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“Millennials don’t want to work”, they said; “Millennials are lazy”, they said; yet significant social and economic changes in Africa will be and are being effected by Africa’s youth who have seen the gaps and the inabilities of their governments to provide for the people’s basic needs. Congolese born and South African raised sisters Sophie and Louise Kanza started the Sophie A Kanza Foundation in order to help bring changes in the lives of orphaned and poor children around and outside South Africa. In a space of 2 years the foundation has done more than the government has done through fundraising initiatives like Fabulous Female Fashion Show that raised enough money to supply hundreds of girls with sanitary pads. #CandyCraftsDay as the Sophie A Kanza Foundation is sometimes known is interactive and engages the children in making crafts and supplying clothes and sanitary towels to the girls who have reached puberty. A huge number of charities and schools benefit immensely from the Sophie A Kanza Foundation through sanitary pads donations, clothes and food; and matric dance packages for girls who cannot afford all the expenses of a matric dance.
Being Congolese born and living in South Africa, the Kanza sisters have been deeply hurt by the Afrophobia attacks that started in Rosettenville when service delivery protests erupted against drug dealing and prostitution in the area. Although the culprits where known Nigerians; the community turned against all foreign nationals and the attacks caught on in even some parts of South Africa. This meant that the sisters were not safe even though South Africa is the only home they have known which led to them producing and directing a video titled “Singabantu” which means we are people. The video featured young immigrants from other African countries and their flights as “Foreigners” in South Africa. The video went on to win the “I Am Migrant” award at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Plural plus Festival.
It is sad that Africans do not feel safe in Africa because of the harm that we inflict on them as South Africans. The harm is not only physical but it is emotional as well, from isolation to name calling. Despite the challenges, the sisters have brought together young people from different parts of Africa to engage on matters that affect us all and bring forward solutions and ways to work together. A conversation has been started and young South African are against Afrophobia which means the older generation is the one that institutes these attacks by painting everyone with the same dirty brush. One foreign person’s sins are paid for by all the foreign people who live in SA and that is not right at all. If the young cannot change the mindsets of the old then we will need ways to protect our brothers and sisters from outside South Africa from these senseless attacks.
The good work of the foundation has not gone unnoticed, Sophie Kanza has been nominated as one of 100 Most Influential South Africans for 2017/18 and Louise Kanza was nominated for “Advocate of the Year” at the Africa Youth Awards 2017. We really need more young people like Sophie and Louise Kanza.
Check out the Singabantu video
The global Fashion industry today is worth 3 trillion USD however, Sub-Sahara Africa accounts for only 1% of that.
Of all the potential obstacles to growing this market in South Africa, it seems creative talent and exposure are the least of what hinders upcoming fashion brands from thriving on the international scene, access to finance even less. There is a definite need for teaching the business of fashion – fashion entrepreneurs need to be supported in professionalizing their enterprises and running a truly profitable business.
There is real opportunity to take South Africa’s up-and-coming fashion designers and turn them into powerful fashion CEO’s. Given the appropriate support, these fashion entrepreneurs could be running profitable businesses capable of competing on the international apparel scene, creating jobs, and having an impact on the South African economy.That’s why purpose-driven marketing agency NONZēRO partnered with Standard Bank to create: the Business of Fashion accelerator programme “Threads – stitched by Standard Bank”:
What Standard Bank is looking to do is support the entrepreneurs’ creativity with the crucial business know-how, mentorship and support that’ll propel the business to the point where they’re experiencing real growth, and running like professional outfits. The partnership with Standard Bank is a key to delivering on this goal. In order to supplement the programme with an academic backbone, the team partnered with the e4 Impact Foundation, an initiative of the Universita Cattolico of Milan focussing on impact entrepreneurship. Together they created a 12-week curriculum that focuses on the business operations of a fashion enterprise: From financing and retaining employees, to lean manufacturing and eCommerce, as well as specialized procurement methods and marketing.
