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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rachel Mwanza sparkled at The Oscars

Rachel Mwanza, the beautiful and talented 16-year-old Congolese actress who played the main character of the movie “Rebelle” [“War Witch” is the English title], was one of the numerous stars present at the 2013  U.S. Academic Awards.

Rachel Mwanza (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)


The young actress has proudly opted to wear a fashionable African dress on the red carpet. This year is special for Rachel Mwanza and the African continent because Hollywood does not welcome African actors every year. So, Mwanza has represented well her beautiful continent through her fashion continent.

Her stylish dress has incorporated four different colors that are often used as symbols in most African flags. The red color is usually associated to the blood of the ancestors who fought for their country's freedom but the color could also relate to strength or vividness. The gold color reflects on the wealth of natural resources, the blue color is a reminder of the cultural diversity found in the 54 African countries, and the black color, the people of Africa.

Clothed by Angolan fashion designer Nadir Tati, Mwanza's presence at The Oscars reaffirms the huge step  taken towards acceptance of Africans in both the American movie industry and the international fashion world. Nadir Tati has recently received international recognition for her African designs, particularly for dresses. She had exposed some of her pieces at the last African Fashion Week held in New York.

As an African daughter, Mwanza made me realized that I could accomplish anything I want in this world because there are no more boundaries. Mwanza's success is also an inspiration for many other young ladies from Africa and worldwide: girls from her native Congo as well as international college students like me.

The movie “War Witch” was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. However, the Oscar-nominated movie was already recognized worldwide in different festivals including the Berlin International Film Festival and the Cambridge Film Festival.

This story was originally written by Guiomar Sapi
Guiomar Sapi is an international student from Angola currently enrolled at Westminster College (U.S.A.) She is an English major with journalism track and a minor in communications. As as young girl, she never knew she would love to write. Two years after studying in the English language, she realized how beautiful the language actually is. Her first language is Portuguese and she is now fluent in English. Now, she dreams to take her passion further by writing about anything that would contribute to the betterment of women and as a result, change people's perspectives about women.