Mai Atafo; One of Nigeria’s Bespoke Designers


When mentioning names of top prolific designers to come out of Nigeria, Mai Atafo is one not to be excluded. Born in Ile-Ife, Osun State. He spent his early life in Lagos, attended the University Staff School Benin, then the Federal Government College, Ido-Ani, Ondo State. Mai Atafo later earned a master’s degree from the City University UK in Information System and Technology.

Mai Atafo started a bespoke clothing label; Mai Atafo ‘Inspired’ , that gained media acclamation by a pioneering clientele of mostly celebrities like Omowunmi Akinnifesi, Banky W, IK Osakioduwa and a host of others.

Holding the  current  position of Creative Director of Mai Atafo Inspired, Mai Atafo continues in the trail of his early career as a Strategy Director for an Advertising Agency Firehouse Group as well as Event Compere, Emceeing the return of the Miss Nigeria Pageant in 2010 after a seven years break with Co host, One time Miss World, Agbani Darego. Mai Atafo is a community mentor, he heads the Future Awards Central working committee…


Mai Atafo is a multiple award winner and nominee. Some of his wins are;

2009 City People Fashion and Style, Hottest New Male Designer
2010 City People Fashion and Style, Special Recognition.
2010 Mode Men Fashion Designer of the Year
2010 Mode Men, Best Dressed Man of the Year
2010 FAB Magazine, Fashion Brand of the Year
2010 Covenant University “Redefining Fashion Contribution”

2015 Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week, Menswear Designer of the Year
2016 – Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards, Fashion Designer of the year – West Africa
2017 – Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards Lifestyle/Style Fashion Icon Achievement Award.

Mai Atafo remains one of Nigeria’s best designers with a midas touch, awesome senses and details to fashion…..


By Femi Ajiyon

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