Maria Borges is the latest celebrity to support the #EndSARS campaign. For those that do not know, Maria Borges is an Angolan model. She was named Forbes Africa Magazine’s top model of 2013. She was also the first Victoria’s Secret black model to storm the runway with natural African hair.
With that said, the top model has paved her way in this modern era by building a strong social media following from time to time and executing activities that see her become more of a role model to various young girls especially in the Portuguese speaking countries.
Maria just graced her Instagram followers with a beautiful set of #EndSARS images. What many don’t know is SARS has already been disbanded. SARS is s special police force unit created in the 1980s to tackle armed robbery, fraud, and much more crime. It seemed to be successful in its earlier days until the police turned into armed bandits themselves, looting and killing Nigerians mercilessly. A recent shooting of two innocent Nigerian men sparked riots and protests in Nigeria and across the world.
However, despite the SARS unit being disbanded, Nigerians are still out protesting for change as it has been disbanded and brought back many times, and the process for this change has seen many lose their lives, from the rich to the poor.
Maria’s showed support to the ongoing SARS protest with a Yonga arts style face paint. Something she may or may not have been aware of. Yonga arts is a form of tribal art curated by young Ghanaian artist, Mawuli. Starting from humble beginnings and an abusive home, he pursued out to make artwork that will project women in a powerful light by taking inspiration from his mother. Read more below.
Over the years, Mawuli’s Yonga art has become an international success through social media and it is no surprise why Maria Borges selected this to project her #endSARS support imagery. The images were shot by islandboi photographer with Yonga make up by celebrity ttylist Ty-Ron Mayes, Watch her stun below.
UPCOMING TOP EVENTS!
Volta Fashion Week, Awards and Honors will be happening this year from 10th-12th February at the serene Holy Trinity Spa and Hotel in the Volta region Of Ghana. Having an array of spectacular designers from both Ghana and other parts of Africa showcasing. This year’s event is fused with a special massage package for VIP guests. Ticket cost ranges from 50 cedis for students, 100 cedis single, 150 cedis double, 1000 cedis VIP and 1500 cedis for VVIP.
The International Fashion Festival in Togo (FIMO 228) has established itself for nine years now as a benchmark fashion event that promotes the talents of designers from all over the world. Like every fashion event, FIMO 228 reflects the art in fashion and all the cultures of the countries represented by the designers present. Presently on the FIMO 228, creators, models, photographers, journalists, national and international media. But it does not stop there. Each year, FIMO228 is part of a logic of commitment to solving the problems of our society. Thus, the 10th edition of FIMO 228 has the social theme “Fashion is committed to protecting the environment” and the artistic theme “Féérie”. Now the dice for the 10th has been rolled;
All-African Leather Fair (AALF): the trade show organizing by The Ethiopian Leather Industries Association
(ELIA) from the first edition in 2008 up to 12th successfully. AALF brings together tanners, footwear and
other leather goods manufacturers, in addition of equipment and technology suppliers, chemical and
inputs suppliers, manpower training institutions, trade promotion organizations, etc from all over the
African companies and organizations are expected to constitute the largest attendance. The Fair is a
specialized one designed to promote the African leather industry and to enable it create an interface with
its partners within the continent and around the world. There is side events included occurring parallel
with the show Panel discussion, Fashion show, Fashion Zone, Leather Talent show.
Due to the Global market situation and the pandemic impact the leather sector in Ethiopia and Africa at
large heavily affected. It is expected that the upcoming AALF trade fair will play its role in motivating the
sector in market expansion, facilitating inter Africa business relation .Investment Attraction, Technology
transfer and etc… To motivate the sector The government starts school shoe and bag project under the
initiation the manufacturing sector “Let Ethiopia produce “ “ Ethiopia Tamret“ as the sector dependent
on inputs such as chemical, accessories and component supplier will be expected in wide participation.
Considering these AALF2023 will Have new components fashion show will be including some Africa
countries participations, Fashion Zone(where many designers will participating by showing the Fashion
trends) Talent show (leather products creativity, any innovation creativity in the sector ) in addition to this
Ethiopia Leather journal upgraded to Africa Leather journal (sector based studies ,research and potential facts for Africa will be published inspirational descriptive motto also included .
DIRECTION COLLECTION: OUT NOW!
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