Nansare Consolata is the founder of African Print Takeover, a cultural awareness organization established in 2016, formally known as Best of Both Worlds Production, founded in 2005. The organization specializes in cultural awareness fashion shows and event planning, providing community education and recognition of the influence of African culture. Nansare is currently sits on the board of the Washington State Coalition of African Community Leaders and is a Cultural Ambassador for Umoja Festival.
Dissatisfied with the lack of cultural events in the Greater Seattle African community, Nansare, a Ugandan native, took the Mahatma Gandhi quote“You must be the change you wish to see”, and she applied it. As a student at Highline Community College, she was an active leader in the Black Student Union, where she was inspired to actively participate in and give back to her community.
Her first platform was at the annual Umoja Festival & African American Day Parade in 2005; the show was a success and was covered by the Seattle Times Newspaper the following year.
In addition to her community activism, Nansare has produced many fashion shows for various events in the greater Seattle metropolitan area: Seattle Central Spring Bling, Festival Sundiata, Mwangaza Jitegemee Foundation, Igbo day Celebration, Madaraka Festival, Spirit of Africa formally known as Spirit of West Africa, Her Big Day cultural wedding show, local community colleges and universities, and many more.
Nansare is a fashion stylist who believes we are not all born the same; our differences make us unique. Her vision is for people to walk away from her cultural awareness fashion shows with a greater understanding of the African culture and the influence it has on Western styles. She hopes her audience will also walk away with new ideas on how to integrate traditional African clothes into their wardrobe and gain an increased consciousness of how and what clothes communicate values, identity and culture.