The programme is open to all fashion entrepreneurs with existing business operating in South Africa, and is taught simultaneously from four regional classroom hubs: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth. The programme takes place two evenings per week for a 12-week duration. The participants will also be taken on action learning field trips across South Africa designed to showcase best practices’ across the country in various fields.
Working together with the Standard Bank Incubator and a strong eco-system of partners in business (including Mercedes-Benz), government and civil society, the programme calls upon the expertise of some of South Africa’s top business minds and thought leaders as programme teachers. The programme uses real-life case studies and experiential learning exercises to reinforce the academic learnership of the programme with practical industry insights.
At the end of the programme, the participants will be invited to present their new business model in a business case presentation to a panel of judges, and the winning participant will be taken on an international trade trip to Europe. The key focus of this trade trip is a meeting with a high-impact private distribution network enabling the participant to liaise with and present their business/products to wholesale buyers and retailers, as well as attending trade fairs.
The winning participant will receive an SME start-up pack courtesy of Standard Bank, will become a Mercedes Benz brand ambassador and drive the brand new vehicle for a 12 month period, as well as benefit from continued mentorship by the Threads team.
To participate in the Threads programme, interested entrepreneurs can apply online, via Threads website, http://www.threadsonline.co.za. (Open to entrepreneurs with an existing business in operation in South Africa for at least one year). The application process opens on 11th September, 2017 for a one-month period, ending on 11 October, 2017.
Fashion Weeks are not just about runway shows, they are also about the unique styles of the attendees and that is why the street style at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg was trending over the weekend. It is always great to see the people go all out and look beautiful and cool as they take snaps while waiting for runway shows to commence. Photographers are always on the lookout for the best and coolest looks. One such photographer is Ben Moyo who captured the best dressed this past weekend at #MBFWJ17 at the Mall of Africa.
See more of Ben Moyo’s work here
From the primordial wasteland where survival is the only thing that matters, comes Kidd Hunta – fighting through harshest environments with only his wit, and his spear handed down from his father. The Kidd Hunta is here to take on the world with no apologies. With his spear, he aims and strikes true to his target.
The story of this young African Boy fighting is the inspiration for Kidd Hunta. He encapsulates an entrepreneurial go getter spirit with a uniquely African outlook. With Kidd Hunta we bring the traditional values of bravery, courage and fearlessness into the modern world, and stake our claim.
This is no ordinary clothing label, because this is no ordinary kid. Kidd Hunta, has found the beast within himself, and uses that to survive. Today – his same spirit ignites a flame expressed in the design of the Kidd Hunta label.
Kidd Hunta shows no mercy, but does so in a modern setting-with style.
For the modern day fighter, comes Kidd Hunta – a label which draws strength from a strong African Past and runs courageously into the future. Brave Hearts Never Fail.
African Women Awards founded by Carol Nyazika and Lisa Chiriseri will be hosting the second Award ceremony on 3 December in Harare at a venue that will be announced soon.
The awards were launched on the 7th of November 2015 at Meikles Hotel in Harare with the aim of recognizing, celebrating and honoring powerful and inspirational women; and using their achievements to inspire the younger generations of Africans across the globe. The awards serve not only for the upliftment and inspiration of Africans but as an effective tool in educating the world on what African really is; the Africa that has a story different from the overplayed misconceptions, negativity and ill portrayed images associated with the African continent and its people.
The selection process for the awards comprised of the public nomination stage which was open from April 15 to the end of June 2016. Numerous African women were nominated via the AWA website and social media pages. After the nominations closed the names submitted were then given to a select esteemed panel comprising of academics, professionals and industry leaders who made decisions based on the profiles submitted for each woman nominated. The official nominees list is now public and the winner of each category shall be announced at the much anticipated 2nd African Women Awards ceremony this December. AWA deliberately avoids a voting system to ensure that nominees and honorees are selected based on their work portfolios and impact rather than on their popularity and public pull access through a voting system.
