Karen Nakamba, CEO of Afrikawala
Karen Nakamba, CEO of Afrikawala

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 

Acting District Administrative Officer Mr Morris Kabanda speaks during the fashion show
Acting District Administrative Officer Mr Morris Kabanda speaks during the fashion show
Karen Nakamba speaks during the Afrikawala Fashion Show
Karen Nakamba speaks during the Afrikawala Fashion Show
L-R. Model Promise Nambela, Nkumbu Namusamba and Cecilia Kongwa pose at the Afrikawala Fashion Show
L-R. Model Promise Nambela, Nkumbu Namusamba and Cecilia Kongwa pose at the Afrikawala Fashion Show
MC Katabwa Mulumbwa introduces models Nkumbu Namusamba, Afrikawala CEO Karen Nakamba and model Seth Bwembya at the Afrikawala Fashion Show
MC Katabwa Mulumbwa introduces models Nkumbu Namusamba, Afrikawala CEO Karen Nakamba and model Seth Bwembya at the Afrikawala Fashion Show
Model Cecilia Kongwa during the fashion show
Model Cecilia Kongwa during the fashion show
Model Cecilia Kongwa during the fashion show
Model Cecilia Kongwa during the fashion show
Model Navile Chalomba during the fashion show
Model Navile Chalomba during the fashion show
Model Promise Nambela at the Afrikawala Fashion Show in Nakonde
Model Promise Nambela at the Afrikawala Fashion Show in Nakonde
Model Promise Nambela at the Afrikawala Fashion Show in Nakonde
Model Promise Nambela at the Afrikawala Fashion Show in Nakonde
Model Siphiwe Lumbiwe Nawakala at the Afrikawala Fashion Show
Model Siphiwe Lumbiwe Nawakala at the Afrikawala Fashion Show
Model Siphiwe Lumbiwe Nawakala at the Afrikawala Fashion Show
Model Siphiwe Lumbiwe Nawakala at the Afrikawala Fashion Show
Models Nkumbu Namusamba and Seth Bwembya at the Afrikawala Fashion Show
Models Nkumbu Namusamba and Seth Bwembya at the Afrikawala Fashion Show

 

BY KAPA187

[Read 174 times, 3 reads today]
Loading...

10 COMMENTS

    • Some people are really ..like St Desperacious…he is such an !! A a kind of that blinds and cannot think beyond school as he has been opinionated by a Zambian mentality where you think only school can put food on the table…Listen up all you here…This girl does not need school, she is an entreprenuer, ever heard of that?..yes, you heard me right, entreprenuer: and she is potentially an employer of most of all you lazy on this site after you finish your uselss classwork which designed only to allow you to work for someone else, and not yourself…!!!

      0

      0
    • It could be rubbish to you but I don’t care coz that was just a beginning for as a student. I don’t mind what people may say because there’s always a first time in everything. Some of the designs were done by the local tailors and I will look forward to keep supporting them.

      0

      0
  1. Keep it up Karen . Don’t mind the haters . Those clowns don’t have to guts to follow their own dreams so thy want to bring everyone down to their level .
    Keep pushing girl . This is wat the Zambian fashion industry needs .

    0

    0

Comments are closed.