Ten days to go to one of the most fabulous fashion fundraisers London is set to see in 2012, Tribes of Africa by iROCK! UK, a London-based social enterprise seeking to provide employment and mentoring opportunities for young women and teenagers to enable them to penetrate the UK job market.
A black tie event which will take the audience on a sensual journey of Africa in just four hours with a fashion showcase of 10 designers, entertainment by six acts from across the continent and a four-course dinner inspired by the tastes of Africa, Tribes of Africa is sure to be one of the most memorable fundraisers of the year already.
So with 10 days to go, let’s have a look at the 10 reasons why you should be attending Tribes of Africa.
A Great Cause which Goes Beyond Britain
The name may be iROCK! UK, but the latter part of 2012 will see the UK-based social enterprise go beyond the boundaries of Britain. While the founder Viola Ncube and the iROCK! team are passionate about creating opportunities for a new generation of young men and women, they are equally keen to give back to Africa.
In line with this, in association with Betty Makoni’s Girl Child Network and with support from Nigerian media mogul Ben Murray-Bruce, iROCK! mentees and mentors will be travelling to various parts of Africa to work within the communities not only making life a bit better for the disadvantaged but also diversifying their skills set.
Iconic Names Celebrating the Cause
CNN Hero 2009 and all around legendary lady Betty Makoni, an inspirational media mogul who started with a $20 investment and built it to a a multi-million dollar conglomerate Ben Murray-Bruce, Secret Millionaire and property tycoon Caroline Marsh who got to where she is today with sheer drive, determination and hard work. If such iconic figures are on board lending their full support, surely what could you be waiting for?
A Grand Venue
Right in the heart of London, the prestigious 5-star Grange Tower Bridge Hotel plays host to Tribes of Africa. You will be wowed by the sheer size and luxury of your surroundings even before you step into the grand hall which will be dressed up to the nines by the iROCK team on the night, including a runway and stage, and some very snazzy special to complete your African experience.
Established and Up and Coming Designers all Sharing the Runway
Team FAB who are in charge of the fashion segment and Team iROCK! thought long and hard to bring you as much diversity from the continent as possible, hence come an array of designers from the more established Nigerian King of Couture, Adebayo Jones and the fabulous jewellery designer extraordinaire Anita Quansah whose work has most recently graced the limbs of Alicia Keys to the London’s most recognised fashion labels Nkwo, Tina Lobondi, Chichia London and VIP Designs to the up and coming British Designer Shivani Chavda.
Joining us from far and away are Kutowa Designs of Zambia flying in for the event and Ayo von Elmar from Austria whose A/W 2012 collection at London Fashion Week left us craving to see more.
From more Western influenced glam evening wear to more summery African print dresses, there is bound to be something to every taste on the runway.
Stellar Names Behind the Scenes
With hair stylist extraordinaire Angela Plummer, super stylist Crystal Deroche whose work has appeared in numerous black and mainstream publications and the fab Mink make up team/army working with the creative team and the designers, Tribes of Africa brings the best of the best not only on the runway, but behind the scenes too.
Sounds of Africa
With diverse entertainment from all corners of the continents including the Zambezi Express Zulu Dancers, the Massai Dance Group, poetry by Dumi and Floetic Flo and a performance by some of iROCK’s musically talented mentees, you will be taken on a musical journey through the sounds of Africa.
Tastes of Africa
The iROCK! UK event team is hard at work to ensure that Tribes of Africa is a through journey to the continent, so your taste buds will also be treated to tastes of Africa while your eyes and ears feast on African fashion and music. With African fusion recipes, from the starter to the main course to the dessert, you’re bound to be excited and satiated by the culinary delights of the continent. And who knows what little African snacks we have got for you in the goody bags, right?
Mentees on the Runway
We’ve already done our casting and cast some amazing models – not only easy on the eye but also inspiring with the work they do be it applying for a PhD in International Politics to raising a child whilst studying towards a degree. But we have also got a surprise for you: One of our designers who designs for ‘real women’ has opted to use ‘real girls’ on the runway to showcase their designs so you’re likely to see the ROCKing iROCK mentees ROCKing the runway.
Creme de la Creme of the Afro-Caribbean Community in London
We may have teased you on social media with confirmations from the Sodjoe brothers and Danny Shittu, but this is not all about footballers. From business to entertainment, fashion to law, you will be in the company of fabulously inspirational, talented, successful people from the African and Caribbean communities in London – a great opportunity to mingle, network and build new connections, all the while having fun.
A FAB Night Out
Last but not the least, who doesn’t like any excuse to don their glad rags and enjoy a good party? And when it coincides with London’s Africa Day celebrations and is in aid of a great cause, all the more reason to save the date, book the ticket, sort out your outfit and come out to celebrate and fundraise with us on a FAB night out.