The nominees list for the African Women Awards is available on the African Women Awards website. This year South Africa has the most nominations with 13 nominees across the categories. Zimbabwe follows with 9 nominees and then Nigeria with 6 nominees. Other countries represented on this highly esteemed list are Namibia, Zambia, Kenya, Morocco, Uganda, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt, Cameroon, Rwanda, Gambia and Mauritius.
In the past week the South African media has been abuzz celebrating and congratulating the women nominated for the prestigious African Women Awards. The awards are being reported widely across social media with nominees from the various countries expressing their excitement and anticipation.
The nominees are as follows:
Business & Enterprise Category
Dynamic Start Up Award
• Kasope Ladipo-Ajai (Nigeria)
• Lucinda Ockhuizen (Namibia)
• Cheurombo Pswarayi (Zimbabwe)
Business Achievement Award
• Dambisa Moyo (Zambia)
• Njeri Rionge (Kenya)
• Isis Nyongo (Kenya)
Living Legacy Award
• Pearl Kupe (South Africa)
• Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch (Morocco)
• Divine Ndhlukula (Zimbabwe)
Industry Excellence Award
• Farah Fortune (South Africa)
• Lynette Magasa (South Africa)
• Koo Govender (South Africa)
Young Entrepreneurial Award
• Brenda Katswesigye (Uganda)
• Dananai Chapunza (Zimbabwe)
• Bayanda Gumede & Buhle Mabanga (South Africa)
Entertainment & Art Category
Creative Visionary Award
• Danai Gurira (Zim/USA)
• Pamela Samasuwo-Nyawiri (Zim/UK)
• Chimamanda Ngozi-Achiche (Nigeria)
Media Excellence Award
• Susan Makore (Zimbabwe)
• Joselyn Dumas (Ghana)
• Pearl Thusi (South Africa)
Star Power Award
• Terry Pheto (South Africa)
• Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
• Yvonne Nelson (Ghana)
Promising Personality Award
• Nomzamo Mbatha (South Africa)
• Adama Ndiaye (Senegal)
• Menna Shalaby (Egypt)
Living Legend Award
• Connie Ferguson (South Africa)
• Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (Nigeria)
• Basetsana Kumalo (South Africa)
Community & Politics Category
Young Change Maker Award
• Ruth Nabembezi (Uganda)
• Kamdem Magne Roseline (Cameroon)
• Nancy Sibo (Rwanda)
Grass Roots Impact Award
• Nyasha Mugwagwa (Zimbabwe)
• Ndey Mariama Jobe (Gambia)
• Manyathi Hlolweni (South Africa)
Young Activist Award
• Delta Milayo Ndou (Zimbabwe)
• Precious Ropafadzo Chiduku (Zimbabwe)
• Ini Usanga (Nigeria/Ireland)
Social Humanitarian Award
• Stella Dongo (Zimbabwe)
• Nothemba Kula (South Africa)
• Cynthis Adaeze Onwuchuruba (Nigeria)
Living Legend Award
• Saara Kuungongelwa-Amadhila (Namibia)
• Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (South Africa)
• Ameenah Gurib (Mauritius)
Tickets to the awards ceremony will be sold exclusively starting from Friday the 3rd of September. Designated early bird tickets will receive a discount of 20% for a limited period. Standard Ticket will cost $60 ($550 for a table) and VIP Ticket $80 ($750 for a table). Tickets can be purchased via GetCash.
So while researching on African Cultures for my blog series I decided to add a segment on business in Africa. Businessman and creative Jermaine Charles tells us how Entrepreneurship began in his family. As Africans we have always been entrepreneurs.
The Culture of Entreprenuership – A Perspective
Written By Jermaine Charles @charlesjaymr on twitter
Charity Begins at Home.
Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu.
These two sayings have been heard by everyone at least once in their lifetimes.
These two philosophies are as meaningful as they are powerful.
These words give us more than just food for thought but inspire many to action.
Given that most of us grew up hearing them, why have these thoughts not inspired a culture of entrepreneurship?
Could the mindset around creating and starting a business be formulated using these sayings?
This got me thinking about my family history.
