Mai Atafo was born in Ile-Ife, Osun State. Though an indigene of Edo State, he spent most of his childhood in Benin City, Lagos and London. He holds a 2nd Class Upper degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension from Edo State University Ekpoma and then obtained a Post graduate degree in Information Technology, from City University London, England.
Before Mai Atafo ventured in the world of fashion he lived life as a full blown marketing dude in the corporate world. After almost 7 years in the United Kingdom he returned to Nigeria to a job in British American Tobacco before moving to Guinness Nigeria Plc in 2007. In 2010, 4 years later he took a career break from his role as Senior Brand Manager Guinness to become a full time Fashion Designer or Fashion Artist as he prefers to called.
See MAI’s presentation at the Glitz Africa Fashion Week below: