Mai Atafo, “Mai Atafo Inspired”

Ohmai (“Mai”) Atafo (40): Founder Mai Atafo Inspired

Degree: B.Sc. Agricultural Economics and Extension, Edo State University (now Ambrose Alli University); M.Sc. Information Technology, City University, London, UK.An alumni of the Saville Row Academy.

Born in Ile-Ife. He returned to the country after nearly seven years in 2002 to become a marketer in British Tobacco. Which he left late 2006 to become Senior Brand Manager at Guinness Nigeria Plc until his resignation in 2010 to become a fashion designer. In 2010, he launched a wedding line – Weddings by Mai.

‘Ohimai Atafo left a 7 figure paying job as Brand Manager of Guinness Stout to chase a fiery, burning passion in Fashion In 2010. When he called me that year to say he wanted to freelance as Genevieve fashion editor, I told him we couldn’t afford to pay him. He said it wasn’t about the money .. “I realised that if I didn’t make a move to follow my heart and make a living out of my passion I probably wouldn’t have another chance. This was because if i got a promotion at work I most probably wouldn’t be able to push on with both careers and one would definitely suffer. I also figured that after over 8 years in marketing if the fashion dream failed I could always get a job in brand management with my experience”. ‘ – Betty Irabor