I went to the 2013 AIHE that was held on the weekend of the 30th at Brightwater Comons in Randburg, Johannesburg. I know l did not mention l will be attending. I thought I would be in Zimbabwe for a wedding on this particular weekend only to find out a week before the wedding that it was going to be held on the 24th. So l ended up quickly getting my act together going for the wedding and then the AIHE the next weekend. The other thing l was a bit skeptical on attending the AIHE and was not really sure if it was really worth going. Ain’t l glad l went. Had a jolly good time.
There were a lot of things that the organizers could have done better but at the moment l just want to applaud them for their effort. I mean to organize such an event was really great and it was affordable too, only costed R100 for a single day entry and R150 for a double day entry. Only wish a lot more people had attended. I am sure Jo’burg has a lot more people who could attend such an event being hosted right in our back yard. I managed to go on Saturday, having a full time job and a family to attend to and Sunday I was in Church. I was really hoping for more people especially more naturalistas. I think those who can attend need to go out more and support such events that bring conversation on African ethnic hair. Our presents will surely influence change in the direction.
Just to mention, most exhibitors were from overseas or they got their merchandise from overseas? Is there a gap in manufacturing in South Africa and Africa as a whole? Or the organizers did not reach out more to manufactures locally? Not sure. Some booths were empty still around 11am when I got there and the representatives from Motions only walked in to set it up their stand around 1pm whilst the ladies from Long Lasting seemed to be waiting for their products much of the morning. I thought l was late and l got there around 11am and to have empty booths and incomplete arrangements really, l think Africa since its supposed to be an African Continental show, deserves better, or should do better.
I however really enjoyed myself. Managed to meet people who read my blog, answered questions, networked, met representatives of a number of products, saw some awesome hairstyles and I am sure, since this was the second time hosting this event, they will improve as they keep hosting them.
And here are some of the many pictures that I manged to capture.
I will be uploading some more pics soon.
Till then, stay blessed.