- Celebrity hairstylist who was introduced to the business at the age of six says he makes lots of money from his work
- Chijioke Ugo, also known as Early Momo said he learnt hair styling from the woman he lived with in Maiduguri, Borno State
- His job has afforded him the chance to style celebrities like Tonto Dikeh, Regina Daniels, Tasha and others who pay him handsomely for his job
Chijioke Ugo, popularly known as Early Momo is a celebrity hairstylist who has mingled with Nollywood’s great and best.
But that is not the hardest part of his job. It is the rejection he got from those who should encourage and cheer him on.
He told BBC Pidgin that his close relatives did not see anything good in his choice of work but now, Early Momo says, those people look up to him for financial support.
He said he was driven by hardship and that led him into styling hair for the high and mighty in the society because his family is not financially buoyant.
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Ge was sent to Maiduguri, Borno State, in the Northeastern part of Nigeria when he was only six years old.
Early Momo said the person he went to live with operated a hair salon which was always brimming over with clients.
That did not allow him to go to school as the woman she lived with needed extra hands and they will always come to school to fetch him to help her.
Hands on tutelage
He started learning to make hair for people from the woman.
He moved to Lagos in 2010 where he learnt the business for 18 months. He has worked for different people before starting out on his own in Abuja.
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Early Momo, who has styled hair for celebrities like Tonto Dikeh, Regina Daniels, Tacha and a host of others, says he doesn’t see anything special in what he does.
He said said he has not attended formal school since he was six but wants to go back to school. According to him, over thirty people has passed through his tutelage in Abuja where he plies his trade.
He said he has four staff he has employed full time and has about six apprentices.
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