Natal talked to Samson Joseph, manager of the African Fashion Show, and two other fashion designers, Sarah Jackson and Gracy Orla Ticout.
Samson Joseph is South Sudanese born and fled his country to Egypt due the crisis in the Sudan. From Egypt, he moved to Australia in 2004 to pursue further studies and better life.
Samson’s love for interior designs, architecture and beautiful houses led to establishing his business: A + Fashion.
This year’s African Fashion show was huge; it featured four different designers showcasing their dresses, three dance groups and four music performances.
Fashion designer Sarah Jackson, also from South Sudan, moved to Australia in 2005 to pursue further education and focus on design.
Sarah says she is studying fashion design at MSIT College and hopes to get her company label more recognized in the near future.
Gracy Orla Ticout moved to Australia from France in 2010 to study Hospitality Management.
She created her fashion line, ‘Orla Dee’ to present African design and to see the African princes to blossom in the African community and mainstream Australian society. She also works in one of Brisbane’s best restaurants.
Osman “Kojaja” displayed a series of vivid political cartoons as part of Creative Conversations: Making Sense with Art event. Kojaja is Nigerian and grew up in Sudan, eventually landing a job as a political cartoonist. His cartoons were published in a Sudanese newspaper. But Kojaja’s criticism of the African regime attracted the worst kind of attention of the government. Kojaja left and made his way over to Australia.
As well as exhibiting art that day, Kojaja also played drums, guitar and singing with the performing band, Tari Hujan.
Kojaja sat down with us and talked about being a political cartoonist in a dangerous country, and his creativity spanning from Africa to Australia.
Yenenesh Nigusse is about to leave Brisbane for Europe, and is throwing a farewell party this weekend featuring the artists and performers she’s met over the years.
Yenenesh is a familiar face in Brisbane’s multicultural community arts and dance scenes. She produces events for the Brisbane Ethnic and Multicultural Arts Centre and teaches African dance as well as other styles. Yenenesh talks about embracing African dance as a way to connect with her heritage after being adopted from Ethiopia to Australia as a child.
Farewell Yenenesh in style this Saturday at BEMAC: details and tickets here.
King Zion escaped his country in West Africa and moved to Australia. Zion is a talented artist with amazing vocals bringing reggae music live to the suburban areas of Logan City and Brisbane in south east Queensland. Zion’s music – inspired by the Bob Marley – aims to encourage and empower women in his lyrics.
King Zion also speaks about some of his fresh and innovative ideas to help young people and how he plans to implement his projects in the near future. Zion also hints at some of his newtracks which will be released in during Youth Week 2014 coming up later in April.
Christopher Mesiku is bringing his love of science to life through a PhD at the University of Queensland. Although he’s grown up as an Aussie, his goal is to bring his passion and knowledge to Africa, where his family descends.
Christopher talks to us about science, reconciling his Australian identity with his African roots and his rich, busy life in Australia.
Sugal Mohamed, Vice President of the Queensland Africa United Football League
QAFU player Kado Aoci
The Queensland Africa United Football League will be holding a big match on the 21st of this month.
The game will be featuring best players in the African community going head-to-head against Japanese stars in Logan City and a more than five thousands spectators will be expected to attend.
Natal spoke with Sugal Mohamed, Vice President of the Queensland Africa United Football League, and Kado Aoci, one of the highly rated players in the competition.
They told him about their big upcoming Christmas match and their aspirations to joining the A-League.