“Gyame:God First”


Gyame, embroideried below the chest of this summer wear from keem prestige collection. Modeled by my good friend Mr. Franklin Folayan.

Some fifteen years back, I was constantly on the road across West african states. From Lagos to Accra, Ghana to Oaugadougou to Niamey in Niger back to Nigeria.

As an artist and fashion designer, images and numerous symbols and their meaning around West Africa fascinate me.

Most especially, in Ghana. Their number one symbol is GYAME which simply means ‘God first’. It means placing God before any other thing. The symbol appeal to me awesomely.

It’s popularly used among artisan and craftmen and i happen to be one of them, though I am a Nigerian