I grew up in Zimbabwe and from a very early age was exposed to entrepreneurship.
My maternal grandfather, Solomon Tshuma, ran and operated his own businesses, namely a butchery and a grocery store.
Although he and my grandmother Elizabeth Moyo were qualified teachers, as the Rhodesian regime did not allow for them to be trained in a variety of careers, they made the transition from workers to business owners.
My mother Tembi, told me that her fathers’ first business idea was selling dried fish from Malawi. (My great grandparents actually came from there before they moved to what was then called Rhodesia).
The story has it that he saved some money, hired a truck and drove a few 1000 kilometres to Malawi and bought tons of dried fish.
He brought these back and sold them out of the back of the truck in his community with my grandmother.
He became a successful business person because of the community, his networks and the support of his family. He did not make it alone. He was a true reflection of the saying ‘Umuntungumuntungabantu.’
Furthermore, from that initial investment and risk they went on to build a business that put their six children through the best schools they could.
It also enabled my grandfather to satisfy his passion for American cars. I’ve seen old pictures of some of his cars, ranging from Cadillacs to Fords, with a lot of envy in my heart.
How does this relate to Charity Begins at Home?
My aunts and uncles learned that with calculate risk there is a reward.
No one will give you permission to create your own wealth or life.
Even in apartheid they saw that they could still do more than what the imposed boundaries seemed to dictate.
All of his children worked for the business and learned business principles early on.
When he went into exile due to his involvement in the liberation struggle, his eldest son took over the business.
Had it been a more progressive time his eldest daughter, who was both street and business smart would have done so.
The rest of his siblings went on to start their own businesses too.
My uncle Steven became a qualified mechanic and now runs his own car dealership and service garage.
My mother worked in banking and was the first person I ever hear utter the words ‘business plan’.
Later in life she ventured into service businesses and tourism in a country she was not born in.
My dad Felix was also latter to become a business person as the economy was unravelling. He came from a family where the men and women could make, repair, grow and create things with their hands, with what they had.
I learned the same lessons from his mother who raised chickens and sold them in Mpopoma, Bulawayo.
I am a third generation entrepreneur and I am thankful for the example of my parents and grandparents.
So in essence, we can begin to create the culture of entrepreneurship if we start to recognize what and how our grandparents helped put food on the table.
It is time we started asking the elders to teach us what they learned and how they earned whether they had business licences or not.
Surely some did not even think to call it business, just survival.
Because although businesses might be different, the principles are the same.
The first ever African Women Awards took place on the 7th of November 2015 at Meikles Hotel in Harare Zimbabwe. The Africa Women Awards were launched with the aim to: to create a fresh brand of African role models within Africa and accessible to African globally, to pay tribute to African women who have contributed to the development and positive image of Africa as a whole, to share success stories of successful African women on popular international media platforms, to share what is achievable by women in order inspire the new generation and change the perception of female African success, to create a platform spotlight and celebrate excellence in Africa.
The Awards ceremony is a platform under the the African Women Association that was founded by Carol Nyazika and co-founded by Lisa Chiriseri in March 2013.
This is a great platform and very much needed platform for African women. Besides the recognition that the women get they also get a chance to know and connect with other African women in their fields of interest. I really love this because it drives collaboration among African women in solving many problems that we face as women.
The awards were hosted by Mutsa Samuel Kajese and Ruvheneko. Three gorgeous presenters Itai Muthiniri, Misred (Samantha Mussa) and Candice from Zi FM presented the awards for each category.
