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.
The Best United Football Club players are the winners of the World Refugee Day Soccer Tournament for 2014.
Natal talked to Patrick Ryem and Emmanuel Martin from the Best United FC.
Best United Football Club is made up of players from South Sudan, Liberia and Burundi including other super stars from South America.
Best United FC was initially established in 2007 and that now it accommodates soccer players from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Patrick Oryem talks about how hard it was to qualify and says Best United players always get into the competition to win the trophy.
Emmanuel Martin talks about the spreading of the south Sudanese people as a result of the civil war and proper sense of understanding to create better approaches of integration with the mainstream society in Australia.
He also talks about how hard it is to break through from community football to playing in the mainstreams at the A-League level.
Natal talked to Noora Yuggu, a Law and Justice Student from the Queensland University of Technology.
Noora moved with her parents to Australia in October 2002 from South Sudan. She began her education here by going to Milpera’s English as a Second Language school.
After studying hard over the last 7 years, Noora is now approaching her final semester of university.
Noora has participated in taking public speaking seriously to represent women’s voices. In the last 3 years, she’s used her law and justice knowledge to work with young children. Noora majors in criminal law and she is very passionate about international activism and using her theoretical experience to help the oppressed.
She tells us about the struggles of learning English and her passion for studying law.
Natal Ayume just graduated from studying journalism and comes to Where are you From? as our new reporter. He tells us about visiting his family in South Sudan and his aspirations to work in journalism.
Performing Aussie hip hop on the streets of Brisbane may seem like an exciting job, but it’s been a very painful journey and hard yakka for two African-Australians who left their country many years ago due to warfare.
No Pain No Gain crew members Mantist and Bolo speak to us about their aspiration to break into the music industry – and perform a song!