Here is an outstanding Zimbabwean female creative that you ought to know!
A mind and passion for fashion. “Pam Samasuwo-Nyawiri was always inspired by fashion and consequently went back to University to study Fashion Accessory Design. With a first degree in Journalism and Communications, her passion for creativity only seemed to be matched by an insatiable curiosity.
Her work has made her outstanding .From the start of her fashion career, Pam has worked with top fashion houses and International designers including Paul Smith, Timberland and Guess and lately becoming the first African to be nominated for the Vogue and Muuse ‘Best International Emerging Fashion Accessory Designer” 2014 to which she was a finalist. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Mulberry Accessory Award by her mentors at Nottingham Trent University, and is also the 2014 bearer of the Vice Chancellors Award for academic achievement and her work to elevate the African Fashion Industry.
She contributes to the fashion scene at home. Amongst all this, Pam has her own lifestyle column in the The Daily News Zimbabwe, ‘263 Voices’, which follows Zimbabweans all over the world and highlights and celebrates their achievements. She is also the soon to be author of an academic book on African Fashion, a book she says is long overdue.
In 2011 Pam launched her fashion label Vanhu Vamwe which specializes in contemporary leather luxury goods with an African twist. While Vanhu Vamwe is very close to her heart. Pam has embarked on a project called 54faces which has attracted much interest internationally including recommendations from the BBC. 54faces aims to recognize fashion as credible way to boost the African economy by bringing manufacturing back to Africa. Pam’s advocacy has created opportunities for her to present Conference papers worldwide, including at the prestigious Yale University.
Not everyday fashion. In her spare time, Pam is the Co-Founder and Fundraising Director of 3ThirtySeven a non profit organization which encourages African women to develop a strong spirit of travel and adventure in uncharted territory by inviting them to join organised expeditions and outdoor activities for the purpose of fundraising for charity “
She is a wife and moms too! Pam is married to Simba Nyawiri, who is the original Founding member of the Zimbabwean based ”Shower Power” and is currently a successful Musician and Song Writer and sings Gospel Accapella with Canadian based ‘Soul Influence’. They have two daughters, Tasha Mudiwa 14, and Mandipa Ivy 12.
To keep up with Pam and her amazing work,
Follow : @vanhuvamwe
Extreme Vision Dance Crew (EXV) has once again proved itself to be the best crew in the country. On July 30th, Extreme Vision is flying out from Johannesburg to USA to compete in the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas.
World Hip Hop Championships are the equivalent of the Olympics of the dance world, the World Cup of Hip Hop. This year there are over 40 countries and over 250 international crews competing. Zimbabwe is one of only three African nations being represented at the World Championships. Whilst going largely un recognised, EXV have succeeded on many occasions, bringing home two golds and a silver from Strictly Hip Hop in South Africa in 2012, competing in and winning many local and national competitions and appearing at various functions and events around the country.
Their success however has not been truly celebrated by the country at large. EXV have achieved a level that many other Zimbabwean sports teams can only dream of. It is not the first time that EXV have traveled on an international scale. In 2013, they toured the West Coast of Canada for three weeks,visiting over eleven schools and appearing at company and local events. The response from the Canadian public was overwhelming, with old and young alike enjoying their performances. Their message of inspiration coupled with their dramatic and acrobatic dance moves gained many fans. Adonis Muronzi, manager of EXV from the beginning states, “Heading to USA to compete in the Championships once again puts Zimbabwe on the map in the world of Hip Hop. As a team we plan to compete and have our eyes on the trophy. EXV are going to represent Zimbabwe with all that we have, and our only wish is that the country knows about us and recognizes the talent these boys have. We hope all of Zimbabwe can be behind us. This is like the World Cup, in Hip Hop, and we believe our country should be proud of us and support us.”
If anyone is interested to follow EXV and see how they do at the competition, please connect with them on Facebook, (Extreme Vision Dance Group ) or email them on email@example.com.