By Ogova Ondego
Published October 29, 2015
A Tanzania-based fashion initiative has announced the finalists in its Emerging Designers Competition.
The competition will be held in the framework of the 8th annual Swahili Fashion Week platform for fashion and accessory designers from Kiswahili-speaking countries; an event that is scheduled to take place in the Tanzanian commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, December 4-6, 2015.
Those selected for the Emerging Designers Competition that shall be held on December 5, 2015 are Lilian Patropa, Anna Paul Ben, Edward Reginald Ngeleshi, Lulu Lekashiry Mzirai, Warda Omary Mohamed, Walter E Kipemba, Bridget Ndiyeleji Evance, Kulwa Maneno Mkwandule and Fatmah Rasheerd Iddy.
Meanwhile, nine artists from Uganda are exhibiting their creativity at Nairobi National Museum in Nairobi between October 25 and November 15, 2015.
The fine artists–Anwar Sadat, Ismail Damba, Siraj Damulira, Paul Kintu, Godfrey Kalungi, Yusuf Ngula, Paulo Akiiki, Ronnie Tindi and Edward Waddimba–are exhibiting their work in the Creativity Gallery between 8.30AM and 5.30 PM daily in Kenya’s premier house of culture.
While the work of Yusuf Ngula, a self- taught sculptor and painter dwell on contemporary issues like war and politics, that of Siraj Damulira, an impressionistic artist who works mainly in oil colour on Canvas, creating human forms.
The work of Ronnie Tindi, a trained draftsman who has exhibited in both Uganda and abroad, explores birds using textured media to enhance visual movement.
Paulo Akiiki paints mainly in oils on canvas. Visitors to NNM are likely to derive inspiration from his ‘romantic landscapes with the sun as his signature’.
Ismail Damba’s two paintings are bound to hold the eye and provoke the mind. He says his inspiration comes from “my surroundings and the environment I live in.” All this—nature, wildlife, human social relations—find finds its place on his canvas.
While Paul Kintu uses acrylic and oils on canvas as his main medium, Edward Waddimba is a sculptor and painter who paints mainly female figures.