Africa Feature

Inspiration Monday! You can achieve much more than you think- “Find a Way!” Diana Nyad on TED
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“A lot of athletes have this sort of invincibility: [The jellyfish] should worry about me. I don't worry about them. I'll just swim right through them.” Diana Nyad In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing...
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Uru Diamonds – Unique Jewelry from Tanzania
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On one of our breaks from Swahili Fashion Week Tanzania 2013, we discovered Uru Diamonds in Slipway Shopping Plaza in Dar es Salaam. Drawn by the Maasai clad shop assistant who was incredibly welcoming, the serene aura and set up...
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Swahili Fashion Week 2013 [Dar es Salaam, Tanzania]
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“Created as a platform for designers from Swahili speaking countries, to date, we have created an industry which does not only spur the growth of the textile, culture and fashion industry, but also that of the tourism industry. Hosting this...
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Kenya at 50 “Let us stand firm to defend our heritage and splendor”
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As we celebrate 50 years of independence in Kenya, here the speech from President Uhuru Kenyatta made on Mashujaa Day, 20th October 2013. "This year, we mark the Golden Jubilee of our Republic. We intend to commemorate 50 years of...
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Katungulu Mwendwa “Telling a story through fashion”
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Upon finishing high school, she was not exactly sure what she wanted to do in her career however she had always been designing clothes and experimenting. Her confidence booster came from winning the 2007 Catwalk Kenya competition where she realized...
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What to Expect! Swahili Fashion Week 2013- The biggest fashion annual event in East and Central Africa
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Swahili Fashion Week is upon us once again for its 6th event taking place from the 5th to the 8th of December 2013 in Golden Tulip Hotel Dar es Salaam Tanzania. Swahili Fashion Week is a platform founded and created...
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Lack of racial diversity in the fashion industry
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“There is a time where silence is not acceptable at all…If the conversation cannot be had publicly in our industry -- then inherently there is something wrong with the industry." Iman Abdulmajid Activist and former model Bethann Hardison, formed the...
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Ozwald Boateng on Africa on BBC HARDTalk
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Ozwald Boateng, fashion designer and co-founder of Made in Africa Foundation to support and fund master plans and feasibility studies for transformational and large scale developments and infrastructure projects across the African continent. Take a look at his work below. Ozwald...
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Alexander McQueen (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010)
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An absolute favorite designer has to be Lee Alexander McQueen. From his early beginnings, to his unfortunate demise, to his resulting present legacy, his designs are truly inspirational, creative and highly emotive. Any piece coming from his collection always portrays...
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Favourite Fashion Editorials
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To begin with, fashion editorials, compared to commercial adverts, tell a vivid story. They capture a feeling, an image, a moment created to portray the perfect situation/venue for the clothes and accessories. It makes you travel to a far distant...
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Disability and Fashion
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Now this is something I have never really thought about and by the looks of things, it’s becoming a real issue. I met a lady once who, after the usual casual introductions and telling her what The Designers Studio was...
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Africa Feature: Ethiopian Designer – YEFIKER
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We came upon this incredible designer label in Ethiopia called YEFIKER. The designer is Fikirte Addis, a young emerging Designer from Addis Ababa who takes cultural cotton fabrics and turns them into a ready to wear collection for the modern...
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Designer innovation | Saki Mafundikwa: Ingenuity and elegance in ancient African alphabets
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This TED talk could not be kept a secret. Now for those of you who don’t know, and are not as addicted to TED talks as we are; TED talks are  “ideas worth spreading” on every topic under the sun....
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