A Harvest of Joy At Mavuno Yetu

The fourth edition of Mavuno Yetu happened last Friday at the Lake Victoria Serena resort.

The annual event celebrating East Africa’s foods, drinks, culture, fashion, music and dance turned out to be the biggest since it started four years ago. The setup this year was bigger, so was the audience, whose turnout was boosted by delegates of the Africa Travel Association (ATA), who took time off their conference at Speke Resort Munyonyo to unwind.

The evening kicked off with a hearty African banquet. There were a variety of foods to choose from, with chefs from different East African countries competing to put to table the best dishes. The rice lovers were spoilt for choice it came in all forms: plain, pilau or in the Tanzania style flavoured with coconut.

From ox tongue to isombe, jacket potatoes to mutton biryani or the Ugandan delicacies such as kalo, matooke and groundnuts or mulokony, the serving point stretched endlessly as guests sampled and ate to their fill.

As the guest savoured the sumptuous dinner, Crane Performers cultural troupe entertained them with cultural dances from different parts of the country. At 10pm, the stage was turned into a runway with beauty queens: Colombe Akiwacu (Miss Rwanda), Lillian Kamazima (Miss Tanzania) and our own Leah Kalanguka gracing the stage in designs by award-winning Kenyan fashion designer Jamil Walji.

More models followed draped in Walji’s latest collection ‘tribal shock’. The motifs in the collection were inspired by ceremonial facial painting and tattoos set in vibrant African fabric. The combination of textured and delicate fabric gives the collection a sophisticated yet effortlessly beautiful look.

Patrick Muhire’s gold and white collection showcased the different ways to blend the two colours for a classy look. The Rwandan fashion designer did not stop at cocktail dresses but took it a notch higher with the trending ‘boyfriend look’.

Santa Anzo gave us a taste of the Kitengelicious collection that rocked Kigali Fashion Week early this month. Her cuts and the way she puts together the patterns add a modern and tasteful twist to the kitenge. The models looked “kitengeliciously delicious”, to coin a phrase.

The interludes had guests winning prizes from the event’s partners such as RwandAir, Serena hotel and DStv, among others. After the showcase, legendary Afrigo band serenaded the guests into the wee hours of the night.

Source : The Observer

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