MAI ATAFO: DESIGNER PER EXCELLENCE
They say fashion is an art and if that be true, then we have a Pablo Picasso in our very own Mai Atafo. A bespoke designer who caught the attention of the fashion industry through his brand Mai Atafo Inspired (MAI). Versatile, stylish, urban, classic, contemporary, clean, perfectly put-together, these are the words to describe the artistic and eye catching designs of one of the most recognized and respected designers in the fashion industry.
Born in Ile Ife, Osun State, Ohimai spent his early in Lagos, also attended the University Staff School Benin and then the Federal Government College Ido-Ano,Ondo State after which he earned a degree in Agricultural Economics from the Edo State University, Ekpoma. Mai further obtained a Master’s degree in Information System and Technology from the City University, UK.
Upon returning from the United Kingdom in 2002, Mai worked in various positions in the marketing department at British American Tobacco, Nigeria and In 2006 left to Guinness Nigeria where he was Brand Manager as till his resignation in 2010
Prior to leaving Guinness Nigeria, Mai created a clothing line Mai Atafo Inspired rose to fame fast by clothing a pioneering clientele of A-list celebrities like Bankole Wellington (Banky W), Ramsey Nouah, Ex-Beauty Queens Omowunmi Akinnifesi, Munachi Abii, Adaeze Igwe, D’Banj, 2face, M.I, Bez, Waje, and Omawumi, JayJay Okocha, Uti Nwachukwu and a host of others.
In 2011, Mai Atafo launched a wedding line called Weddings by Mai nested under his umbrella brand. The wedding line caters to every wedding clothing element from the bridal gown, bridesmaid’s dress, little bride’s dresses, groom and groom’s men suit, waistcoat and cravat.
Sitting as current 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, anchoring the return of the Miss Nigeria Pageant in 2010 after a seven year hiatus with Co-host Former miss World, Agbani Darego.
He had a brief stint as Fashion Editor for Genevieve Magazine and his contribution to fashion and style won him several accolades and awards such as The 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”, 2011 Allure Most Stylish Man of the Year, 2011 ThisDay Style Best Dressed Man, 2013 GLITZ Designer of the year and most recently 2015 Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week, Menswear Designer of the Year.
On a personal note, Mai Atafo is married and blessed with a beautiful daughter, loves Music, Dancing, Poetry, Spoken Words and loves Manchester United.