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BEN WANDAWANDA TO RECEIVE UMP 2019 FASHION ICON AWARD

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PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: 6th NOVEMBER 2019


UMP is pleased to inform the general public that Ben Wandawanda has been designated to receive the UMP
Awards 2019 Fashion Icon Award.

This is to recognize Ben’s significant impact on the
fashion and style consciousness in Malawi throughout this year.

Ben’s choice is a result of a careful and thorough consultative process, involving several industry experts and stakeholders.

From UMP Team, it’s “Well deserved!”

“UMP brand has become a highly-converted platform for honoring excellence and accomplishments in Malawi and SADC urban fashion, music, and culture,” UMP co-founder Zizwa said.

In his humble remarks, Ben Wandawanda said, “I’m chuffed, so to speak, especially knowing and accepting that fashion is not universal, but rather wide and diverse. That said, I’m grateful for the recognition…to the extent that if it doesn’t inspire some people to reflect on how they show up, then it provokes thought and conversation.”

Quizzed on his fashion style, Ben says, “My fashion style is unconventional, daring and laced with some bright colors. It is also diverse…and oftentimes pushes the envelope…almost invariably, I can tell a story about every outfit.”

On Malawi Fashion future, he said: “We have a lot of established and upcoming fashion designers, and graphic artists converting their art into ‘fashion’…just so much exciting stuff going on. I think we are going through a revolution in the industry in Malawi and the future is bright.”

The 2019 Award ceremony will be held on Saturday, 14 December at Crossroads Hotel,
Blantyre, 7 – 11 pm.

Mary Chilima, wife to former Vice President Saulos Chilima was last year’s recipient of this prestigious award.

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Contacts:

Cell: 0888579579

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