STORY
And the Winner Is...

October 12, 2018  


Brian Sonko is a twenty-year-old kid from the slums of Kawempe, a Kampala neighborhood best known as the home of the one Ba’Hai temple in Africa. He dropped out of school at 17, hoping to find a way to make ends meet. He found fashion.

As one of twelve finalists competing in the Uganda Seed Project, Sonko was immersed in months of workshops where mentors and industry professionals taught everything from how to shop within a budget to timeliness to designing a collection. The theme of the competition was “Darkness and Lightness”, and Sonko created the winning design.

“I’m really excited,” said Sonko in a piece published in New Vision, a Uganda weekly, “because now people can see there is more to people in the ghetto than just drugs and committing crimes, but that we can be really creative. I hope my winning can be an inspiration to all the youth living difficult lives that dreams can become a reality, and you can become who you want to be.”

It was this attitude of hope and persistence that contributed to his being selected as the winner.

“We picked Brian because of his potential for him to grow into one of the bigger players in the industry,” said Laurie DeJong, the Paper Fig Founder who was one of the judges of the Uganda Seed Project. “He talked about how he would go back to where he came from and give back.”

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