For those of you who have invested in your latest issue of FAB, it is no surprise that I got to spend two amazing (Well, one amazing and the other spent putting together the magazine you so kindly purchased) days in Port Harcourt behind the scenes of Caterina Bortolussi’s label Kinabuti’s debut collection shoot held in the ghettoes of Port Harcourt.

Again, for those not yet familiar with Kinabuti… If you don’t know, do get to know because my fellow Afroyinbo is set for fashion world domination with her label and in to process, she has set out to shine a light on a part of the world often bedraggled in the press as the cradle of militia violence and impromptu kidnappings. Needless to say, anytime I mentioned my visit to Port Harcourt, I would often see pensive eyes, crumbled faces, and knitted eyebrows followed by a hushed “Oh you wouldn’t want to go there!” or “It’s dangerous for oyinbos” or “You could get kidnapped!”

Well, as issue 5 is more than proof enough I made it to and back from Port Harcourt in one piece and with not a kidnapping militant in sight. And believe it or not, security was minimum – just a few ghetto residents looking after us on set. But the two-day adventure despite the post-FAB NIght Out exhaustion – I flew out the morning after our the first of our annual FAB Night Out fashion and entertainment evening on three hours’ sleep – and the mad dash to sign off the magazine 48 hours before print – will remain one of the most breath-taking, inspiring, humbling experiences of my life.

Ahead of Kinabuti’s Elite Fashion Night tomorrow evening at Reeds Bar Lounge and Restaurant in Ikoyi – a fund raising event to be organized in collaboration with the exquisite Grey Goose Vodka, Smooth FM 98.1 love music love life Radio we are the proud media partners for, I just wanted to share the joy I have witnessed in Bundu, Port Harcourt with some behind the scenes images I managed to snap in between interviews.

 

 

Caterina with the kids of Bundu

 

 

A chaotic group shot

 

Photographer Massimo Sciacca at work

 

Model standard, kids optional

Take 2

 

 

Thunder storms mid-afternoon

 

Will you be my umbrella-ella-ella-ey...

 

Raining cats and dogs

 

Caterina at work

 

A little break from reading the papers

 

All sing and dance on this shoot!

 

Strike a pose!

 

"Auntie, snap me!"

 

Heartbreaker in the making

 

Lights, camera, vogue!

 

Fierce

 

Say cheese!

 

And one more...

 

What are you waiting for? For more information on Kinabuti and 6 pages of amazing fashion editorials, grab yourself a copy of issue 5.

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