And gone are the days when tailoring and dressmaking was the sole preserve for poor people who did not have enough money to pursue higher education or those who were considered the dumbest in class.
Now, it is a prestige to be called a fashion designer. Not only are these designers into creating breath-taking attires with mostly African fabrics, they are now into making clutches, handbags, back packs, shoes, slippers, jewellery and other fashion. These fashion items and accessories have the tendency of turning one into an impulse buyer as the mere sight of them makes you want to own one.
It is also worthy to note that these new and upcoming fashion designers are mostly youth who for their thirst and passion for fine, unique and perfectly finished fashion items have dared into this venture in a bid to share their creativity with the people in the social circles and the rest of the world. It is also a venture which makes them self-reliant and self-employed which is commendable.
With the aim of grooming young talents and projecting their worth to the world, Citi 97.3FM, has initiated a fashion show revolution called ‘Expressions of Accra’.
The show, which is meant to celebrate Accra’s urban fashion, is themed, ‘Creative Explosion’.
So wondering why you should be a part of this year’s event? Here are five reasons.
A different kind of fashion show
Yes, it is a fashion show but no, it differs from the others you may have witnessed or heard of. This show is to highlight the creativity of Ghanaian entrepreneurs who are in the fashion industry, their daring spirit which pushed them into the industry to make a difference and leave a lasting pleasant impression on persons who patronize their products.
The carefully selected young designers including, AfroMod Trends, Elikem Kumordzie the Tailor, Ameyo, Maksi Clothing, SA4A Designs, Horseman Shoes and a guest designer from Zimbabwe, Pokello Nare will according to Citi FM’s Programmes Manager, Jessica Opare-Saforo “unearth the unusual, the new and the outrageous.” They certainly will not leave you disappointed.
Laughter they say is the best medicine and the most effective stress reliever. The popular Nigerian Comedian, Bash is billed to perform. His jokes are effective and will leave you laughing till your ribs hurt. His jokes are the funny and ridiculous everyday happenings which we all can relate to.
Kaakyire Kwame Fosu with the stage name, K. K. Fosu will perform his hit highlife songs with the patch band as they play live [no miming]. While most of his colleagues in the music industry have caught on the hip life, hip hop and azonto beat songs; K.K. Fosu has stayed true to highlife music with three albums to his credit. Missing some old, good highlife tunes? Then book a front row seat to listen to soothing music from K.K. Fosu as he treats you to some of his hit songs including, ‘Anadwo ye de’, ‘Oga’ and ‘6 O’clock’.
Poetry and spoken word will also be on display at this year’s event. ‘Expressions of Accra’ which is all about creativity has incorporated this segment into the show. Poetry, wise sayings and spoken word was an art displayed and performed by the elderly in our society. If you think of Ghanaian poets, who readily comes to mind? The late Kofi Awoonor, Kofi Anyidoho, Ama Ataa Aidoo and the likes.
But this perception is waning as most youth in Ghana who have been blessed with the gift of poetry are sharing this gift with the world. One of such widely recognized poets is Nana Asaase. His gift and love for things of old and the cherished Ghanaian culture is shared with numerous audience at most social events in the capital. Looking to see a young man who speaks ‘mpanyinsem’? Then be there to see Nana Asaase.
You may have heard their voices on radio or read their articles on citifmonline.com or in the Weekend Globe. He or she may have attended a press conference you organized or assisting with production to ensure you hear all your Citi FM favourite personalities on air. Yes, these are the young men and women who have put together a short drama, titled “Beautiful Stitches” for your viewing pleasure. Very traditional and it will showcase some cultural practices in Ghana which demands the wearing and adornment of traditional clothing and jewellery. You certainly would not want to miss this.
For just GHC50, you will certainly have your money’s worth. See you at the Adae Kesse Hall of the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel for “Expressions of Accra,” happening on Saturday, 26th October at 7pm.