials that can better the live­lihoods of several scores of inhabitants around forest ecosystems.

 

He went on to expound the benefits of the workshop, among other things, clarifying that queen mothers will be armed with good knowledge and insight into the degree to which bamboo and rattan in Ghana could aid sustenance of communities; he pointed to the vast prospects in the area of job creation, especially for youngies and women alike. He believed that the workshop would birth critical outcomes as it would increase the number of stakeholders, in government and private settings, putting in efforts to meet the planting goals in the country’s Forest Plantation Strate­gy, which plans to establish more than 500,000 hectares of new bamboo plantations between 2015 -2040.

                   

Owusu-Bio reassured the queen mothers that the first sensitization package was simply to kick off, that the Minis­try would assemble more resources to spread the program to other regions so as to optimize the bamboo industry. “I wish to assure you of the unflinching support of my Minister and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to support this initiative. We will do our maximum best to provide the necessary technical and logistical support to promote this bamboo plantation development enter­prise,” he said. He also counselled the Forestry Commission, the Director of In­ternational Association of Bam­boo and Rattan Development, INBAR, and the Plantation Fund Board to continue providing the needed backing to ensure that the program succeeds.

 

The queen mother of the Mampong traditional area, Nana Agyakuma Difie II and Chairman admonished the queen mothers to see the programs as an opportunity to advance, as well as a responsibility to their children and yet-to-come generations seeing that with one swoop, global warming is reduced and the government’s reafforesta­tion agenda gets a shot in the arm. While motivating them to take up the project heartily and make it a reality, she stressed that the bamboo project was not exclusive to Asanteman queen mothers but for all Ghanian queen mothers and women traditional authority figures countrywide.

                         

In his own statement, the Board Chairman of the Forestry Plantation Fund Board and Chief of Chiraa traditional area, Nana Osei Yaw Barima, promised a smooth and cooperative partnership with the queen mothers to see the bamboo project through to a resoundingly successful end. Mr Joseph Osiakwan, the Technical Director for Forestry at the Ministry, in his short presentation on the justification for the workshop, expressed hope that queen mothers will have adequate knowledge on growing healthy bam­boo and making vital marketable products from the plant by the end of the two-day workshop.

                       

Bamboo and rattan come in handy in the making of fanciful Furnitures, mats, decorations, as well as other household and fashion items, and with these products boldly taking their places in the global market, producers of bamboo and rattan are in for a swell time. With about one million hectares of home-grown bamboo, Ethiopia sits kingly as the biggest bamboo grower in Africa. It houses about 67% of all African bamboo.

MOROCCO’S FASHION WEEK SET TO CELEBRATE WOMEN.

 

      • Morocco’s fashion week is to be held from the 8th to the 11th of March.
      • The event will tie in with the celebration of women.
      • The event will promote upcoming designers.

The 2023 edition of Morocco’s fashion week will be held from the 8th to the 11th of March. This year the event will be hosted with Riad la Brillante, a hotel nestled in the heart of the medina where traditional craftsmanship and modernity meet harmony and elegance. 

This edition ties in with the worldwide celebration of women, including International Women’s Day on the 8th day of March.

This occasion is organized and supported by the Oriental Fashion Show and it is chaired by Hind Joudar in partnership with M Avenue. The partnership is dedicated to building a lasting anchorage within the kingdom. 

The fashion runway will be at M Avenue, which would not be the first time the fashion runway is hitting one of the city’s must-see attractions developed by Nabil Slitine.

The fashion shows are slated for the 10th of March, starring special exhibitions on Morocco’s iconic caftan. This is intended to pay tribute to the craftswomen on the occasion of World Women’s Rights Day.

The primary aim of this event is to promote young and upcoming designers with a prize allowing winners to travel to a parade in Paris. The competition is organized in conjunction with the styling and modeling schools Casa Moda, Lasalle College, and Escom in a joint partnership. There will be judges like Saher Okal, the founder of the Academia Moda school in Nazareth, Morocco’s Said Mahrouf, and Zineb Joundy as well as Egyptian dressmaker Hany El Behairy on the panel.

