Malawi fashionistas join war on barbarians attacking people with albinism

Following the critically acclaimed controversial half naked demonstrations led by comedian – cum – politician Boniface Kalindo, another event is in the offing on the war against barbarians attacking people with albinism.

Fawzia Osman

Fawzia Osman

With most campaigners trying to lend a helping hand in creating a safe environment and awareness, Fawzia Osman of Mkanda accessories and SAC make-up will be launching their products on the 25th June 2016 at BICC in Lilongwe in a fashion show themed “A Night of Fashion and Glam,” where some of the proceeds will be donated to APAM (Association for People with Albanism in Malawi).

Mkanda which means beads aims to be Malawi’s pride and a hub that empowers rural women. Mkanda accessories by Fawzia Osman consist of neckpieces, headwraps, purses, bangles and plans on introducing belts and shoes in the near future.

“The beads will be made in Malawi because I want to empower women. I have women from the villages/slums that I will train in and employ because I want this to be something Malawian will claim as their own and have pride in” said Fawzia.

SAC which is already sold in some outlets in both Lilongwe and Blantyre aims to be a household name in Malawi and its neighbouring countries is a quality and affordable Malawian cosmetics brand formulated for African skin tones.

“My inspiration comes from seeing the amount of women who are wearing the wrong colour foundation because most make-up brands don’t really cater for majority of the African skin tones and also the prices on the market are too expensive for the average low income ladies” said Shabnaam Hubbe, the founder.

Apart from donating some of the proceeds being donated to APAM, 500 brim hats will be donated to children with Albinism so they can go and stay in school. All in solidarity and all the efforts going on in the country to stop the violence against people with Albinism.  Some of the children with Albinism modelling at the fashion show too.

Both SAC and Mkanda will be accompanied on the runaway with designs by some of Malawi’s renowned fashion designers like Alinafe Misomali, Nellie George of Nellie’s secret possessions, 14yr old Tawile of Tazma who both who just successfully showcased their designs at the Tshwane Fashion Festival in South Africa two months ago and former Big Brother Africa contestant Felicia Ngoma of Nyasabrands and Goodwill of Men’s bling things.

Apart from the designers making brim hats for children with albinism as a showcasing fee to be part of the fashion show, they will also auction the outfits straight from the runway. Guests will also be treated to a special performance by Tay Grin.

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