“To a certain extent, I’ve always been running away from fashion,” he explains. “When I was younger, my father imported textiles from China. At the time, I didn’t want to get into the business, which I didn’t think of as fashion—just as something that paid the bills.”

As a biology student at Voorhees College, a historically black institution in South Carolina, Okafor chose practicality over passion. Although his well-tailored, bespoke suits garnered the attention of classmates and led to a short stint in modeling, he cast aside the idea of a career in fashion until a friend introduced him to the work of up-and-coming Nigerian designers.

African Designers, African Fashion, Afropreneurs, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Image Courtesy of Onychek

African Designers, African Fashion, Afropreneurs, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Image Courtesy of Onychek

African Designers, African Fashion, Afropreneurs, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Image Courtesy of Onychek

African Designers, African Fashion, Afropreneurs, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Image Courtesy of Onychek

African Designers, African Fashion, Afropreneurs, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Image Courtesy of Onychek



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