They sold out all tickets for Nzika Fashion exhibition three days before the event on Saturday last week. This, so it appears, was a sign of a great event to unfold at Casa Mia, a chic entertainment joint in the commercial city of Blantyre.
The exhibition’s organisers’ efforts were not only proved by the choice of stylish and confident models who dazzled on the runway but also an impressive collection of Nzika wear, which confirmed Malawi’s hidden potential on the fashion arena. By standards, everything followed the routine.
Models, comprising musician Piksy, radio personality Sam Kabambe of Capital FM and founders of Nzika Arts—Mwai and Sheena Namaona—did justice to themselves by looking presentable and prepared for the historic event.
With Casa Mia providing an unruffled ambience, there was no dull moment as the participants, too, kept on marvelling at the models upon sporting different designs on the red carpet.
Being purely a Malawian exhibition, not only did the models impress with Nzika wear but some also dressed to kill on the night.
The event attracted participants, from all walks of life, who demonstrated unwavering support for the established Malawian idea—Nzika Arts—whose history dates back to 2004.
The organisers were over the moon from the word go to the last minute of the event which exclusively exhibited Nzika wear. The event’s marketing manager Samuel Chibaka, including Mwai and Sheena, could be seen smiling through and through.
Models who paraded during the night recommended Nzika Arts for putting up the event, saying it helped to promote local products.
“This is the way to go. If all Malawians could support local ideas and entrepreneurship like this one, we would’ve not been talking of unemployment among ambitious youths,” said Piksy.
Mwai urged government officials and others to support the local fashion industry.
“Let them wear our products. If they will be in the forefront promoting local products, everyone will follow suit. What we are doing is very much in line with government’s Buy Malawi Strategy,” said Mwai.
He also thanked those who turned up for the event, urging them to keep on supporting the local fashion industry. n