In the West African country of Senegal for Dakar Fashion Week, which place from 20-24 June, celebrated style therapist and culture curator Kwena Baloyi captured the capital in effortless style rooted in her famed authenticity. Sharing photos and videos of her stay, Baloyi explored the many facets of Senegal – from the hustle and bustle of the city to the incredible architecture unique to the region.
Leaving Dakar, Baloyi wrote: “It ended so soon @dakarfashionweek, but thank you so much for calling for us. The four days we had together were magical and they will not be forgotten till the next edition… We came We saw We connected We exchanged a lot We collected We experienced We learned We made friends and can’t wait to get home and report on everything…”
Next, she headed east for the third edition of Collective RW in Kigali, where she formed part of a creative panel discussion hosted by Heva Fund, which provides funding and invests in the creative economy sector in the East African region, with a focus on transformative social and economic initiatives. She appeared alongside other revered creatives from the continent, such as Nairobi-based Creative Director Sunny Dolat and Creative Director of Moshions, Rwandan Moise Turahirwa.
Here is a look at some highlights from her journey thus far;
@afrikankrowns we working on a series soon to be released about women that we adore, that inspires us and we live in their footprints. We revisiting and retelling their stories (some gone some still alive )✊🏾 . . . . One of them that we had to bring with to #dakarfashionweek is #queennandi the greatest woman that the Zulu nation has been very fortunate to have – woman of courage, strength, resilience, strongest will and who made decisions and stuck to them. . . . . We will never forget her and it’s an honor to pay tribute #runwiththekween to find out more about this, leading to the release of the krowns series. . . . . #queennandi perfectly fit for #day1 in #dakar for fashion presentation hosted by @adamaparis at the #franceembassy a day before #dakarfashionweek . . . . #iwasneverreadymyself #senegal #fix #fixindakar #afrikankrownsseries #runwiththekween #kwenafix #kwenasays #itsabouttime . . . . It was so beautiful to work with @mahleboj and @princessthehairwhisperer for this series #watchthespace @afrikankrowns is changing frequencies! . . . 📷 @tsholofelo_kodisang
“The moment you surrender. Suddenly the universe goes quite, and home has always been a freedom. Freedom has always been you.” – @malandajeanclaude . . . . Never forget to be Never loose you……… you are your own freedom! #self . . . . . Last night wore custom made @authentic_31 dress for #day2 in #dakar for @dakarfashionweek and it was sparkles everywhere. Thank you family for making sure my fix is steady always. . . . . #dakarfashionweek #dakarfix #fixindakar #kwenafix #kwenasays #fix 📷 @tsholofelo_kodisang
Had a really good energy exchange in #goreeisland thanks @dakarfashionweek for fixing that 🙏🏾 because we create better when we know where we come from, that it’s a direct source of inspiration! . . . And my intention for you is may you allow the feelings that come with knowing the past. Acknowledge all of it, accept, forgive but never forget it’s a safe place always and will forever be a reference, a signal , a fix trust me I know! . . . . . #happynewweek #intentions #goreeisland #theatlantic #dakarfashionweek #itsnotonlyfashionitsawayoflife #kwenasays 📷 @theamazingworldofanso
It ended so soon @dakarfashionweek 😫 but thank you so much for calling for us The four days we had together were magical and they will not be forgotten till the next edition 🙌🏾 . . . . We came We saw We connected We exchanged a lot We collected We experienced We learned Made friends and can’t wait to get home and give report on everything Thanks again for even showing that #itsnotonlyaboutfashion #itsalot #dakarfashionweek #myafricaiscreative #travelafrica #africatravel #dfw18 #adamaparisagency 📷 @coraliecocorabadan
“Do not skip your struggle. ” . . . . . See them Feel them Go through all Make ways on and around That will help you navigate and gravitate to better, also make you choose you daily and right there is a fix! . . . . Again don’t skip nor cheat on your struggles live and show them who the boss is! #fixingthoughts #intentions #fix #kwenasays #kweenindakar #kweentravels 📽 @ara_emporium 👕 from @rural_love_classics 👌🏾
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