Some of Africa’s biggest names in fashion have displayed their works at a night’s fashion show in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.
The Rhythms on DA Runway event, a brainchild of celebrated Ghanaian Broadcaster and fashion icon Kofi Okyere Darko, known widely as K.O.D, was held Saturday at the Banquet Hall, nestled on the same compound as Ghana’s Parliament.
Ghanaian designers Ophelia Crossland, Bon Collections, Velma’s Accessories, Abrantie The Gentleman, and NINETEEN57 BY KOD, which is run by Darko, played host to South Africa’s PALSE, and the New York-based Kenyan Designer Narok.
Ghana’s known public faces defied an earlier rainfall scare to celebrate the astounding works of the designers who featured a heavy dose of fashion from hats to casual wear. Some local names in radio and television as well as filmmaking, also took to the runway to strut wares from the exhibiting designers.
Ghanaian musicians M.anifest, Sarkodie, Bisa KDei, Wutah Kobby, and Akwaboah among a host of others provided music on the night.
A yearly must-attend, the Rhythms on Da Runway event is yet one of the country’s biggest gatherings for the fashion and design community.
Fashion in Ghana continues to grow at a pace where it now commands a decent space in the larger textile and accessories ecosystem. The scene is actively run by persons like Darko, who continue to find inspiration from a situation that could have been better.
Ghana has over the years showed the way in fashion in the sub region and has had huge names such as the late Kofi Ansah, lead the charge.
Devotees of the industry have remained active despite current floundering statistics. Okyere and his colleagues hope to catch the eye of authorities to at least put fashion on the agenda on discussions bordering on Gross Domestic Product.
Ghana stands to gain enormously from initiatives such as Darko’s.
In 2013, the World Economic Forum estimated that the country’s Tourism sector was valued at some 2.1 billion dollars with a 5 percent contribution to GDP. The WEF forecasted a 5.4 percent growth by 2022.
That, can be achieved, Darko believes.
“Fashion plays a major role in this sector, and we believe that with the right kind of support, we should help the government achieve its ultimate role of making lives better for all.”
This year’s Rhythms on DA Runway event was hosted by the Zimbabwean presenter Vimbai Mutinhiri and Nathaniel Attoh, who works with local radio station JOY FM.