PRESS RELEASE: AFI to host Fundraising Fashion Show in Abidjan

PRESS RELEASE: AFI to host Fundraising Fashion Show in Abidjan

Abidjan, Ivory Coast (January 31, 2024) – Africa Fashion International (AFI) is preparing to host the Africa Fashion Unites (AFU) fundraising fashion show on February 9, 2024, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and La Francophonie. 

Strategically taking place ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final, the fundraising fashion show will be a showcase event bringing together established and emerging designers from the countries that participated in the AFCON 2023 tournament – the summit of African football. 

The AFU Fundraising Fashion Show is an important catalyst for change, seamlessly blending the worlds of fashion and philanthropy.

Designed by Africa Fashion International (AFI), this dynamic platform transcends traditional fashion event organisations. It is a force that connects the threads of culture, creativity and community empowerment. 

Participants at this gala event will have the opportunity to participate in a special auction, all profits from which will be directly donated to the  Centre Artisanal ABE APO ÉLISABETH, in Montézo in the Alépé region.

ABE APO ÉLISABETH Artisanal Center

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Founded by Ivorian cultural entrepreneur Michèle Yakice, this centre is dedicated to training women and young people in the art of traditional weaving, allowing them to acquire skills in the field and gain autonomy.  

AFI is committed to supporting the Centre  Artisanal ABE APO ÉLISABETH in view of the vision of the initiator, the socio-economic role it plays and the general commitment of the AFI to the populations on the continent.

For the sustainability of this commitment, the Ivorian Government, through the Ministry in Charge of Culture, will be in partnership with the Confederation of African Football for the management of this project. 

Giacomo Tomassi, COO of Africa Fashion International, said: "The AFU Fundraising Fashion Show is an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the unifying power of the arts, showcasing African heritage and fostering a sense of community. At AFI, we believe in creating lasting impact beyond the confines of a single event."


By celebrating Africa's rich heritage through the prism of fashion, AFI not only highlights the talents of passionate designers and creators, but also, with the support of the Ministry of Culture, offers a platform visibility and meeting for artists from diverse backgrounds.




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