From the 9th to the 11th of March, other works of art will be shown throughout the day in collaboration with the association “Dam Lmaalma.”

Then on the final day, a gala dinner will be held within the mythical Royal Mansour palace. It will be preceded by a parade featuring the creations of big names in fashion from international regions. The dinner will benefit Atlas Kinder, an association that takes care of orphaned children.

Marrakech was chosen as the permanent establishment for this bi-annual event celebrating the city as an international fashion capital.

NDAVI NOKERI FINISHES AMONG TOP 16 AT THE 2022 MISS UNIVERSE BEAUTY PAGEANT.

Ndavi Nokeri is a South African model and beauty pageant that was born on 25th January, 1999. She comes from a christian family and she speaks four languages.

 

In 2022, she competed for Miss South Africa, which was her first attempt and she won. In 2019, she won the Miss Jozi title.

 

She holds a Bachelor of commerce, Investment and Management degree from the University of Pretoria. She also held a job at an asset management firm.

 

She is an advocate for educational equity for all children and students in South Africa. In her interview with Glamour she revealed her struggles, she said “growing up, I struggled with mathematics in school. With every bad result I received, I started believing and accepting that it was something that I could not do until I decided to approach it with a different attitude. I decided that I am the author of my own story and so I redefined myself as a woman who is capable of doing all things she sets her mind to with excellence. This is the attitude that I carry with me into every journey and it has shaped the person I am proud to be today.” 

 

She prepared for the Miss South Africa, 2022 for two years which shows how passionate she is about preparations and winning.

 

She represented South Africa in the 71st Miss Universe beauty pageant and she was among those that finished top 16.

 

She will also go on to represent South Africa in Miss World 2022 and Miss Supranational 2023.

HANNAH IRIBHOGBE REPRESENTS NIGERIA AT THE 71ST MISS UNIVERSE BEAUTY COMPETITION.

Hannah Iribhogbe is a Nigerian actress, model and beauty queen, she hails from Edo State. She is professionally known as Montana Felix. The name Montana came into existence during her secondary school days when she realized she was multi talented and Felix is her father’s last name.

 

Hannah is a student of North Lake College in Dallas, Texas, majoring in business management. She is active in charity work as she works with NGOs and orphanages. She is also intentional about women empowerment and getting more women into government and politics and also taken kids off the Nigerian streets. Personally, she is responsible for two girls. She has established a foundation called the Montana Initiative, an organization working to feed 10 million children all over Africa.

 

She began her professional modeling career in 2020. In 2022, she was crowned Miss Universe Nigeria 2022 at the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant in October, 2022.

 

The 71st Miss Universe beauty competition just took place and Nigeria was ably represented by current Miss Universe Nigeria, Hannah Iribhogbe or Montana Felix as she is popularly known on stage. She is currently in New Orleans, USA for the beauty pageant which officially kicked off on the 11th of January.

 

The competition was hosted by Jeannie Mai and Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe, 2012. At the end of the event, Miss Universe 2021, Harnaaz Sandhu of India crowned her successor.

 

ZIMBABWEAN MODEL CROWNED UNIVERSAL QUEEN AFRICA 2022

In her first International pageant appearance, Zimbabwean model Nomatter Shamuyarira was crowned the Universal Queen Africa 2022 at the pageantry held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

 

The competition had contestants from 15 African countries including the host nation Nigeria, Angola, Tunisia, Egypt, Cameroon, South Africa and Uganda, with Botswana’s representative as the first runner-up, Ghana and Gambia representatives as second and third runners-up respectively. 

 

As part of her winning package, the Queen was awarded a cash prize of $5000, a trip to any African nation of her choice, as well as an endorsement deal as a brand ambassador with companies in Nigeria.

