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ASFA Fashion Nominee: GNAJ

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Whitney Grace Najjuko is a founder and creative designer of GNAJ fashion Label. As a young girl at the age of 10, Whitney exercised her hobby of stinting and started the idea of restructuring dresses into fashion designs.

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Whitney is a self motivated fashion designer who taught herself through experiments, fashion study books and internet tutorials online from various international fashion tutors.

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Whitney has participated in beauty pageants such as Miss Uganda beauty pageant 2011 as a finalist. During these sessions, she got empowered enough to pursue her dream as a fashion designer. Her first encounter was with Congolese professional tailor educator Husha Abba of Husha Designers Institute (Uganda & Congo). As a student at the institute, she realized that she has skills of sketching designs, garment restructing and hand stitching. In addition to the skills above, she learned other important skills from garment construction to a finished quality product.

In 2010, Whitney joined the Make the Children smile organization as an events planner. An organization that caters for the oasis of life orphanage in Natete doing extensive work like planning & designing children’s Events for the organization. Thus upon Whitney’s acquisition of skills in fashion design, she organized her first fashion show fundraising for Make the Children Smile Organization’s Oasis of life children education at Piato in 2012.

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In 2012, Whitney founded GNAJ fashion label with Sunday school children’s choir of Stand in the truth ministries as her first clients. GNAJ fashion label later advanced to production of cocktail dresses of individual clients. In addition to Whitney’s first fashion show at GNAJ fashion label fundraiser at Piato in 2012, her fashion label GNAJ’s fresh and avantagarde approach to African fabric has had Whitney exhibit at Bayimba International festival 2013, Royal Essence Magazine showcase at Club Venom, Abryan style and fashion Awards (ASFW)2013, Miss Tourism 2014,. Whitney has also worked with various prominent creatives in the Uganda such as RasKasozi, Nsimire Joyce, Brenda Asiimwe, SP Designs, Gloria Wavamunno ,Sawe Catherine amongst others.

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