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14.05.2019 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Press conference of Alphadi before the 12th International Fashion Festival in Africa


The 7 May 2019, Alphadi, UNESCO Artist for Peace and Nigerien fashion designer, held a press conference at UNESCO Headquarters. Mohamed Sadil Moctar, Special Adviser Minister to the President of the Republic of Niger and General Director of the AU (African Union) Agency Niger 2019 and Firmin Edouard Matoko, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations attended the press conference. This press conference aimed at announcing the agenda and the program of the 12th edition of the International Fashion Festival in Africa (FIMA) in Niamey, Niger.

This edition of FIMA will once again bring together for 3 days many African designers and more than 2000 personalities from more than 40 nationalities, between the 5 and 7 July 2019 in Niamey, Niger. The Festival is a major cultural and artistic manifestation created in 1998 in Niger by Alphadi; it presents and promotes African creators’ work, in Africa, to international representatives of the worlds of Art, culture, politics and media. The FIMA seeks to promote the emergence of a fashion and Arts industry dedicated to the development of Africa, capitalize on traditional expertise and make Africa a hub of the fashion, arts and culture industry.

Furthermore, this 12th edition will took place in an unprecedented context, as it will occur at the same time as the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) and on the invitation of the authorities of the seventh republic of Niger. Alphadi, UNESCO Artist for peace, has been a promoter of “Haute Couture” in Africa for more than twenty years and in a letter included in the press booklet, he expressed his feelings. “Throughout the years, the FIMA has emerged as the major fashion meeting on the continent; mi fight is shared with all the Africans convinced of their capacity to overcome current great challenges. Africa needs executives, professionals, cohesion and integration to build a definitive peace; I am still convinced that art and culture are the necessary vectors for reaching those ideals”.

With its values of culture and peace, the festival finds its entire place in UNESCO’s mission. The Festival plays the role of vector for peace and hope to African peoples and thus, it is an occasion to consolidate the achievements of African integration and reinforce the rapprochement of the peoples toward a culture of peace and progress.

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