Ohimai Atafo is a fashion entrepreneur, he is the founder and creative director of fashion label Mai Atafo, a brand that specializes in bespoke men’s suit and traditional outfits, alongside its sister brand Weddings by Mai Atafo which specialises in Wedding and evening dresses.
Mai Atafo though a fashion guru whose sartorial elegance is an extension of his true essence as a gentleman. He also has his hands in a few other non-fashion jars, which makes him the quintessential male loved by men and women alike and inspires the younger generation. He worked in Market Research, Sales and distribution, Innovation, Projects and Brand management with British American Tobacco and Guinness Nigeria Plc where he exited as Senior Brand Manager for Guinness Foreign Extra Stout to pursue fashion where he is undoubtable the number one man in fashion on the continent. He was also Head of Spice TV for 6 months, Strategy director for adverting agency The Fire House for a year, Fashion Editor Genevieve Magazine for 2 years and Chairman of the Central Working Committee of The Future Award for 6 years before taking up the role leadership role in the Advisory Council.
For the love of the craft Mai Atafo finds time to be an incredible MC/Compere and voiceover artiste having done shows like 2010 Miss Nigeria Pageant alongside Agbani Darego, City People Fashion and Style Award, Face of Sleek Model Competition, Etisalat Masterbrand Re-launch, FCMB Employees Award Night and voiced a Glo advert and Soundcity Video Music Awards live-show.
In his not so spare time he still manages to inspire with is free fashion mentorship initiative called Fashion Conversations.
He has work various brands either as an ambassador, spokesperson Judge or influencer; Samsung, Intel, HP, Etisalat, Baileys, Chivas, Amstel Malta, Fayrouz, Heineken, Lux, Ebonylife to mention a few.
Trivial; Mai Atafo cameoed in the high-grossing movie Wedding Party as well as made the outfits for the bridal party, he also has a song title Stay With Me featuring Waje and Praiz (it also has a nice cool video)
Mai Atafo is married to Ede-Christine and blessed with a daughter, Aima.
Atafo (formerly Mai Atafo Inspired) is a menswear and womenswear fashion brand founded Ohimai Atafo that drives on its delivery of opulence through bespoke services. The brand focuses on its high-end clothier, which creates glamorous dresses for women and well-crafted bespoke tailored suits for men.
The brand is recognized for its clean cuts and fit while maintaining a concise attention to detail. With several features in shows across the globe including the J Spring Fashion Show Paris, Glitz African Fashion Week Ghana, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa, Arise Magazine Fashion Week and Lagos Fashion and Design Week both in Lagos to mention a few.
In the summer of 2011, Mai Atafo announced the launch of “Weddings by Mai Atafo” now Mai Atafo Bridal Atelier, an extension of the brand’s service to deliver on all the clothing needs to achieve a dream wedding.
Mai Atafo continues to bring it clear vision of lavishness in style through luxury fashion and Atelier is in the highbrow area of Lekki in Lagos, Nigeria.
AWARDS FOR BRAND AND DESIGNER
2009: Hottest New Male Designer – City people Fashion and Style
2010: Special Recognition – City people Fashion and Style
2010: Fashion Designer of the Year – Mode Men Magazine
2010: Best Dressed Man – Mode Men Magazine
2010: Fashion Brand of the Year – FAB Magazine
2010: The Redefinition Contribution to Fashion – Covenant University
2011: Top 10 Best Dressed Man – Mode Men Magazine
2011: Most Stylish Man – Vanguard Allure Magazine
2011: Top Best Dressed Men for the year – Thisday Style
2012: Designer of the Year – Glitz African Fashion Week Ghana
2012: Fashion Brand of the Year – FAB Magazine
2013: Bridal Fashion Designer of the Year – WED Magazine
2013: Nigerian Designer of the Year – Sideview Magazine
2013: Named one of the 50 best dressed under 40 – Thisday Style
2013: Named most stylish man of the year – Vanguard Allure
2013: Menswear Designer of the Year – City People Fashion and Beauty
2013: Bridal Designer of the Year – City People Fashion and Beauty
2014: Man of the Year – EbonylifeTV Sisterhood Awards
2015: Menswear Designer of the year – Lagos Fashion and Design Week
2016: Fashion Designer of the Year West Africa – Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards Uganda
2017: African Designer of the Year – Glitz Style Awards Ghana
2017: Fashion Brand CEO of the Year – La Mode Magazine Ever Green Event Awards
2017: Man of The Year – (The Man Award) Men’s Fashion Week Nigeria
2017: Lifetime Style & Fashion Icon Achievement – Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards Uganda
2018: Person of The Year (FASHION) – Glazia Magazine
2018: Menswear Fashion Brand of The Year – Fashion’s Finest Africa Awards Lagos