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26.07.2019 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Niamey hosts the 12th International Fashion Festival in Africa


Between the 4 and 7 July in Niamey, Niger, the 12th International Fashion Festival in Africa (FIMA) was held. This edition was entitled “Industry and creativity, a new dynamic toward African integration” and organized by Alphadi, UNESCO Artist for peace and President-Founder of the FIMA in particular.

This edition took place in an unprecedented context, as it occurred at the same time as the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). It represents the consecration of more than twenty years of actions in favor of a recognition and a promotion of the African knowledge by Alphadi, UNESCO Artist for peace. Hadja Aissata Issoufou, president of the Foundation “Guri Vie Meilleure” and first Lady of Niger, sponsored the festival, which lasted four days. Each day focused on a special topic. After a day of inauguration, the second day was dedicated to Niger, the third to Africa and the last to the youth. Furthermore, participants could attend to many events including conferences, workshops, selling exhibitions of handmade products and others meetings between cultural figures, tourism professionals, artists and agents of the economic world.

The first edition of the FIMA was organized in 1998 at Tiguidit in the desert of Ténéré (north of Niger). Alphadi’s idea was thus to create a festival in order to present and promote, in Africa, African creators’ work to representatives of the artistic world and to journalists from all around the world and thus to offer them an international visibility. Moreover, Alphadi seeks to materialize his work into sustainable projects in favor of peace and development of Niger (reopening of Agadez airport, road construction, Electrification of villages, models and stylists competitions…).

The festival, thus, finds its entire place in UNESCO’s mission to make Africa one of its priorities. As such, UNESCO and development partners are attentive to 54 African countries with a stronger and better-targeted strategy within the framework of the African Union Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The spirit of the Organization’s Culture of Peace network in Africa aims in particular to heal the social wounds of wars by cross-conflict participation in local activities.

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