Ghana’s first foose festival ‘Obroni Wawu October’: A successful celebration of Kantamanto

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Obroni Wawu October (OWO) in partnership with the Or Foundation and Kantamanto Market Community successfully hosted the second edition of Ghana’s first secondhand (Foose) festival on October 29, 2023, at Rawlings Park in Accra, from 12 pm to 5 pm.

The event, under the theme “The Adeɛyie Resurrection” (to do better), celebrated Kantamanto Market as a global leader in reuse, repair, upcycling, and remanufacturing.

It aimed to reconnect fashion enthusiasts with Ghana’s cultural tradition of preservation, a point of pride for Ghanaians promoted by The Or Foundation.

The Obroni Wawu October (OWO) ’23 event featured captivating performances, stunning runway shows, and thought-provoking discussions about Ghana’s secondhand economy and the culture of reusing items. It was an event that brought people together to celebrate and learn about the importance of sustainability and preserving our rich heritage.

On Saturday, October 28th, the community gathered at Circle Talk, The Or Foundation in Adabraka, to engage in discussions and share insights. Allies from different parts of the world, including Chile, Uganda, Kenya, France, the USA, Nigeria, South Africa, and the UK, came together to strategize about the ‘Stop Waste Colonialism EPR campaign.’ The focus was on creating a prosperous future for the Kantamanto community and the secondhand clothing trade.

The program continued on Sunday, October 29th, during the OWO Day at Rawlings Park in Makola. People had the opportunity to meet with Kantamanto retailers, and the event was filled with captivating performances, runway shows, music, and food.

The community came together from across the city to celebrate and enjoy the talents and skills of Kantamanto’s community. The event featured upcycling demonstrations, pop-up shops, a talent show, and a styling contest, making it a day to remember.

By Deborah Dzifa Makafui||Ghana

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