ATU Fashion Students Herald African Union Week With Fashion Show

The Du Bois Memorial Centre was awash with stunning African prints, designs and jewelries by final year students of the Fashion Design and Textile Department at the Accra Technical University (ATU).
The exhibition which forms part of the students’ mandatory practical assessment was under the auspices of the Du Bois Memorial Centre in compliance to a memorandum of understanding signed between the University and the Centre.
As part of the University’s Competency-Based Training method of teaching and assessing students, the event which is the third of its kind is aimed at promoting the textile industry and the African culture in tandem with the mandate of the Centre.
In his welcome address, the Acting Executive Director of W.E.B. Du Bois Centre, Mr. Benyameen Sam Keelson explained that the collaboration between the two partners will provide the platform for the Fashion and Design students to showcase their creative designs to the world.
He again reiterated his outfit’s commitment to work together with the University in sharing best practices and also engineering the needed change in Africans through clothing and design.
Presenting a report on the status of the Fashion Design and Textiles Department at the launch of the craft bazaar, Head of the Department, Mrs. Emma Donkor observed that the Department’s student intake has shot up tremendously over the years with a current population of eight hundred students.
According to her, the increment in enrollment is testament to the growing interest and economic viability of the fashion industry. Mrs. Donkor however decried the inadequate teaching and learning materials confronting the Department and called for support. She also thanked the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Edmund Ameko and his Management team for supporting the Department with fifty set of sewing machines.
President of the African American Association of Ghana, Mrs. Theresa Kwakye extolled the organizers for their farsightedness and underscored the need for Africans to promote the continent by prioritizing African fabrics at the expense of foreign garments.
On his part, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of Accra Technical University, Prof. Edmund Ameko was optimistic the partnership will enhance the University’s academia and industry cooperation drive. He established the need to expand the scope of the programme by incorporating other departments including Science Laboratory Technology, Civil Engineering, Building Technology among others.
Prof. Ameko implored the students to take the exercise seriously and hinted that internal and external examiners will be deployed to the various exhibition stands to assess their crafts after which deserving marks will be awarded.
Giving her blessings to the initiative, Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Madam Catherine Afeku lauded the two partners, stressing that the move will hand students the opportunity to market themselves to the world. She further intimated that the ceremony is in line with government’s programme dubbed “Wear Ghana”, a campaign which is intended to develop domestic tourism through Ghanaian culture.
Madam Afeku however expressed apprehension about the influx of fake fabrics into the Ghanaian market by foreigners and vowed to halt the phenomena through the implementation of stringent policies.
This year’s edition was under the theme “Sustaining Africa’s Authentic Fashion and Clothing Industry”.