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MEET FASHION FAIRY — EJIRO AMOS TAFIRI

Ejiro Amos-Tafiri is one of Nigeria’s most notable designers who has established the country as the fashion capital of West Africa.

Ejiro is originally from Delta state but was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She completed her primary education at Mayflower Junior School and her secondary education at Queens College, Yaba. Afterwards, she went on to Yaba College of Science and Technology (YabaTech) to study fashion designing. She eventually graduated with a distinction as the Best Student.

Asides picking an interest at the age of 3 from her grandma who was also into dressmaking, the idea to study fashion designing in a College came to her when she went on an excursion to YabaTech with her secondary school.

She admits that her parents were not happy about it because their wish was for her to study medicine and even at some point, they asked her not to practice her business in the house anymore. In her opinion, that tough love strengthened her and gave her the drive to be the successful woman she is today.

Shortly after graduation, she took undergraduate internships with Tiffany Amber and Zizi Ethnic Clothing. There, she gained skills that earned her a job while awaiting her National Youth Service as a Junior Designer and Production Assistant at a fashion house in Lagos called Out Of Africa. She was later promoted to Chief Designer.

She returned to Tiffany Amber to gain more work experience working as the Creative Director’s Creative Assistant. In that period, she worked on different collections for the fashion house which showcased in many events such as Arise Africa Fashion week Jo’hannesburg South Africa (2009), FAFA Kenya – Fashion for Peace, Nairobi Kenya (2009), New York Fashion Week spring/summer (2009) and many others.

In 2010, she left Tiffany Amber to start her self-named designer fashion brand. She now owns two offices in Lagos. The first was opened in Ikoyi, then the other in Ikeja which comprises of the Bespoke clothing shop and the design school that she also runs.

In honor of the launch of her Ikeja flagship store in 2016, she released a coffee table book titled Ejiro Amos Tafiri: Inspirational woman. Earlier this year, she received an award of Honor & Recognition from World Youth Skills Day among other awards.

Today, she is running the fashion industry and her brand, Ejiro Amos Tafiri competes alongside Tiffany Amber, her fashion mentor and many other top designers. She is indeed an inspirational woman.

BY:

TUNROLA TOLUWASE

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