(Washington, DC) LDI Africa, a social enterprise connecting African professionals and organizations to the global marketplace through its Emerging Institutions Fellowship Program; a program largely placing skilled volunteers from around the world to strengthen the organizational capacity of African-based for-profit and nonprofit institutions, recently reached a major milestone by expanding to the United States. Kenneth Izedonmwem, 23, is the first African young professional to take advantage of this immense opportunity with a 6-month paid fellowship with EDUN a global fashion brand in New York. EDUN was founded in 2005 by Ali Hewson and Bono and is currently a part of the luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy). Kenneth will also take fashion classes in the world-famous Fashion Institute of Technology.
Janice Sullivan, CEO Edun remarks: “Edun’s mission has always been to support trade with Africa and thus we are excited to welcome a young African talent as part of our trade and training programs. We look forward to having this young designer as part of the team in New York and wish to extend thanks to those who helped to make this program a reality,”
Kenneth was accepted into LDI Africa’s fellowship through the MTN British Council Lagos Fashion and Design Week Young Designer of the Year competition (Nigeria), a fiercely competitive program of Frallain Inc. Frallain is a Ghanaian owned luxury company that comprise of established African premium and luxury brands in the categories of Fashion and Leather goods, Accessories, Wines & Spirits and other specialty products. Roberta Annan, Founder of Frallain remarks: “Frallain is very excited about this competition! We believe that this competition will give an African designer a rewarding opportunity in which they can take their design skills to a whole new level and introduce their designs to the international market,” Gbenga Ogunjimi, the Founder/CEO of LDI Africa remarks: “This marks an important milestone for Emerging Institutions Fellowship Program. This monumental opportunity will make it possible for rising design entrepreneurs like Kenneth Izedonmwen to acquire industry expertise, forge key networks to launch the next premier international fashion brand, and secure African designs on the world’s fashion map.