Musa Okwonga is an acclaimed poet, football writer, musician and promoter. A scholarship student at Eton College, he won the WH Smith Young Writers Competition, the leading national creative writing contest, at the age of 16; he went on to study law at St.John’s College, Oxford, before qualifying as a solicitor at one of the City’s top firms, Lovells, before leaving to pursue a career as a performance poet and author. A front man of fast-rising band Benin City (Outkast meets James Brown), he has performed live on BBC Radios One and Three, and has recited his poetry at the EU Energy Summit before all of Europe’s environment and energy ministers. He is also a co-promoter of PoeJazzi, a night of poetry and music which has been named TimeOut Critic’s Choice No.1 (February 2007) and which received five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007 and 2008. In 2008 his first football book, A Cultured Left Foot, was nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award; his second book, Will You Manage?, was published earlier this month.
Collection name: Simanyi Elegance
The collection has a mixture of three different but also similar concepts. The traditional dress of the Ugandan women called the Gomasi. I found the Gomasi had very similar features to the Japanese Obi in terms of how it was tied, the visual connection it had such as fabric and colour. My designs handwriting revealed a 1940’s look of elegance in the garments with a slight exaggeration in the shoulder pads.
The word ‘Simanyi’ is from the Ugandan language meaning ‘I don’t know’. I chose this word because originally I didn’t know where my concept was heading.
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The Sons of Men Spring /summer 2011 trend is inspired by Nomads the journey of man. The Nomad trend consists of loose fitting silhouettes, which represents freedom, and adventure. Mixing hardwearing denims with light weight jerseys and knits, the collection pushes design details and fabric manipulations to new levels. With a muted colour pallet which can adapt to any mans wardrobe and style.
Spiralated is inspired by chairs looking a prints and has a modern twist with curvy, twisted seams to extenuate the female form. The colours are clean and fresh, with a combination of fluid flowing crepe and close fit satin/silk stretch fabrics.
EACH DAY UNTIL FUSIONITE ON THE 6TH OF SEPTEMBER, WE WILL FEATURE THE FANTASTIC ARRAY OF ARTISTS, MUSICIANS AND DESIGNERS WHO WILL BE THERE ON THE NIGHT.
SO WATCH OUT!!
Take the first step in faith, you don’t have to see the whole staircase just take the first step – Dr Martin Luther King Jr
The theme for this month is Respect and its importance in all that we do. The project in Ghana has brought together two completely different styles of working together. The more relaxed style of the villagers of Aziedukope and the more structured way of working that we have here in the UK. As Yaarah Schools is working in partnership with the villagers to build solid structures it is important that we respect their culture and way of working whilst introducing them to new ideas that could enhance them.