The Star


Meet Imani Joel, the star!

“Hi, my name is Imani Joel. I am two and a half years old. I love dancing, playing and watch cartoons.” I had so much fun during the photo shoot. This was my very first professional shoot and I hope to have many more. The camera was so nice and I had so many people to be with me. I played a lot in the grass, I jumped, I rolled on the ground and also got a chance to take photos of my own.

My favourite thing about the shoot was the bow tie I had in. It made me look very smart. It was perfect for my size. also, I loved the colour of my clothes. Shiyenze said it looks wonderful on me and my mum liked it clearly there is no doubt that orange is my colour.

It goes without saying that children are a blessing from God. There is an amazing sense of joy that comes with watching them grow into admirable citizens and a pride that seeps into your eyes when you see them taking a stand in the society. You can literally see their potential to become great people right from their childhood to the way they play and the way they handle their most minute situations. This is the exact same feeling everyone gets when they first brush shoulders with Imani Joel.

“If you watch him for a day, you will be torn between him becoming a doctor or a top notch photographer, just from the simple things that he does,” his mother says. At two years old Imani oozes with personality and vibrancy. His infectious laughter and silly yet naughty grins have the best of you from the word go.

“His ability to sing along to all ads and even form a choreography to them is more than genius to me!” – Mama Imani. This is even more fascinating because his plump and short physique make him such an adorable and active chum.

His sense of observation, willingness to learn and follow instructions was very clear when he got to Juniper Kitchen, the location for the shoot. He wanted to be the photographer of the day; pacing around the equipment like the guru that “he is”. But before all that, he had to get suited to the outfit of the day, #VaaShiyenze! 

The pants and Imani were a match made in the great skies! The playful colours and patterns gave more volume to his character. The waistband is elastic, giving the baby enough space to put on diapers and even run around the playground!

Working with Imani was more than fun; it was almost too easy! He followed instructions to the letter, he smiled even when he wasn’t told! He was very well-behaved and a doll to everyone on set. We all fell in love with him right from the moment we met him. 

Who says a child needs to be crying all the time? A child can be quiet, behaved, neat, organized and even, in this case, professional. I am keeping an eye on this young man; he just might be the next great thing! 


Shiyenze’s Fashion Tip 

Not many parents/guardians understand the art behind dressing their children in amazing African looks. Most of them tend to shy away from getting their children fancy Africa outfits for reasons best known to them. However, I am of the opinion that children’s outfits should be trendy, classy and well fitting. Especially if they are African by design. Dress that child in a Shiyenze and see the magic that is Shiyenze Fashion on kids. 

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Class. Statement. Style.

Imani’s pants by Shiyenze 

Makeup by Joy Maranga 

Photography by  Rey Matata.

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