Kate Mayeye CEO African Fabric & Designs Kenya Ltd
Meet the Kenyan who is dressing Nollywood A-listers
Kenyan fashion designer, Kate Mayeye has bagged an A-list Nollywood star as a muse for her fashion designs.
Kate who is the CEO of African Fabric & Designs Kenya Ltd got the rare chance to dress an award winning Nigerian actress for three high profile, red carpet events.
“Former Miss World Kenya Juliet Ochieng’ was a high school mate of mine. She approached me about a new movie she is co-producing under her company, Jareke Media and Production House. She wanted my company to partner in her movie project titled Brother Jekwu . What I had to do from my end was provide outfits and accessories where necessary,” Kate told Word Is.
Actress Angela Okori was in the country a few months back for the pre-production phase of the dramatic comedy starring Mike Ezuruonye, Huddah Monroe and Mumbi Maina among others.
During her visit, Juliet who is a 2014 beauty queen turned filmmaker “recommended my services to Angela Okorie, the Nigeria Actor who wanted some red carpet outfits tailored and designed in Kenya. My husband – who is my business partner – and I picked her up from the hotel to the store. She loved the fabric and the designs, I had on display that day. She is very thorough and specific when it comes to what she wants. From there on, we hit it off and I made her three red carpet outfits in a time frame of two days. Her schedule was tight since they were filming and she didn’t have time for a fitting. I’m so happy to have added Angela to the long list of satisfied clients under African Fabric and Designs.”
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The movie was shot in April on location in Kenya. The former Miss World Kenya had a starring role as “a powerful woman who deals in antiques” she will interact with Mike Ezuruonye’s character who will be involved in a “case of mistaken identity”.
She added, “I am grateful to Juliet for bringing Africa together through film and trade. This opens up Kenya to the world. Who would have thought a business I started less than a year ago would be dressing a renowned Nigerian celebrity?”
Beside, Angela, Kate has dressed former Big Brother housemate and current Ziwani Ward MCA, Millicent Boina Wambui.
Asked if she has a favourite celebrity she loved dressing, Kate said, “Every client is a star in my eyes. They are my celebrities.”