Korto Momolu has been quiet for a little while now but very busy. She just completed the Arise Magazine Fashion Week show in Lagos and prepares for an even bigger project in Liberia where she will return after twenty-three years for a good cause. See details of her return below from her camp:
“(MONROVIA, LIBERIA) April, 2011 – International fashion designer, Korto Momolu, will return to her home country of Liberia, in May 2011, accompanied by her public relations manager Leonard T. DeShield, Jr., to show a 27-piece collection designed specifically for Amani Liberia’s “Sankofa Fashion Show,” to be held Saturday, May 14, 2011, 8:00 p.m. (GMT) at City Hall in Monrovia. Tickets are $20 (USD).
Amani Liberia asked Momolu to represent Liberian women, because the fashion designer and stylist is living proof of the potential women have to develop their talents and be immense sources of innovation and strength. The word Sankofa means “looking back but moving forward,” which is Amani’s vision and Liberia’s reality.
“Amani Liberia’s goal is to create the opportunity for women to work with dignity and respect,” explains Amani Liberia Creative Director, Stephanie Myers. “Amani Liberia provides a place where women can earn an income for themselves and their families.”
Amani Liberia is a nonprofit organization that teaches Liberian women how to create, market and manage businesses through textiles and sewing. Women grow in value and self respect while living in harmony and working together. To date, Amani ya Juu has helped hundreds of women.
“My vision is for these women to be self sufficient,” said Momolu. “I want them to be independent enough to stand on their own. It makes sense for me to go to them and be a part of this, because with these women, they are me and I am them. They can look at me and say it’s possible because she is like us. We’re the same cloth.””