The first-ever Nakonde Fashion Week kicked off on the 20th of May, attracting a sizable audience who came to watch models strut their stuff in various outfits designed by Afrikawala.
The maiden show featured both men and women clothes, half of which was traditional wear in line with the theme ‘Letting Africa Shine through Fashion.’
Speaking on behalf of the Nakonde DC, acting District Administrative Officer Mr Morris Kabanda said fashion plays a big role in preserving culture therefore it must be supported.
“We want to see that we maintain our cultural and traditions through dressing. We understand that with social media we are exposed to so many things, especially dressing from other cultures, but that cannot make us lose our identity as Africans in the way we dress.” he said.
He said fashion shows featuring traditional wear need to be documented for future generations to learn from.
“It is through fashion shows like this that our children and their children will be able to see how we were living and also learn the role dress plays in Zambian life.”
Karen Nakamba ,CEO of Afrikawala and the organizer of the event , who opted to speak in Namwanga, said she was very proud that the show had been a success and had a sizable turn out.
“The reason I had to do this, I grew up in Nakonde and I know the things we love in Nakonde. I was once a clearing agent and if you agree with me other businesses are booming here, so the fashion industry has to have a place in Nakonde.”
She also said it was important for women to support one another
“As someone who did fashion and crafts designing in Uganda, I decided to launch the show here because this is home so I am thankful for the support, especially from the women.”
Mwembe Muntu, who provided entertainment in-between segments of the show, performed his old and new songs, among them the popular ‘Ngauletwishika’.
He drew reactions from the crowd after performing Black Muntu songs a capella.
Afrikawala, which was initially based in Lusaka is a combination of two words, Afrika and Kawala, the latter which means shine in Namwanga.
Pictures from the event