Kenyan designer Peggy Onyango
Kenyan designer Peggy Onyango takes a fashionable bow after her runway show.

Day one of the Creative Africa Exchange WKND ended with a VIP gala and runway show. The CAX WKND Fashion Show and dinner took place in the Kilimanjaro Ballroom. Located within the 5-Star Kigali Marriott Hotel located in Avenue, Nyarugenge District. Guests enjoyed an impeccable a-la-carte dinner and catwalk show curated by Malawian designer Lilly Alfonso. VIP guests at the dinner party included Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank, Dr, Ransome Owan, Nollywood actor Richard Mofe-Damijo, Rita Dominic and Enyinna Nwigwe. Not to mention the presence of Harvard Business School alumnus Chris Oshiafi Group CEO of PanAfrican Capital Holdings Limited.

The head of communications at Afreximbank welcomed the over 200 dinners, including sponsors, actors, producers, bloggers, media houses.

In 2019, Ayman El Zoghby, said at a press conference, that the CAX programme would involve a series of cultural events including a fashion show.

 CAX WKND Fashion Show
Malawian designer Lilly Alfonso in Lilly Alfonso ball gown. She designs under her eponymous label Lilly Alfonso


After her success at the IFA Award in Cairo, Egypt, Miss Alfonso teamed with the CAX team. Chiefly, to bring together five contemporary African Designers from across the continent on the runway. In line with the CAX WKND Fashion show, the event aims to transform the African creative economy. For the purpose of setting up a vendor showcase. Whereby buyers and sellers of goods can showcase and sell their products.

The designer presentations were the highlight of the dinner party. Not to mention electric performances by the African Cabaret arts and dance club as they entertained guest between runway episodes.


In essence, five of the best creatives from across the continent came together. Individually, they showcased their Haute, contemporary pieces and the diverse and growing fashion industry in Africa. Designers Peggy’O, from Kenya, Chizo Designs representing Zambia, Rwandese designer Karen Uwera brought in her (Karssh Collections). Maryland based Nigerian designer Uche Ibezue presented her O’Mak Designs likewise, Malawian designer Lilly Alfonso with her eponymous label.

Significantly, the designers presented their distinctive haute couture collection during the gala. From effortless evening dresses, playful details, sheer elegance, each designer showcased uniqueness and individuality. Their dresses were fun and eccentric with trademark silhouettes, plenty of drapes, capes, texturised fabrics and ball gowns.

Rwandese models from WeBest Models Management took over the runway. Sarah, talent manager, headed runway queens with top model Sissi Ngamije leading the catwalk.

Not only do we agree that the African fashion scene is thriving. But Also, Africa fashion is bold, vibrant and rich with culture. In effect, here are designs from the top five inspiring African fashion designers who have truly changed the course of the aesthetic world. Not to mention, these are the African designers who are the proud flag bearers of African Fashion.


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