My name is Liz Ndegwa. I am a fashion designer. I moved to Finland from Kenya 15 years ago to further my studies. I graduated from Laurea University of applied sciences, with a bachelors degree in Business management. After graduation, I felt an indescribable emptiness in terms of my career. That is when I embarked on a self development and self discovery journey, in a bid to find my passion. Every book I read every talk I listened to led to me dig deeper. During this process, I looked everywhere except within myself. I knew what came so easily to me but I couldn’t imagine how it could possibly be that. We naturally associate passion with learning a new skill, overlooking the very things that are second nature to us.
My designs are a fusion of my african roots and the nordic minimalism. My greatest desire is to help people find their style, because when you find your style you find your identity. I use this a a therapeutic tool as well to help people to pick themselves up through our image consulting services.
Khadar Ahmed is a Somali-Finnish filmmaker. He was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and emigrated to Finland at the age of 16 with his family.
International film festivals, such as Locarno International Film Festival, where the film won the second prize, Leopard of Tomorrow Prize and later on, went to win Prix Arte at Premiers Plans Film Festival in Angers, France,
2009, The Youth Jury Award at Tampere Short Film Festival, 2009 and Best Short Film at Helsinki Short Film Festival, 2009. Khadar’s latest short film “The Night Thief” 2017, has been selected to many international film festivals such as Tampere International short film festival, 2018.
Uwa Iduozee is a Finnish-Nigerian photographer and documentary filmmaker.
He has worked for a number of commercial and non-commercial companies, publications and production companies, including YLE (Finnish National Broadcasting Company), Image-magazine, Warner Music Finland, SEK, Ruskeat Tytöt Media, Tuffi Films, and PME Records. Iduozee studied photojournalism at the University of Tampere, and is currently studying at a Master’s program in documentary film at the New School in New York. Iduozee has adopted a documentary approach to his work. Most of his
personal work revolves around questions of identity, especially in regard
to Afro-finnishness and blackness, and his aim is to provide alternative
narratives of people of color that challenge the one-dimensional
stereotypes dominating our media landscape.