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19-Year-Old Nigerian becomes Youngest Designer to Showcase at NYFW

History was made at the New York Fashion week when 19yearold Nigerian boy, Taofeek Abijako became the youngest designer to showcase a collection at the event.

Taofeek held a presentation for his brand Head of State’s spring/summer 2019 collection labelled Genesis, which paid homage to 70s afro-futurism styles and West African youth culture at 2018 international fashion runway event.

Abijako had just retired his soccer cleats two years ago to focus on fashion completely. He said his passion for fashion was inspired by his father who was a fashion designer.

“My dad was a trained fashion designer while living in Nigeria and dealt mostly with local traditional garments,” Abijakobi said.

“Growing up in an environment like that sparked my curiosity in design. In high school, I started exploring design in all forms, including painting, architecture, and fashion.

“That curiosity led to the birth of Head of State+,” he added.

The young designer described his ‘Genesis’ collection as a ‘minimalist streetwear approach with social and political commentary.’

He further stated that his designs will portray “the vibrancy of West African youth culture in the ‘70s and Fela Kuti.

Abijako started working from his bedrooms. His previous collections are “Cruel Hands,” “Hooligans,” “Disorder: In Mutiny We Trust” and “Palaver Child.”

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