The vibrant gathering to showcase fashion, culture, creativity, gourmet and diversity was tagged ‘Women in Culture 2018’. It was hosted by the Deputy Director of China Cultural Centre in Abuja, Jia Xiaolong. The centre was established in March 2012. It is the second of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa and the 14th overseas cultural center established by Chinese government.
Women from many African countries including Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana and Kenya wowed the audience with a colourful fashion show and catwalk on the runway, where the different costumes of their nations were exhibited. They were joined by a Chinese Troupe, which displayed the exciting cultural heritage of South East Asian country and the FCT Social Development Centre Dance Troupe, who presented the Unity Dance.
In addition, makeup artist, Oghome Emebo, held a demonstration on how to tie head wrapper, which is a strong part of the Nigerian cultural identity. Some the creations Emebo exhibited included Double Gele, All Back and the signature Take a Bow. Adis Okolie, an artist with the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAS), said both China and Nigeria share similarities in the arts especially in the fusion of colours.Another similarity between the two arts is that Chinese, like Nigerian artists, like to use figures,” Okolie said. She lauded the outfits displayed at the fashion show, saying she will like the cultural union between Nigeria and China to be built on that outing.
The Deputy Director said the show was organised to enable women to communicate with each other and have a greater understanding of each other culture, the countries and the people. She said the event gave the participants experiences they will take time to forget.