Mai Atafo aka Ohima Atafo is a name that continues to ring a bell amongst the style conscious folks in Nigeria and the world at large. People want to see his designs, they want to have his contact. Maybe even know his wife. Fret no more! All your questions will be answered in this article
WHO IS MAI ATAFO?
His full beard and clean-shaven head make him appear to be overwhelming to a few, yet behind that exterior lies a nice and lovely identity.
The imaginative chief of the Classy fashion brand Mai Atafo has assembled a top-notch way of life utilizing his involvement in promoting and branding and his affection for fashion to make a perfect business. Solidly established in the Nigerian innovative space, Atafo oozes a style tastefulness that makes him a model for forthcoming design brands in Nigeria. He launched Mai Atafo Inspired in 2007, joining 35 other brands to showcase his designs at the 2012 Lagos Fashion Week.
MAI ATAFO FAMILY
Ohimai Atafo was born in Ile-Ife, Osun state, although his parents are from Edo. He is from a big family of 10, 6 brothers and 2 sisters. He attended University staff school in Benin and Federal Government College Ido-Ano in Ondo state.
He is an alumnus of Edo State University, Epkoma where he graduated with a 2nd Class upper in Agricultural Economics and Extension.
He obtained his postgraduate in the UK, Masters degree in Information Systems and Technology from City University, London. Subsequent to coming back from the UK in 2002 where he had spent 7years, he worked in different positions in the corporate segment from marketing, British American Tobacco to Guinness Nigeria Plc in 2007. In 2010, he left his role as a Senior Brand Manager to venture into Fashion full time.
His first major breakthrough into the fashion industry was his gig at the
“ Celebrity Takes Two “ Dance reality show where he styled top celebrities and performers.
CEO of Genevieve Magazine Betty Irabor shared this about the inspirational fashion designer on her Instagram page. She described him as a goal getter, someone who knew what he wanted and aggressively strives to achieve it. She reminisced about the time he joined Genevieve magazine as a fashion design editor. She reiterated how impressed he made her, with his unique and crazy design ideas, how well he related to the staff and his down to earth demeanor. He took a significant pay-cut from a 7 figure salary to 250k monthly at her firm. She claimed that after two years, with the experience he gathered and his work ethic, she knew he was ready to take the fashion industry by a storm.
MAI ATAFO’S WIFE & PERSONAL LIFE
He is married to Christine Atafo and together they have a beautiful girl.
Among his hobbies are Music, Salsa Dancing, Poetry and watching Manchester United football club.
MAI ATAFO COLLECTION & DESIGNS
For 2014, he created a social media frenzy after choreographing selfies with the models on the runway.
In 2016, he has Tania Omotayo among other beautiful ladies to model his wedding dresses, with a heartfelt orchestra playing in the background.
Mai Atafo is a major fashion name in the country. He has been making waves for over 10 years. His name is Ohimai Atafo, yet he is famously known by his brand name Mai Atafo. He is the Creative Director of Weddings By Mai which he formally launched in 2011-Under this brand, he designs perfectly fitting wedding dresses and tailored bespoke suits. The fashioner has had a fascinating profession in the fashion business that traverses distinctive aspects of garments making — from making the wedding outfits for the most noteworthy, highest grossing Nollywood movie, The Wedding Party, in 2016 to being an honored guest at one of the most expected wedding of 2017, between Adesua Etomi and Banky Wellington.
In 2017, Mai Atafo launched #FollowMaiHeart campaign in partnership with Moët & Chandon on 15th November, his birthday. He chose a
‘Beauty and the Beast’ theme for his collection at the Heineken Lagos Fashion Week. He showcased fashion courage and entertainment at the same time, bringing glamour and surprise to Day 3 of the event. “Decisions made with the heart are made out of love and love is the one thing that drives everything in life, this collection is an ode to brides and an inspiration to others because I always #FollowMAIHeart” -Mai Atafo had this to say.
Mai in his usual dapper dressing showcased his versatile, classic and contemporary designs at the fifth edition of ARISE Fashion Week 2018 on 31st March at Lagos Intercontinental Hotel.
MAI ATAFO’S AWARD & RECOGNITION
Mai Atafo’s hard work has been rewarded with a number of awards including City People Fashion and Style as Hottest New Designer Male (2009) and Special Recognition (2010); Mode Men Magazine Fashion Designer of The Year (2010) Best Dressed Men (2010) (2011); FAB Magazine Fashion Brand of The Year (2010); The Redefinition Covenant University contribution to fashion (2010) Allure Most Stylish Man of the Year (2011); This Style Best Dressed Men (2011).
List of celebrities known to frequent is designs are Jay Jay Okocha, 2face, Waje, M.I, Stella Damascus, Mercy Johnson, D’Banj and Banky W.
MAI ATAFO CONTACT DETAILS
Mai Atafo’s phone number is +234 700 MAI ATAFO
+234 700 62428236
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical Address: Omorinre Johnson, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria
Website Address: www.maiatafo.com