The 7th of October is a day that will be talked about for generations to come.The four former first ladies of Zambia, Dr Vera Tembo Chiluba, Dr Maureen Mwanawasa, Mrs. Thandiwe Banda and Dr Christine Kaseba where the main models for a fashion show! Yes,they actually walked up and down a runway showcasing a designers clothing line ,now let that sink in!
The four phenomenal women came together for a cause bigger than fashion, they walked to raise funds to purchase 10 light trucks for the ministry of education ,to help transport sanitary pads for girls in all 10 provinces of the country.
The fashion show was organized by one of Zambia’s top designers ,Chisoma Lombe .The woman behind the initiative was Dr Malayi founder of cooper rose.
One does not attend an event like this and leave the same. I for one was moved ,here are 4 lessons that the event taught me .
Hearing stories of how there are girls out there who have to miss school because of their period simply because they cannot afford sanitary pads stirred me. Something that a lot of us ,me included, take for granted and probably complain about having to do what feels like a walk of shame to the till when buying pads. Totally forgetting to be thankful for the fact that we can actually afford them and despite how super uncomfortable that purchase can be, we can actually make it to school or work. It was a point of introspection ,never take anything ,yes even pads ,for granted.
2. USE YOUR GIFTS,TO GIVE BACK
Chisoma Lombe is well known for showcasing at some of the biggest fashion shows in the world. She recently showcased her new collection at the World Fashion Week held in Malaysia. It is no secret that her designs are chick, ooze of class and always have a pop of colour. She is an amazing designer who did not look at picking up a basketball or poetry ,although she might just be good at both lol. She chose to use something she is good at to give back to mother Zambia. There is no need to look around for a way to help people but ,look within and use what you are best. Be it cooking, cook for people, writing write as many books as you can,telling jokes,go to old peoples home and make them laugh. Or like Chisoma , fashion. Chisoma showed us that our gifts are not ours to hold onto but, to share with the world! You can read more about her journey as a designer HERE.
An entrepreneurs success should be measured by creation of community value, not in monetary terms ~Prof Patricia Greene~
3. IT TAKES A VILLAGE
There is a common African proverb that says “it takes a village to raise a child.” This whole event started off as an idea but ,it took the help of a lot of people to make it a success. The team that set up the runway and the seating area, the models who walked with the first ladies and all the guests who made a generous donations by purchasing a ticket! I was reminded of the power of team work and realized that the future of educating the girl child and the nation lies in unity among us to stand up.Being selfless and give not just our money but, our time to and earnest effort in shaping our communities . A helping hand shows care for others , shifting them to view the world and more still , themselves as part of a loving village .
4. FIRST LADIES REALLY CAN DO IT ALL!
After each having spent their fair share of time in the state house they all shared in the pressures of their husbands .Who were presidents at the time, but still managed to keep things afloat while raising their own children, a whole nation and juggling their careers. Four words “Multi-tasking game strong” I would probably lose it by dawn of day three!Then they walked on a runway, rocking dukus being sassy and confident like it was nothing.
I would pay to watch them model just one more time they were amazing.
Words can never describe what an amazing event it was so I put together a vlog, just so you guys can see for yourselves.
I hope you enjoy it and feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comment section.
Until Next time