Botswana has the potential to unlock talent and creativity in the fashion design industry and ensure a more robust industry is fast-tracked, says Limkokwing’s Vice President Brand, Creativity and Talent Development, Dato’ Tiffanee Marie Lim.
She has been inspiring students to achieve big dreams like showcasing at big prestigious stages such as the London Fashion Week; with Limkokwing being the only University to have achieved such a milestone.
“Showcasing at the London Fashion Week is of great significance for the entire university and mostly for the students because London Fashion Week is a big professional set up. For students to have made it on the stage is a memorable achievement,” she reckoned.
She hailed the achievements of some of Botswana Limkokwing University campus graduates being Delayna Scott and Candida Montsho who are doing well, saying this reflects the ability of her institution to unlock opportunities. She added that Limkokwing makes students to achieve their dreams fully.
Quizzed on how women can be empowered to study fashion and make it into the industry, she opined that of recent women are becoming more visible and noticeable in the industry. She said gone are the days when only men were regarded as the best designers as women are making a mark as well.
Marie Lim said fashion is not something that one can tap into just for fun anymore because the industry is the second largest employer in the world after mining. “Big fashion industries such as in Italia and Vietnam are largest employers. It generates a lot of wealth, hence diversifying the economies.”
She said the institution is currently embarking on several projects to celebrate further the milestones of the university, including a book project dubbed ‘Transform Africa’ which the president is working tirelessly on.
As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Marie Lim said the institution is committed to giving back to the society through charity work with the Christmas Tree Lighting forming part the university’s CSR. She said this comprises of selecting orphanages centres and donating to them as a way of appreciating the less privileged in the society.