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So excited to be a part of this!

So our South African Correspondent, Allegro ran our GIVEAWAY for tickets to the MATAANO fashion show during the 2010 Africa Fashion Week taking placing at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa! Though I was nervous at first, because this is our first “international” (depends on how you look at it, really) giveaway, Allegro did a FAB job on FACEBOOK & TWITTER on running the giveaway…

RSVP’ed under FaraiToday!

The deets on the giveaway included signing up to be a FAN on both the FaraiToday fanpage and MATAANO fanpage on facebook. Following both FaraiToday & Mataano on Twitter…

So I got an email to interview the fab duo that makes up MATAANO! Idyl & Ayaan Mohamill, twin sisters from Somalia but based in New York City make up the design team behind MATAANO. I was traveling to New York City anyway to host the 2010 Lovers Ball featurinG DJ Xclusive from London, U.K. and BankyW, one of the hottest Nigerian R&B singers!

Idyl (left) & Ayaan (right)

So when I landed in New York City, I called up the girls to set up an interview time with them. I was super excited but super nervous because they have had great reviews in the media including being on the Oprah Winfrey show, CNN did an amazing interview and profile on them, Essence Magazine just fell in love with their clothing line. We set up a breakfast meeting for the following day to do the interview! Finally I was going to actually meet them…Yayee!!!

Later on that evening, I headed out to one of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn, Madiba’s to dine with friends that were visiting the U.S.A…we were seated outside and this beautiful young woman walks past our table. My mouth opened “Idyl Mohamill?“. She turned and said “Yes…” O.M.G!!!!

Farai & Idyl at Madiba’s in Brooklyn night before interview

The next day I met up with Idyl & Ayaan in Manhattan for breakfast. Honestly, when you meet them for the first time, you cannot help but fall in love with them. They are beautiful, intelligent, fabolous, young and very African but in a chic kinda way!!! They were preparing to show for the first time at the 2010 Africa Fashion Week, (June 30th – July 3rd) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Peep vid of our interview during breakfast…

Meet the girls…

Idyl Mohamill

Ayaan Mohamill

Mataano Twins

Mataano & Farai in Manhattan

Also excited that African supermodel, Millen Magese will be walking during MATAANO fashion showing at the 2010 Africa Fashion Week!!! Shout out to Helga, Vista & Boniswa! You guys rock lovely!

How much are we loving the fab MATAANO fashion designers!?!?


Holla back & let us know your thoughts….

Muah & ♥ ya for it!

farai – who has written posts on Farai Today.

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