Afrika Filmfestival presents the 3rd edition of The Bongo Style Fashion Show on april 19th at 8pm in Hal5, Leuven.
Bongo Style Fashion is a campaign created as a way of promoting and bringing awareness about FASDO Tanzania to belgium. FASDO (Faru Arts and Sports Development Organization) a non-governmental organization was established in 2009 with a vision of creating employment for youth by promoting and developing their talents in arts and sports. The Bongo Style Fashion show has showcased its elborate fashion designs at the annual Afrika Filmfestival where African culture is celebretad.
Under the supervision and lead of designer Martin Andrew Kandinda the Bongo Style Fashion Show is getting more popular every year in Leuven. This year two designers from Tanzania, one from South-Africa and two designer from Belgium are showcasing their designs. Topmodel Miriam Odemba is walking the runway.
Thursday 19 april 2018
Musical Intermezzo by EME
1. MARTIN KANDINDA – TANZANIA
Martin Andrew Kadinda was born in Tanzania and had an active modeling career with awards as Most Talented Model and Best Male Model respectively. During a private meeting with supermodel Naomi Campbell at Fashion for Relief in Tanzania he was influenced and inspired to start working as a fashion designer. In 2012 he launched his ‘Blazer Single Button’ concept that was an instant hit. In 2012 he was awarded the Best Menswear Designer of the Year and was invited to showcase in the Music on the Catwalk Fashion Show in New York. He is 4 times Menwear winner, Innovative Designer of the Year 2015, 316 Degree Designer of the Year 2016 and Abryanz East African Designer of the Year 2015 and 2016. Martin has also showcased at Menswear Fashion Week in Cape Town, South Africa, Estelle Mantel Fashion Week in Zambia, Mozambique fashion week. Music on the catwalk New York (USA), Bongo style in Belgium (Europe) as well as Jambo Fashion Affair & Swahili Fashion Weeks in Tanzania.
2. AGNESS NYAHOGA WARYOBA – TANZANIA
Agness Nyahoga Waryoba is 23 years old. She has two Diplomas; one in Textile and Fashion designing and the other in Tourism and Hotel Management. She also holds the Certificate in Computer. In 2013, she started her career in fashion as a model in the Sanaa Fashion audition. This opened the door for her to get more opportunities and she then did modelling in Swahili Fashion Show, Zanzibar Fashion Show, Step-Up Claire and Bongo Style Competition 2015.
3. PALEDI SEGAPO - SOUTH AFRICA
Paledi Segapo, is founding and creative director for PALSE. Segapo holds a Masters in Business leadership, with a dissertation based on the South-African Fashion Enterprise and former LISOF lecturer. PALSE brand was founded in 2010, and has been show casing regularly at SAFW since 2011. PALSE started as a men's brand and in 2014 the brand was diversified to also cater for women. It was in the same year a PALSE billboard was flighted.
Paledi Segapo is an award winning designer;
Voted Creative Professional Of The Year - Ikusasa Youth Awards, Winner of African Designer of The Year, Tanzania and Honoured in Nigeria with Excellence Award For The Contribution To The African Fashion Industry
Segapo has been previously approached to dress VOGUE US fashion assistant for the MET GALA. He's currently a fashion columnist for Sunday Sun newspaper, having previously written for many local glossies including True Love magazine.
4. MARIE-LAURE KULIRALO- BELGIUM
Marie-Laure is from Congolese origin, born in Brussels, Belgium in 1990.
In 2011 she obtained her Bachelors degree in Fashion Desgin from Francisco Ferrer. During her education, she did an internship for 5 months in Paris for Christine Palmaccio, where she gained a lot of knowledge on the business and production of collections. Soon after that, she graduated and started her own brand, KEIKO.
In 2011, she formed with friends, an artistic group named SAMBA with whom she organized divers artistic events that showcased the different talents of the members of the group. During that period, she did several expositions and runway shows to make KEIKO known to the public. After 2years de group disbanded.
To reinforce her knowledge in pattern-making, she did a training in digital pattern-making with Lectra for 6 months. Thanks to that program, she obtained a job as pattern-maker for a big company named UDC. There she made patterns and designed uniforms for big corporations like SNCB, ING, Belgian Army, Westland Shopping, Securitas and many others. Sadly after a year of working there, the company went bankrupt.
After that experience, Marie-Laure decided to work full time on developing her own brand, KEIKO.
5. MAEKEL KIDI-BELGIUM
Presentation by Pendo Maro