Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Arewa peace and culture
Explain your idea in details:
Because of the conflicts between Christians and Muslims in the north of Nigeria a lot of people lost family members and friends. Kidnapping, killing and burning houses makes living there very hard and also the possibility to make your living has become very difficult. I want to bring something positive in the Arewa area. My idea is to organise a cultural event and fashion show. Young Muslims and Christians will work together in organising this event. Both groups are interested in fashion and through organising this event both groups will get to know each other better and with this I hope to promote peace between these groups. Furthermore talented young people can become partners and learn the business of fashion designer and tailor and thus help them to set up there own business and make their own living.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
To start a series of fashion shows where Muslims and Christians work together to organize the show and show their designs. Meanwhile train young people to become a professional fashion designer for African fashion, teach them to tailor and help them to start their own business. With organising this event, together with young Muslims and young Christians, they will get to know each other better and can learn from each other. By organising a fashion show the young people will learn to organise an event and learn to work together.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
People in West Africa love the designs with African wax. Plans are first to organise a fashion show. After that we will start a business where young people can learn the job of designer and tailoring and we want to enable them to set up their own business. With that they will be able to make their own living.
I am 34 years old and was born in the north of Nigeria. My father is a muslim and my mother was a Christian. After my mother died I decided to move to Ghana. Nine years ago I arrived in Accra and tried to earn some money as a tailor. Not long after I started working there I was also allowed to make some designs for the clients and people loved my designs. You can watch some of them at my facebook account. With some help of an investor I was able to start my own business KDV designs. KDV stands for Kangyang Dung Vwang, which is the name of my grandfather and the village he come from in Nigeria. I never forgot about the Arewa area and I really want to do something there to work on peace.