Adiat Disu and Associates and the United Nations Foundation Present the Africa Fashion Week Master Class Off the Runway

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Adiat Disu and Associates and the United Nations Foundation Present

the Africa Fashion Week Master Class Off the Runway

New York City, August 22 , 2014– Adiat Disu & Associates present its Master Class “Off the Runway” during its fifth annual Africa Fashion Week on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 6pm.

Africa Fashion Week is proclaimed by Michael Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York, and will be open to participants of Africa Fashion Week and to a selection of Pan African entrepreneurial students, specifically young women in the business of fashion.

The Master Class will host speakers who are leaders committed to the advancement of women, entrepreneurship and Africa. The speakers have made a significant impact in the lives of others in Africa.

“There are approximately 800 fashion companies based in New York, and they contribute a combined total of  approximately 175,000 jobs to the city’s economy. Our mission behind Africa Fashion Week (in fashion capitals) is about acknowledging the entrepreneurial element of Africa’s fashion industry globally. Let’s face it, the fashion industry is a sector in Africa that is often overlooked. However, it is one of the most accessible ways to create a living for women and the youth. Whether it is actually designing the clothing, promoting the clothing, managing the operations of a retail outlet, or any other relevant activity. We need to pay more attention to the opportunities that reside in the industry and assist in formalizing its existence. Working with the UN Foundation is an indicator of our seriousness towards building a structure around Africa’s Fashion Industry.” Adiat Disu




The UN Foundation builds campaigns and partnerships to connect people, ideas, and resources with the UN to reduce child mortality, empower girls and women, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology   innovation to improve health incomes.

Girls and women are critical to achieving the UN development goals but are overlooked and underrepresented. The UN Foundation believes that working with and empowering girls and women is the smartest and most efficient way to create healthy families, strong communities and a better world.

Master Class “Off the Runway” is the business exchange that invests in entrepreneurs, young creatives and women in the multi-billion dollar fashion industry. The event covers five themes that center around Africa’s emerging industries through Adiree’s program, A.S.A.P (Adiree Sustains Africa Program):

  1.      Promoting Africa’s Growth in Style, through Education & Entrepreneurship
  2.      Awarding & Supporting Africa’s Young Women Creative Entrepreneurs
  3.      Transforming Lives through Talent Grooming
  4.      Creating Success Stories That Inspire and Resonate Globally
  5.      Helping Brand Development, Business Management and Revenue Generation

A portion of the proceeds from tickets sold will benefit the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation.

Master Class “Off the Runway” will be hosted at the UN Foundation Offices | 801 2nd Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10017.

For more information:

Official sponsors of Africa Fashion Week are Arik Air, and Spice TV.

Africa Fashion Week will take place September 4-6, 2014.

Tickets are available at

Official schedule is available at



  • AOSolomonA.O Solomon

A Walking Ministry, Motivational and Inspirational Leader, Founder of Shadow of the Almighty Ministries

BisilaBokokoBisila Bokoko

CEO, Founder of Bisila Bokoko Embassy International and Bisila Bokoko Africa Literacy Project

  • DavidTlaleDavid Tlale

Award Winning Designer and South African Fashion Designer

  • EuniceOmoleEunice Omole

Success Catalyst, Runner Up in “The Apprentice Africa” and Executive Producer for the television series “Africa’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs”

  • GavinRajahGavin Rajah

UNICEF Ambassador and South Africa’s Couture Designer

  •       KitheBrewsterKith Brewster

Celebrity Stylist

  • NanaPoku      Nana Poku

Founder and CEO of 54 Kingdoms and CAMOG LLC

  •    ZaraOkpara   Zara Okpara

PR and Media Relations Director of Jewel by Lisa



About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and is now supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit

About Adirée:

The premier communications and branding firm, leading in public relations and promotions in New York for African  and Global business leaders in multiple industry segments, from entertainment to fashion, politics, media, and government sectors.




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