Capturing the Essence of Africa Fashion Week:

A Photographer's Perspective

About AFWT:

African Fashion Week Toronto (AFWT) is a non-profit initiative presented in collaboration with the Afro Centre for the Arts. This annual event, held in August, serves as a vibrant celebration of culture, featuring a diverse array of events and brand launches.

AFWT extends its reach throughout Toronto, providing a platform for designers and brands from both local and international landscapes to showcase their talents. With a focus on cultural richness and diversity, AFWT brings together a global community of creatives, spotlighting the innovation and creativity of designers from across the province and around the globe.

Stepping into Africa Fashion Week was akin to immersing myself in a whirlwind of creativity and culture. As a photographer, I had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the extraordinary talent of the designers, the explosion of vibrant colours, and the captivating beauty of the diverse models gracing the runway. The energy pulsating through the venue was electric, igniting my passion for capturing the essence of Africa's dynamic fashion scene. Join me as I take you on a journey through the kaleidoscope of experiences and the vibrant tapestry of fashion that defines Africa Fashion Week.

3rd Annual I am worthy Jane and Finch Giveback 2024.

Capturing Community Spirit: Jane and Finch Giveback 2024

A Photographer's Perspective

In the heart of Toronto's Jane and Finch community, an annual event called Jane and Finch Giveback stands as a testament to the power of unity and compassion. This year marked its third edition, with the theme "I am worthy," resonating deeply with attendees. As a photographer privileged to capture the essence of this event, I was inspired by the generosity, resilience, and sense of belonging that permeated throughout the day.

Event Details:

On Saturday, January 27th, from 10 am to 4 pm, the Jane-Finch Mall served as the vibrant backdrop for Jane and Finch Giveback 2024. The event was a celebration of community empowerment, with a focus on giving back to those in need. One of the standout features was the array of gift cards generously donated by various businesses, individuals, and groups. These tokens of kindness provided essential support to individuals and families facing challenges within the community.

Furthermore, attendees had the opportunity to purchase exclusive event t-shirts for $25, with all proceeds earmarked for a noble cause: Epilepsy Toronto. This act of solidarity demonstrated how even a small contribution can make a significant impact in supporting vital organizations and initiatives.

Entertainment and Hosting:

Music played a pivotal role in creating a lively atmosphere throughout the day, thanks to the infectious beats curated by DJ Good Vibes. Their eclectic playlist resonated with attendees of all ages, fostering a sense of joy and togetherness.

The event was expertly hosted by @ofthesaint_ and @themom3ntnet, who infused warmth and enthusiasm into every interaction. Their genuine passion for community engagement and empowerment was palpable, setting the tone for a memorable and impactful day.

Community Engagement:

Beyond the festivities, Jane and Finch Giveback 2024 also served as a platform for raising awareness and providing essential resources. Attendees had access to life-saving information, youth leadership programs, and mental health resources courtesy of @sja_toronto. This holistic approach underscored the organizers' commitment to addressing the multifaceted needs of the community.

Capturing the Spirit:

As a photographer entrusted with documenting this event, I was deeply moved by the spirit of solidarity and compassion that permeated every interaction. From heartfelt conversations to spontaneous acts of kindness, every moment encapsulated the resilience and strength of the Jane and Finch community.


Jane and Finch Giveback 2024 was more than just an event; it was a testament to the power of collective action and the transformative impact of community support. Through the lens of my camera, I witnessed the unwavering spirit of resilience, kindness, and empowerment that defines this vibrant community. As we reflect on the memories and moments captured, let us carry forward the spirit of giving back and uplifting those around us, knowing that together, we can create positive change in our communities.