By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Africa Fashion Reception held from September 13-15, 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was adjudged a success by participants.
The event, which was hosted by the African Union (AU), featured fashion designers from around the African continent.
Chairperson of the AU, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, visited the exhibition stands with great admiration for the exhibited fashion products locally produced from around the African continent.
The Africa Fashion Business Summit took place the 2nd day, September 14, at the small conference hall.
It was conducted by Lexy Mojo Eyes, CEO of Legendary Gold Limited, organizers of the Africa Fashion Reception.
The welcome address was delivered by the Commissioner for Social Affairs, Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko.
The Keynote Speaker was Cristina Morozzi from Istituto Marangoni, Milan, Italy.
She spoke about the increasing influence of African fashion globally.
Managing Director of Femaz Micro Finance Bank, Dr Mrs Sandra Nwugo talked about the role of Micro Finance Bank in supporting the various fashion vocations.
The gala fashion event took place on the last day, September 16, at the multi-purpose hall of the AU. It started with a welcoming cocktail. In attendance were about 600 select VIPs made up of Ambassadors from over 112 countries, international organizations, Corporate CEOs and top government functionaries.
Some of the designers that participated included Botocy – Botswana, Kaz O Zah Art – Burundi, Paradise Fashion – Ethiopia, Fanny Mandina – DR Congo, Tekay Designs – Liberia, Classic Fashion – Namibia, Walove by Designs – Kenya, Kokonut stylist – Swaziland, Black Coal Clothing – South Africa, Keto Couture – Nigeria, Chizo – Zambia, Bulongo Clothing, Ladybird Fashion design, Ejig Tibeb, Yefiker etc.
The Africa Fashion Reception will have its 3rd international edition in Paris France on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the UNESCO and would be hosted by UNESCO.