Fair Trade; Cameroon

Proud Professor Moment: I have written about this past student on the blog before but her recent successes combined with how she continues to challenge herself to make a difference in the world made her perfect for a feature on FashionUnited. See if you agree…


Kibonen Nfi hopes that her country of Cameroon will soon realize that fashion is as legitimate and rewarding a career as being a doctor or lawyer, and will support its immense homegrown talent.

“After all, it happened with soccer,” explains Kibonen. “At first Cameroonian people were very sceptical the sport could be a professional pursuit, but now that they have seen the success it can bring, parents are encouraging their children in that area. Studying Fashion in Cameroon should be like studying any other subject.”

Since Kibonen graduated with an Associates Degree in fashion from the Art Institute of New York City in June, she has been busy on a worldwide scale but it started during school. While preparing her final portfolio, she was contacted by the stylists of both Thandie Newton and Lupita Nyong’o to create garments for them. I find out what has been happening since…

Thandie Newton photographed wearing your designs provides a nice addition to any graduate’s portfolio, right?

Yes! And all of this was happening when I was going through my last days in school when everything––final garments, portfolio––was due! It was overwhelming.. please continue hereKibonen-NY-OnoBello-3


  1. Will try later but know that, right now, I cannot access the link. Still love that first outfit on your page. Would wear it any day.

  2. Thanks for letting me know! I fixed it 🙂

  3. 🙂 This is really very special! The lady as well as her designs.
    Have a lovely week! 🙂

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