THE Katutura Fashion Week Awards (KFWA) took place on Saturday at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Center (FNCC) in Windhoek.
The awards provide an exclusive platform for future talent in the local fashion industry to be recognized.
KFWA spokesperson Jati Indongo said 20 awards were given out this year.
She says a new category, International Designer of the Year, has been added to this year’s event, which was won by Annety Tantameni from Zambia.
“The winning awards this year are KFW trophies and certificates. Unfortunately, we did not get financial assistance. However, we hope that our winners can also get monetary prizes in the future, ”Indongo said.
KFWA President of Administration and General Affairs Bobby Kaanjosa, who is responsible for leading the rewards segment, said platforms such as KFWA are important in contributing to growth.
“Right now we are facing a pandemic, and we believe an event like this would help give hope to our industry. Those who were nominated for this year’s awards have pushed the fashion of 2019 to this day. It’s just to show people that we see their efforts and that they should keep pushing. The Namibian fashion industry is small, but influential, ”he says.
Founder and Director Dennis Hendricks says the annual event is a platform to unite Namibia’s diverse cultures, ethnicities and traditions through fashion.
“We are here to unite cultures through fashion, and above all to welcome our local talents from all walks of life – to show how talented the country is,” he says.
Hendricks says the event has grown considerably.
“We are in our third year and have added more members to the team,” he says.
Best Female Model of the Year winner Dorothea van Wyk encouraged individuals to achieve their goals despite their disabilities.
“I don’t see my disability as something that will prevent me from achieving my dreams. I go for what I want, ”she said.
Creative director and fashion designer Ingo Shanyenge, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award, says the local fashion industry has grown.
“I love the design and can say with pride that I am doing my dream job… Do what you love and never look at the pay. You will be so much happier doing what you love, ”says Shanyenge.
Best Male Model of the Year winner Silvanus Nepolo says it’s not always easy to be a model in Namibia.
“I was never interested in being a model, but my friends motivated me to try it. Look where I am today. I succeeded and I am extremely happy to do this job, ”says Nepolo.
The parade will take place in November.