On Saturday, April 2, the University student Union ballroom was imbued with confidence and cheer as the African Student Union hosted POSE: The Style Present, celebrating African tradition, manner and neighborhood designers.
The night commenced with cocktail hour, with attendees sampling traditional African food items and drink as the styles organized to wander the stage.
The ambiance was 1 that cherished origin and tradition as properly as self-expression. Lively hues and ornate patterns had been donned by several of the attendees, a staple of African vogue. Pupils in attendance were dressed to impress, putting on their most fashionable apparel to honor the celebration.
For each designer, styles trotted the phase just one by just one, showcasing their work as tunes played and the group applauded in guidance.
The demonstrate showcased the various operates of local vogue designers and vendors– Colourfro, Royal Wear, Tradition Couture and Priceless Courage – that inspire cultural pride and self-assurance through their layouts.
“I just like vogue and building people truly feel very good,” claimed NKU college student and Royal Use designer Ngozi Usani.
Usani functions with her father to have her dresses manufactured internationally, designing the apparel regionally and sending the models to Nigeria to be produced, then consigned to the U.S.
For the designers highlighted in the display, the celebration was an chance to share their culturally meaningful get the job done.
“We want to share the appreciate of Africa with trend and components and in essence give a diverse watch of what the globe and everybody else has,” stated Augustine Osei, co-founder and CEO of Colourfro.
In among just about every designer’s set were many performances by users of the African Pupil Union, as effectively as a flagshow that enshrined the flags of local community member’s origins while they reveled throughout the stage.
African Scholar Union president Eunice Yankson sent a strong spoken rendition of an unique poem titled “Manifest Destiny,” calling for solidarity and resistance to unjust exploitation imposed on Africa’s folks and assets.
NKU college student Tayshawn Elliot performed a exceptional rendition of the song “Stand Up,” originally by Cynthia Erivo.
Lastly, the ASU Dance Crew executed a group choreograph to conclude the performances.
The night’s festivities shined a highlight on African culture that is flourishing in our various communities.
“We don’t get to see or have the chance to obtain African folks stuff like that. It is not straightforward to stroll into Macy’s or any other shop and get African clothing,” Meshaki Mushangwe.
To close the night Yankson collected with the event’s executive board on stage to emphasize the great importance and privilege of partaking with campus-existence. Immediately after staying barred from organizing gatherings the prior two yrs simply because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Yankson mentioned making an celebration to get persons engaged and informed of their existence on campus was overdue.
“NKU college student engagements don’t exist with out pupils partaking,” Yankon claimed. “This is us. All of it.”
POSE: The Style Show was a showcase of not only area and common African trend, but also of the astounding expertise and concerted effort that tied the event jointly.