Some people are lucky in that they know early on just how their presence will impact the world. Nigeria’s Adebayo Jones was already planning to become a who’s who among the fashion elite at age 12. He felt it in his gut, and a tee shirt he eyed in a store window would ignite his celebrated career. At VenturesAfrica.com, we learned that Mr. Jones had to have that special shirt and persuaded his mother to give him the money to buy it. He then wore the tee to church on Sunday, sitting there with pride. The front of the shirt was emblazoned with “I’M REALLY FAMOUS.”
These days, Mr. Jones needs little introduction and is well-known for the title of “Nigeria’s King of Fashion” and the “King of Couture.” The London-based designer has draped gorgeous fabrics and garments on some of the world’s leading stars like Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Patti Boulaye, and Sally Farmiloe. Mr. Jones, 53, is one of the finest gown designers on the planet and has brought his elegant creations to Miss Nigeria contestants and a number of finalists at Miss Universe pageants. Check out his Instagram page. His mastery of delicate and challenging fabrics in stunning gowns include chiffon, silk, organza, velvet and brocade.
Mr. Jones believes he’s in the right profession, recognizing the fashion industry as a powerful instrument to bring amazing opportunities, investment and big money to his home country of Nigeria and to the Continent as well. “There are economies that boast a great percentage of their revenue from the fashion industry. Nigerians were responsible for the second highest revenue documented for fashion in the UK,” Mr. Jones told VenturesAfrica.com. Adebayo Jones holds a strong faith in God as revealed in a fascinating interview with LetsWowYou.com. “My belief is always that with God there are no coincidences. Events, stages, stories as we may define them are set in place to achieve God’s ultimate goal of a blessed, desired, expected and fulfilled life.”
In addition to luxurious fashion for women, Mr. Jones is also very talented at creating fragrances and home interiors/decor.