Aketesia Fashion Show; Feminism Tells Ghana Girls to Cover & Hide

by Nana Tamakloe
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Here is the update of a soon near you fashion show in Ghana. But with a twist, the main objective of this show is to challenge the dress code of Ghanaian women of today. The question of how much should be exposed. More info on the essence of the show is highlighted below the flyer.


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The Student Representative Council Women’s Commission is the ladies wing of the University of Ghana Students’ Representative Council; the official mouthpiece of the students of the university. The commission consists of all the female students of the university.

This faction of the council is to ensure the welfare of females in the university. The commission is also to educate and advise women on various ways to be women of substance. As annually done the commission is yet to celebrate a week-long of activities, events and programs which is to help the commission achieve its main goal.

The theme of this year’s celebration is: ‘STRATEGY FOR THE FUTURE; THE WOMAN AND HER ENVIRONMENT’ and as part of the activities and events the commission will be having a fashion show on the 27th of February, 2013 which will also commemorate the official launch of the week celebration.
The ultimate goal of this fashion show is to educate women on fashion both African and Western fashion hence the theme: UNDERSTANDING THE 21ST CENTURY (AFRICAN) FASHION.

Over a decade now society has come to worry and ponder over the appearance and dressing of our ladies. The western culture has greatly affected the fashion of our women. Although these foreign fashions have complemented ours to enrich our fashion, the former has been copied blindly. Apparently, our women have copied the foreign dressing styles without its associate use and reasons of its fashion. This is evident in our campuses when one sees a half dressed lady going to a lecture hall or that fashion ‘inappropriate’ place.

Such wrong use of fashion posses questions about the decency, values and morality of the 21st century Ghanaian women. The commission believes it is time the African lady learns the proper use of the foreign fashion and moreover appreciates the African style. The women also need to know the values of what we the Ghanaians believe of women to be ‘Aketesia’ which literary means ‘to cover and hide’.

The women’s commission has taken the responsibility this year to explain to the youth and ladies the essence of fashion and the need for us not to copy blindly. The women’s commission of the students’ representative council in this year’s fashion show is also ready to tell all ladies to ‘cover and hide’.

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