On December 20, 2014 54 Kingdoms, an apparel and accessory company, hosted their 3rd annual Storytellers in Fashion in grand style at Farafina café and lounge. Hosted by Fatima Sesay of Sahara TV, the event began on a spirited note with powerful poetry performance by Frank E. Brady. Frank’s high vocal projection, animation and poetic consciousness captured the audience attention and set the tone for songwriter and pop-artist, Chris Akinyemi who serenaded the crowd with both pop and soulful classics. The event featured the live painting of Alfajo Jallow. A multi-colored painting with the African continent split into different pieces, Alfajo described the painting as depicting, “Africa in its current state is not unified, and until we start discussing our unity, we will not achieve this dream”. The painting auctioned for $400, of which 30% was donated to 54 Kingdoms to support its Community Outreach Initiatives.
The lively Ghanaian duo, Nana Poku (CEO) and Kwaku Awuah (President) started off their set in tradition by pouring libation to pay homage to the higher spirit and ancestors followed by a ‘jamming session’. During their presentation, 54 Kingdoms presented the creative process and inspiration behind their Score For Unity (SFU) collection; a merge of history, culture and creativity, this part was an experience.
The night concluded with a performance by Congolese-born songwriter and songstress Rafiya.
Storytellers in Fashion 2014 was sponsored by Vita Coco, Applause Africa, African Youth Excellence (AYE), The Council of Young African Leaders (CYAL), Broken Limits, Primo Supremo, Farafina Café and Lounge, Lux Shea Organics, Amariya’s Kitchen and 413 Management.
About Storytellers in Fashion
Launched in 2012, Storytellers in Fashion (STF) brings to light the creative experience and inspiration behind various 54 Kingdoms designs. Accompanied by a live band providing background music, STF involves an oral and visual presentation to attendees in addition to performances from other emerging artists sharing their stories through diverse creative outlets.
Ticket sales from every Storytellers in Fashion event goes to support 54 Kingdoms’ Community Outreach Initiatives (COI), which has benefited non-profit partners such as African Youth Excellence (AYE) and African Youth Network (AYONET).