Chiedza Makonnen Ceo/Creative Director of AFRODESIAC WORLDWIDE was born in Jamaica of Nigerian, Cameroon, Benin and British Ancestry. Chiedza’s pride in her African roots became the foundation of AFRODESIAC WORLDWIDE

With over twenty years as a designer in the fashion industry, Chiedza is also a passionate advocate for preserving the rich cultural history of the textile industry in West Africa, partnering with women run buisnesses through her companies supply chain and utilizing fashion as a tool for empowering women and girls. 

Chiedza’s business and philanthropic efforts include improving opportunities for trade for women run SME’s and mentoring emerging Africa based designers. 
She has provided input on utilizing trade to empower women to the UN Commission for AfricaUN Global CompactThe World Trade OrganizationEuropean Union ESSENCE Black Economic Forum and the World Economic development forum

As a global citizen Chiedza also serves as founder and executive director of The Revolutionary Underground Foundation mentoring and providing educational scholarships to over a hundred girls in Ghana and fighting for the rights of victims of sexual and physical abuse.
Chiedza’s work as a designer has been featured for its vibrancy, authenticity and social responsibility by ESSENCE, AFROPUNK and at New York, Lagos and Paris Fashion Weeks . Forbes,Vogue, Marie Claire, Time Out, Africa Business 2020, New African Fashion and Couture Africa. 
Chiedza has also founded retail concept store Brown Sugar GH and is Co-Founder of Afristyle lounge.

Chiedza is based in Accra Ghana and Brooklyn NY

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