Ankara Fest Los Angeles took place at The Avalon in Hollywood, CA on September 29th, 2012.
The purpose of Ankara Fest is a celebration of Nigerian Independence and to celebrate the cultural beauty thru dance, music and creativity. Ankara Fest LA is one of the largest gatherings of Nigerians on the west coast. Ankara Fest was hosted by Shondrela Avery best know for her role in “Napoleon Dynamite” as “Lafawnduh”. Many of the attendees and participants wore Ankara fabrics to reflect and respect there heritage. Ankara is a fabric that is as unique as it is beautiful, the patterns, colors and textures are vast and every changing. Ankara can be worn by men, women and children and is always a staple at parties and cultural events.
Attending Ankara Fest was truly a beautiful experience; being able to see the pride, love and unity of a culture is truly a blessing. The event was DJ’ed by DJ DeeMoney and Deejay 3k whom where spinning the latest in African and Caribbean tunes infused with a hip hop edge. The music certainly helped to entertain the attendees and keep the spirit of the festival alive. Ankara fest was a great fusion of musical performances, fashion shows and dance performances that entertained the audience and truly carried out the mission of Ankara Fest. The VIP attendees where treated to gift bags that where filled with amazing make up items, promo materials and a new copy of Arise magazine!
The fashion shows of designers such as Ekweme, Menogu Designs, Sumahrie collection and Oyato designs kept the fashionista’s in the audience entertained and in anticipation of the breathtaking designs that were being presented. The blend of modern styling with classic Ankara fabrics was just what the doctor ordered, fresh and inviting designs for the modern and youthful style savvy man or woman of today. Wide leg pants, dresses with tulle, peplum tops, blazers, draped tops, and clutches all added to the awesome imagery of the fashion shows. Intertwined in the fashion shows were performances by amazing Nigerian artist Big Clef a rapper based in the Bay area, Falu.Phalu who serenaded the crowd with messages of positivity and love. My favorite was Celestina and her song GBAGABANG, the song and performance are high energy and provide a great fusion of genres with a bass thumping anthem.
The night ended with an amazing after party that continued to showcase the pride, respect and love of Nigerian culture. And isn’t that something we all long for and desire; respect and love. Looking forward to Ankara Fest LA 2013.