Contributed by Adeye Adane
At 4:59pm I found myself rushing past crowds of people to reach the gates of the CNE. It was the last day of the Canadian National Exhibition, and doors were closing promptly at 5pm. Luckily, I made it just in time. Armed with my camera, and a handful of business cards, I started exploring the exhibition grounds. The last day was especially busy with youth, families, and couples.
(Two friends enjoying bubble tea)
(Street style )
(Ethiopian staff at CNE )
Inside the convention centre, there were hundreds of vendors representing countries all over the world; selling clothing, jewellery, home décor and much more.
I met with the young entrepreneurs behind the Toronto-based brand Love Lakeri. The designers are mixing Uganda with North American style and creating vintage inspired accessories. You can shop their items at www.lovelakeri.com