EVEN BEFORE she hits the stage at the 2018 Miss Universe International pageant in Bangkok, Thailand in December, Miss Universe Ghana ’18, Akpene Diata Hoggar, has started making waves on the global stage.
She displayed her impeccable modelling skills on the runway at the Fashion for Peace show held in the French capital, Paris, on Tuesday, November 13, drawing rave reviews from guests at the event and fans on social media.
“She walks excellently!” “Go queen,” “She had the best walk. Diata making us proud” – these were some of the comments that her fans poured on the Miss Universe Ghana Organisation Instagram page, where videos and photographs of the show were posted.
Miss Hoggar, who modelled in designs cut and stitched by Ghana’s rising fashion star, Duaba Serwa, and Senegalese in-demand designer, Sophie Zinga, shared the runway with other models from around the world.
The fashion show formed part of activities marking the official launch of a 100-million Euro project known as the Impact Fund for Africa (IFFA), a new investment fund supporting African creative talents working in the fashion and life-class industries.
The Fund was launched in France during the Paris Peace Forum, an initiative by French President Emmanuel Macron, attracting over 84 Heads of State, the United Nations Secretary-General and many dignitaries.
The fund will address the investments needed to leverage the power of the creative and cultural industries to expand the social capital of sub-Saharan African countries and thus contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as well as promote inclusive growth in these economies.
The IFFA is under the auspices of the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI), African Fashion Fund (AFF) and the European Commission (EC).
The Impact Fund for Africa (IFFA) will be managed by Roberta Annan Capital Partners (RACP) with members from the EFI serving as non-executive board members and managing the sustainability committee, which will contribute to the mobilisation of private capital for the financing of investments in support of the African creative and life-class industry.
Ms. Roberta Annan is the Managing Partner of Roberta Annan Capital Partners, and Founder of the African Fashion Fund (AFF).
For over 10 years, the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) has invested in refining production systems that enable production with community groups of micro-entrepreneurs in target countries working in the luxury and life-class sectors supporting international companies such as Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney to source high-quality and ethically-produced artisanal goods from some of the developing world’s most difficult environments.
The African designers selected to present their works at the Fashion for Peace show included Duaba Serwa, a contemporary Ghanaian fashion brand founded in 2011. The brand has been featured on CNN, Forbes, Vogue Italia and Deutsch Welle.
The other Ghanaian brand was Chocolate by Kwaku Bediako. Chocolate draws inspiration from the rich Ghanaian culture, life-class, taste and preferences. The Chocolate brand has grown rapidly in these past few years due to detailing and the passion to become the best custom-made menswear fashion brand in Ghana
The third was Senegalese fashion label, Sophie Zinga, which is a socially-conscious women’s wear brand featuring hand-woven Senegalese cloths and semi-precious stones.
Also on display were SHE-Y, a Menaye skincare products by former Miss Universe Ghana and international model, Menaye Donkor Muntari, who is also the Country Director for Miss Universe Ghana.
In another development, Miss Universe Ghana ’18, Hoggar, has donated food, clothes and other items to the Accra Psychiatrist Hospital and also led the finalists of this year’s Miss Universe Ghana pageant to hold a charity event, the Pink Car Wash, to raise funds for breast cancer survivors.
An amount of GH¢ 5,000.00 raised from the programme, was donated to the Peace and Love Hospital (Spintex Branch).
The event was organised by Malz Promotions in collaboration with Belaire, SHE-Y by Menaye, Print Field, Cahaya Lounge and Grill, Topp Core Security and Joy Prime.