For fashion and style enthusiasts and followers of pop culture, Ugo Mozie is fast becoming a household name. With a client list that boasts some of the biggest names in music – Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Celine Dion to name a few – and collaborations with big-name fashion houses including Vivienne Westwood and Balmain, Mozie’s career has been on a steady ascent since he began.
It begs the question, with all these fancy fedoras in the air, what’s a day in the life of a star stylist like? Well, one thing can be agreed upon and that is that no two days are alike. Having spent two weeks in Uganda, connecting with enterprising refugees, Ugo spent the first half of his trip at the Nakivale Camp. Founded 60 years ago, it is one of the oldest refugee camps in the world and is home to over 100,000 refugees from over 12 African countries. “This is unlike any other refugee camp I’ve ever seen in the world; the sense of love, community, peace and innovation is so strong.” He says.
The second half of his trip was spent at The Social Innovation Academy (SINA), which educates former street children, refugees and other disadvantaged youth in Uganda to become job creators and social entrepreneurs with the ability to turn challenges into solutions.
“I got a chance to connect with so many refugees and youth. Learned about some of their immediate and long term problems, discussed solutions and how I can help. I invested in a couple of small businesses. One was a young girl named Yolande who designs clothes to fund her initiative of creating reusable sanitary pads for the girls not he camp. Female menstruation is such a problem that girls don’t leave the house or go to school when they are on their periods.”
Here he shares his experiences with us:
ScheduleDay 7 (6am-9am)
First thing in the morning after being woken up by roosters, my team and I escort some of the women of SIMA to Coffee Field Farming to explore the farms. We were given an amazing tour of her business.
Traditional Ugandan Breakfast
Fried Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs, Plantains, Avocados, And Beans.
We took a trip to the woodshop to make Shadowman Vans. My partner, Nachson, hired local craftsman to make 1000 of these buses to put on a necklace to hand out to friends and supporters during burning man.
Make jewellery with Josephine. Josephine is the official jewellery maker at SINA. She is amazingly talented and humble. I got great pieces for my friends in America from her.
Meeting with Yolande to discuss her fashion business. Yolande is a young refugee that lives in Nakivale camp. She runs a fashion company where she employs and trains the local girls at the refugee camp how to make clothes so they can sustain themselves.
Proceeds from this go back to her passion project where she makes reusable sanitary pads for the girls. Girls go through so much discomfort and shame during their periods, some don’t even go to school. She hopes to empower women and provide a long term solution to this issue.
Lunch break and rest.
Dinner at my friend Sam Desalu’s Restaurant. “Desalu Bistro”. The best African Food i had in Uganda. They’ve got a great Vegan Menu.
Campfire music and stories.
You can follow Ugo’s adventures via his social