The Made Around Designs Festival (MAD FEST) campus tour debuted on Saturday, 4th of November, at the basketball court of the Obafemi Awolowo University sport complex. The festival featured a trade fair, Music, Face painting and art exhibitions.
The show which was stated to start at 12pm however didn’t start until well after 3pm. And that the show started that late didn’t save us from other disappointments.
There was no Masked Runway neither were there any Virtual Reality Games. A couple of the basketball players that came for the dunk challenge left before anything could start. The blazing November sun didn’t help matters too.
But for those with the patience to wait for the event to start proper, there was enough fun and excitement to compensate them.
Anchored by MC Smith, participants were treated to various exhibitions ranging from Face painting by the prodigious Halima to beautiful artworks by Tola.
What stole the show however was the beautiful forms in which the exhibiting creatives used Traditional African prints-Ankara. Ankara has already enjoyed a good share of publicity outside Africa this year. Fashion designer Stella McCartney was accused for appropriating African culture after featuring Ankara in her Paris Fashion week runway show – without giving credit to the culture it came from. _Maki oh_ fashion designer Amaka Osakwke was featured on the New Yorker this year.