SOKO STINGO: AFRICA’S STYLE MARKET DEBUTS IN GHANA

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Soko Stingo Style Market

Fashion retail market has moved from Naija across the borders to visit Accra, Ghana and I was lucky enough to be a part of it.

 which in Swahili means ‘Style Market’ is an initiative organised by Adebayo Oke- Lawal (Orange Culture), Bubu Ogisi of  I AM ISIGO, Terrence Sambo (One Nigerian Boy), Ifeanyi Dike and Makida Moka.

Their mission is to foster a direct relationship between the brands and buyers from across Africa, thereby ensuring creative exchange and improvement in fashion trade between these countries trades and consumers.

All the proceeds from SOKO STINGO would go to a selected charity as part of an initiative to promote African creativity at no cost.  It is intended to hold quarterly and interchangeably between Accra, Lagos, Dakar, Freetown and other African countries in the near future.

The inaugural edition of the market was held on the 9th of October 2011 at Twist Headlines, Labone, Accra, Ghana. The great initiative made it possible for Nigerian, Ghanaian and Sierra Leone designers to showcase their creativity and also for people to network into the neighboring country.

Nigerian brands that showcased their wares were I AM ISIGO, Literati, Mina Evans, Ahdoohkeh, T.T.DaLK International, Wana Sambo, ALALI, GREY, Fati Maida, Sa4a and Ours by Juliada.

For me, it was a great experience to see how another African country embraced their culture and expressed their style via their colourful fabrics as well as meeting new faces in the African fashion world.

Here are some of the pictures.  Enjoy.

Soko Stingo: Ada Ogunkeye of Ours by Juliada
Soko Stingo: Ours by Juliada African beauty products.
Soko Stingo: Adebayo Oke-Lawal of Orange Culture
Soko Stingo: Ahdokeeh's stand.
Soko Stingo: A top from Ahdohkeeh's stand
Soko Stingo: A jacket from Ahdokeeh's stand.
Soko Stingo: ALALI'S STAND.
Soko Stingo: Alali serving a customer.
Soko Stingo: Design for Love(DFL) clutch bags.
Soko Stingo: Bubu of I AM ISIGO
Soko Stingo: I AM ISIGO T-shirts.
Soko Stingo: Fati Maida at her stand of handmade footwear.
Soko Stingo: Fati Maida's handmade sandals and slippers.
Soko Stingo: GREY's stand.
Soko Stingo: Myself(Mayreejay) and Temilade of TTDALK
Soko Stingo: Mina Evans
Soko Stingo: Items from Mina Evans' stand.
Soko Stingo: Bags from SA4A
Soko Stingo: More bags from SA4A
Soko Stingo: Shoes and bags from SA4A.
Soko Stingo: Some shoppers with Bayo looking on.
Soko Stingo: T.T.DALK's stand
Soko Stingo: Wana Sambo's stand.
Soko Stingo: Wana Sambo's stand.

And here is a video from FashionistaGH of what the market was like.

Mayreejay

Mayreejay

Maryanne Alabi, popularly known as Mayreejay is a wardrobe consultant, CEO of her self named company "Maryanne Alabi". Deputy editor for Bloke mag, contributing Fashion editor for Y!Mag. Fierce lover of and everything Glamorous!! Follow me on twitter @mayreejay for fab fashion updates.

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