With a global fashion industry to be worth an estimated $2.4 trillion, according to the McKinsey Global Fashion Index, the importance of strategic partners in the fashion industry is key to growth and development. Most especially in Africa.
And hence why the Africa Fashion Guide team are excited to announce their new partnership with Fashion Forum Africa in Ghana working on the first African edition of the upcoming Fashion Africa Voices seminar.Fashion Forum Africa is a new key platform, organisation and now partner on the ground based in Ghana. With a focused on the West African region, they fosters conversations and encourages dialogue amongst the fashion community of African Fashion Designers through open forums.
Also in partnership with British Council Ghana and Hatch Africa, this March 22nd, Africa Fashion Guide are bringing their mini talk entitled Fashion Africa Voices to the African continent with the first stop being in Accra, Ghana, during the British Council Enterprise Africa Summit.
Fashion Africa Voices have a direct focus on business, entrepreneurship and sustainability within Africa’s fashion and textile industry. Their new intimate talks, launched in London last November in partnership with Prospero World and featuring Tanzanian designer Christine Mhando of Chichia London went deep into the realities of setting up a fashion business in Africa.
This event was to bring together a niche group of entrepreneurs and SME businesses with an aim to support their business development goals and get them on the road to success knowing that ultimately this is important in driving success in Africa’s textile industry.
The Accra edition will take place in the heart of Ghana at the British Council Accra offices and include
- up close and personal one-to-one and panel interviews with influential members from the African fashion industry, business community, retail experts and academia
- followed by open group discussions with attendees with Q&A to gain advice from key influencers
Date: Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Time: 1pm-4pm (open for registration at 12.30pm)
Event programs includes sessions Fashion & Education – how to be a designer, Fashion & Ethics – how to do fashion responsibly and Fashion & Finance – how to raising finance for young designers and small manufacturers businesses; Followed by an evening Cocktail event with fashion design showcase from key local design companies
Hosted by Ivy Prosper and confirmed speakers include:
- Celeste van Joost – Celmatique
- Claudia Lumor – Glitz magazine
- Ethical Apparel Africa
- Akosua Afriyie Kumi – AAKS/ Fashion Revolution Ghana
- Tony Burkson – UK Ghana Chamber of Commerce
- Stefania Manfreda – Elle Lokko
- Yvonne Ntiamoah – Radford University
Do make sure to register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fashion-africa-voices-accra-edition-tickets-31106334885
Spaces are very limited and so we do advise that you book early to avoid disappointment.
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British Council Ghana
Fashion Forum Africa
Note to editors
WHO ARE WE?
Fashion Africa Voices is an initiative organised by Africa Fashion Guide (AFG), a one stop shop for fashion professionals, industry bodies, students, retailers, press – TV news, papers and magazines, bloggers and all those interested in African fashion and textiles.
AFG hold annual conferences and regular talks and seminars around the world from London to New York, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nairobi Kenya. In addition, AFG consult for international businesses and run online workshops on behalf of private clients.
Past speakers have included: Vlisco, Diana Opoti, Mantisworld, Studio189 (Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah), H&M, Vlisco, Solidaridad, Sedex, British Museum, Financial Times, Arieta Muray, Soboye, SOKO, Ethical Apparel Africa, Maxhosa, Textile Exchange and Ethical Fashion Forum.
AFG are a team of Fashion Professionals, Event Organisers, Project Managers, Public Speakers, Industry Consultants and Marketing Specialists.
The British Council have been creating opportunities worldwide for the past 80 years. We are leveraging on our presence in 23 African states, and our 80 years commitment to creating opportunities worldwide , to create a platform for Africa to celebrate and dialogue on next generation modules in connecting enterprise to resilient development. Promoting social enterprise and investment is a key component of our prosperity and development agenda. Since 2009, our Global Social Enterprise programme has trained over 9,000 social entrepreneurs, 90% of whom later established successful social enterprises.
In Sub Saharan Africa, the British Council supports efforts to enhance the skills and employability of young people. Since 2013, we have run a series of enterprise challenges across Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Sudan, directly engaging over 15 000 young entrepreneurs
The British Council has provided over 5,000 young Ghanaians with employability and entrepreneurial skills training, and in 2016 has opened a new Skills Hub and Innovation Centre in Accra, which provides training, business incubation services, and an innovation centre to budding entrepreneurs and social enterprises. For more information visit: www.britishcouncil.org.gh or email: email@example.com
Hatch Africa is one of the foremost agencies working for enterprise growth and sustainability in Africa. Their mission is to advance innovation, expand ideas and realise ambition across the continent.
They support lead development agencies to achieve their capacity building, enterprise development and infrastructure development objectives, they bring together expertise from around the world to hatch sustainable enterprises in Africa, and they enable international businesses to expand into Africa.
Their clients include; Arts Council England, Bank of Industry (Nigeria), the BBC, British Council, Lagos State Government, NESTA, Ravensbourne and Social Enterprise London.
Fashion Forum Africa
An Organization to Foster Conversations Among African Fashion Designers. Fashion Forum Africa is a platform created as a round table/open forum which encourages dialogue amongst the fashion community in West Africa.