It was a great opportunity to be invited by The School of Art & Design to be a guest MC for this years Inception Awards Ceremony.
What was more amazing was the talent showcased. My favorite was the runway fashion show that had 4th year students showcase their work. Congrats to the finalists winners Martha Ayiit, Yvette Anyango and Waithira Kibuchi! Joan Ogake, (their Fashion lecturer) must be doing something right.
This year the sponsors were extremely generous (the top finalist won a sewing machine from Designing Africa!). Surprisingly, the OMG Vlisco was also in the house to also shared an impromptu award to the finalists of the runway fashion designers! I would kill just for a few meters of their fabulously renowned Dutch wax fabrics. Other sponsors included, Suzie’s Beauty, Locolize, Ogake, True Love & Drum Magazine, Design 40, Photo Magic, EXP, Xtreme, Insyder, Ashleys, Bombolulu, Capital FM, ColMak and many others.
These students need our support and it was great to see that this year the number of sponsors had increased. More so, we as designers need to do all we can in supporting these emerging designers to be well prepared as they venture into the industry to pursue their chosen career. There is a Swahili saying that says, ‘Kidogo kidogo hujaza kibaba’. Indeed, it is such attempts that are encourage and inspire these future professional designers. We need more of these events and mentorship forums. We need to inspire our young African designers to be able to embrace the world and create works of art that compete on a global platform. We are short of African Leonardo Da Vincis, Bachs or Walter Gropiuses.
This is the inception. This is the start of something big. Lets groom the next generation of future Designers!
NB: I proudly dedicate todays post to my college, University of Nairobi, Design School. The school hugely contributed to my being the designer I am today. Asante. Please visit http://arts-design.uonbi.ac.ke/