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Photo Story: Our favourite runway looks from Africa’s biggest fashion weekend1 minute read

On October 24, 2019, the fashion enthusiasts gathered in Lagos and Johannesburg as models elegantly walked the runways

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Africa’s style geniuses graced two of its biggest cities and we are still in awe of the ingenuity, creativity and craftsmanship that was on display.

On October 24, 2019, the fashion enthusiasts gathered in Lagos and Johannesburg as models elegantly walked the runways in vibrant and edgy designs. Some of the best contemporary African designers were in the spotlight at the Lagos Fashion Week and South Africa Fashion Week respectively.

Bright eyes, chiselled cheeks, straight shoulders and lean figures, Africa’s daring design expressions were all on display as two African cities rolled out the runways for their amazing fashion industries.

The fashion industry in Africa has a different energy. There’s a vibe with different influences and appeal. You can’t miss it. It was in every stride, in the smug faces and the aura, all oozing confidence in the spotlight. 

One common and interesting feature at these Fashion Weeks is the fact that most of the pieces on display are just the right amount of edgy and confident. Unlike many other fashion shows, you can easily take most of these looks from the runway to the streets.

The first day at the Lagos Fashion Week featured designs from ILI Nigeria, Jermaine Bleu, Rick Dusi, Studio 189, Bloke creations, Orange Culture, DZYN Official, Eki Silk, Yutee Rone, Idma-Nof hat creation and Wuman Creation.

Here are some of our favourite looks from the Lagos fashion and South Africa Fashion Weeks.

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    Models wear Studio 189 creations during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    A model wears Studio 189 creations during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    Models wear EKI silk creations during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    Models wear EKI silk creations during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    Models wear EKI silk creations during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    A model wears a Idma-Nof hat creation during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    Models wear DZYN creations during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    A model wears DZYN creations during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    A model wears Bloke creations during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    A model wears a Wuman creation during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    A model wears a Wuman creation during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    Models wear Jermaine Bleu creations during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    A model wears a Jermaine Bleu creation during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    A model wears a Yutee Rone creation during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    A model wears a Yutee Rone creation during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    Models wear Rick Dusi creations during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

  • Lagos fashion week

    Models wear Rick Dusi creations during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    A model wears a ILI (FF) Naolila (FF) creation during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    A model wears a ILI (FF) Naolila (FF) creation during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    A model wears a Orange Culture creation during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

  • Lagos fashion week

    A model wears a Orange Culture creation during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    A model wears a SRK creation during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

  • Lagos fashion week

    Models wears Orange Culture creations during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    A model waits backstage at SAFW (South Africa Fashion Week) before showcasing creations by the designer Erre in Sandton, on October 24, 2019. - The South African Fashion week takes place from October 23 to October 26, 2019 at Sandton City, Sandton. (Photo by LUCA SOLA / AFP)

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    Models wears Orange Culture creations during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

  • Lagos fashion week

    Models wears Orange Culture creations during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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    Models wears Orange Culture creations during the yearly Lagos Fashion Week in Lagos, on October 24, 2019. - Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

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A Nation Making Huge Strides in Rebuilding

Rwanda is making significant progress in moving on from its ugly past

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In April 1994, ethnic tensions between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority boiled over, and what had been decades of mutual distrust ultimately escalated into a full-blown catastrophe. Over 800,000 Tutsi were murdered by Hutu militant groups, with many women raped, and hundreds of thousands of children rendered homeless.

The genocide, which stretched for three months, was met with a slow response from the international community, and many people were forced to flee into neighbouring countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The events of that dark period in Rwandan history illustrated in movies like “Hotel Rwanda” and “Sometimes in April”, left a trail of effects, some of which included post-violence trauma, increased distrust, hate and proliferation of pregnancies as a result of rape.

Twenty-five years have passed, and it has been a long, tortuous road to healing for all Rwandans, but commendable efforts have been made. Reconciliation and rehabilitation centres abound in various parts of the country, and there has been significant investment in technology, making Rwanda one of the few shining lights in a continent plagued by poverty and corruption. It is also worthy of note that there is significant female representation in Rwanda’s legislative houses: for context, Rwanda has one of the world’s highest proportions of women in power as 61% of members of parliament and 50% of the cabinet are female.

One aspect of the reconciliation process that needs elaboration, though, is the social work profession. Established after the genocide, social work has been integral to Rwanda’s healing process, through homegrown solutions or indigenous models of development that address the many layers of social wounds. Social workers in Rwanda have been heavily involved in programmes such as community work, local collective action and the indigenous practice of girinka, which makes for the provision of one cow for every poor family. There are also initiatives, such as the Hope and Homes for Children, which cater to children who may have been abandoned as a result of parental trauma resulting from rape, family isolation, drug abuse, vulnerability and stigma towards children with disabilities.

Rwanda’s success story is one that many African nations can take a cue from. Who is to say that countries like Sierra Leone would not be a lot better off if there were more women in positions of power? What if there had been more concrete efforts to ensure reconciliation between the Igbo and the rest of Nigeria after the civil war? These are the unanswered questions, but it is beautiful watching Rwanda thrive after the horror show of 1994. 

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How young people are changing the African narrative

For non-Africans who have never visited the continent, the perception of the second largest continent in the world has always been that of a place of impoverishment and raw savagery; a place ravaged by horrible epidemic and war. 

This is largely attributable to an agenda-driven western media which sell these bogus tales about Africa to their global audience viewing the world through their reportage. Sadly, some of our local media are also guilty of this disservice to the mother continent.

As much as Africa, like other continents have its challenges, the positive stories to tell about the continent far outweighs the negativity found therein. 

The good news, however, is that young Africans – the new generation, are striving to change the negative narrative of Africa through their excellence in different fields within and outside the continent.

These young Africans are pushing the frontiers of knowledge in their respective fields of interests, discovering new things and making landmark achievements. Whether in Technology, Fashion, Literature, Music and more, they are forging paths necessary for the sustenance of development in Africa. These crop of individuals are passing the message that Africa has a lot to offer the world through its rich human resources. What better way to be true ambassadors of the continent? 

Let us take a look at some of the young individuals championing the change of an age-long African perception in their different fields.

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Over the years, we have seen some of the most innovative minds in technology come from Africa. Notable figures like Philip Emeagwali who invented the world’s fastest computer and who also won the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize for an application of the CM-2 massively-parallel computer, Jelani Aliyu who designed the Chevrolet Volt,  Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, among very many others make this list.

One young African that is gradually making waves in technology is 35-year-old Jamila Abbas. Abbas is a Kenyan computer scientist and software engineer who is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of MFarm Kenya Limited. MFarm is an android application that Abbas developed to solve the challenge of lack of pricing transparency Kenyan farmers faced.

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