CNT-Years after opening his first fashion shop and training school in Yaounde, Centre Region, Nuvi Abdullahi Gana, one of Cameroon’s top designers is set to conquer the African Fashion Market.
In Cameroon, 38year-old Nuvi Abdullahi Gana, native of Bali Nyonga, a town in the country’s North West Region, is referred to as the King of Fashion. Top personalities worldwide including entertainers, entrepreneurs and even politicians among others wear clothes from his Nuvi Creative brand, a company launched some 21 years ago.
This recognition and admiration triggered by his coveted, innovative and unique clothing style, predominantly made of African wax prints has enacted a worldwide scramble for all his designs.
“I create and produce both men’s and women’s wears, using all types of fabrics but particularly African fabrics. What I produce usually result from the framework conceptions to its implementation,” Nuvi says.
Nuvi Gana’s great fabrics, creative genres and talent is esteemed all over the African continent. He has taken part in more than 30 separate international fashion shows such as the Ratu International Fashion Festival, Nigeria Men’s Fashion Week, Melo Mode- Togo, Benin Fashion Week, Accra Fashion Week.
Also, he won five major awards including the Ireland’s International Runway Achiever’s Award, Best Designer Award during the Accra Fashion Week in Ghana among others.
Standing out in the craft and building his brand is a road to success crafted since childhood.
“I used to play with dad’s sewing machine. It was like my toy. Upon doing that, my love and interest for tailoring, my dad’s profession, skyrocketed. When I completed my elementary school, I continued in a technical college. I then left for Ghana, perfected my skills, and then returned home and started my own fashion enterprise and clothing brand – Nuvi Creative,” he adds.
Driven by the quest to sail up to the Top10 list of African designers, Nuvi Gana pursued his mission to improve his skills by travelling all around the world and learning from West African Fashion countries such as Benin.
“When one finds himself in a milieu that has less competition, he/she doesn’t feel motivated and pushed to work hard, reason why I decided to establish the company in this competitive nation,” Nuvi says.
After opening a shop in Cotonou, Benin, the next country on the designer’s conquest list is South Africa.
Apart from being a fashion designer who aspires to feature in catalogues of Fashion Shows in Paris, New York and Milan, the holder of a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Fashion obtained from the Nigerian Fremans School of Fashion, is also a professional photographer, modelling coach, a song writer and a drawing artist.
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