"I Gave My Family Reasons to Believe in My Dreams": Talented 23-Year-Old Fashion Illustrator

"I Gave My Family Reasons to Believe in My Dreams": Talented 23-Year-Old Fashion Illustrator

At the age of 23, Meshach Obinna Nwakerendu has created numerous buzz-worthy designs for many fashionistas, including celebrities such as Mercy Aigbe, Rita Dominic and Ghanaian star Joselyn Dumas.

It is one thing to have a passion for something and a different thing to make that dream a reality. And the latter is what Nwakerendu has done - and continues to do.

Photos of Obinna, Mercy Aigbe and Rita Dominic.
The fashion illustrator has designed some impressive looks. Credit: @mimiokeren1, @realmercyaigbe, @ritadominic
Source: Instagram

A brief trip to his Instagram page shows that the 23-year-old is indeed an artist blessed with the gift of fashion design.

"I have always been involved with fashion," the young creative says.

Nwakerendu in a chat with Legit.ng's Kumashe Yaakugh, recounts having drawings of many designs at the back of his notebooks back in primary school.

PAY ATTENTION: Share your outstanding story with our editors! Please reach us through info@corp.legit.ng!

Read also

From Lagos to the world: Local tailor who wrote JAMB exam 4 times achieves success in UK, bags master's

He says he has always been one who takes time to select items when shopping.

"It got to a point I stopped liking the usual things i saw in stores. I wanted to wear what I imagined. I eventually later took a digital ad course in fashion."

'I gave my family reasons to believe in my dreams'

However, with a love for fashion illustration, not everyone thought the vocation lucrative. His parents, for one, didn't buy into the idea of him plying that route, but he persisted and eventually gave them reasons to believe in his dreams.

"At first my dad and mom didnt buy the idea of a man going into the fashion industry!! It was the same with my extended family. Some friends also believed there was no seat for fashion illustrators in the industry."

Challenges faced in the industry

Ghanaian actress, Joselyn Dumas, shone at the 2022 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) in a gorgeous design sketched by Nwakerendu.

Read also

'Luffy himself': 'One Piece' author remains child at heart

Other stars who have been sported in designs sketched by him include Nollywood stars, Mercy Aigbe and Rita Dominic.

Despite this, Nwakerendu says he still faces challenges in the industry.

"Most people feel it's a female-dominated industry. But I feel profession shouldn't be gender-based. Rather it should be about capabilities," he says.

Inspiration and advice to upcoming fashion illustrators

Nwakerendu says he often draws inspiration from a collection of different things.

"Music, emotions, nature, incidents, movies, object; anything for me sends a signals. So, I just need to create a mood board with those signals, bring several elements together and then I'll able to sketch a design."

To upcoming fashion illustrators, Nwakerendu preaches the importance of being hardworking.

"Be resilient, patient, focused, do more research and at every point, see the need to expand in their creativity and learn several things."

Creative director of MrsSandraO talks fashion, inspiration behind unique colourful designs

Read also

"I don't see the need for that": Living in Bondage star Jide Kene on buying expensive fashion items

From Mercy Aigbe, Lilian Afegbai to BBNaija stars Angel and Mercy Eke, MrsSandraO undoubtedly boasts of a silk-stocking clientele. However, behind the brand is a passionate woman whose goal was once to become a chemical engineer.

The fashion house, MrsSandraO, is an ethical womenswear label that - according to its website description - creates multi-functional colour block garments for women of all shapes and sizes.

A brief trip to their Instagram page proves this to be true.

Source: Legit.ng

Online view pixel