Kemi Kalikawe
Kemi Kalikawe
Naledi Tanzania Ltd.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Winner of the 2017 Swahili Fashion Week Innovative Fashion Designer of the Year, Kemi Kalikawe founded Naledi Fashion in 2009. The brand focuses on afro-urban, ready-to-wear fashion for the professional woman. Her feminine designs transition easily from day to night wear, with a modern sophisticated aesthetic.

Kemi strongly believes in the power of collaboration, having worked with Words and Pictures (WaPi), a British Council art initiative, organizing the ensuing first two fashion roundtable panel discussions. Kemi founded Naledi Fashion Institute as a way of strengthening the fashion industry by supporting young, up-and-coming designers gain experience, through in-house hands-on training. Through this she facilitated the first Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) Fashion Incubator Bootcamp East Africa.

Kemi has been featured on CNN Africa Start-up, in Femina magazine (appearing on the cover) and served as a panel speaker for Ndovu Spotlight, a social campaign highlighting and celebrating confident young Tanzanian professionals with the potential to receive international recognition. In 2015, Kemi was chosen for the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), a United States State Department initiative, to represent Tanzania as a leader in the fashion industry. Her company, Naledi Fashion Tanzania is proudly rooted in the history and future of the Tanzania fashion industry.

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