African Voices, the CNN International magazine programme sponsored by data grand masters, Globacom, will this weekend shift focus to some of Africa’s style icons.
The 30-minute programme will feature three dazzling trend setters, including Nigeria’s Jide Ipaye, super model, Noella Coursaris from Congo, and Mauritian designer, Mario Guillot.
Ipaye is the founder of Keexs Footwear, a shoe manufacturing company that is pioneering innovation in Africa. Keexs is regarded by fashion followers as pacesetters and social-oriented footwear brand in Africa with a mission to empower communities through social-oriented projects.
Speaking on the evolution of Keexs, Ipaye said: “We the citizens need to take more individual and collective initiatives towards correcting some of our social issues (economy and society) rather than sitting around complaining and waiting for our leaders to solve everything.”
An international model and philanthropist of Congolese, Swiss and Cypriot origin, Noella Coursaris is a graduate of business management. She started her career when she was chosen to appear in a campaign for Agent Provocateur. However, a successful modeling career later moved her from fashion magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair to the global stage.
Noella’s focus during the programme is expected to be her education and health non-profit programs through which she has been empowering Congolese girls and their communities.
Mario Guillot, the third guest, is a French designer whose Mauritius-based IV Play Fashion Company is a leading brand with five storesand is rated alongside the likes of Calvin Klein and Diesel. Guillot fell in love with Mauritius and made it his home. According to Chennai-based entrepreneur, Vijay Jhaver who has won the rights to manufacture and distribute the IV Play brand in India, “It is also a huge hit among tourists."
African Voices airs on CNN International at 10.30 a.m. on Fridays. It is repeated at 2.30 p.m. on Saturdays, 12.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Sundays. Viewers can also watch the show on Mondays at 11:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays at 5.30 a.m.