Meet the Ghanaian Author Documenting the History of African Designers

For years, major highlights in the African fashion industry have gone undocumented — missing the mark for a much younger generation of people seeking information to reference during research purposes. However, books with a focus on African fashion, like Ken Kweku Nimo’s Africa In Fashion: Luxury, Craft and Textile Heritage, are surfacing, and documenting leading African designers from the past, present, and future.

Ken Kweku Nimo is a Ghanaian fashion author and researcher who’s been hugely influenced by the ample and immersive cultural scenes in the continent. He completed a first degree in Economics and Statistics, before establishing a screen printing and digital embroidery business.

Seeking more challenging feats, Nimo went on to do his honors in a research-based fashion program, Fashion Merchandising at the then LISOF, now called STADIO. Since then, he’s gone on to work in fashion spaces like luxury flagship store Luminance and menswear brand Odrin. Through working in these spaces — and seeing glaring disparities between stocked international brands and local brands — Nimo asked questions that led him further down his education, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Fashion Design from the University of Johannesburg.

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