I had the pleasure of being part of the 5th Kitenge festival that was organised by Jo Nganda – an event planner, entrepreneur, fundraiser and ceo of Joyz agency. Kitenge is an East African cotton fabric printed in various colours and distinctive boarders and patterns. It has its origin from Kiswahili kitengele.
The Newham Leisure centre was brightened with lots of creative stall holders and food vendors. Lots of entertainment from singers, drummers, award ceremony and fashion shows which was presented by the Kenyan host Lydia Olet.
As part of an initiative called Celebrating Our Crown me and Sylvia Emodi created elaborate head dressing to which we styled 9 models from Equisite model agency. Backstage the models were being made up with tribal marks. The models did us proud as they cat walked to Mansa Mansa afro beat song. At the end finale we couldn’t resit dancing on the runway also. We received so many compliments and inquiries about future workshops and shows.
Leading up to the show I asked my friend Gebra to design a silhouette statement on a purple dress to represent the Celebrating Our Crown brand. Thanks to brother for designing the image for our purple dresses.
It was great to catch up with Peeks who I haven’t seen for a long time. Washing down lunch with sorrel and ginger from Niffty food stall
The entertainment of African drumming, singers and performances, fashion show wowed the audience.
It was great to catch up with Peeks Page and friends who I haven’t seen for a long time.
The Celebrating Our Crown catwalk showcase was a success as received so many positive compliments.