Event – Africa 2018 Forum
Location – Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Date – 8-9 December 2018
Client – COMESA RIA & Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation Egypt
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This year, as part of the Women Empowering Africa initiative, the Africa 2018 Forum invited 57 African women designers to showcase and sell their bespoke designs and products.
The designers represented more than 30 African countries ranging from Egypt to South Africa, Mali to Rwanda. The selection and quality of products was outstanding and varied from cosmetics, bags, clothing, lights, jewels, shoes and home decor, all made in Africa by Africans.
The main aim behind the exhibition was to celebrate African women designers and creative entrepreneurs, and to showcase the immense potential of African brands. The exhibition was a platform for designers to meet and connect with business leaders, investors and potential buyers who are on the forefront of shaping Africa’s business policy and agenda.
#SheDesigns highlighted the potential of the creative industry on the continent, which struggles due to lack of funding, and reaffirmed the ability of Africa women to contribute to the economy. Vanessa Agyemang (Nigeria), Founder of Copper Dust, a British design company who merge African and English themes, said: “A lot of people want to open up business and trade, and I enjoyed speaking to other designers on how we can grow the platform for Africa.”