Jonny Waka in an exclusive interview with Mudiaga Clement Enajemo whose brand is better known as Mudi, which means stand firm. Mudiaga Clement Enajemo hails from Urhobo, Delta state. During his little beginning, he was the best art student in his pry and secondary school days. He worked in a factory and was among the 9 people sacked during the days of Ibrahim Babangida. He wasn’t born with a silver spoon. Mudi is a testament to hard work and street sense. From his humble days at Adebakin in Ketu, Lagos. He lived in Ketu with his brother but later moved to his own one-room rented apartment. He has friends named Emma and Tunde, Emma is an Igbo and Tunde is a Yoruba. Both of them advised and encouraged him to go into fashion since he has a sense of art and fashion. So, he later met a well-trained tailor who taught him how to cut and know a good stitch. That was how he started!
As the dressmaker’s assistant, to his world-class factory, showroom, and headquarters in Anthony Village, Lagos, his works emphasize structure and purity of form. He uses the most ingenious fabrics and rigorous tailoring techniques to painstakingly construct and envelope the manly form with the flourish of couture
Mudiaga Clement Enajemo came from a family that likes fashion, his parents have a good sense of fashion and they liked their children to look good and well dressed. So, they encouraged and supported him. His mother is late and his father is still alive.
Due to lack of financial support, Mudiaga Clement Enajemo didn’t attend the height of being a graduate. He wanted to attend Ilorin Polytechnic but there was no money to sponsor him.
Mudi has made sewed clothes for so many brands and great personalities like Mike Obi, Musiliu Obanikoro, Adams Oshiomhole, Bishop Okonkwo and so many others.
Today, Mudi is one of Nigeria’s most successful names in the fashion industry. The brand name, Mudi, is associated with creative African designs. He’s grown to become an international fashion powerhouse, courtesy of his drives, passion, resolve to succeed and the knack for re-writing the African narrative. Mudi shares the story of his life with Jonny Waka on Waka Mata.
Watch the interview below: