Excel Magazine International and TeKay Designs co-produced the Liberian Fashion Ambassador Showcase in partnership with the Liberian Embassy in Washington DC to promote Liberian and African designs as part of Liberia’s 169th independence celebration. The charitable fashion awards show was held at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 7005 Piney Branch Rd NW, Washington DC 20012 on July 31, 2016 with proceeds benefiting KDE Disability Africa Foundation (a USA 501C3 non profit organization) specifically to establish a fashion design program for people with disabilities in Liberia.
Hon. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh (Liberian Ambassador to the USA) delivered a powerful keynote address in which he appealed for Liberia to utilize the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a unilateral trade arrangement by the U.S for African countries to penetrate the U.S market duty-free.
TeKay Designs opened the fashion show with their Summer 2017 Pride of Liberia collection comprised of cocktail dresses, semi-formal attire using the Liberian hand woven country cloth, tie dye and Ankara print fabrics accessorized with ethnic necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Photographer: Duane Heaton
TEKAY DESIGNS: PRIDE OF LIBERIA COLLECTION
TEKAY DESIGNS: CROWN COLLECTION
The second segment of the fashion show featured TeKay Designs Crown Collection of elaborate evening dresses, red carpet and pageant gowns. Photographer: Duane Heaton
QUEEN OF THE BRIDES
The fashion show concluded with the renowned Queen Of The Brides collection by TeKay Designs representing women of significant social status from various countries on the runway. Photographer: Duane Heaton
Designer: TeKay Designs – Queen Of The Brides Photographer: Duane Heaton
Ms. Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs (Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador) takes finale walk with her model wearing Queen Nefertiti of Egypt inspired gown.
Excel Leadership Awards were issued to Hon. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh (Liberian Ambassador to the USA), and in absentia to Hon. Munah Pelham-Youngblood (Representative for Montserrado County, District 9, Republic of Liberia), Hon. Jacqueline M. Capehart (Assistant Minister of Tourism, Republic of Liberia), Mrs. Kartumu Y. Boakai (Executive Director, Group of 77, Republic of Liberia), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Mr. Boniface Ihiasota (Publisher / CEO, Excel Magazine International). Excel Leadership Awards recognize the uncommon landmarks of people who have made significant positive contributions to the advancement of society.
Excel Leadership Award was issued to Hon. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh (Liberian Ambassador to the USA) by Ms. Kimma Wreh (Liberia’s Fashion Ambassador). Ambassador Sulunteh also received the Excel Leadership Award on behalf of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Photographer: Duane Heaton Event: Liberian Fashion Ambassador Showcase DC
Excel Leadership Award was issued in abstantia to Mr. Boniface Ihiasota (Publisher / CEO, Excel Magazine International). The award was received by Mrs. Nnenna Joy Ugorji (Excel Representative, Washington DC Metro). Photographer: Duane Heaton
Excel Leadership Awards were issued in absentia to Hon. Munah Pelham-Youngblood (Representative for Montserrado County, District 9, Republic of Liberia), Hon. Jacqueline M. Capehart (Assistant Minister of Tourism, Republic of Liberia), and Mrs. Kartumu Y. Boakai (Executive Director, Group of 77, Republic of Liberia). The awards were received by Mrs. Elizabeth Obi (Director of Education, Liberia’s Tailors & Textiles Union).
Rev. J. Edwin Lloyd delivered the opening prayer and the benediction.
The Masters of Ceremony were Mr. Gabriel I. H. Williams (Minister Counselor of Press and Public Affairs, Embassy of Liberia) and Nee Allison (President, Liberian Association – Washington DC Metro).
Liberian artist Mr. Joseph Coleman entertained the audience with electrifying Liberian music.
Special guests included Ms. Gboea Flumo (Miss Liberia USA 2016), Ms. Chinomso Onyekwere (Miss Igbo USA 2013), Mrs. Elizabeth Obi (Director of Education, Liberia’s Tailors & Textiles Union) and Mr. Anthony Taweh (Secretary-General, Liberia’s Tailors & Textiles Union).
- Left to Right: Ms. Chinomso Onyekwere (Miss Igbo USA 2013) , Miss Gboea Flumo (Miss Liberia USA 2016). Photographer: Duane Heaton
- ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND VOTE OF THANKS
Liberian Embassy Washington DC
All Participating Entertainers, Models, Makeup Artists, Hair Stylists, and Volunteers
Mrs. Nnenna Joy Ugorji (Excel Magazine Representative)
Mrs. Deborah Grayson Carpenter (KDE Disability Africa Foundation)
Mr. Ron Cooke (Rogue’s Gallery Presents)
Mr. Isaac Washington (Jesus Couture)
Ms. Adanma Nwoke (Styles & Standards)
Mr. Macintosh Smith (Urban Fashion Network)
Hair Stylist: Lakyia Curtis
Makeup & Decorations: Mrs. Marlo Bropleh
Mr. Fred Smith (RadioLib)Liberian Singer / Musician: Mr. Joseph Coleman
Liberian DJ: Mr. Alvin Sherman
Ms. Siana Morgan
Ms. Yulie Togba
Mrs. Maggie Fahnbulleh
Mr. James Fahnbulleh
Mr. Duane Heaton
Mr. Jibayo AwosikaVideographer:
Mrs. Christina Brown
Derrich (Hitch) Jackson
- Liberia’s Tailor’s Union
Mr. Lansana Dawon
Mr. Blessing Rogers
Mr. Anthony Taweh
Mrs. Elizabeth Obi
Mr. Emmanuel Divine Kpoto