The ladies who reigned supreme are listed below:
Entertainment and Arts
Creative Visionary Award Winner
Danielle Allen, Fashion Designer (Zimbabwe, Nigeria, UK)
Media Excellence Award Winner
Farai Gundan – co-Founder Farai Media, 2015 Young Global Leader – WEF, speaker, host, Forbes Contributor (Zimbabwe, United States, Africa)
Star Power Award
Bonang Matheba – Talk show host, brand ambassador, designer, radio host
Promising Personality Award
Dillish Mathews -BBA season 8 winner, entertainer, brand ambassador, entrepreneur(Namibia)
Living Legend Award
Biola Alabi – African media expert (Nigeria)
Business and Enterprise Category
Young Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
Nadia Rakotovaoarison -Founding Director Of A Private School “Frisquette”, President Director General of the Top Prime Radio (Madagascar)
Business Achievement Award
Bethlehem TilahunAlemu – CEO & Founder Sole Rebels (Ethiopia)
Industry Excellence Award
Natalie Jabangwe-Morris -Econet Head Business and Marketing Development (Zimbabwe)
Dynamic Start-up Business Award
Jackie Mgido– CEO and Founder Vault Cosmetics (Zimbabwe)
Living Legacy Award
Mrs Folorunsho Alakija – A business tycoon involved in the fashion,oil and printing industries (Nigeria)
Community and Politics
Grass Roots Impact Award
Esther Kalenzi – Founder of a nonprofit organization called 40 days over 40 smiles Foundation (Uganda)
Young Activist Award
Sarah Toumi – Activist (Tunisia)
Social Humanitarian Award
Zeinab Blandia – Peacemaker and community leader from the Nuba Mountains in Sudan (Sudan)
Young Change Maker Award
Juliana Tahina Ratovoson – Director of Partnership and Development at the Ministry of Youth and Sport in Madagascar (Madagascar)
Living Leader Award
Dr. Jennifer Riria – Kenya Group CEO of Kenya Women Holding (Kenya)
As part of developing Zimbabwean Fashion, Hunnar Management Agency and Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2015 presents The Fashion Village Workshop on Saturday the 5th of September at the Palm Estate in Harare, Zimbabwe.
The Fashion Village Workshop will be hosted by Global Citizen & Style Icon, Gilmore Tee who will present on Fashion & Globalization. The workshop is aimed at highlighting on the linkages between fashion and other sectors of interests. Those to attend will gain a better understanding on how they can commercialize their works and reach out to greater heights through collaborative works with Musicians, Retailers, Actors, Stylists and ordinary individuals that think of what to wear when going to church, school, wedding or for a meeting.
The Fashion Village Workshop will challenge, especially designers, to be able to realize that it is not about themselves, but they should aim to cater for the client who after all is the king. If NIKE as a brand is able to reach the furthest areas of Zimbabwe such as Tsholotsho, Mhondoro and Chivi, what then is the challenge with our local brands and designers?
“Globalization as a concept has come to our advantage. We consume goods from China, listen to the same music as in the USA and wear an outfit from Tanzania, our aim as the fashion industry is to over populate our streets with our brands, and also take our brands to the outside world. Platforms on how to expand ones brand will be highlighted at the workshop and also linkages will be highlighted so as to assist those individuals with a greater vision for their brands.” – Gilmore Tee
The Panelist is made up of PrayerSoul, an Afro-Soul Zimbabwean Musician, who is known for touring the world with his music. Just like many, he is a vehicle of driving Zimbabwean Fashion to different parts of the globe; Mbo Mahocs, a Style Icon, Fashion Muse & Socialite. Mbo Mahocs is known for pulling creative outfits at every event she goes to; she has become one of Zimbabwe’s outstanding fashionistas. Her role in promoting Zimbabwean Fashion involves helping designers to be exposed through the events she attends & also she has a consuming fashion following; Haleema Mekani, a Milan Trained Stylist who runs a fashion house called Nguwo.Inc. She is known for styling some of todays’ contemporary and outstanding photoshoots and looks that have featured in multiple magazines. Her linkage to fashion is very strong and she plays a he role in Zimbabwe Fashion; Marshal Malikula, a Retail Marketer & Stylist. He is involved with some of Zimbabwe’s Major fashion houses and through some programmes he is involved in, he promotes the intake of local designers in these major fashion houses. Each of the panelists will do a 10 minute presentation on the influence in Zimbabwean Fashion and how designers, fashionistas and fashion lovers can use those links to promote their brands and projects.