 

Shamuyarira who works with a top-modelling agency in Zimbabwe revealed that winning the Universal Queen Africa 2022 is a milestone in her modelling career.

 

She began her professional modelling career in 2017, as she was inspired by her aunt and former Miss Zimbabwe, Angeline Musasiwa and within the five years of her career, Shamuyarira has received myriads of accolades in pageantry and commercial modelling.

 

Asides modelling, Shamuyarira is a public health researcher with the Biomedical Research and Training Institute of Zimbabwe and a director of a local-based, youth-led and non-governmental organisation focusing on mental health literacy.

 

The next edition of the pageantry will be hosted in Zimbabwe next year.

20 YEARS OF DAKAR FASHION WEEK CELEBRATED IN STYLE

The Senegalese 20 years of Dakar Fashion Week was celebrated in style on Saturday 3rd December, with a show at the historic Island of Goree once known for slave trade. 

 

The show was put together by Adama N’Diaye who is a French designer with Senegalese roots and owner of the French label Adama Paris. 

 

The designer and organiser of the Dakar Fashion week was completely elated for the growth the Dakar Fashion week has experienced over the years, which had a very nice party with 20 exceptional designers. She said African fashion is inspiring, diversified, beautiful and daring. 

 

The show had a runway of 20 designer’s work from African countries including Angola, Morocco, Mali, Mozambique and South Africa.

 

One of the designers from Morocco, Karim Tassi said that the originality is to be in Africa and bring together all the African designers, with each of them displaying their own cultural identity and putting everyone on the same catwalk, which is magnificent. 

 

The show helps boost the local fashion industry in Senegal, motivating and encouraging more younger people to follow a career in this business.

 

The event ended on Sunday evening with an all “white night”.

WINNER OF PHOTOGENIC STRIDE, SEPTEMBER EDITION.

Photogenic stride is an online beauty contest for African women where participants upload their finest pictures and viewers get to vote. It is a monthly contest and each winner goes home with $150. 

 

Miss Grace Monicah emerged as the winner in the September 2022 edition. Miss Grace Monicah is a 22-year old Kenyan based undergraduate of Kenya institute of professional studies pursuing a certificate in ICT.

 

She is currently working as a debt collector and a part time photoshoot model. Apart from the photogenic stride, Miss Grace has participated in other online photo contests like Seensta, a natural hair challenge and a traditional wear challenge where she emerged 2nd and third, respectively.

 

Miss Grace heard of the photogenic stride contest from a friend who was also a participant. During her interview with Afridesk she was asked if it was difficult soliciting for votes to which she replied “it was not easy but since I am a go-getter, I did not give up. I wanted to win.” 

 

She has expressed her desire to pursue modeling full time but the one challenge she is facing is raising the money to enroll into a full time modeling class. 

 

When asked if there was anything else she would like to pursue apart from her modeling career, her reply was “of course, I am a business oriented person. In the near future, I want to run my own business. I make beads, handmade bracelets, anklets, waist beads etc.” She went ahead to show us her really beautiful designs. She makes them in her free time and sells them. She also reiterated that modeling is still her greatest passion.

 

Miss Grace won the photogenic stride contest with a total vote of 5521 which confirms her go-getting personality.

 

The participation and voting in this contest is totally free. You must be a registered user to contest and vote for your contestant.

 

‘BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER’ BREAKS BOX OFFICE RECORDS

The Marvel Studios Superhero blockbuster ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ which premiered on November 6th, 2022 is out and breaking box office records across Africa. Opening in theatres on November 11, 2022, the movie has already gained the biggest opening weekend of all time in West Africa. 

 

The sequel to Ryan Coogler’s 2018 ‘Black Panther’, drew audiences with just under 300k attendances being reported all over the continent.

 

In West Africa, ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ became the biggest industry opening weekend of all time with a box office tally of 240 million naira and also earned titles of both biggest opening weekend box office of 2022 and the biggest post-pandemic opening, with a box office tally of 25 million kes in East Africa.

