In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 05th, September, 2020

Mai Atafo Discusses Going From Taking A Decrease Paying Job To Being Featured On Beyonce’s Web site (Video)

Mai Atafo Discusses Going From Taking A Lower Paying Job To Being Featured On Beyonce's Website (Video)

Mai Atafo

Mai Atafo and Betty Irabor

Mai Atafo, one of the wanted vogue designers from Africa, shared indispensable enterprise and life nuggets on Life Classes with Betty Irabor.

The bespoke vogue tailor behind the Atafo model addressed a variety of subjects. He spoke about leaving his elevated place in a high-paying job to take a job that paid him far much less as he ventured into the style business.  He addressed being featured on Beyonce’s web site after Black is King launch and the impact it has had on his model. He additionally spoke about staying afloat throughout a pandemic and the advantages of the pandemic.

The style designer additional addressed his private life and the loopy rumours about his sexuality.

Talking about leaving his job in a financial institution to use for a job at Genevieve Journal, an organization the place the host, Betty Irabor, is the CEO, Mai defined that he knew what he needed so he decided to do what it takes to get it, even when it meant being uncomfortable for a bit.

He recalled making use of at Genevieve Journal as a vogue editor with no expertise by any means within the vogue or enhancing enterprise. He additionally recalled the query Betty Irabor requested when he utilized for the place.

Mai, who apparently nonetheless refers to Betty Irabor as “MD” although he hasn’t labored for her in years, defined that he decided to humble himself and serve and he did simply that, even when he needed to take care of troublesome topics whereas capturing covers for Genevieve Journal.

Mai acknowledged that leaving the consolation and safety of a well-paying job was not simple. He admitted that he was afraid and uncertain. He mentioned he nonetheless feels worry and unsure but he does what he has to do regardless of the worry.

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He recalled being scared and second-guessing himself when he did his first task with Genevieve Journal. He admitted that he was frightened of not delivering.

He mentioned: “It is your worry and doubt that fuels you to what you wish to do.”


He added: “At each time limit, I all the time nonetheless doubt my choices on the whole lot I do  so I watch for suggestions.”


Mai suggested folks to not let the worry of failure cease them. He urged folks to be open to failure, so long as they be taught one thing from it.

He mentioned: “Take your first step to failure. Go and fail and you’ll be taught one factor from it.”


Mai added that earlier than he left his job to pursue his ardour, he deliberate for it. He mentioned he saved up his wage for 2 years and did not contact it.

He mentioned he was additionally accountable to his spouse, since his choices would have an effect on her and their daughter, so he had a chat together with her they usually deliberate his transfer collectively and the way they are going to survive on lower than the same old.

He mentioned they reached the choice that he’ll go for it and if he realizes it is not understanding and his financial savings are depleting, he would return and get a job.

Happily, that wasn’t the case and he thrived to the purpose the place his model was featured on Beyonce’s web site.

Speaking about being featured on Bey’s web site. Mai defined the way it had folks from all around the world trooping to his web site to make orders. He mentioned it was at that time that he realized the distinction between Nigerian shoppers and overseas shoppers. The distinction, he mentioned, is like evening and day.

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With the overseas shoppers, he mentioned they had been asking pertinent questions and had been keen to buy and make funds instantly. He defined that in just some days, he was “getting orders in ” they usually had been paying into the PayPal account.

He spoke concerning the pandemic and the way it introduced vogue companies to their knees. However he additionally managed to thrive throughout this era and he defined how he did it.

He defined that for 12 weeks, he had no single orders as there have been no weddings. Nevertheless, because of a job he did with a consumer some months again, he continued getting paid despite the fact that companies had been struggling.

He additionally defined that the pandemic turned out to be the most effective factor for technological development because the world needed to modify and be taught to make use of know-how to get issues carried out. This, he mentioned, he needed to be taught because it wasn’t his fashion.

When the function on Beyonce’s web site elevated his visibility, he mentioned he determined then to get his web site up and working and, despite the fact that all of the options weren’t prepared, he was compelled to regulate to satisfy shoppers’ wants.

When Betty Irabor requested Mai the craziest hearsay he has heard about himself, he talked about that it must be the hearsay that he’s homosexual.


“I do not suppose being homosexual is unhealthy,”
he started, including that so long as folks don’t get to the purpose the place they begin getting concerned in issues which are evil, he has no enterprise judging what anybody does privately.

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Nevertheless, he mentioned it is the craziest factor he has heard about himself as a result of there is not any reality to it.

This hearsay might need thrived as a result of little or no is thought about Mai’s personal life. Mai Atafo is married with a daughter however he retains his household personal.

When Betty Irabor requested him about this, he defined that there’s actual life and there is social media. He mentioned he exhibits them off in actual life however retains them off social media as a result of they’re personal folks and he would not have their permission to submit them.

Mai additionally spoke about “instaglamourization”, the place persons are spending cash they barely should painting a sure life-style on Instagram simply to impress folks.

He went on to advise enterprise house owners whose companies have been affected by the pandemic and in addition folks with concepts who’re too afraid to go for it.

Life Classes with Betty Irabor is dropped at you by Linda Ikeji TV and sponsored by Nescafé  and Maggi.

Watch episode eight that includes Mai Atafo beneath. 

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