The Artist: CHIOMA

          Chioma pictured here with a wooden carve out of her Print Design

Its been long overdue and partly because we have been trying to coordinate schedules, but we finally did. Dear members of #TEAMTHANDOS we would like you to meet the artist behind the print design for the Akonmi Collection, Chioma. 

Chioma is a call representative by night (she works the night shift), but during the day, she daydreams of being a world-renowned artist. We are beyond thrilled to have partnered with her on the Akonmi Collection and look forward to working with her in the future.

We conducted a brief interview with Chioma to get to know her a bit better and here's what we found out:

Q: First, and foremost, how does it feel to be wearing a pair of Thando’s flats that you designed?

A: Half the time it's a surreal feeling and the other I am simply grateful to have been given this opportunity. It's  a beautiful feeling. 


Chioma autographing her "Akonmi" print design

Q: Tell us a little bit about your design and how it came to be?

A: Rain is necessary for our survival but it is also destructive and in trying to tell the story between the two truths, this design was born

Q: How did you hear about Thando’s?

A: I initially found out about Thando's through a facebook post regarding a design competition. I attended the info session, sat in the front row and listened to Taffi and J.G. outline their vision. It was INSPIRING!

Q: How has winning the design competition changed your life?

A: The competition has given renewed confidence in myself and my art. It has made me realize that I CAN DO THIS!

Q: What inspires you?

 A: I can not really point at a specific thing as a source of inspiration, I just have a general desire to produce excellent work

Chioma overlooking the lagoon in Lagos, Nigeria

Q: What is your vision/hope for Nigeria?

A: I see a Nigeria that is truly the giant of   Africa,  in sports, in medicine, in art, in culinary arts, in hospitality,  in design, in all areas. I see a very wealthy Nigeria 

 Q: What excites you most about partnering with Thando’s?

A: I get to be part of history. Thando's is the first company of its kind in Africa. By providing a platform for African artists such as myself to showcase our talent to the world, Thando's has a mission that I believe in

Q: Finish this sentence. Shoes are important because.........

A: ....they define you

Chioma chillin' by Lagos traffic in the Akonmi Goddess Canvas Flat

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