 

Likewise in South Africa, the blockbuster movie earned R16.5 million and also the title of becoming the biggest opening weekend box office of 2022.

 

However, the 2018 movie ‘Black Panther’ remains number one of all time in both East and West Africa, and the number two in Southern Africa.

 

Aside from the African continent, the movie is also gaining great numbers, within the first weekend it brought in $180 million and its becoming the second-biggest domestic debut.

 

In the United States and Canada, the Walt Disney Co estimates that audiences bought in more than 4,396 cinemas according to Time.

 

The movie made history as the first official African Marvel Studio premiere in Nigeria and also broke the previous record for a November opening in North America and outshone The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s $158 million from 2013.

CAMEROON’S FASHION WEEK: URBAN PARADE IN CELEBRATION OF COTTON

Models opened the show to an impressive parade of dancers, performers, clowns and giant puppets in Cameroon’s fashion week which kicked off in Yaounde with an urban parade dedicated to the celebration of cotton.

The fashion show was tagged “Cotton Pride, from seed to dress”, which served as an introductory piece to the commencement of the Fashion and Design Forum.

The show director Nathalie Veuillet stated that there is a whole lot of work that goes into producing fine and beautiful cotton trousers or dresses.

She said: “When you see a woman walking by in a beautiful dress or a man in beautiful cotton trousers, you can’t imagine the whole chain of work that goes into it. So in fact Cotton Pride is the pride of cotton work. It means that before you can wear this beautiful dress, there are people who cut, there are people who sew, there are people who spin the fibres, there are people who sow the seed, others who pick the flowers and others who transport these cotton flowers to the spinning mill. So in fact all these pictures show the different stages of cotton processing”.

Headed by Yves Eya’a, the Urban Parade was an initiative of the Centre des Créateurs de Mode du Cameroun (CCMC).

According to the CCMC promoter, the theme of the designers’ collection is “Let Fashion Express Itself” and the street fashion show was a way to express “the fashion” in Cameroon today. “It was important that fashion went to the streets because today when we look at the streets, it’s all that inspires us as designers, as fashion, as fashionistas”.

The Cotton Pride fashion show attracted many people and onlookers as the show was an intriguing one to see.

SCAR APPRECIATION DAY IN KAMPALA, UGANDA.

     

31 year-old Monica Khatokho, founder of Khatz Moniq Apparel fashion store in Kampala,Uganda hosted a charity event with regards to scar appreciation day which was on 22nd October. Monica was diagnosed with Cushing’s syndrome in 2016 and she had to undergo two major life saving surgeries which left her with scars on her belly. In her interview with Africa news she said “I hated myself before, because of the scars. But the moment I accepted that, yes, this is something I cannot change about myself, that acceptance was healing to me”. She wanted people that shared the same journey with her to get the same closure she had gotten and heal from their traumas hence, she hosted the event to celebrate every scar because every scar tells a story. 

 

This event was hosted at Mestil Hotel in Uganda’s capital, kampala. Plus size people and people with other rare body conditions like vitiligo were also represented at this event. For this first edition, there was a one day audition for the male and female models before the shortlisted models paraded on the catwalk.

 

Lucy Kemisiga was one of the models that paraded the catwalk and she is a burn survivor. In her interview with Africa news she said “I got my scars in 2011, It was a fire accident. The house at home caught fire from a candle, and I was in there sleeping. I got burnt. I spent a few months at the hospital, and that’s how I got the scars”. 

 

The message the event was trying to pass was that scars do not make one ugly, each scar tells a story and your trauma does not define you. The most important message for the models was that each scar has a story. 

 

The theme of the event was “My scars are beautiful”. It was obvious that Monica Khatokho took utmost pride in this event as the creative director.

 

Proceeds obtained from this event was slated to go towards the Dirare Organization, this organization has been set up to offer support to individuals with scars.

 

She has decided to make this somewhat of a culture to help people with similar experiences.