Conversely, Gilmore Tee who is known for promoting Zimbabwean Fashion within and outside the country will do a 15 minutes presentation on the linkage of Fashion & Globalization and his experience with local designers and international designers. He will be heading the workshop in collaboration with the members of the panel and the audience in attendance. He is an award winning Style Icon and also a Nominee at this year’s Zimbabwe Fashion Week Awards. Gilmore’s works involves doing Quality Assurance Workshops, Young Designers Development Programmes & also mentorship programmes for local designers. He recently attended the Durban Fashion Fair with 3 Zimbabwean Designers who showcased as part of the 55 South African and International designers in Durban, South Africa.
The list of nominees for Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2015 Awards is out and it is up to the public to decide who gets to win the title. There are seven categories that need public vote and those are Blogger of the Year, Style Icon of the Year, Fashion Photographer of the Year, Stylist of the Year, Accessories Designer Of the Year, Emerging Designer of the Year, Make-Up Artist/ Range of the Year and Young Designer of the Year.
To Vote simply Email the name of the person and the category to firstname.lastname@example.org or send an inbox to Zimbabwe Fashion Week on Facebook.
Accessories Designer Of The Year:
Nix And Sam Accessories
Emerging Designer Of The Year
Crystelle Natasha Khan
Stylist Of The Year
Make-Up Artist / Range Of The Year
Flori Roberts Cosmetics Zimbabwe
Make-up By Gamu
Black Opal Cosmetics Zimbabwe
Blogger of The Year
That Fai Daji
Kicking It With Mimi
Concrete Jungle “Nkosikadzi”
The Harare Girl
The Royal Fashion Files
Style Archive ZW
Young Designer Of The Year
Nyaradzo Olga Pedzisai
Tinashe Sockie Chikoti
Style Icon Of The Year
Lorraine “Lochnation”Charlotte Bgoya
Fashion Photographer Of The Year
After successfully running the 1st Edition of Intwasa Fashion Show 2014, which featured a mixed bag of models from the professionals, public figures and plus size models, Intwasa Arts Festival in Collaboration with Hunnar Management Agency, presents the second edition of the fashion show on Saturday, 26 September 2015 during the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo. This year, the fashion show will be held at the AMTEC Showroom on RG Mugabe/12th Ave in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
The Intwasa Fashion Show will be held during the festival with 10 designers showcasing, amongst them are NOES who has showcased at platforms such as Zimbabwe Fashion Week and Clothing Indaba, Melusi Nhengu, Mosi Designs, Thembani Mubhochwa and some guest designers from South Africa. The fashion show will feature 20 models, a group of professional models and new faces.
“This year’s fashion show will have another exciting twist to it. Our Call for Models had 156 models coming through, with only 20 successfully making it through. Prior to the fashion show, we will have some workshops for people in the fashion industry as build ups to the main show that will be held at AMTEC Showroom. ” – Hunnar Agency. This years’ fashion event had a lot of response from designers across the country and region, same goes for the models.
“Designers, just like models, need to be groomed and also they need to know how each of them benefits from one another. It is a complete business and industry which is interdependent. In the process, there is need to engage photographers, PR Personals, Bloggers, Journalists and other press in building ones brand. The workshops we will hold, will involve speakers that will highlight on different aspects of fashion and the Business of Fashion” – Hunnar Agency
Just like last year, 3 designers will be selected for an attachment with one of Zimbabwe’s Major Fashion Retailer, starting in January 2016, we will also have South Africa’s Azzura, an online store partnering with us in giving designers a platform to sell their products online. From the 12 designers that showcased last year, 6 young designers have already gone through the Edgars Young Designers Program where the designers are attached with Edgars Carousel for 3 months and get exposed to the commercial side of the business of fashion. The 6 young designers will be presenting a collaborated 25 look Summer/Spring 2016 Collection during the Intwasa Fashion Show 2015. Confirmed partners are Bulawayo Polytechnic, Azzura Online, AMTEC, SheerGlow, Hunnar Management Agency and Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo, we are yet to confirm other partners.