Amid Uncertainties, City Welcomes Fashion Week

Nov 5 , 2022

It was a fresh breath for Addis Abeba last week, emerging from the global pandemic, conflicts and economic crises. International fashion vendors representing several African countries have showcased their product lines at the Skylight Hotel on Africa Avenue (Bole Road) for three days. Over 160 vendors from over 25 African countries descended in the capital, attending the show dubbed "Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week". The fashion week was organised by the Trade & Fair Group, a German and Kenya-based company. Organisers say the show aimed at providing a platform to link businesses with international buyers and market networking with fashion brands of over 30 high-end African designers. Companies displayed their products where they partnered with suppliers from the textile, design, leather and technology sectors. Over 200 vendors from south, west and east Africa participated, with 9,600 visitors before the worldwide pandemic, with a 37pc drop last year.



They say, "Where there is traffic, there is business." It reflects the colour of Addis Abeba roads and roundabouts. Around Bole, commonly known as the Ring Road, vendors serve tea and snacks underneath a bridge. Owing to these selling methods allow pedestrians and drivers to get the service they need while walking and driving. Despite that, such practice has become a frequent encounter in the heart of the city streets. The most common purpose of a ring road is to reduce traffic volumes in the ur...



Pedestrian walkways around Addis Abeba are growing smaller by the day, competing to gain a foothold in the public spaces. The city, which prides itself as Africa's political and diplomatic capital, becomes a showcase of contrast. Beauty and affluence wrestle destitution and poverty to claim space. Vendors have displayed their second-hand outfits, shoes and luggage for sale on a roundabout in front of the Ministry of Education, up at the Arat Kilo area...



Retired city buses were once converted to bakery outlets retailing bread supplied by ‘Sheger Bakery' during their twilight zone. The city administration had used Anbessa City buses as its retail shops before formal outlets replaced them. Sheger Bakery, touted as the largest bakery and flour factory with the potential of baking two million loaves of bread daily, was to cater for millions of people in Addis Abeba with a subsidized bread supply but failed to live up to expectations. The old city...