Mentorship and Training

Fashion Internship for university of Dar es Salaam Fashion Technology students 3rd year

For the past 3 years Kemi has been accepting University Of Dar es Salaam 3rd year Fashion Technology students for internship at her production house. The fashion internships are designed to provide final year students with professional experience to further their education in a variety of fashion-based positions.  The interns gain experience working with some of the industries machinery and professionals. The internships provide practical experience that can not be obtained in a classroom environment.


In May 2007 the British Council launched the Words and Pictures (WAPI) programme for young “underground” artists in Tanzania. On the fourth Saturday of each month from 13.00 until around 18.00 it opened its doors to young graffiti artists, hip hop artists, fashion designers, performance poets and other creative young people, who painted or performed freely around a specific social theme. The British Council provided the materials for participants, including a large wall surface for graffiti artists, a runway stage for models, and participants were able to sell their work. Besides providing a platform for self-expression WAPI also acted as a talent-spotting opportunity and some performers signed recording contracts as a result of their participation.

Kemi Kalikawe was the Fashion Coordinator in-charge of scouting for young up and coming designers, helping them to put together a collection and organizing other fashion events to help showcase the designers. In her time there she helped guide emerging designers to showcase at 2 Swahili Fashion Week Emerging Designer Competition, sponsored by British Council. She organized a fashion shows for the designers during  Sauti za Busara music festival in Zanzibar and also traveled with the WaPi team to organize events in 5 different Tanzanian regions.

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