What I will tell you about myself is that, I am a regular girl (well…woman, now J) from a very rural place called Dudusini in Gege, in the southernmost region of the tiny Kingdom of Eswatini called Shiselweni Region. What I will also tell you about myself is that, even with all the odds against me and in many incremental occasions, I have made all my fashion dreams come true, one-by-one!
I started blogging on www.blogspot.com in 2009 and at first I would wonder if anyone ever read my blog posts. Towards the end of my blogging journey, I had been featured on: An SA magazine, A Kenyan magazine, Eswatini newspapers and been invited to countless fashion events,
I remember, I started designing clothing in 2015, in my extra bedroom in the forest town called Mhlambanyatsi, just outside the capital city of Swaziland. I only had one second-hand straight machine and my aunt, from home in Gege, was my seamstress. Yet towards the end of my designing phase, I had a fully-kitted showroom and was making apparel to be adorned by models on international runways.
Kokonut Stylist Showroom
If there ever was a single thing in this life that I would call ever call my biggest achievement, it was opening my clothing store and running it for a good 2 years. Everything about the Kokonut Stylist Showroom made me proud.
Meeting Influential People
Not to namedrop (ok, ok, maybe to namedrop a little). It was through my passion that I the remarkable Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, during her time as the Chairperson of the AU Commission. I have met International Fashion Buyers and one of the most important people in African Fashion as a whole, the legendary fashion guru Lexy Mojo-Eyes.
Dressing The Who’s Who
The same girl from rural Gege (me) has dressed royalty, reputable celebrities from both my country and our neighboring country South Africa as well as the everyday clients who made my life an utter joy.
Never in a million years would I have dreamt that I would one day, make designs in the form of clothing and accessories that would be exported all across the globe, to places as far and wide as United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Russia, Australia and all over Africa.
I remain proud of the 3-year-old girl who refused to have anyone choose her outfits for the day…..way before OOTD was a thing 😉 She has, time and time again refused to let anyone choose any path for her. That girl is Koko and I am proud of myself.