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100 Women: Delphine Diallo and Abrima Erwiah Share With Us the Power of Collaboration

Ghanaian/Ivorian-American fashion business woman, Delphine Diallo and French-Senagalese artist, Abrima talk the fruits of their collaboration in the fashion and visual arts industries.

Ghanaian/Ivorian-American co-founder and co-creative director of Studio 189, Abrima Erwiah, and French-Senegalese visual artist, photographer and activist, Delphine Diallo, let us in on a passionate talk about their recent business collaboration ventures.

These two women are an inspiring example of what harvests when two hardworking, creative African women come together in the name of women empowerment and love for Africa and the diaspora.


With Studio 189, in conjunction with her business partner, Rosario Dawson, Erwiah showcases and sells fashionable items while spreading African pride and female empowerment with every seam and on every runway. Diallo's masterful photography captures the essence of femininity, and shows the many qualities of women; that they can be warriors, mothers, and leaders at the same time. It is no wonder that two are a perfect match.

In their interview, Diallo and Erwiah lightly touch on their business chemistry, and explain what brought about their partnership in the fashion and photography industry. Diallo expresses how the two have a shared interest in telling stories with their products and how many artist fall short on providing real meaning behind what they produce. In the video, the duo ultimately shares that the secret to success and change is not by posting and creating art without substance, but by making art that comes alive and has the ability to change hearts and minds, and resonate with the soul.

We will be looking forward to more work produced by Diallo and Erwiah but in the meantime, view the full interview below. You can find other inspirational African women from our 100 ground-breaking African women list here.



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