Over 200 women from across East Africa gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, to connect, share and unite at the first Forbes Woman Africa Regional Forum featuring a line-up of incredible speakers and an on-trend fashion show by AFI.
JOHANNESBURG – African Fashion International (AFI) showcased four of Africa’s top designers at the first Forbes Woman Africa Regional Forum. The forum brought together some of East Africa’s most influential women to Kigali, Rwanda, for an event themed: “In The Corridors Of Power”.
Founder and CEO of AFI, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe sat with moderator Nozipho Mbanjwa for an inspirational keynote interview. Dr Moloi-Motsepe, a philanthropist at heart, told the women of East Africa about the forum coinciding with South Africa’s most important public holiday, Women’s Day, which came about after women united in the struggle for liberation. Dr Moloi-Motsepe encouraged the women to become the change they want to see, and not be discouraged by the injustices of the world. She spoke about inclusivity and never leaving men behind if women want to be successful in fighting inequality. She then congratulated the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, for achieving 64% female representation in government, the highest in the world.
The event concluded with a fashion show, presented by AFI, featuring Rwandan models and four pan-African fashion designers; Rich Factory, Loincloth & Ashes, Haute Baso and Moshions. Guests were treated to African haute couture, showcasing some of the continent’s most talented fashion designers.
Haute Baso showcased the ready-to-wear collection to an enthusiastic audience, followed by Loin Cloth & Ashes collection, showcasing innovative designs made from 3D MeAirMesh foam with a textured round pattern.
Moshions presented a collection that speaks contemporary sophistication. An eclectic movement to pay tribute to the game-changing monochromatic and geometric designs. Rich Factory closed the fashion show with a collection highlighting modern takes of Zambian prints.
The fashion show is one part of AFI’s mission to showcase African talent at a world-class level, ensuring the incredible skills and creative talent found on our continent is well presented in the global markets.
“This collaboration is part of our efforts to promote African designers at the highest and most relevant platforms globally. Fashion is a powerful industry and must be viewed as a force in creating decent jobs, and empowering women,” said Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Founder and CEO of African Fashion International.
African Fashion International will be hosting AFI Joburg Fashion Week in October, showcasing an incredible line-up of pan-African designers. Catch the build-up and all the announcements by visiting www.africanfashioninternational.com and AFI official social media pages.
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