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The Evolution of Designs Made from African Fabric!

Hey guys,
Let's go entertainment!
My module 4 video slide show is ready.
I decided to do something different this time.
I want us to move away from my gloomy and emotional stories that have characterized my writing lately, into an entertainment but somehow solutions oriented piece.
Just relax...you are on your way to Cameroon.
Here is a link to my video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rq55Fi6MTQ

This video walks through the transition of designs made from African fabric; from where and how we started stitching with the fabric, to where we are today. it has been a pleasant journey of great change. African fabric is very very popular today as all sorts of outfits can come from it. Find the one you like and look for an African designer, a female...this will empower her.

***Seems the quality of my pictures is poor....why? Well, I am hoping it will be better as the minutes keep building.
Love you all!

This multimedia story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous digital empowerment and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.

Comments

JaniceW's picture

I love this!

I have always been intrigued by the patterns of African fabrics and so watched this video with much interest and delight. You have provided great background into the history of the different styles, melding strong imagery with lovely music. I did however find the text disappeared a little too quickly and I was not able to always read what it said before it left the screen.

I so enjoyed the many different styles, patterns, colors and uses illustrated by the video. A refreshing media piece that raised a smile to my face.

Greengirl's picture

Hello Janice

Couldn't help but reach out to you because I share your thoughts on Nakinti's video is a delight too watch. I found the written text equally very important, particularly the call too action. Just a suggestion to you about the text: What I did was pause the video at each point text appeared. It worked, and I'll suggest that you try doing the same.

Best wishes,
Greengirl

JaniceW's picture

Thank you

Yes, I paused the video too.

Nakinti's picture

My rescuer

Greenest girl,
Thank you for coming in very quick to propose a solution to the disappearing text issue to Janice.
You are always my rescuer...
Thanks girl.
Love.
Nakinti!

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Nakinti's picture

Thank you Janice

Dear Janice,
Thank you so much for watching my video.
I am glad to know that you enjoyed it.
I also have noticed that the text cuts out very fast, I'll figure out a way to get it fixed.
Thanks dear.
Love.
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

JaniceW's picture

Text

Like Greengirl, I paused the video to read the text. It is still a strong video nevertheless. Best,
Janice

Greengirl's picture

Nice One Nakinti

Just as you may already be aware, Nigerian's have come to adore African prints and it is now trendy for one to be seen adorning very unique and creative styles made from them. Nonetheless, I am amazed and dazzled by the very creative designs made with African fabric in your country; and to tell you the truth, I'll be sharing the video with my cloth designer because I already identified a number of designs I'll like her to make for me.

Your call to action is very clear and important and it is about time that Africans place more value on our local fabrics in ways that it would profit individuals and also empower our local economies. I was very much enlightened and entertained. Well done!

Hugs
Greengirl

Nakinti's picture

Thanky you greeny!

My Greenest girl,
Nigeria has gone a long, long way when it comes to African Fabric.
I always admire Nigerian ladies when I watch them on DSTV channels rocking their outfits.
Their designers are not sleeping in class, they are working their ass off to make a visible difference...wao! I love Naija women babe!
My dear, don't tell me you found some outfits desirable....GOOD, girl!
I also found mine and I made some nice dresses too.
Greenest girl, thank you!!!!!!!
xoxoxo
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby's picture

REFRESHING & DELIGHTFUL !

Wow, Nakinti!

I love this! No one has more beautiful fabric than the Africans -- the colors! the patterns! the dresses!

You've pulled this together perfectly with the music (perfect music!) photos, colors, titles and, of course, your strong solution at the end regarding 'outlawing' used clothing for the benefit of the fabric and clothing makers and designers.

Nakinti, have you ever seen the TV series based on Alexander Caldwell's books about, The #1 Ladies' Detective Agency? The African clothing and background colors are so beautiful, reminiscent of this piece of work you have created, they make our American clothing look dull by comparison.

I applaud you. In fact, I jump up and down as I clap my hands for you, and for all those beautiful women nd men modeling the clothes, and those who created the fabric and the designs.

Ah! Thank you! I hope you'll share this video as widely as possible.

With delight,

Sarah

Nakinti's picture

Thank you Sarah

Oh dear Sarah,
I am excited over the beautiful comments you made concerning my video slide show. Thank you so much for making me feel proud of my work.
The TV series "The Number 1 ladies' Detective Agency?", I would so much love to watch it. I wonder where I can get it.
Dear Sarah, I will share this video with as many people as possible, sure.
Thank you dear.
Love from Cameroon.
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

SanPatagonia's picture

Great idea! :)

I'm a curious mouse so imagine the kind of adventure you've proposed just by writing "Just relax...you are on your way to Cameroon"!
What can I say? I really enjoyed the trip. Thanks a lot for proposing it!
It was a very good idea to focus on this matter since it has a deep impact, not only as a productive activity (textile industry) but also as a way of reinforcing cultural identity along the process.

Congrats, Nakinti!

@SanPatagonia
Be a voice, tell a story, start the fire. | Sé una voz, cuenta una historia, enciende el fuego.

Nakinti's picture

Thank you SanPatagonia!

Dear SanPatagonta,
I am so glad you enjoyed your trip to Cameroon...hoping you make the trip another time, in another way.
Thank you so much for watching.
Love.
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Monica09's picture

African fabric!

Dear Nakinti,

Your video is really interesting! The business that I am part of seeks to sell fashion from around the world. You can read more about it here: http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/exchange/post/77640

At the moment, we are showcasing South Asian designs, but after watching your video, we feel Africa could be a great source of clothing! I will be connecting with you soon on how we can place orders with female weavers of your country and support their economic empowerment.

Warmly,
Monica

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