African Voices Features Continent’s Fashion Icons


From the runways of London to Paris, New York to Milan, Africa’s fashion styles have been thrilling global audiences and generating rave reviews across continents.

It is therefore, no surprise that Cable News Network (CNN) has chosen Africa’s fashion industry which is reportedly worth over $31billion as subject of discussion on this week’s edition of African Voices.

Sponsored by telecoms giant, Globacom, the 30-minute magazine programme is broadcast on CNN International at 10.30a.m. on Fridays.
It is repeated at 2.30p.m. on Saturdays, 12.30a.m. and 7.30p.m. on Sundays. Viewers can also watch the show on Mondays at 11:30p.m. and on Tuesdays at 5.30a.m.

Globacom said the weekend’s edition of the programme would be an exciting one as it would give viewers insight into the activities of new trendsetters in the continent’s burgeoning fashion industry.

According to CNN, those to be featured in the programme are Jenke Ahmed Tailly, Karim Tassi and Katherine-Mary Pichulik.
“We will start with a fashion icon out of Ivory Coast who is hoping to shake up the industry with his African heritage. And then we head to Morocco where a fashion designer is imprinting his city’s rich culture on crafty clothing, while also being inspired by international elements,” CNN stated.

Jenke Ahmed Tailly is an Ivorian and is regarded as one of the most influential stylists in the industry. He is a fashion editor, stylist, and consultant and works with heavyweights such as pop icons Beyonce and Kanye West, as well as reality TV star, Kim Kardashian.

The second guest on the programme is Karim Tassi, a Moroccan fashion designer reputed for his rich fusion of indigenous fashion culture and international motif and described as putting into practice the motto “Art is born of the intermingling of cultures.” His style plays on the diversity and richness of contrasts; the mixing of cultures is his main source of inspiration.

On the other hand, Katherine-Mary Pichulik, the third guest, is a hugely talented and creative South African entrepreneur and jewellery accessory designer. She says, “the inspiration for my work comes from the alchemy of transforming everyday materials through craft, touch and design, and elevating them into something precious and covetable.”